Author Archives: Rebecca Lippiatt

Edmonton, Alberta photographer offering headshots for professional use, editorial photography of commercial space, and product photography.

Moms Stop The Harm

Taking this photo was a humbling experince – realising that all of these mothers, sisters, brothers, fathers have lost someone dear to them.

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These words are from Moms Stop The Harm

Families gather on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River for the Edmonton Memorial Photo

FEBRUARY 25, 2020

Families from Frog Lake, Claresholm, Marwayne, Lone Butte BC (with Edmonton family ties) and the Edmonton region gathered at the banks of the North Saskatchewan River to remember loved ones lost to substance use related causes. We demand urgent government action to prevent further loss of life.

While overdose deaths account for most of the tragic losses, we often forget that families mourn loved ones to other causes, such as infections and blood born diseases caused by lack of access to sterile supplies, and to suicide related to substance use and mental health challenges, as it the case with two of our Edmonton families in this photo..

It was a tear-filled and emotional gathering for us all, staring with blessings by Elder Dennis R. Wolfe from Frog Lake, AB, who drove in to Edmonton with his wife Loretta. They mourn their son Dennis Junior who died in March, 2019.

The river where we all stood marks the traditional meeting grounds, gathering place, and travelling route of the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, Dene and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries.

The crosses were an emotional labour of love by Phil Haug, the husband of MSTH co-founder Lorna Thomas and by Randy Pelletier. As the crosses were stacked up Phil and Randy were struck with the fact that each cross represented a loved one who is deeply loved and sadly gone. A son, a daughter, brother or sister, a parent. Many held crosses, eagle feathers, candles or other mementos to honour and remember their loved one.

In Alberta two people per day continue to die, while life saving public health services, like #SCS (Supervised Consumption Services) are under review in Alberta and their future is uncertain as we the announcement of the final findings of the review and their fate by our provincial government. For us as families, this is unacceptable, as death from substance use are preventable and our loved ones deserve to live.

We thank our photographer Rebecca Lippiatt Photography for capturing these powerful and emotional images, including individual family portraits following the group photo.

#StopTheStigma #LostToSubstanceUse #DeadPeopleCantRecover #SafeSupplyEndsTears

Posted in Personal work

Heritage Apartment Building

If you’ve met me, you know I love my community of Norwood – Alberta Avenue. I love the heritage buildings, the walkablity (the Italian Centre, Commonwealth, The Carrot, Norwood School), the sense of small-town community (but can still walk to downtown!) and most of all the strong sense of belonging created by the people who live there.

I have no interest in gentrifying the neighbourhood (I am strongly in favour of Safe Injection Sites, for example), but at the same time, it should be a safe community for all of us. This is why I am so pleased there is a new owner for this apartment building. They have been cleaned up (both physically and metaphorically) and are renting, at affordable prices. It is such an amazing little building – if you’re in the market for a bachelor or 1 bedroom suite, check it out!

Vince at 780-667-8880

9407-114 Ave

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Posted in Uncategorized

Source Hose

I am so excited to finally share these photos. I’ve been working with the amazing Tory, in the marketing department at Source Hose who conceptualized this shoot.

With the economic downturn in Alberta in 2014, Source Hose had to diversify and also really capture their client base. Tory came up with this brilliant marketing plan – in this set – we’re showing that the hoses are flexible in the cold.

Our model, Marissa Graham was stellar. In a crazy snow storm, she managed to pull off yoga poses and make them look good. I wore a parka while photographing. (Models are amazing).

I hope you enjoy this, and there will be more to come! Stay tuned.
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Posted in Business photography, Commercial

Hibco

I read this wonderful article about clients I worked with this fall – Hibco

You can read the story here. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/hibco-construction-edmonton-food-bank-donations-giving-back-1.5397949 

They truly are a great group of guys!
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I also did some work on a house they’d built out near Wabamum. It is gorgeous.
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Posted in Business photography, Commercial, Headshots

Business Portraits

Doing business branding portraits for Edmonton business people and entreprenuers is one of my favourite things to photograph.

I met Orest Zwozdesky at a conference at least 5 years ago. He remembered my name and contacted me when he needed to update his photographs for his business. I was pleased I’d made that much of an impression and I was really happy with how these photos turned out.

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I’ve started working with Virginia Potkins who runs Special Events by Gina Miller She also needed some updated headshots for her website. (She has lots of interesting things planned for the next while.) You can follow her on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Event/Special-Events-by-Gina-Miller-2084507124965396/

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I also photograph for Business in Edmonton Magazine – which I really enjoy because I get to meet so many interesting business people. For this coming month’s issue, I got to photograph Mark Katzeff of Mark Katzeff Designs He’s an award winning jewelry designer and his work is spectacular. (I’m looking forward to having some pieces made).
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There is a lot more that’s been happening in my fall, but that’s all I have time for for now!

Posted in Business photography, Headshots

Alberta Avenue Business Awards

Alberta Avenue is an amazing place. It’s been my home for the past 13 years and its amazing to watch it grow.

This year, Special Events by Gina Millerhosted the Alberta Avenue Business Awards Gala to honour the amazing businesses that help to build the Avenue into the special place that it is.

Bedouin Beats won several awards,

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Including Business of the Year.

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Otto (the amazing sausage and beer house) won Excellence in Business award.
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There was entertainment
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Posted in Business photography, Conference Photography

Lichen

Did you know that Beatrix Potter used to be a mycologist (mushroom scientist) before she was a children’s author. And it was she who discovered that lichen is a symbiotic relationship between lichen and algae? If you find some old mycology books (there is one at the University of Alberta), you might find her beautiful drawings of mushrooms and lichen. You’ll recognise her style.

I too have always been fascinated by the minitature. I have a degree in microbiology – and although I have not used it professionally, I am fascinated by the natural world.

These lichen grow all over the deck at the lake cabin. I have always meant to photograph them. They look like little worlds – something out of a Dr. Suess book – and this year, I finally got around to it (mostly because my husband brought the macro lenses, which I always forget.)

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Posted in Fine Art, Uncategorized

Beekeeping in New Mexico

Documentary photography for businesses is one of my favourite things to do. While in New Mexico a few weeks ago, I photographed my sister who is a beekeeper.

She’s pretty cool.

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Posted in Business photography

Interview

I was interviewed by the wonderful Catherine Potter. If you’d like to hear what I have to say about photography, storms, relaxing in front of the camera and cow poop, have a listen.

https://www.voiceamerica.com/episode/115576/through-the-eyes-of-a-camera

Posted in Fine Art, Personal work, Uncategorized

Because of Her, I am – Integrity versus Despair

This set of portraits is a departure from the work I normally do. I completed the photographs for Because of Her, I am – for the visual arts portion of the 2019 SkirtsAFire Festival which showed at the Nina Haggarty Art Gallery on 118th Avenue in Edmonton.

 

Integrity versus Despair: Balance

This series of self portraits originated over 25 years ago during a hypnosis session when I was called to make a choice between head and heart, art and science. I chose heart and art. At the time I was in the middle of a degree in microbiology. I committed to completing the degree, but shortly thereafter began working as a photographer. The subsequent years were devoted to my artistic practice which was interwoven with raising my family. ⁣

My photography centers heavily around the family. Both familial emotional relationships and the experiences are crucial themes in my work. Recording families lives in order to create a record of love and joy that can be later accessed by those children once they have reached adulthood is the crux of my work. ⁣

In this series, the images are an interpretation of my dream world and my visioning, which are both comprised of and illuminated by archetypal motifs and mythologies. Jungian classical themes feature heavily in these creations. The objects in the photographs are both symbolic and representative of important moments or experiences in my life. ⁣

A health crisis necessitated my looking into the heart of myself, weighing my life and my contributions to the world. Erik Erikson writes about the stages of psychosocial development, and this work is the story of the final stage, Integrity versus Despair. ⁣

 

Integrity versus Despair : You Are In Your Grandmother’s Ovary⁣

Intergenerational abandonment is a theme I have struggled with all my life. My mother left me as an infant and her mother left her. Before my boys were born, I sought counselling to ensure that I would not continue the cycle.⁣

When I was diagnosed with cancer, my first thought was for my children. I could not leave them and would do everything to stay with them. A cancer diagnosis quickly strips you of any mental surety you have about the world and I had to come to terms with the possibility of leaving my children.⁣

My counsellor (again with the counselling! more abandonment issues!) pointed out that even if I were to die, my boys would have a mother who died, which is a very different narrative than a mother who abandons.⁣

In this work to regain psychological wholeness, I had to reintegrate the spirit of my mother and the spirit of my grandmother. She is an imagined figure. All I know about her is she would have been a young adult at the end of World War 2.⁣

 

Integrity versus Despair: La Pieta

I have the least words for this photo – probably because I am so close to it emotionally. Pieta means ‘pity’ in Italian but a more accurate translation would be ‘compassion’ – which means “to suffer with”. On a personal level, it represents the feelings I have for my child who struggles with anxiety. I also worry for both my boys as they grow into adults and navigate the world. On a more collective level, I feel so much compassion for youth today. The challenges they face in their lives from climate change to mental health challenges are overwhelming. I don’t even know if there will be clean water or any water where I live 50 years from now. I support the students in their climate strike.

Integrity versus Despair : Flight⁣

This child grounds me.
This is my first full-on composite photo
All of the elements, including the birds which are right side up, even tho I am upside down have meaning.

 

Integrity versus Despair: My Sacred Heart

Everything in this portrait is symbolic both as a metaphor and as lived experience.

After I had surgery on my breast, the wound became infected and opened up. It is surreal seeing inside of your body and I felt as if I could see into the heart of myself. In that moment, I saw this picture.

We are all sacred. Each one of us carries divine light within us. We are all valuable. All necessary. (the fire in this photo is real, not photoshopped, although it is a composite so I would not light my hair on fire.) The heart I am holding is that of a deer – I have often been accused of being too sensitive, but I now know that that sensitivity saved my life.

The pink roses are life and motherhood.

The deer/stag behind me was my protector as a child when we lived on the estate at Hatch Court, near Hatch Beauchamp

The globe shows both my birthplace and the birthplace of humanity, and the journal, my journey.

@skirtsafire @lanawhiskeyjack@ninahaggartyarts

Posted in Fine Art, Personal work