Vancouver-based photographer Tegan Owens doesn’t shy away from adrenaline, and when she shoots whitewater kayakers in action, she’s often right there paddling alongside them.
From Fraser Valley to Skookumchuck to the resort town of Whistler, British Columbia offers up a plethora of whitewater rivers and waterfalls begging to be rafted by adventurous souls. As a paddler herself, Owens has access wide network of fellow enthusiasts around the world. The whitewater kayaking community, she explains, is close-knit and warm, and she can always call on old friends for a good time and exhilarating photo-ops.
Photographing on the water requires patience and skill, and with practice, Owens has developed flawless command over her craft. She most often shoots from the river, gazing above as her subjects splash down blue-green waterfalls and rapids. Her eyes and hands are trained to be quick as lightning, as one instant can make the difference between a stellar shot and a missed opportunity. Often, she’s working against the clock, trying to capture as many moments as she can before sundown.
Despite the challenges posed by the unpredictable rapids, Owens can’t get enough of the rushing rivers. In her eyes, the water emerges like a living organism, moving according to its own rhythms and whims. “I love it,” admits the artist.
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