This week I celebrated my eight “Canaversary” – time flies when you’re having fun, or not at all. It’s been a hell of a ride, and I’m grateful to those who shared some (or all) of it with me.
My Canadian adventure started back in 2008, I was 26 at the time: “young, green, and very naive”. I knew I wanted something different. Not because the life I had in Europe was so bad. It was pretty great, actually. The United States was high on the list but their immigration policies to become a permanent resident appeared to be next to impossible to crack, so I opted for the Northern neighbour Canada as a good second choice – with all the recent developments south of the border I think that choice was a safe one, literally.
Despite numerous ups and downs along the way, I made it -and I’m still around. So while I’m happy I made the move out here in 2008, and I’m also happy I’m still here – would I do it all again? Honestly, I’m not sure. As one of my readers wrote in a review of my latest Happiness book, which shares a lot of stories from my journey in building a life in Canada:
“It’s a story about struggle and triumph as Wilko takes us on a journey through his own successes and failures. He shows us that the human spirit is powerful through his own experiences. The real challenge of growth comes when you get knocked down. His story shows us his own courage of starting over and having the drive to act in terms of his own happiness and what it means to him.”
And that pretty much sums up the past eight years – getting knocked down and trying again. It’s what inspired my books, and even this Living by Experience blog, again, literally.
Venturing out into the unknown, far out of my comfort zone, has led to some amazing experiences as well, people, places and things I wouldn’t have known had I not taken the plunge into the great white north.
My Ode to Canada
Canada has been called one of the most beautiful countries on earth, and I would have to agree. Exploring and photographing the stunning beauty of this country has made me feel more inspired than ever before. I fell in love with the exceptional things I saw and the remarkable people who crossed my path.
I’ve had close encounters with bears, roamed mountain roads lead by a pack of wolves, and I found many other little tiny wonders of nature. My experiences have all given me a strong bond with these animals and their surroundings I now call home. My photographic art is my way of giving some of my memories back to the world. My photography book A View to Take Home is a celebration of life in Canada, in all it’s forms.
Photography is not what you see, it is what you allow others to see.
The photographs I share with you in this book carry one important invitation: to go and see it all for yourself. It is my hope that my images inspire you to create your own adventure. If I can help you get started it would be my honor and privilege. Have a look at my book The Freedom Project to learn how I organized most of my travels around the world, and was able to fly to many exotic locales for absolutely free.
For now I want to thank you so much for spending your time with me, and allowing me to show you the world through my lens.
Thank you again, Canada, for everything.
Wilko van de Kamp has braved the rugged and sometimes unpredictable terrain of the Canadian Rocky Mountains to bring home a memorable collection of high-quality photographs. Using his sensitive nature, Wilko has been able to approach many wildlife creatures in its natural habitat and capture their personality in a beautiful, candid photograph.
A View to Take Home presents the unique life found in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, as well as the bordering cities Calgary and Vancouver. It also includes some of Wilko’s unseen coastal work from Vancouver Island. Readers will get up-close and personal with grizzly bears, wolves, and much more.
This book is 8.5″ x 8.5″, and counts over 200 full-color pages containing hundreds of museum quality images. Get this beautiful fine art photography book today on Amazon or get it directly through the link below.View to Take Home