Top Photographer - Issue 06

Top Photographer is a ranking based on the average score of a person’s best five photos in a given issue. The winner will be awarded this section of the magazine to do with as they please. Last issue’s winner was Barrie Underhill. 


Barrie Underhill



Who are you and what do you do when you aren’t taking pictures?

I am originally from England, and I moved to Vancouver 10 years ago after spending a couple years traveling. It was the perfect spot to make my home, and now my wife and I have two little girls to enjoy the outdoors with. Since moving to Vancouver, I spend most of my free time exploring woods and water, generally getting lost somewhere.

Can you give us a tip on how to take a great photo? What kind of camera do you use?

I’ve been shooting with Canon since my first film camera. Currently I use a Canon 5d MkIII. My biggest advice is shoot all the time, learn your camera, and get rooted in good techniques. Get immersed in the photographic community. There are so many solid photographers and editors out there to learn from and be inspired by. Oh, and buy good glass.

Who is your favourite local photographer and why?

This is a tough one. There are a lot of great local photographers. I’ll give you two. Tom Hill Photography (@tomhill_photography): his technique and editing are something else. Jon West (@Jonbeeotch): a very talented photographer and videographer with some outstanding aerial shots.

What do you love about Vancouver?

I love its proximity to adventure, be it mountains, lakes, ocean, or city—they are all so close. I love that it has a solid outdoor community that is committed to getting out there, and making the wild more accessible while taking care of it.

What do you hate about Vancouver?

Not a lot really, I wouldn’t mind some better drivers and a little less rain, though that does make for some great fog photos.

What’s your favourite place to have a beer in Vancouver?

Another tough one. We are spoiled for good beer in this city, so the list is pretty huge. But I think I have to say Alibi Room. (Also it has arguably the best burger in town!)

You seem to spend a lot of time outdoors, can you suggest a cool place in BC for us to visit? 

The Sunshine Coast. It has beautiful hikes to explore, warm lakes to swim in, and I always love to stop at Persephone Brewing Co. for a beer on the way to the ferry.

If you could change one or a few things about Archive, what would they be?

More exposure. There is such great local photographic talent out there, it would be nice to see more of it in print


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