2014 Year in Review

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2014 has been an incredible year full of new direction, adventures and faces from all over the world. As many of you know, but some of you still may not, I decided at the start of 2014 to narrow my photography focus to automotive alone. This was in hopes to allow me to better my skills and experience in the automotive field and to allow room to take on more automotive jobs. Reflecting back, I am very happy that I can say I achieved both those goals. I am also very thankful for those around me who helped me get here. I must give my biggest thanks to my wife Kristen, who pushes and challenges me, helps me to overcome many fears, and even helps out on shoots on occasion. I am also so grateful to every one of my clients, those new, and those who have continued to provide work for me over the years and also so grateful to close friends and mentors who have helped me become better in my craft and business.

My goals for 2015 are that I can take my photography to new levels, meet and work with many more new people, collaborate with other artists in Vancouver, print and hang more of my work, and get out to photograph even more automotive creations.

Below is a handful of the work I did over 2014. I will start though, with an intro into this year from 2013. In September 2013 I worked with Mazda Canada to photograph the brand new 2014 Mazda 3 all over Vancouver during the Media Launch events held at the Westin bayshore a week before the car was released. I still have not released many of these photos to the public yet, so check back for a feature on this soon.
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In June, 2014 I embarked on a 6 day joint adventure with Mazda Canada, Mazda Australia, and two Aussie journalists in Alaska. I documented an entire road trip from Anchorage to up past the Arctic Circle to the town of Wiseman(pop. 14), and back down to Fairbanks in time for the Midnight Sun Festival in two brand new Mazda 3’s during the longest days of the year. We travelled the stunning Denali Highway, as well as the Dalton Highway, or Haul Road as made famous by the TV show Ice Road Truckers. The main feature for these photos was in a 10 page spread across Australia’s biggest motoring publication, Wheels Magazine, released in September 2014. Much, much more from this to come. The 3 photos below are the first I have released from this trip.
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Working with Volkswagen Canada magazine to cover GTI display at the Vancouver International Auto Show.
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The Dilawri Groups’s new Audi Downtown Vancouver Dealership Exclusive Grand Opening
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1964 Porsche 356 SC for Jakobs Porsche Specialists.
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Shop photos for RWM & Co
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A 1969 Porsche 911 E, and a 1974 Porsche 914-6 for Jakobs Porsche Specialists.
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A Mk7 Volkswagen GTI I shot for CTS Turbo
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All the marketing shots for Fast Track Karting in Langley.
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Alliance Concrete Pumps has been a regular client whom I’ve photographed many trucks for and most recently their own facility where they build the trucks. Many of the shots are used across their websites and catalogues.
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I covered a number of completed construction projects for the Maxx Group of Companies including this Esso Station and on The Run.
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HPA Motorsports have put out a number of projects this year that I have covered as well. Amongst getting a cover feature of their red Jeep YJ TDI build on 4WDrive magazine earlier in the year, here are a few of the projects I have shots for them this year.

A Jeep Cherokee TDI build
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An Audi TT from Hawaii with almost 450HP, one of HPA’s SEMA builds for 2014.
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HPA’s 740HP Twin Turbo 3.6L 7 speed DSG Golf R went down to SEMA and won the Best European Import award.
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The last of the SEMA builds is one that I have extensively covered for HPA. A Jeep JK to TDI conversion. Over the next few months my photos of this build will be featured in several issues of 4WDrive Magazine.
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I also made it to some amazing car events this year that I hope to hit in 2015 as well.

The Knox Mountain Hillclimb in Kelowna
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The Leavenworth Drive in Washington
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The Italian Car Show in North Vancouver
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The Dundarave Porsche Show n’ Ride in West Vancouver. My photos of this event were used in the Porsche Club of America | Canada West Region‘s members newsletter “Timberline” July/Aug. 2014 issue.
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The Great Canadian VW Show, look for a magazine feature of this later in January.
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And the Classic Car Adventures Thanksgiving Day Sea to Sky Run
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2014 was also a great year on the non-business front. Kristen and I moved out of the suburbs and into the city of Vancouver. It’s been a dream of ours from before we got married, and we finally did it last January. We are so happy with the move, and we absolutely love our neighbourhood, love all the new friends we have met, and love being right in the city.
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I’ve been working on becoming more experienced with bicycle mechanics and in the process I restored this vintage Apollo bike.
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Kristen Graduated from UBC and started a new job!
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We did some small roadtrips…

A Bowen Island getaway
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A Similkameen Valley wine tasting roadtrip
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Cabin time in Barriere, BC
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And a very big roadtrip:

All the way down to Carmel, California along the coast, and back up to Vancouver along the coast.
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Made it to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, California. Got to see the first public unveiling of the new model Mazda MX-5 Miata, and also got to drive the infamous corkscrew on the raceway.
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It has been a really great year. One that we feel we have worked hard towards over the last few years to attain. We are looking forward to 2015 and what it will bring, and what we will make of it!
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Bowen | The Island Escape

My wife and I have been living in the city of Vancouver for just about a year now. We love every bit of what the city offers, but the pace at which we live occasionally requires a weekend escape. In this regard, we are so fortunate, as our city is surrounded by great places to get away and find peace and quiet. One of those spots is Bowen Island (located in the Howe Sound area). It’s a short drive followed by an even shorter ferry ride away. It is the closest island to the city, and yet I am surprised by how many people I know that have not visited it. You will find a similar charm and quaintness to many of B.C’s famous Gulf Islands, but you will not have to travel so far, or spend as much money to get there. We have spent some lazy afternoons at Artisan Square enjoying lunch at Artisan Eats, followed by chocolate and an affogato at Cocoa West. After taking in all the delicious eats the restaurants and cafes have to offer, it’s worth your time to explore the hidden pebble and driftwood covered beaches. You can do all this in a day too, but there’s plenty of bed & breakfasts to stay at as well. On our last trip, we discovered Ardtara Luxury Cottages on the south side of the island. The food was amazing, the cottage was beautiful, and the owners made us feel welcome instantly. A stay here comes highly recommended. So if you’ve never been to Bowen, go and explore for a day or a weekend, and make sure to meet the friendly folks who call the island home.

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1977 Apollo 10 Speed | A Winter Ride To The Beach

Well, this is something a little different for my blog. Most of my content features four wheels and a motor, but if you know me well enough, you know that I have developed a great love for the two wheeled self propelled type of transportation as well as for seeing old things restored. So without further adieu, here is my first post on a bicycle!

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After fixing up my own blue Apollo 10 speed, I decided to take on another project, a beautiful old 1977 10 speed Apollo that belongs to my mother-in-law, Trudy. Her father gave her the brand-new bike when she was very young. She has continued to ride it, but throughout the years a lot of the parts had seized up, jammed up, oxidized or just worn out. The bike was hanging in the garage when I first noticed it, and I saw the potential for it to shine again.

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This was actually the very first road bike I ever rode. I borrowed it over three years ago to do a biking trip on Salt Spring Island. It was a very rainy weekend, the tires were very low on air, and only 5 speeds worked. I obviously wasn’t very well prepared for the trip. It was a tough journey, but a very good memory now.

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The bike stayed in the garage for about two more years before I packed it in my car to take home and fix up. Almost everything came off the bike and I started picking up some new parts for it. My goal was for the bike to resemble the original shape and look as when it was first given to Trudy by her father. While everything was off, I wiped down the entire frame (which was still in great shape) and polished all of the paint, bringing it back to it’s original shine. Every bit of metal on the bike was also polished as the brakes, handlebars, stem, pedals, levers, brackets, sprockets, nuts, and bolts were all badly oxidized. New tires were fitted, and I purchased new bar tape, cables and housings, new brake pads, and a new chain courtesy of Bike Doctor on Broadway. The original Apollo seat was in amazing condition still and only needed a bit of dish soap and some scrubbing to get a paint mark off. Everything was installed and I took the first test ride in mid-February.

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A number of things needed to be fine-tuned, and a few of these things I wasn’t very familiar with, as I am still new to bike mechanics. I took the bike two blocks over to Tandem Bike Cafe to get Clint, the bike mechanic and part owner of the cafe/bicycle shop, to take a look. He was extremely helpful and showed me many little things I had never known before about these bikes. He helped me to get the bike up and running perfectly, and provided excellent education about the bike mechanics. Big props to Tandem Bike Cafe. Also, the store is just a great place to hang out and have a good coffee or bite to eat. The owners, Clint and Brett, are awesome guys to chat with. Go check it out!

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The bike is all finished now and delivered back to Trudy. She is over the moon and can’t wait to ride it!

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And, to finish, some ‘before’ photos: this is how the bike looked just before I started work on it.
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All works © Andrew Holliday 2014.
Please do not reproduce without the expressed written consent of Andrew Holliday.

East Barriere Lake in Grey.

I was really attracted to the simplicity that the low lying clouds brought to this setting. A setting already simplified by lack of people, buildings, cell phone reception, and wifi. I knew right away I wanted to get these shoot in black and white to add just that extra bit of tranquility to the images. Unfortunately I forgot to bring any gloves with me, so I wasn’t shooting for long.

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I thought I would include a few more fun shots from the trip muckin’ around in the 4 wheel drives.

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