Chilcotin Photographer’s Great Bear Rainforest Images Featured in National Geographic – Boundary Creek Times


Cariboo-Chilcotin photographer Jesaja Class is only 24 years old, but he has achieved what many photographers aspire to throughout their careers.

A National Geographic travel article features photographs Class took of the Great Bear Rainforest in the Bella Coola area.

“It’s amazing, it’s really inspiring to have something like this that inspires you to keep going and pursue something that you really love,” the soft-spoken class said. black press media.

Chloe Berge’s story focuses on Indigenous conservation and the potential benefits of these practices on tourism and features photos Class has taken while working with Tweedsmuir Park Lodge.

Principal photography for the article is an aerial image encompassing the winding river and coastal mountains and forests in a stunning panoramic landscape. Other photos in the article include grizzly bears and petroglyphs, elements vital to the ecology, history and tourism of the Bella Coola Valley.

Class’s path to this place in his young photography career was one of the good contacts.

He grew up in the Nemaiah Valley and was already well known in the Cariboo-Chilcotin region as a talented young magician and illusionist, a business he started as a teenager.

Class has only been in photography as a business for about four years and started photography about six years ago, after it sparked his interest while making videos to promote his work as a magician.

He made some key contacts, starting with befriending a well-known photographer in the area.

“Kind of a big turning point for this was meeting a local photographer…Chris Harris,” Class recalled. When Harris was in the Nemaiah Valley area working on a photography book, Class and his father took Harris on a four-day boat trip on Chilko Lake.

For Harris, the respect was mutual.

“From the moment I met him, I knew I was in the presence of a very magical, charismatic, creative and talented individual,” Harris recalled, after meeting Jesaja. “I marvel at his accomplishments, and he is now, indeed, an inspiration to myself. I’m really excited for him and his future as an artist.

Harris’ connection to the outdoors and the landscape was something Class said he identified with and seeing Harris’ process really got him interested in doing something in photography himself.

He then started to learn more by watching another famous photographer’s videos on You Tube.

“That’s when I started to see it as a profession, more than just a hobby,” Class explained. Peter McKinnon’s videos helped him hone his skills, and then Class went even further and started finding his personal style by watching others whose work he loves.

When Class started working on making it a business, he got in touch with the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast tourism office in Williams Lake, which then passed its name on to Tweedsmuir Lake Lodge in Bella Coola.

His work for the lodge caught the eye of British Columbia Magazine, which featured one of his grizzly bear images on the cover as part of a contest, earning him even more attention.

All of this led to him being featured by National Geographic,

“I really tried to produce great footage for (Tweedsmuir Park Lodge) and they really pushed that footage and they came out and got noticed,” Class said.

Currently, Class finds his photography to be about capturing the outdoors and people interacting with the outdoors, as he largely works with tourism-focused businesses.

Class said he will continue to try to improve and develop his art and style, which he describes as “vibrant” and “authentic” trying to convey “the atmosphere and the moment”.

“With photography, you only have one image to capture the whole story,” Class explained.

His advice to other new photographers is to choose someone who inspires you and reach out to them and just try to take inspiration from their work to find your own style.

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