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Photojournalist David Buzzard in Umlazi South Africa, 1996.
That’s me at work in the Umlazi Township, near Durban South Africa, circa 1996.

Squamish Chief reporter Jennifer Thuncher wrote this great profile on me for her ‘About a Local” column, so I thought I would share it here. I was ducking her on this for a while, as I’m actually pretty shy, but she did a great job. I thought it was important to mention some of the PTSD issues I dealt with after my time as a photographer in South Africa. It’s a common issue with journalists, and something that we as a profession tend not to deal wit that well.… Read the rest

Whistler Magazine Portraits

Canadian luge racer Reid Watts
Canadian luge racer Reid Watts at turn four of the Whistler Sliding Centre, which was clear of ice at the time of the photo.

One of my favourite regular jobs is the Whistler Magazine. It publishes both a summer and winter edition, and each takes about five or six weeks to get through. Lately, I’ve been specializing in Vancouver headshots, so this is a nice break from that. It’s a nice mix of editorial portraits and food photography, two things I love to do.

Apres Ski photo shoot at the Bearfoot Bistro.
Apres Ski photo shoot at the Bearfoot Bistro.

Caramba Whistler.
My friend Sarah Morden and her boyfriend did the modelling duty on this photo for a feature story on Whistler’s best pizza places.

Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler's Creekbread restaurant
Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler’s Creekbread restaurant.

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Pemberton Potato Pizza at Whistler's Creekbread restaurant
The behind the scenes view of the Creekbread shoot.
I walked into Creekbread, which is a local Whistler restaurant that specializes in wood fired pizza. They had this great looking iron caldron on a wood fired hearth that they use making the tomato pizza sauce. I took one look at it and knew that was the shot I wanted. It was a major operation to get the lighting into the kitchen without knocking anything over, … Read the rest

Squamish Business Portraits

Vancouver Business Headshots
Husband and wife co-owners Erin Copeland and Sean Tremblay of the Tall Tree Bakery, which won for Best Bakery.

I had a pretty interesting assignment the other day, photograph twenty business portraits to go with the Squamish Chief’s annual Reader’s Choice magazine. It’s a pretty big deal for the businesses, especially with so many new businesses in Squamish over the last few years. I only had three days to organize and photograph it all, and we were right in the middle of the wettest October ever recorded in Squamish, and if you know anything about Squamish, it’s that it’s already a really rainy place the best of times, which made it a pretty interesting couple of days of shooting.

I really wanted it to be more than a series of Squamish headshots, so I took a lot of effort to get a feel for the different businesses.

Chris Harper of OTP Performance.
Chris Harper of OTP Performance.

Chris from OTP is an old friend of mine. Twenty years ago when I was just starting out as a commercial photographer, and he was a young professional snowboarder, I took a photo of him that eventually ended up being used to represent cool snowboarders for the … Read the rest

The Cure at the Nita Lake Lodge

Organic beef burger at the Cure Lounge at The Nita Lake Lodge

I photographed this really great looking burger, made from organic Pemberton raised beef, at the Cure Lounge at The Nita Lake Lodge for the Pique Magazine’s Chef’s Choice Recipe Book. I’d been at the Nita Lake Lodge a few months earlier and done an outside photo of a dish at the restaurant on the patio, so I had a pretty good idea that I wanted to do the shot outside, looking out to the iconic Nita Lake.

I’m really proud of the work I did for the Chef’s Choice book. We shot over 30 photos for the 128 page book in two and half weeks. One of the chef’s at the Nita lake had some experience in cook publishing, and he said it usually takes a year to do a similar project. You can find it at Armchair Books in the Whistler Village.

Organic beef burger at the Cure Lounge at The Nita Lake Lodge

Here’s the behind the scenes via of the shoot. It was a relatively complex lighting set up, with three powerful Alien Bee studio strobes to light the burger. The day was actually kind of overcast and cold, so to get the warm background, I used some 1/8 CTB (convert to blue) cooling gels on the lights. … Read the rest

ThinkTank Shapeshifter v.2

London Trafalgar Square
A fellow lost tourist near Trafalgar Square. I took my ThinkTank Shapeshifter pack for a walk around London on a recent 10 hour layover.

A while back, I noticed a post on Facebook from ThinkTank asking for input on the new version two of their classic Shapeshifter camera pack. I’ve been carrying one around for the last four years on a pretty much daily basis, and although I really love it, there’s always a few things that pop up in daily use, so I sent them a full page letter of suggestions. Six months later, a prototype V.2 bag showed up on my doorstep with an invitation to tell them what I thought of it.

I have a bunch of ThinkTank products, including an Airport backpack that dwarves the diminutive Shapeshifter. The Shapeshifter is a totally different animal than pretty much any other camera backpack you’re going to find, from any manufacturer. Most packs are basically big bulky foam boxes with shiftable velcro dividers inside. They have fantastic protection for your gear, but they’re also really big and bulky The Shapeshifter is unpadded, except for neoprene rubber pouches for the gear. It’s designed to fit two pro cameras, a wide, … Read the rest

Chinchero Trail Mountain Decent – Mountain Bike Peru


My buddy tim Steffanik is a legendary Whistler mountain biker, and has been spending his winters riding in Peru. The other day he came over to my place for dinner, bringing a battered looking goPro camera with him. Tim had found the goPro camera lying on the A-Line trail in the Whistler Bike Park that summer (I guess it had fallen of someone’s bike, and they never came back for it), and decided to record some footage of the trails.

The Incas build a network of foot trails through the mountains that are still in use today, and they are a magnet for hard core mountain bikers. It makes for a dizzying ride through the mountains.

Tim was over at my place for dinner the other night, and asked me if I could do something with the footage. I gave it a quick edit and burned it to a DVD disk. This clip caught my eye, I thought I’d share it.

David Buzzard


Chinchero Trail Mountain Decent – Mountain Bike Peru – Media Centre




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Welcome to Media Centre

Welcome to the new web page of Vancouver Photographers Alan Forsythe and David Buzzard. We’ve been friends for years. Alan published the Sea to Sky News and Garibaldi Times newspapers in Squamish, as well the Vancouver cultural magazine Urban Pie, while David was the photographer for the publications. … Read the rest