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Rob Moses & the People of Calgary

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“Have you ever ridden a horse?”

If you’ve had the pleasure of going to Calgary you’ll know it is truly a western city. Situated not far from Banff and Jasper National Parks, it is also quite spectacular. And rich, fueled by oil and gas money flowing into the city.

Rob Moses is a photographer based in Calgary. I follow his blog because of the extraordinary portraits he takes of complete strangers. His method is to approach someone, have a conversation, and shoot the photo. The endearing thing about this process is the conversation he has. He records it verbatim —or so it seems. His written text includes nervous laughter, indecision, and ricocheting answers. His recorded conversations sound like real conversations to my ear.


Stopping complete strangers is not easy in the best of situations. Asking to take their picture sounds like a scam, but Mr. Moses pulls it off with what seems to be a fair bit of joy. And he always asks if his subject has ridden a horse—critical information for Calgarians, evidently.

The optimism of sharing his talent with photography is not lost on me here. It’s kind of an amazing way to self-promote and, well, bless people. And for those lucky enough to find their way into his lens, they come away with a phenomenal view of themselves. Scroll through his blog and be amazed at the composition, lighting and the ease written on the faces of his subjects. If you’ve ever asked to take someone’s photo, you know it typically ends badly. Unless you are Rob Moses.

May there be more of his talented tribe.


Image Credit: Rob Moses

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  1. Kirk, thank you so much for the glowing post regarding The People of Calgary and my pictures. I couldn’t have written it better my self haha. I appreciate your support and for continuing to check out the blog.

    Take Care, Rob

    The People of Calgary

    October 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    • You’re the one doing the hard work of approaching strangers and giving them a better picture of themselves. Keep at it!


      October 3, 2014 at 4:42 pm

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