Clicking it Old School

By Charelle Evelyn on September 22 2014

Mount Robson is still waiting to be captured by Gurinder Paul. An elementary school trip to the provincial park was the catching spark for what would eventually become GSP Photography. “It was unbelievably beautiful up there,” Gurinder recalls, “but I didn’t have a camera. I kept thinking, ‘I would love to come back here if I had a camera.’”

Now 22, Gurinder hasn’t made it back to the mountain, but he does have a camera. And he also has the makings of a name for himself in the local photography scene. Self-taught, Gurinder used YouTube and lots of time spent outside familiarizing himself with the camera he bought three years after graduating high school.

“I would mostly go to Cranbrook Hill. I used to drive up there almost every day,” he said. “It helped inspire me to capture things differently.” Now, Gurinder is taking that sentiment to another level. In a landscape where digital reigns supreme, Gurinder is dialing the technology back and transitioning to shooting in film.

“It has a unique look to it,” Gurinder explained. Big on colour, Gurinder’s photos are always richly hued. Film, he said, has a more dynamic range and really captures skin tones in a beautiful way. The switch to film was inspired Clicking it Old School By Charelle Evelyn by a book Gurinder stumbled upon while working on a research project for Youth Mean Business.

What he found was a collection of fine art wedding photos shot by American photographer Jose Villa. “I was blown away,” Gurinder said of the work by Villa, who was named one of the top

10 wedding photographers in the world by American Photo magazine. The young photographer has begun sending his own work to the same Los Angeles lab as Villa to get his prints developed. While he’s still in the transition process, Gurinder said the response from his engagement portrait and wedding clients has been positive so far.

If he fills the niche like he wants to, perhaps shooting with film will help Gurinder reach his goal of being the go-to photographer for destination weddings.

But first, he needs to get back to Mount Robson. For samples of Gurinder’s work, visit

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