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The Okanagan’s been my home since I was born. Life has taken me across the planet several times and through that transient lifestyle I developed a journalistic style to my photography and to my writing. My influences would be that of James Nachtwey, Annie Lebovitz, Ashley Maile, Hunter S Thompson, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Tom Robbins, Wes Anderson and Charles Bukowski. The world outside this incredible valley, its cultures and its mystery is what’s kept me working and trying to save my money, so I can keep getting back into the world. That’s the way it used to be. Covid has opened my eyes to the land I call my home and there are so many tales to tell right here in BC. From tales of the impoverished to the neglected to those who overcome adversity, to the spirit to overcome fear, the power of storytelling has never been more relevant. I’ve always been a storyteller. There’s a tale worth telling in every neighborhood. I just happen to write about what happens to me along the way and I’ve kept them close to my heart, hoping one day I’ll have an outlet so I can tell those stories the best way I know how; by writing them down. From adventures of long ago, both here or maybe far away, future interviews with musicians, artists of all kinds, the coverage of events, the people I meet along the way, whatever I get up to I intend to have you as my guest as I go back in time and dig up the bones of those old adventures or chase down new ones. Through the alchemy of storytelling, you can come along with me if you like. Before Covid-19 I was really coming into my own photographing live shows; punk rock bands, hip hop showcases, tattoo portraits, rock climbing adventures, Femme Fatale burlesque performances you name it, the phone was finally beginning to ring. Then Covid showed up like a hurricane and I guess it wiped us all out in one way or another. I have a real bone to pick with Covid-19 and if I can share some stories for our readers to enjoy, I’ll do that and when we can return to live music and to foreign travel and we can safely get to working on mending what’s been damaged I tell you I want to be ringside like Joe Rogan commentating on Covid getting its ass whooped. I want to see it tap out and watch us overcome this hardship, raise our collective hands triumphantly and move on into whatever new normal is waiting for us. I’ll be there and through my eyes, just like the boss man, Hunter himself, I’ll do it in Gonzo fashion and bring you kicking and screaming along with me. So hold on tight and dig in. It might not always be pretty but I won’t call it all ugly, neither. That’s for you to decide. My name is Shane Collins and I hope you’ll read along with me and our team here at Gonzookanagan.com

Angie Marchinkow: water, music and light

Angie Marchinkow: water, music and light Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan Angie Marchinkow opened her door and greeted me with a...

The Polish Ambassador

THE POLISH AMBASSADOR Lush Dubington In a previous article, I wrote about how the music we listen to changes with the seasons. For me, I seem...

Tamar Valkenier: Full time adventurer

Tamar Valkenier: Full time adventurer Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan I met Tamar on a beach in Thailand back in 2017....

A cook, a camera and a fire camp

A cook, a camera and a fire camp Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan INTO THE FURNACE Saturday, July 10, 2021 I remember the...

Farewell Fernando’s

FAREWELL FERNANDO’S Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan The day began with a parade of dark, bloated clouds that marched their way...

The new kids on the bloc

THE NEW KIDS ON THE BLOC Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan I asked Christiaan what time I should swing by so...

The changing of the seasons by Shane Collins

The changing of the seasons Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan The wine is sweet on my lips as I sit here,...

Femme Fatale: the here and now

Femme Fatale: the here and now Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan Who knows what live performance will look like as we...

TURNSTILE: Welcome to a thrashing of the new

Welcome to a thrashing of the new Copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan This is not really a review, but a confession of sorts. Turnstile...

A user’s guide to crowd surfing

A user's guide to crowd surfing Photo credit and copyrights to Shane Collins & Gonzo Okanagan There is an obsession to surfing a crowd. It draws...