Hi there : ) just wanted to say hello to my new followers and introduce myself. I’m Lucan and I have a goal to be a full-time creator. Over the past few months I’ve kicked myself into high gear and have been getting a little closer to that goal every day. You’re joining me at an awesome time - I just got back from a month-long trip to Korea & Indonesia with some really cool people. This photo is from our last night in Seoul while playing with my new 16-35mm. Also - @thechrishau and I just released a tutorial on my signature editing process! Linked it in my bio. I’m overwhelmed at the positive feedback and will definitely be working on sharing more cool tricks on YouTube. I’ll keep you posted on that. Thanks for joining me here - your support means the world to me <3
‘Starlight’ - There’s a feeling I’ve been chasing for a few years now. It’s the feeling I had when I shot the Milky Way for the very first time. That first moment of seeing millions of stars on my camera screen was just surreal; my DSLR can see all of the night sky’s details that my own eye can’t see. It had me looking back and forth between my camera and the sky, trying to wrap my head around the idea of how all this beauty could lie invisibly before my eyes. During our last few days in Bali I pointed my camera at the night sky only expecting to capture a couple constellations. This sky caught me by surprise and I got to experience that feeling all over again. It was just as beautiful as I remember.
Hey. I know it’s been a while since I talked to you. So much has changed. I don’t even know where to begin. I kinda lost my mind for a bit there. Sorry for that. But I’m in a better place now. I’ve shedded some vices. Strengthened some bonds. Proved to myself that I’m capable of more than I realize. I met some cool people, worked on some cool projects. And now I’m preparing to fly back to Asia next week. Time moves so fast that everything is blurring. But I’m finally finding the answers & slowly getting closer to my dreams. I just need to work on being ‘here’ so I can enjoy the little moments before they slip through my fingers. Honestly I don’t know what to say. I’m happier. I’m healthier. You’d be proud. ♥
There’s something magical about twilight that I can’t properly put into words. Like how the city lights harmonize with the daylight; when everything is illuminated, both by the sky and the streetlights around you. I’ve tried to capture that feeling for years but could never illustrate it the way I wanted to. But this photo.. I feel it.
Inspired by the upcoming movie, #DarkPhoenix , hitting theatres June 6. As part of this collaboration, I've been empowered to push my style to a new limit. This is my most ambitious edit to date (11 hours 😱 ) and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. As artists, harnessing inspiration is like our superpower. I personally find endless inspiration from the beauty of the cosmos and the thought of what could lie outside our world. The Dark Phoenix gained her powers after being enveloped by a solar flare. So I wanted to shoot a similar concept - to be completely consumed by this cosmic energy. I found #MyCreativeSpark in fewer than 30 seconds into the trailer. Check my stories to learn more about this image, and hit the link in my bio to watch the trailer from @xmenmovies : ) [creative direction: @clvrks + @lucancoutts ] #ad
This week marks my fourth completed year of photography. I’ve been reflecting on that lately and how quickly & deeply I fell in love with this thing. I spent the entire first year mostly shooting by myself, taking the train downtown on weekends just to walk around the city for a couple hours. It was a perfect escape from hometown life. I stumbled into the community shortly after that, meeting up with some other local photographers who knew the city better than I did. I’d say that was the biggest turning point in my journey. Looking back I honestly don’t know how I got here. I’m still that same stupid kid in love with his camera, doing the same thing I’ve done for years. So last weekend, when I hid a handful of my prints around Toronto, I was absolutely blown away when those prints disappeared within mere minutes. I brainstormed that scavenger hunt in hopes of getting our online community engaged in the real world. It’s awesome that it was a success. Toronto’s creative community has been something I’ve always valued deeply, because simply, I owe so much of my development to those I’ve met along the way. So I’ve got two more things to give away here. I designed it so that everybody has a chance to win (even my international friends! ). So bear with me, because it requires a bit of explaining: I’ve got $150 in credit from my friends at @prolabcanada who helped provide the prints for the scavenger hunt. This $150 print credit giveaway is only available to those in Canada, and it can be redeemed for whatever you like from ProLab Canada. I’ll even let you print some of my stuff. Secondly - for those who live outside Canada, I’ll ship one lucky winner two of my prints right to your door. I’ll make it easy. Just leave a comment to enter (and follow @prolabcanada !! ). Tell me about yourself; bonus points if you tell me what you’re passionate about, ‘cause that passion is inspiring to everybody. I’ll pick the two winners on Tuesday. Much love- Lucan
when we were together - [collab w/ @justin jasmins]
hey. this is clark. he’s been my best friend for a few years now. i shot this photo earlier tonight. you see all those bags he’s lugging around? it’s filled with tons of film equipment for one of his countless number of projects. he’s currently at work across from me with all those bags sitting on the table. we’ve been working almost nonstop for seven hours now. his work ethic rubbed off onto me, which is probably the reason why i’ll be working til 4am tonight. I know that’s not necessarily healthy. i’m also falling behind on so many projects. i have some commercial shoots to edit & a ton of emails to follow up on, but i spent the past four hours in photoshop trying so many different techniques on this photo. I know that’s not the best use of my time. we’re both full-time students. I study marketing. I used to talk about dropping out of school so that I can follow the opportunities laid out before me. he was the only one who effectively persuaded me into toughing it out. I know that’s the smart decision. despite all this, I’ve accomplished several of my goals six months ahead of schedule. I’ve been feeling pretty damn happy & fulfilled lately. (that’s also why I slowed down with the sadboi captions ). because of him, I’ve been able to focus my energy in all the right places. I know that I’m in good company. love ya dude <3
Another old favourite from 2016, watching the sunset with my good friend @sxifty on a warm summer night
Urban Aurora — I shot this in 2017 with the idea of harmonizing the city with the amazing colours of the northern lights. I really want to see the aurora with my own eyes, just once. But for now, since I can’t really leave the city, I wanted to see if I could bring that kind of atmosphere to Toronto with this colourset. I’ve never really talked much about my inspirations. As a result of my Blade Runner-esque photo, I’m often referred to as a sci-fi photographer, especially when profiled by the media. And that’s cool. But in a more broad sense, I’m especially drawn to the nighttime colours of Toronto.. and I fell most deeply in love with photography when I learned how to set the city ablaze with colour. This was something I created just as an experiment. I’ve recently gotten obsessed with scenes of the auroras again so I thought I’d share. One day I’ll see them.
i’m not gonna lie - something short-circuited in my mind in these past couple weeks and i’ve been kinda freaked out to post anything on instagram you remember as a kid when you were kinda terrified of in-class presentations, in front of like 20 people that you knew? it’s that same kinda feeling - some feeling of sonder that tens of thousands of people have their eyes on every photo i share & every word i write, and that idea is kinda scaring the shit outta me. i don’t know how else to describe it. it’s literally never been a problem until lately anyway. I really enjoy creating these dreamscape edits but I’ve mostly kept them private. this is a far different style than what you’re familiar with so i’m going to turn off my phone after posting this and i’ll catch up with all your messages tomorrow thanks for all of your support & encouragement, hope you like this one ♥
I’m 21 today. I kinda thought I’d have something more substantial to say, but today kinda snuck up on me. this is a photo of me by @hdr - most people would be absolutely miserable getting drenched in a brutal rainstorm but this is what I look like during my happiest moments. it’s been over a year now since most of you joined me. that’s simply insane. I’m really happy you’re still by my side on this journey. I mean, cmon.. I get to create beautiful shit and all of you keep me afloat while I chase after my dreams? it doesn’t get much better than that. I definitely plan to pay it back. ; ) i fall deeper in love with photography every day. thank you for supporting me so that I can grow - both as an artist and as a human. ♥
this is a photo that i shot last summer and i’ve been sitting on it for eight months. i don’t know why i haven’t shared it. it’s one of my personal favourites and the memories behind it were beautiful. so since i got back home from hong kong, i’ve spent a lot of time trying to find my direction.. which path to follow? where to take my photography?.. i still don’t have that solution, but the most consistent answer has been to help other artists and share what i’ve learned along the way. i’ve got those projects in motion, and it’ll take a little while before i’m ready to publish anything, but for the moment i wanted to start a conversation about the ‘instagram mentality’. there’s no valid reason why i couldn’t have shared this particular photo anytime in the eight months between then and now. but like so many others, i didn’t want to break the stupid theme i had on my page. i’ve felt as though i’ve pigeonholed myself - especially in the month of december - restricting myself to only posting those high-contrast deep-blue images with silhouettes. sound familiar? if you’re a photographer publishing on instagram, you know all too well about this kinda logic. that’s what i call the ‘instagram mentality’. i’ve broken that theme in the last week by boldly posting these warmer-toned images. (yes, that’s the most exciting thing in my life this week ; ) even though i’ve still got a very specific theme going on, it’s allowed me to share a small fraction of my broader work that otherwise wouldn’t have much of a place on my profile. and from an outside perspective, that idea is still absolutely ridiculous. i’ve got so many photos on my hard drives that don’t deserve to be collecting dust. so if you’re experiencing that same kind of creative burnout, then think about doing what i just did - pivot yourself! right now i still have those self-imposed restrictions to share warmer photos, but it’s definitely helped challenge & inspire me to develop my style which will pay off in the long run. if you’ve got those photos that are collecting dust - you’re doing the world a disservice by not sharing your art with the world. ♥ . #shainblumff
You know what makes this photo so special to me? This was shot after pulling an all-nighter with @clvrks and @sxifty , cracking a beer together to watch the sunrise across the lake. I remember how amazing it felt to finally lie down on the rocks and embrace our fatigue. When the day started to break, I noticed that the sun would rise directly behind the cn tower. I dropped my bike and made a dead sprint across the park to get that photo. I rattled off these shots along the way but it was so difficult to line up the sun with the skyline because it was rising so fast. Man I remember my excitement when I got back to my buddies to show them everything I’d just shot. It looked absolutely phenomenal in-camera and it really reaffirmed my love for photography. I guess real life has kicked in because we haven’t been able to shoot as a group in ages. They’re the first people I met through social media and we practically taught each other how to hold a camera. I‘ve got this print hanging in my room to serve as a reminder of those days. . #shainblumff