Joel Clifton is a Canadian photographer.
Currently based loosely out of Toronto, Joel spends most of his time in his truck, exploring Canada and photographing what he loves. Whether climbing, paddling, fly-fishing or sitting beside a river reading a book, he'd almost always rather be outside. While striving to achieve intimacy in his photographs of people, he's also constantly looking for the easily overlooked details in scenes that make up the emotional and physical spaces his subjects inhabit. He looks for gestures, interactions and expressions that convey the romance of life in the outdoors.
After studying fine art and photography at Ryerson University he was awarded scholarships from the WorldPressPhoto Organization and the Boreal Collective. He was also named an Emerging Photographer at the 2018 Palm Springs Photo Festival. Whether in a university biochem lab or paddling a great Northern river, he's at home behind a camera. His work has taken him from Alaska to Istanbul and he has no desire to stop moving.
Clients include: Destination Ontario / Maclean's Magazine / OceanWise / Porter Airlines / NUVO Magazine / Ruby Range Adventures / Paddling Magazine / Cottage Life Magazine / Ryerson University / The University Of Toronto / Lodestars Anthology / Tourism Mexico / Metrolinx / Adventure Magazine / Arc'teryx / Overhang Adventures / Winkreative / DOT DOT DASH
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