Thursday, September 4, 2014

"Pay what you want" for personal images in the collection

Do you know these guys? How about the guys here?

If you see anyone in any of my fotos, please send them a link. I'm wanting to get my images of men (and women) working in the woods into the hands of the people I've been photographing, at affordable rates. So I'm offering a "pay what you want" for digital files of personal images. 

See all images at

How does Pay What You Want work?

  1. Go to the site at;
  2. Find images you like and put them in the "Lightbox" OR record the file name, e.g. hpm2014_7D_9220;
  3. Send me a note (see below) with the file names AND: 
    1. your relationship to the pictures (it's you, your buddy, husband, brother, sister, etc);
    2. what you want to pay for the pictures you've selected;
    3. a statement that you will only be using the images for personal use (not to advertise your falling or tree-topping business, for example);
    4. your name, postal address, and how you're going to pay (cheque or PayPal [credit card, bank] to sales@hanspetermeyer);
  4.  Send payment by PayPal (sales@hanspetermeyer) or mail your cheque to me at HPM, 1052 Stewart Ave, Courtenay, BC V9N 3H4
  5. Once I've received payment and your file names, I'll send you the digital files (suitable for 8x10 prints) at the email you've provided. 

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Highlights from the Working in the Woods Today exhibition

Working in the Woods Today, Campbell River Museum exhibit, Jan-April 2012 - Images by Hans Peter Meyer

In 2012 I was invited by the Campbell River Museum to put together an exhibition of photographs from my Working in the Woods Today book project. I've chosen 16 images from the 56 in the show, to give a feel of what I'm seeing out in the woods today. Please comment, please share!

Note: I've been invited to exhibit at the Surrey Museum in 2015, with anticipated date of exhibition Summe-Fall of 2015. More on that as we get closer to finalizing an agreement.

If your business or industry needs photographs showing work in progress, team photos, or gift books, please be in touch.

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Oil patch? Or coastal forest industry? Where would you rather work?

Given the recent news that oil patch workers are starting to trickle back into a reviving coastal forest industry, I asked the question on the Facebook page last week: Where would you rather work, and why? Click on "comments" to see others answers.

I'd love to hear your thoughts, either on the Facebook page or here on the blog.

Post by Working in the Woods Today - a book project.

Here are some initial comments...

  • Edward John Johnson Spent my life in the woods for 30+ years, have worked in the oil patch since 2008 and wished I had made the move 20 years before. To many down cycles in logging they don't pay for tickets travel time and the camps are antiquated compared to the o patch. I work longer hours but am happier and treated far better than I ever was in the woods
  • John Courchesne Love working in the woods, did for over 20 years and home every night. But the money is better in the patch and you can have extended time at home because you can afford to. I have more home time now.
  • Duane Wingert The bush! Its a renewable resource. Extracting and fracking isn't!
  • Cheryl Jones The forest because you are in a sustainable renewable industry not just taking and leaving a mess behind, the forest is also beautiful, serene, and full of clean air!
  • Nattanya Birkhaven Work is for money, thus food. OR work is for a ?

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Justin Rigsby talks about business in the forest industry's "new era" - from #2014TLA

Justin Rigsby is COO with Holbrook Dyson Logging on Vancouver Island. He was also moderator of a panel on doing business in the "new era" at the 71st Annual Truck Loggers' Association Convention in Vancouver, on January 20, 2024. I interviewed Justin shortly after his panel, and asked him to summarize the highlights. The interview took place at a location near Stanley Park (hence the "Stanley Park" on the video).

For more coverage of #2014TLA, please see my two articles in BC Business magazine online here
(about the long-awaited industry "super-cycle") and here (Justin's panel on challenges and the "new era")

The Working in the Woods Today project

I'm working on a book project about what it's like to be working in BC's coastal forest industry today. Please see for more information.

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Spring planting in the Sayward Valley - a slideshow

Tree Planting - WFP - Images by Hans Peter Meyer

A selection of images from a recent foto trip to Victoria Main in the Sayward Valley. Thanks to Western Forest Products and the Lukwa contracting crew for making this happen. Thanks to forester Taisa Brown for being such a great tour guide!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

ReBlog of "The Silviculturist"

"Sarah [Mukai] on Gilford Island. The plastic cones protect cedar seedlings from deer." from "Matt's" post
This "coastal forest industry project" is a big project. I'm not sure how long it will take to build my book about "working in the woods today – the coastal forest industry in the 21st century," but I know it will take longer than I'd originally anticipated.

Along the way, I'm finding materials that help tell this story. Here's one by Matt (no last name on the blog) of Campbell River. His profile of what forester Sarah Mukai does in the mid-coast starts with my video interviews with Sarah (from 2011), and quickly moves on to some interesting observations and photographs. Here's a taste....

Sarah is a silviculture forester. Essentially, her job is to manage the replanting of tree species to replace those felled by her company, as legislated by the provincial government. Silviculture management requires Sarah to spend many hours in the field, supervising planting and brushing operations, surveying replanted blocks, and, on rare occasions, planting trees herself, where only a few (hundred) are needed to fill spaces in a previously planted area. (Brushing is the management of "weed" species, like alder, that grow more vigourously and shade the planted trees. Brushing involves the girdling or poisoning of these weed species to allow the more desired species enough light.) ... more at

16 December 2012

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Monday, November 26, 2012

60% off Forest Industry prints - launching our Seasonal Sale

Screenshot of a handful of the hundreds of images of today's coastal forest industry at

Got the forest industry in your family? We've just launched our "seasonal sale" of photographs from the Coastal Forest Industry Project with prints reduced by 60%.

How to buy:

  1. Visit our e-commerce site at
  2. Choose the images you want
  3. When it's time to pay... use this coupon code: WORKINGINTHEWOODSTODAY
  4. Use the "guest" account option and make your purchase!

Having trouble? Contact me directly at

Happy Festive Season!

26 November 2012