Meet @punkodelish (Kael Rebick) who has been working as a social media influencer full-time since January 2015. Kael lives in Toronto and started taking photographs in 2005, after she found a camera in a drawer. When she first started photography she took photos of her father’s garden every day. Here’s a peek into the life of one of Canada’s top travel photo artists. If you’re looking for things to do in Toronto from a local perspective, read on.
Do you consider yourself a photographer or an instagrammer?
I consider myself more of a photo artist and content creator.
I think anyone who takes photos can call themselves a photographer but I always feel that’s a lofty title for what I do since I haven’t had any formal training.
What did you do before you became a photo artist?
I was working in medical administration but always wished I could be doing something more creative.
Photography was my hobby and I had a passion for it.
My life today is completely different to what I was doing five years ago.
I couldn’t ever have conceived that I would be doing the amazing things I’m doing now.
A typical working day is different, depending on where I am.
It usually consists of taking a lot of photos and editing those photos.
I’ve been all over Canada and the USA.
I have also been fortunate to visit Australia, Fiji, Turkey, Switzerland, Amsterdam, Italy and England.
But there are so many places I still hope to see.
Was it your ever your goal to become a photographer?
I’ve always been interested in the arts but never specifically into photography. I just happened upon it one day when I found that camera.
Maybe it was fate. I have had no formal training.
I often say I have no idea what I’m doing. It’s all instinct and a love for what I’m seeing and capturing.
My mother called my sister Punkodelish when she was a baby.
I always liked the sound of it and decided to use it as my Instagram handle.
What gear do you use?
I use a Fuji XT-10 with various lenses and my iPhone. I edit with Snapseed, VSCO and Priime on my phone. I have recently started to use Lightroom on my computer.
When I’m on the road I try to travel as light as I can. I bring my camera and lenses and my phone.
How would you describe your photo artistry?
I photograph what looks beautiful to me.
I try to capture those things and share them as best as I can.
Do you plan your shoot?
Mostly I just wander.
If I’m on a trip, I’ll be visiting specific places that are hopefully very photogenic.
If it’s a lifestyle shot, I am likely to do more planning.
Is it too late for someone just starting out on Instagram?
It’s never too late. It takes a lot of consistent work. I always recommend posting good quality images and staying engaged.
What’s your favourite season in Toronto?
I love every season.
That’s one of the things I love most about living in Toronto.
Of course, I’m partial to fall but it’s lovely here all year round.
What are the best things about Toronto?
I love the neighbourhoods. We have great food, amazing culture and so many diverse cultures.
For photography, I love the ravine by my house and of course our Flatiron building.
We have a great mix of nature and city to photograph in Toronto.
Where do you go to chill out?
I love to take walks all over the city and listen to music.
That’s the best way I know to stay calm and centered.
Favourite restaurants in Toronto?
Queen St West
If you had to move to elsewhere in Canada where would you choose?
I would probably choose Montreal.
It’s such a beautiful, vibrant city.
Or maybe somewhere in Newfoundland.
I love it there.
Three places on your bucket list
- Fogo Island in Newfoundland
- Tofino in British Columbia
Kael Rebick is a professional photo artist who lives in Toronto.