Reggie, Redwood, Donald & Alexis
Alexis Greene is the human behind @reggieandthevan.
Who is Alexis?
Where are you from?
I was born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada but grew up in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies in Alberta. After nearly two years of living on the road all over North America from way up north in Haida Gwaii to way down south in Michoacan, Mexico, I have settled into a conventional house again on the West Coast of British Columbia, Canada in a small beach town called White Rock.
What is your dream job?
That's a tough one! In many ways, I feel like I'm already doing it. I work as an outdoor adventure and lifestyle photographer and am also a freelance editor and writer. My dream is to combine my skills as a visual and written storyteller to tell stories related to climate change. Specifically, I want to focus on the impact climate catastrophes have on women in marginalized communities and to allow these women's voices to be heard on a global scale. I also would like to work more steadily in ocean conservation out here on the British Columbia coast. I'm working towards my divemaster certification so that I can pursue more underwater photography and filmmaking.
What is the favorite place you have visited?
It's pretty hard to choose just one place. I fall in love and leave a little piece of my heart everywhere I go. In terms of pure experiences of wilderness and intact ancient ecosystems, I would have to say that Haida Gwaii in Northern British Columbia has stolen my heart entirely. Stewarded by the Haida first nation for thousands of years, the islands hold some of the most pristine, undisturbed examples of ancient northern temperate rainforest in the world. The experience of those incredibly complex forest systems changed me and the direction of my work forever.
If you could choose one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Oh man! That's so hard. I love food so much. I guess if I had to pick one meal, I would choose to combine Palak Paneer & Navratan Korma with a side of garlic naan. I could eat that every day for the rest of my life I think.
If you could pack up your bags right now and go anywhere where would you go?
Just about anywhere. I'm endlessly curious. There is still so very much world for me to see and learn from.
What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?
Don't let the world tell you how you're supposed to do things. Don't allow a broken system to dictate your happiness. I've chosen an unconventional path in life that many people didn't understand until quite recently when they started seeing my images and writing published. If I had succumbed to outside pressures when choosing my path in life, I would probably be miserable and holed up in a cubicle somewhere in a big city. Instead, with the encouragement of a few mentors, I chose to live on my own terms and to work as an artist. This hasn't always translated to financial success, but I sure have collected a lifetime worth of stories--and I'm only 28! I'd rather eat cans of chickpeas in my van and have a few items of clothing than a closet full of fancy things and a big house any day.
What was your main motivation to join the REMU Family?
From the first time you guys messaged me when you were starting up about using some of my photos, I have felt very strongly about your bold grassroots challenge of the fast fashion market and your direct empowerment of women living in marginalized communities. REMU's values align solidly with my own. I believe it's extremely important to support and represent companies with strong vision for a better planet and better lives for the people on it. The business model you have come up with at REMU is unique and I want more people to know who you are, the good you're doing and to follow your example of ethical, environmentally sound business practices.
What is your favorite REMU product?
I don't go anywhere without my customized REMake jacket. Amazingly, after almost a full year of toting it around the continent- it still looks brand new. I'm so glad spring is on its way in the Pacific Northwest and it has stopped pouring rain every day so I can get out of my raincoat and back into my denim.