I recently wrote a short article for Bellamy Hunt's terrific website, JapanCameraHunter.com on a topic close to my heart - the importance of personal projects.
These, of course, can take the form of something small and occasional, to a large and involved body of work. The beauty of it is, it's entirely up to you. Read on, and please share your thoughts, experiences and ideas for projects!
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I often joke that a photographer is a person who works more on their days off (or holidays) than they actually do on the job.
There's a lot of truth to that observation. Most photographers...
I had the fun recently of producing some images to help with the 'grand opening' of a good friend's clinic right here in Brandon.
Reactive Massage Therapy clinic helped give our city's downtown a shot in the arm by renovating and moving into one of its heritage buildings. And what better way to introduce your work (and the people who do it) than with some specially commissioned photographs? Look for these on Reactive's website and new printed material.
And of course, help your moving parts move a lot easier and book them for an appointment if you're in the area!
Recently, an old pal of mine called me up needing a few photos of himself for an anthology he was being featured in. Happily, he's a cartoonist specializing in surf-rock bands, album covers, monster comics and all kinds of other retro-craziness. So, clearly, the creative parameters were going to be a bit, shall we say, looser than your average assignment.
Apart from knowing each other for some 20 years, it also makes for a fun shoot when every step confronts you with rubber chickens, a Hasil Adkins album, a literal wall of vinyl records or a curious kitty.
Hoping to get my hands on a copy...
The recent holidays had me seeing family in Winnipeg. As I was heading out the door, I took my Hasselblad along on a lark. Wasn't quite sure what I was going to do with it -- but that's half the fun, right there.
Along with a standard, or 'normal' lens I took along a few Proxar filters. These are close-up filters for the Hassy system that allow you to get closer (I'm not sure I'd call them 'macro' as you'd get closer with extension tubes) and on my drive in, I thought I'd use them to make Christmas images of my niece and nephews. It turns out they were perfect for what I envisioned -- I filled...
Not sure how many of you know this, but I have spent the past 4 years or so on a past-time (that's grown into what can safely be called a bit of an obsession) that's become increasingly popular of late -- street photography.
Of course, the genre is nothing new. Masters of years past like Henri Cartier-Bresson (and lesser-known genius' like Vivian Maier) changed the way people thought about photography and saw the world. I've always thought of Weegee as a street photographer, among many other things.
More recent photographers as varied as Garry Winogrand or Bruce Gilden add their own unique...
Some of you may have come across this article just after New Year's Day, about the photographer in Toronto who made a photograph of the city's skyline that lasted an entire year. It's just one example of how digital photography, for all the phenomenal advantages it offers, can sometimes limit what you can accomplish in photography.
The process he used is known as pinhole photography, and it's been used in one form or another for a long, long time now.
Recently, I developed a roll of film I'd forgotten about, and discovered it contained some pinhole images I'd made at Clear Lake, one of my favorite...
Welcome to my new(est) blog, "Light Table"!
This is envisioned as a place where I can share news of what's going on in my photography, show you a few images I've made lately, or simply pass on a few links I think you may find interesting. Needless to say, I hope you see it as a two-way street since I'd love to hear your thoughts. You can comment here or send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
There's few times better to launch the very first installment of a blog than New Year's Day. It's a happy coincidence, but those happen sometimes in photography. I had a few other...