August 27, 2011
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Yeah, I named this blog after a song that I really love by Ryan Adams. But it’s fitting with the images. The 2nd chorus of the song ends with the lines ‘Now I’m crooked on the outside, insides caved.’ It only makes sense.
August 24, 2011
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I talk about this quite a bit — the Holga I purchased last spring. I’d been wanting to get more involved and immersed in a more stripped down style of photography and that’s what led me to buying the Holga in the first place. It’s small, plastic and has next to no function options. It is what it is. Getting back to the so-called basics of photography has been quite an exercise for me, forcing me to think twice before firing the shutter, composing a shot and thinking about how the lighting might look once developed. I had fired off a few rolls of 120mm Kodak film, black and white — because it simply rules. I sent the rolls back to the Island to have them developed by a friend of mine and then he sent back the negatives and I scanned them. But let me explain this scanning part — I didn’t realise at first that I needed a scanner that was customized for 120 film, which is 6×6. My Canoscan 4400 is only meant for 35mm, so I had to improvise. I found a small glass surface, placed a piece of white blank paper underneath for diffusion and then placed both of them on top of a lamp. I then used a Macro lens to photograph each negative individually (TIME CONSUMING!!!) and then uploaded the photos to Photoshop, inverted the images and adjusted the contrast, brightness, levels — blah, blah, blah.
So far, I’m having a riot with this stripped down photography and I intend to continue as long as my short attention span will allow. Until then, check out the photos:
August 16, 2011
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To start of this blog post, I’ll begin with the alleged ‘exciting stuff’. I wrote an exhibition proposal about a month and a half ago for the Station House Gallery’s 2011/12 season. I was unsure how the idea would be received, but I was satisfied with my efforts and either way, it was a learning curve for me. Anyone who is familiar with writing proposals or grants, knows it’s no walk in the park. I certainly struggled with the format and even borrowed some literature on how to make a proper Artist Statement and CV — not the most interesting stuff in the world, but in this line of work it is VITAL to be able to persuade a Gallery to show your work. You might have some amazing images, but without a convincing proposal, it might not work to your benefit. Needless to say, my confidence is boosted.
Last week, I got an e-mail from the Exhibition Committee informing me that my photo proposal ‘Faces of Industry’ has been selected for the season! I was at a loss for words when I read the e-mail (expecting a Thanks, but no Thanks). ‘Faces of Industry’ is a documentary/portrait series exploring small town industry and the men and women who are involved in these incredibly difficult jobs. I’ll be commencing the project this fall and shooting on medium format and the show will open March 1st here in Williams Lake. I’m excited to have the show and hope to generate this into a book as well, but one day at a time. I’ll also be writing grant proposals like there’s no tomorrow.
New Series – My Personal Void
This past few months, my works has gone from ‘happy-go-lucky’ beautiful scenic and commercial portraiture to a more desolate and barren urban/rural landscape look. It’s a series I’ve been working on, and a very personal one. Leaving Vancouver Island was a tough move, relocating back to Williams Lake was even tougher and this work reflects that. It’s my own photo diary of how I felt making the transition and contemplating my next move in life. This past week, I went to Kamloops, BC and met up with Will Winter , a fantastic Victoria based fine art photographer, who is working on his own series. Together we roamed the Thompson-Nicola Valley region. This part of BC is dry, barren and dead-like. It was a perfect combination of what I was trying to convey in my work and it ended up being the strongest imagery for my series — completely unintended as I had gone to hang out with Will and just have fun. Here’s some of the images I managed to get.