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I Taught Myself How to Grow Old

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.

 

 

Holgamentary, my dear Watson ……

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:

MTPWSY: Nicole Staebell-Brown

Who are you?

My name is Nicole Brown and I am Children and Family Photographer. I am married to my one true love and mother to two lovely girls (Kennedy 2 and Katie 10 weeks old). I am a lover of life, family, and fun. I would spend my waking hours with a camera in my hand, chasing after children and dogs, running forest trails, playing on the beach with my family, riding my Lambretta, and only spend a fraction of time on housework and editing.

 Schooled or self-taught?

 I studied at the University of Victoria where I majored in Visual Arts.  I spent another two years working as a customer service representative in a professional photo lab, worked as a production assistant in a graphic design firm, assisted several commercial and portrait photographers in Canada and the United States, and worked as an instructor of Photoshop at a community college. I have spent the last 5 years teaching myself how to run a business. I’m still in love with learning- it never ends.

 When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

People have always fascinated me. I’m a people watcher and I love secrets. I study what people say when they’re not speaking.  I love a face that changes over time. I think relationships are intricate and beautiful. Photography was an easy fit from the first time I picked up a camera. I loved photographing my friends and other people by telling their stories. I started in highschool, because my art teacher saved me from being suspended from skipping class. He told the principal that I was working on a photography project. The next day I had a Pentax K-1000 in my hand and I was learning how to process film. I became so in love with the darkroom and spent hours after school printing and every chance I could shooting. I stopped skipping school because I didn’t want to lose darkroom privileges.

What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

I like to photograph people, emotion, love, and tell stories through images. I specialize in Children and Families because that’s where my heart is.

 

Favorite lens and why?

I love the 70-200 L IS 2.8, because it forces you to think in a totally different way.  You have to step back and breathe. To anticipate a moment. It’s my favourite sniper lens.

Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

 I love Syke Hardwick, Tamara Lackey, and Sandy Puc. I’d want to know the all important question: How do you create artistic images, run a successful business, stay healthy, and do this while being the best wife and mother you can be. How do you stay balanced?

 

Ideal gig would be ….

High end styled children’s portraiture.

 If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be

 Shoot from your heart but keep your head in the business.

To see more of Nicole’s work, you can  go to: http://www.nicolebrown.ca/

Scanners — B&W Prints

I scanned some 35mm ISO 200 colour film, expired circa 2007 (?) on my Canoscan 4400F — amazing!! After uploading them, I decided to convert a majority of them to black and white and what I got was a beautiful heavy grain look. Take a look-see:

Photo Session with Evan: Round Two

Last night we got rained out during our photo session. Today — much better. I had a good time with Evan, whom I’ve known for a few years now. In fact, it was his first band, Loaded Stream that got me into concert photography and eventually led me into weddings, band promos and all that other fun stuff. Evan was in Vancouver for a couple of years playing with The Rebel Spell and then opted to do his own thing because touring was getting to be a little too much at the time. He’s moving to Nelson, BC aka BC Paradise at the end of the month to live the chill life and write music with his girlfriend Katia. Here’s some photos from today’s shoot:

Negatives!

I decided to scan some old negatives I took a few months ago in Vancouver. They haven’t been well kept, but I do like the ‘scratched authenticity’ to them.

 

 

Some New (and Exciting) Things!

I just noticed that my last Blog update was April 19th — that means I didn’t post a single blog in the month of May!! How inappropriate of me. The month of May was slow for me. I got a new job and it required me to work quite a few night shifts and that took up a good portion of time I would have loved to have dedicated to photography, but never fear, for I have returned, haha.

Last week I was asked by local singer/songwriter and friend of mine, Oren Barter, to take some photos to promote his upcoming tour. We used a great space in the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society building and this is what I came up with:

A few weeks ago, I ordered a Holga 120GN medium format camera from an online store in Hong Kong. For those who don’t know what a ‘Holga’ is, it’s simply a plastic toy camera. That’s right, a toy. They’re cheap, plastic and they take AMAZING photographs! Because of its limitations with 1 shutter speed (1/100th), two apertures (F/8 and F16) and problems with light leaks, the Holga produces ‘unpredictable’ dreamlike images. Some Holgas have a cheap plastic lens that creates a sharp middle, blurred surrounding and also have a strong vignetting around the edges. I bought a Holga that comes with a glass lens because I like sharper images. The Holga is also medium format, meaning that rather than 35mm cropped photos that you would normally get with an SLR, the images are 6×6, meaning they’re square. The reason I bought one is because rather than trying to create a mistake-ist look in Photoshop, I figured why not just go to the source and embrace the unpredictable beauty of the real deal? I haven’t had a chance to develop the film yet and hopefully within the next couple of weeks, I’ll be able to do that. This is by no means a ‘pro’ camera, and it’s advised that you do not solely use one for commercial or client work, but it’s certainly fun to have on the side for personal use.

In the next month or so, I’ll be getting a Photography Group established in town. The purpose is to not only create a group of like-minded people to get together with and talk photos, but also to create a community where people can talk business and marketing strategies, hold exhibitions, promote one another, host workshops and develop a stronger photography movement in the area. With the Central Cariboo Arts and Culture Society in town, I believe this is the time and place to take advantage of such a thing and it’s exciting! I’m hoping to get a few people interested and from there we can meet a couple of times a month and work out a plan that best suits everyone and they’re levels of skill and development.

Also, just finished some new Business Cards — I do have to credit Victoria, BC based designer Alain Champagne for the original design, which I did buy the rights to use.

MTPWSY: Leah Selk

  • Who are you?
    I am Leah Selk

    Are you schooled or self-taught?
    My dad attempted to teach me how to use his Pentax Spotmatic II in my pre-teen years, but that didn’t last long. I started off as self-taught in regards to darkroom by learning how to develop my poorly exposed negatives (like I said, Dad attempted, but wasn’t very successful) in the dusty Columneetza darkroom learning from whatever old material or books I could find there (the darkroom and equipment hadn’t been used since the 70’s per the dates on the chemicals). I’ve been schooled since then.

    When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?
    These were separate occasions. My father had attempted to teach me at an earlier age – I didn’t put the camera down, but I also didn’t take anything about it seriously. It wasn’t until I took a photo class as part of the Fine Arts program at Camosun College in Victoria that I started to realize what the camera was actually capable of and it sucked me in – enough so that I pretty much gave up the drawing and painting that took me to Camosun in the first place and entered the photography program at Concordia University in Montreal to complete my Bachelors.

    What type of photography do you specialize in and why?
    Fine Art photography, because the camera is a way for me to express myself as an artist. This usually comes through via self-portraits and staged scenes amongst natural landscapes, and anything to do with nostalgia. I also found that I was drawing from my photos, so decided to put more into creating the photo as the final product.

    Favorite lens?

     Mamiya RB 50mm. It’s so sexy. Holga lenses also rock, if you’re in to unpredictability.

    Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

    Influences would be Bob Preston (Camosun College photo tech), Raymonde April and Marisa Portolese (professors at Concordia University), a few peers (Sara A. Tremblay, Daniela Ansovini, Daniel Barney, Meera Margaret Singh, Celia Perrin Sidarous, Louis Perreault). Big Wigs: Cindy Sherman, Bill Brandt, Jeff Wall. Question: Can I take your picture in a uniquely individual staged setting?

    You ideal Gig? 

    I don’t do no stinkin’ gigs…

    If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be ….

    Don’t give up on film.

MTPWSY: Kate McLaren

Who are you?

Kate McLaren

Schooled or self-taught?

I learned retouching in school and that definitely helped me make up for what I lacked in technical skills and equipment. I’ve gradually bridged that gap by some assisting but mostly it’s amazing what you can teach yourself online. There are so many great resources out there.

When did you first pick up a camera and the moment you just knew?

It’s been a long process. My dad writes books on archival marine photography, so growing up, I’d always been exposed to a lot of really interesting imagery and had a strong appreciation for great pictures instilled in me. Although he’s a fairly burly sea captain, he’s been known to steal my Vogue Magazines from time to time! I honestly didn’t do too much in high school aside from a few run of the mill angsty teen goth shoots in Ross Bay Cemetery. After high school, I attended Emily Carr and went on to graduate from Capilano University’s design and illustration program with a view to becoming a graphic designer. I’d started taking photos at Cap mainly so I could hone my retouching skills, but it wasn’t till after graduation when my dad bought me my first DSLR that I really decided it was something I couldn’t live without.

What type of photography do you specialize in and why?

I specialize in portraiture and fashion. My mother is a phenomenal portrait artist and I think that is where I got my fascination with portraying people. She has this amazing way of getting to know her each of her subjects and capturing their personalities on canvas and if you’re good, you can do the same thing on film. While I appreciate architectural and nature photography when it is well executed, I personally feel that nothing is more interesting and beautiful than the human form. I’ve always been a fashion junkie and the theatrics/fantasy of it all has always intrigued me – it’s all about building an illusion and I love that. I’ve also become a bit of a drag queen specialist -not something I really planned on, but I happen to know a lot of fabulous queens personally and no one has better make up or more glamourous wardrobes.

Favorite lens and why?

Equipment comes second to my interest in the subject. I’ve never really liked talking about it although I recently upgraded and love, love, love my new baby.

Who are your influences? And if you had one question to ask them, it would be ….. ?

My influences vary greatly, ranging from Hedi Slimane’s stark black + whites to David LaChapelle’s saturated grotesque fantasy creations and even to a lot of the amazing emerging talent on flickr is incredibly inspiring. I would probably ask LaChapelle what Amanda Lepore is like on set.

Ideal gig would be ….

Shooting Amanda Lepore….for Italian Vogue

If there is any advice, whether it be camera or business related, it would be ….

The only way to grow as a photographer, or as anything else for that matter, is to jump in the deep end – to put yourself in uncomfortable situations and force yourself to rise to the occasion.

    To see more of Kate’s work, visit www.kate-mclaren.com