Casey 3 Photo

Urban Landscape/Photo Journalist/Fine Art Photographer

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Keeping Records

Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited andstimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.
The Catcher in the Rye


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Upcoming Photo Exhibition and Some New Work

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.

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:

Isn’t All Photography Still Life?

Photographing Lumber

I set out on a mission today to get some photos, but I didn’t have the intention of photographing old piles of lumber. There’s an old sawmill in the industrial side of town that’s been abandoned for years now and so I thought it would make for some interesting photos. When I got there I took a few wide shots and then it happened — I got distracted with a bunch of stacks of old lumber sitting in the yard. I immediately fell in love with the texture and the design of the wood so I got in close and took some photos. Here they are:

Using Filters

Black and white photography. I love it. Love it! On my iGoogle page I have an Ansel Adams gadget that shows me a new photo every time the page refreshes and I love it! Lotsa love in this post.  I’ve been experimenting with filters — most of these are with blue and green filters. I’m going to try and get out again sometime soon and get some more appropriate landscape photos.

Out Cold

It’s been freezing the last few days here. We’re averaging -25 weather plus wind chill!! Yikes!!! Today warmed up just a bit for me to get out and take some photos, which I’ve been eager to do for a little while now. These were taken with a Nikon D1x (old DSLR from 2001) and a 28mm lens that I set at 5.6 and ISO at 800 just because I wanted a grainy result.

Schwartz Bay Photo Mission 2010

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