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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.

Bad Ideas on a Beautiful Day

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:

Negatives are Positive — in the photography world that is.

I subscribe to Michael Rosso’s Film Photography podcast on Youtube — it’s a very resourceful and entertaining site dedicated to shooting film, most notably polaroid film and the insurmountable amounts of tips, tricks and fun you can have with limited gear — a polaroid, some film and tons of creativity. I recently bought a Polaroid Colorpack II camera and a couple of rolls of Fujifilm FP-3000b film to test the bad boy out. So far, I’m lovin’ it! Once you get past the tricky framing and focusing, it becomes a joy to snap, develop and take a look at what you have. In a podcast I watched earlier, Rosso talks about scanning your Fujifilm negatives to get a more contrasty image and once scanned and uploaded, you can tweak the image to your taste. Well, today I tried it out and it’s proving to be quite the venture. I for one love the rustic and beaten up look I get with some of the images and it works for what it is that I like in urban landscape photography. Here’s a few scans and you’ll know what I mean.

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.

 

 

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.

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