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Painted Hand Ads

Moose HandsI noticed this very cool ad when I was passing through the Orlando Airport and was immediately taken by the stunning hand art as well as the clever way the message of the ad was communicated.  I was curious if there were more like this and it turns out that this is part of a larger series promoting international access with AT&T wireless  – click here to see some of the other painted hand images representing other countries around the world such as India and Zimbabwe. It turns out that AT&T isn’t the only one whose used this technique, however, I  think that their painted hands are the best of the bunch in terms of detail and expression.

Exposures Exhibition

Block D RisingThis Friday is the opening reception for the Exposures exhibition at the Agnes Etherington Art Centre and one of my photographs, Block D Rising, will be on display.  The exhibition consists of images taken by Kingston photographers that explore the changing urban environment and evolving economies in the City of Kingston and the surrounding area.

The opening reception is on Friday November 14th from 7 to 9pm in the Atrium of the Art Centre and the exhibition will be on display until December 17th.

View and Vote for the Verge Magazine Travellers’ Choice Award

Verge Magazine Photo Contest ShortlistThe shortlisted photos from the Verge Magazine 2008 photo contest, which I entered back in the spring, are now online. You can see all of the amazing photos that have been shortlisted as well as vote for your favourite for the Traveler’s Choice Award. Two of my photos have been shortlisted – Solar Power (in the Developing World category) and Seasoning (Environments category) – so please check them out and vote for your favourite.

View the shortlist and vote here.

Verge Magazine Photo Contest Shortlist

Verge Magazine Photo Contest ShortlistI’m happy to announce that the two photographs displayed here, Solar Power and Seasoning, have been short-listed for the 2008 Travel with Purpose photo contest put on by Verge Magazine, a Canadian travel magazine that explores opportunities to study, work, and volunteer abroad.  Both of the images were taken while I was in Peru – Solar Power, which was selected for the Developing World category, was taken on the Floating Islands of Lake Titicaca and Seasoning was taken in the Salt Pans near Cusco, Peru and was selected for the Environments category.

The images will be on display at the Go Abroad Fairs in Vancouver and Toronto in September and other events through the fall. Some of the short-listed images will appear in the Verge Magazine photo annual later this year, so if I’m lucky, I may get to see these photos published. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed.

Exposures Workshop with Preston Schiedel

Richardson Beach StairsThis past week I had the opportunity to participate in the second of three workshops that are part of the Exposures program put on the by Agnes Etherington Art Centre.  The program was designed to bring together Kingston photographers and examine the changing Kingston landscape through photography. This workshop was lead by Preston Schiedel, a Kingston photographer who uses a large format camera to capture desolate black & white Kingston landscapes.  The workshop was centered around his photography and raised some interesting questions about the images we capture and the process of photography itself.

It was interesting to hear Preston talk about his process, which is very different from my own.  His camera is large (40 lbs) and the film he uses is expensive, so he only takes one image.  This means that he will spend a lot of time studying a subject before photographing it and making sure that the exposure and other details are perfect before committing the image to film.  In my case, I have a small camera and I can take up to 400 RAW photos on one memory card, which allows me to take large number of images in one sitting. What this means for me is that I’ll often walk around with my camera, photographing what I see along the way, often times taking several shots of the same subject. I don’t worry too much about exposure or composition as these issues can be dealt with in post-processing – I’m happy as long as the photo is in focus.

Before attending the workshop, I had an idea of the different processes we employed as photographers, having heard him speak before.  However, the point really hit home when he asked us to do an assignment for the workshop, which was to go to the Richardson Beach house down by Lake Ontario and take one photograph.  This exercise forced me to operate in a completely different mode and I struggled with myself to not hit the shutter button every time I saw something of interest.  Before going there I thought about what time of day would be best and when I arrived I walked around the building several times, looking for the right shot.  There were a few shots that I would have liked to take, however, when I saw the shadow of the railing on the stairs I knew I had my shot.  The assignment was an interesting challenge, however, I can’t see myself abandoning my “shoot now, process later” approach anytime in the near future.

Next up is a workshop with one of my favourite photographers, Edward Burtynsky.  Needless to say, I’m very much looking forward to the opportunity to participate in a workshop with him.

Peacock Featured in Photosho

PeacockThe third issue of Photosho is now on the stands and one of my photographs, Peacock, appears in this issue.  The theme of the issue was Water and there were lots of great interpretations of this theme from photographers across Canada.  Photosho started just over a year ago and it is has been a real pleasure to browse through each issue and see all of the amazing talent there is amongst Canadian photographers. They are currently accepted submissions for the next issue on the theme Green so if you’d like to support a great Canadian magazine and get your work published, head on over to their site.

Kingston Photographic Club Annual Exhibition

The Annual Exhibition for the Kingston Photographic Club starts on Sunday June 1st and will run until June 27th. Three of my photos have been selected for the exhibit and two of my Flickr friends, David Tyner and Wayne Hiebert, will also have photos on display.

The opening is on Monday June 2nd at 7pm at the Wilson Room at the Kingston Public Library, so if you are in the Kingston area please come and check it out!

Hope in a Rosebud

A photograph of a staircase against a red dumpster, which I took on a recent trip to Montreal, was selected for the Utata home page as the image of the day. This was a treat in itself but what is even nicer is that Greg Fallis has written a thoughtful piece of prose to go along with the image that reflects upon the human desire to decorate.

The Blond Lobster & Ways of Seeing

From the instant I saw the picture of the furry blond lobster, the Kiwa hisuta, I was mesmerized. Apparently I wasn’t the only one as Mark Murford has written a wonderfully insightful article about the recently discovered crustacean and it’s power to invoke wonder in us. After reflecting on the feelings invoked by this fury little marvel, he states:

Kiwa hirsuta is, in short, a reminder. Of how little we know. Of how much we have forgotten. Of the wonders that exist everywhere, from oak leaf to vestigial tailbone. Of how we have to remember to look around, to cultivate the skill, the ability to see, lest we slowly go blind. Some say we have lost our power to be awed. We are too jaded, too saturated with media images and the relentless barrage of unspeakable war horrors, too soaked in the info overload of the Internet to be able to process and filter and pick out the gems and stand back and say, Oh my God, would you look at that, and what might that mean, and isn’t that just the most amazing thing and doesn’t it put everything in a fresh perspective, just for a minute?”

The Kiwa hisuta is a wonderful example of something different inspiring a new way of seeing and as Murford suggests, the ordinary, like an oak leaf, can equally invoke awe and provide a fresh new perspective. As a photographer, I enjoy capturing both the mundane and the extraordinary and both serve to remind us of the importance of keeping our minds and eyes open to discover new ways of seeing.



I just submitted Asymptote to JPG magazine for the upcoming Creative License issue, which explores the abstract edge of what is considered photography look specifically at photos that feature strong design, composing with lines, patterns, geometry, contrast, saturation, simplicity and complexity. If you are a member of the JPG site (it only takes a moment to join) and would like to see Asymptote in the next issue of the mag, you can vote here to help get this puppy into print.