Sunday, February 21, 2010

when one things leads to another that leads to another..

It happens to everyone, quite often for me lately as it turns out. You know, when you look at one blog or site or something, and that brings up a question you look up, or a link to another interesting thing, which leads to another, and then you forgot what you went online in the first place for? Well I completely forget how it started, but I ended up at this page. I ended up reading the whole thing. I think it's a rather interesting article by editorial photographer Doug Menuez for photographers. He talks about longevity in this business, how to stay happy doing it, and other things on the subject that I've been trying to learn all about from a variety of sources. The best things are found by accident though, aren't they? Here's a link to a Ted Talk he did as well, on a project he shot in the 80s pertaining to the birth of technology as we know it.

All of this 'one things that leads to another' business got me thinking about something my friend Sophie and I were discussing when we got together over Christmas. She is taking the advertising program at Humber and we were talking about how creative ideas come about. She mentioned that she learned about James Webb Young's book A Technique for Producing Ideas. Part of his theory is that you have to spend a lot of time researching, reading, and looking at aaaalll these different sources of information that will, in the end, all play a part in your final, unique, idea. Anyways, that seems to be what I've been doing over the past.. year and a half.. but not really on purpose. Just bouncing from one source to another to another taking in all this information on everything under the sun, but in the end somehow relating to photography, even if it seems completely off topic. You wouldn't think watching CTV news would necessarily drive someone's photography in some way, would you? Maybe you would. I certainly didn't. But as I'm nearing the end of this year, I'm beginning to realize that all these bits of information are playing a role in what I want to shoot, how I want to shoot it, and WHY. But I guess that theory can be applied to anything. Life in general I guess; someone isn't defined by a single incident, but it is rather their collective life as a whole that shapes who they are.

Wait.. wasn't this supposed to be a photo blog? I got off track again. Rambled. I'm sure you've stopped reading by now. Guess one thing lead to another again haha

Saturday, February 20, 2010

portrait of the artist - vernissage

Tonight, Arts & Architecture hosted the Portrait of the Artist vernissage, and they got a great turnout! Met some new people, got photo taken for Snap magazine, had some food, it was a good night! Here's a couple shots.

Also, a random snap from a bathroom.. a rather puzzling one..

Saturday, February 6, 2010

elevator digital - negative space contest!

A month or two ago, we were given an 'assignment' made-to contest about using FTP software to get printing done at big labs. It turned into a contest hosted by Elevator Digital in Toronto, in the form of all the second years shooting an image in the theme of negative space. We then uploaded our images to the Elevator FTP, they printed with their amazing equipment, and sent it back to us. We all made minor adjustments, repeated. Then Bob Carnie from Elevator came in all the way from T.O. to give us an inspiring talk about photography, printing, careers, and much more. At the end he named off the top 10 images from the bunch, and announced the winner.. and it was me! :O There were SO many good shots from everyone else I really didn't think mine would compare.

My shot was of a hospital bracelet of mine from 2007, another bracelet from a family member, and a hospital card from another family member. It was more of a personal piece I wanted to do since the fall, that happened to really work for negative space (negative space visually, negative space figuratively, cuz you know, hospitals are 'negative' spaces.. haha..). Super super simple idea and execution, but it was meant to be that way to fit what I thought this photo should be about. Anyways I won an AMAZING prize, free printing from Elevator!! That's no cheap prize, either!

BIG thanks to Bob Carnie, Elevator, and all the profs at Algonquin for making this contest happen!!

If you would like more info about the Algonquin Photography program and what we've been up to, check out the blog!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

scouting life magazine

Around this time last year I shot an outdoor scouting sled race day (that's probably a terrible description) and I was contacted about using one of my images for a possible upcoming issue of Scouting Life. A few months past without hearing any more so I completely forgot about it, until a few days ago when I received an email saying they actually chose one for the cover of THIS year's Jan/Feb issue! I was pleasantly surprised since I thought it kinda fell through! :)

marianne wilkinson annual report

At the beginning of December, City of Ottawa councilor for Kanata North Marianne Wilkinson celebrated 40 years in politics. I shot this for her, and it was a great night at the Brookstreet Hotel with lots of speeches, stories, and presentations from many Ottawa leaders and community representatives. My shot of her being introduced at the beginning of the night, walking into the hall is what they used on her Annual Report. I actually liked the crop they chose, thinking it would be most suitable when I took it anyways haha. The hands on the left clapping was kind of a 'decisive moment' sorta instance. Anyways, this was circulated in her ward district and I was happy I was part of it. Congrats, Marianne!

hockey day in canada

Last weekend was Hockey Day in Canada, with rinks all over Ottawa (and Canada) participating, having teams and locals come out to skate and play. I got this shot in Stittsville before the national anthem of one of the games. Kinda thought it represented the day well!

back to basics

A couple of weeks ago, we decided to do a last minute shoot just for the hell of it in Leanne's room. I don't think I've EVER used straight, on camera flash for any shoot. Too basic, not much thinking involved other than powering up or down the flash and it's zoom range. So on a whim, I decided to do it because I never have. Go for the whole grungey marc jacobs kinda look. I zoomed the flash to 105mm to get the vignette so I wouldn't have to do it in post. Cam settings were basic. It was fun to try something simple and new since it was just for fun!

olympic torch

In December, the Olympic torch was passed through Kanata. Although it was at 8AM and freezing cold, it was really cool to have the opportunity to shoot it!