Photographs, words and sounds

A conversation about local knowledge


With the last episode of Rural Routes we waded into the territory of knowledge. Local knowledge. You can hear an artist and a scholar Pam Hall talking about her project Towards the Encyclopedia of Local Knowledge.

The photo was made on Fogo Island two years ago. It’s been a while since we were there.

On The Go


I am a bit surprised, in a good way, about the attention my presentation to to the Newfoundland and Labrador Library Association has been getting. There are even some interesting projects that might come out of it. Somehow, CBC has learned about my talk and I had a chance to speak with On The Go host Ted Blades (also a photographer and a former rangefinder user.) Here is a link to that conversation.

The photo was made on Fogo Island.

Reggie’s closes

A friend on facebook just announced that Reggie’s closed (it’s facebook, so take that with a grain of salt). Reggie’s was a small diner on Germain street in Saint John, New Brunswick. A truly unique place. Miss F and I (and, eventually, Little Miss F as well) made it a family tradition to walk down for a Sunday breakfast at Reggie’s. I have a lot of memories associated with that place.There was a little old fashioned high chair with Winnie the Pooh carved on it’s back that both girls thought of as their own.

Sometime in 2005 I took a series of photographs in Reggie’s that eventually became a multimedia piece you can see above.

Saint John is a strange place. It doesn’t really have much going for it, but it sort of grows on you. Reggie’s is one of the reasons I will always feel that Saint John is home.

Croatian word of the day: tuga sorrow


Patch of grass, Greg Walsh, excuses and beaver tails

I was at the top of CN Tower in Toronto with a colleague when I spotted this little patch of grass between the concrete, steel and glass.

I know I have been lax when it comes to this here blog. Sorry about that. This is still very much time of transition for us and it’s bound to be for a while longer.

I do have a couple of things that I would love to post. The Maritime Noon piece on Wood Island has been sitting here for a while and waiting for me to actually develop film I shot on that day. I won’t be able to do that for another month or so until I set up my darkroom. For now, I am going to leave you with a podcast created for Memorial University website. It should air tomorrow with a proper intro, but here you get pre-release. Greg Walsh, whose voice and music you will hear, is the youngest provincial archivist in Canada and the 2008 winner of the Horizon Award. The award recognizes young alumni who have achieved extraordinary personal and professional success. This is not a hard hitting piece of world changing nature, but I think it’s interesting. Enjoy!

Also, Serena, I can’t believe that I haven’t mention you and your sister on my blog. How inconsiderate of me. You guys were absolutely fabulous and I will always be in your debt for introducing me to those amazing beaver tails (and Copeland’s house still makes me shake my head).

Croatian word of the day: rep tail


[Old Blog] Saint John Jewish Community, photographs from Israel

This is a snapshot of the interior of the Saint John synagogue. The sound is a Maritime Magazine piece I did about a month ago and never posted for unknown reasons. The piece is about 18 minutes long.

Israel is celebrating its 60th birthday this year. There are not many places in the world that have been as extensively photographed in the past six decades. Here is a collection of some recent as well as older work by various photographers. This is, by no means, an exhaustive list:

CBC’s slideshow The Birth of Israel.
Micha Bar Am’s book Israel: A Photobiography.
Rina Castelnuouvo’s work for New York Times on Israel’s Arabs is here.
Yoav Galai’s work on Palestinian life in East Jerusalem.
Larry Towell’s book Then Palestine and a multimedia feature by Paolo Pellegrin on the evacuation of the Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

Croatian word of the day: sukob conflict

[NOTE]: Sorry about the wonky sound. Everything is wonky on this machine. I’ll try to fix it.

[Old Blog] Dispatches piece from Vukovar

This is not a multimedia piece in a sense that the photos are simply snaps I was never happy about and really had no intention of posting them on their own. The photos were not made so that they support the story. However, as Dispatches piece ran today, I decided to string them together for you so that you can get at least a little bit of a feel for the place as you listen to the radio part of it. I hope you like it. I also included the captions which have a bit more information if you are so inclined. As always, I encourage you to subscribe to the Dispatches podcast – really, really good radio.

Speaking of radio, I picked this up while listening to BBC’s The Now Show podcast. Apparently, there is a device shopping malls are installing to prevent teens from loitering. It’s called Ultrasonic Teenage Deterrent (I kid you not). It emits high frequency sound that usually only people under the age of 25 can hear. British teens already figured out it makes a perfect cell ringtone that teachers can’t hear.

Croatian word of the day: rat: war

[Old Blog] CBC piece on Croatian election, Black Tickle, Peter Power, and posavina horses

A piece I did for the CBC’s Dispatches on Croatia before the 2007 parliamentary election aired yesterday. The show is available as a podcast and I would really encourage you to subscribe to it. It’s one of the best such programs anywhere and it provides a Canadian perspective on the world, something that is getting harder and harder to get in the print media.

Working on a longish piece like this with CBC producers was a really, really positive experience. I learned a ton of stuff and I am really excited about working on another piece that I might be doing for them.

Now, I want to send you to a multimedia piece done by the Globe and Mail photographer Peter Power on a small community in northern Labrador Black Tickle. Peter also has a thoughtful and well written blog which I added bellow. I am not sold on the use of video in this particular piece. I am not sure that it adds to the story something that a still image would not convey better.

These are posavina horses in Lonjsko Polje Nature Park.

Croatian word of the day: sretan: happy