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Silently cool

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We passed this skateboarder on Vis island in Croatia whose board had lit wheels and we all commented on how cool that was. In fact, Ms. M. said she wished she had a cool husband like that. Little Miss F., without missing a beat, looked at her and said with absolute conviction: “Dad is cool in a silent way.”

Take that world.

Photo: Vis island, Croatia.

Islands…

“No scientific law, no sociological model can predict when or exactly where the sea will turn a small island into a civilization.”

Felipe Fernández-Armesto, Civilizations

Three from foggy Fogo Island

Boats and sunshine

I have a perfect antidote to occasional curiosity about the latest and greatest piece of digital equipment – I develop some Tri-X in D76 and it reminds me that I love everything about it: the process, the look and feel, the work and the imperfections and the limitations. It also reminds me how little I know and how much more is there to learn… Not dissing digital, just not for me at this point in time.

Boats and sunshine on Vis Island in Croatia.

Croatian word of the day: sunce sun [soon tze]

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Exhibit announcements

Developed first few rolls from Croatia. Pretty excited to see what’s on them. While they are drying, you get a photo from Fogo Island.

A couple of announcements. I have an exhibit scheduled for October in St. John’s, NL during the North Atlantic Forum conference and possibly another one in Saint John, NB in February. I will also be presenting a paper at the October conference. All of that, of course, providing that I find the money to make prints and frame them.

Joe Batt’s Arm fishing harbour on Fogo Island.

Croatian word of the day: luka harbour

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Croatia bound

So, I promised an exciting announcement and here it is:

Miss F. and I are on our way to Croatia where she is going to get spoiled by grandma and grandpa and I am going to finish my graduate research. In fact, I am writing this in Montreal Airport. I will also be making a stop on Malta where I will be giving a presentation on the Canadian portion of my research. We will be back in Canada on May 16.

There, I don’t think it gets more exciting than this.

Tilting, Fogo Island, Newfoundland.

Croatian word of the day: baka i deda grandma and grandpa

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Quiet time, please…

Those who know me, know that I dislike being in the middle of large groups of people engaged in mindless small talk. That’s the major reason why I don’t photograph weddings – they drive me around the bend. I just spent three days surrounded by 500 people and I can’t tell you how good it felt to spend the morning picking berries with the girls and cooking a dinner for everybody afterwards. I will say that some aspects of the last three days were fun, but I desperately needed my alone time. It will take me a week to recover from this.

On that note, here is an essay by Jonathan Rauch in The Atlantic that some time ago caused a bit of controversy: Caring for Your Introvert.

The photo is from Change Islands. Local residents and visitors are watching the Great Fogo Island Punt Race from the government wharf earlier this month.The race is not just a tourist attraction, but also an important part in preserving the local knowledge and tradition of wooden boat building.

Croatian word of the day: borovnica blueberry [boro vni tza]

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Change Islands

Change Islands, Newfoundland.

Croatian word of the day: ograda fence [og ra da]

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Change Islands, HCB at MoMA, Lane Turner on photojournalism, FSA colour work

I should be heading to Change Islands next week for a few days. I can’t imagine what the islands look like in winter. This is a photo from this past summer.

I haven’t posted links in a while so here we go:

A friend forwarded to me a fabulous piece of photographic history. We all know the iconic images Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Gordon Parks and the rest of the Farm Security Administration photographers made during the 1930s and 1940s across the United States. That still remains the most extensive visual record of the Great Depression and probably the most extensive visual record ever deliberately created. What is not well known is that FSA photographers made a small number of colour photographs as well as the iconic black and white images. You can see some of them on the PDN blog.

If you are in New York or if you are going to be in New York between April 11 and June 28, you should visit MoMA and what looks like a fabulous Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit.

Another thing you should not miss is this well-written and honest piece by Boston Globe photographer Lane Turner:

Slowly, over time, all those experiences exposed a bigger flaw: Too often I chose to photograph instead of actually live. I was rigidly defining myself as an observer and missing the fulfillment of the participant. I’d often wondered why my pictures weren’t better at capturing many of those small but profound moments in people’s lives; it was because I wasn’t enjoying enough of those moments myself.

I’m still learning. Turns out, my camera can parse meaning from the chaos of life. I just didn’t realize the chaos would be my own.

Croatian word of the day: boja colour [boy a]

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[Old Blog] Puncheon Cove

Eric gave us a ride to his old community of Puncheon Cove on Change Islands. The community does not exist any more, although somebody is trying to rebuild the lone standing house hidden in this sheltered cove. The families who used to live there still visit often and the kids swim in the cove in the summer. Most of the families now live in the main settlement on Change Islands along the main tickle. It’s quite remarkable to see how much landscape of those isles has changed in a very short period of time. There used to be a number of small fishing communities on Change Islands. Some of them were even large enough for a small school. The communities often had two parts – houses near the water were used during the summer months and houses in the interior, protected by the woods, were used in winter.

Croatian word of the day: naselje settlement [na se lye]

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[Old Blog] Change Islands, Susan Sontag

Started reading Susan Sontag’s On Photography. Probably should have read it long time ago, but didn’t. From reading the first few pages I think I’ll have a lot to say…

Change Islands, Newfoundland.

Croatian word of the day: esej essay [esey]

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GG’s decision, Brigus

I am somewhat gobsmacked by Governor General’s decision to prorogue the parliament. I understand that she was in a very tight spot thanks to a spineless prime minister, but this still does not feel right.

This is Brigus.

Croatian word of the day: sabor parliament

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[Old Blog] Entry 98

Research boat and buoys in Saint John Harbour.

Here is a collection of links for the day:

Asian Times take on Fallujah. The rhetoric is identical to that of Yugoslav Army “liberating” the city of Vukovar in Croatia. This is what it looked like after its inhabitants were “liberated.”

This spells trouble for all of us eventually. Instead of Italian, I think I should get myself into Mandarin classes- in the long term it’s going to be a lot more useful.

Sex ed Texas styleThe local paper here and the letters to the editor are advocating emphasize on abstinence rather than providing actually useful information as well. There is, however, an interesting study (watch out it’s a .pdf) that has been done recently with some encouraging results.

And on the technical side of things – my favorite web browser is now officially launched. You can download it here if you ever manage to get through.

[Old Blog] Entry 96

Dr. Methven with a baby dogfish. This sucker will grow to be quite a monster.

And this is where I come from.