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Film photoblogs

Neat thread on featuring several film photoblogs including Colin Corneau whose work is familiar to most folks in Manitoba and Trevor Marczylo whose style I quite like.

A brass orchestra crossing the main square in Zagreb, Croatia.

Croatian word of the day: orkestar orchestra

Support Island Landscapes exhibit



[Old Blog] Violin makers story tearsheets

Some tearsheets from yesterday’ s Star.

Croatian word of the day: isječak tearsheet [is ye chak]


[Old Blog] Violin maker story

The story on violin maker Rodney DeVries is out in today’s Star. Hopefully, I’ll be able to pick up a copy tomorrow.

Croatian word of the day: violina violin


[Old Blog] Violin maker, famous negatives, Torgovnik, S., Grbavica, Pettersson, McPhee and Wilson, McCullin interview

Rodney de Vries is repairing a bridge on an old French violin.

I lost two photo assignments in my recent hard drive crash that morphed into a motherboard crash and who knows what else. I also lost four days of meticulous graduate photo work. The rest was backed up so it’s not as bad as it could have been. Luckily for me, it was possible to reshoot both assignments. Rodney builds and repairs violins pretty much every day and the Storytelling Circle meets every month, so we’re good.

I have been lax about blogging, but have been actually collecting the links I wanted to share.

In the honour of the fact that by the end of the week I should again have a film scanner- and yes, I have a bunch of corner store photos- here is a link to a remarkable gallery of famous negatives. Now, if you are on a mac, press command + control + option + 8 and see how good those negs would look printed straight.

Slate some time ago had a story about Jonathan Torgovnik and his series of portraits of children born as a result of mass rapes in Rwanda. I am not sure what I think of the photos, but it is an issue that should be talked about. A similar situation exists in Bosnia. Slavenka Drakulić, a Croatian writer, wrote a heart wrenching novel on the theme called S. and there is also a Bosnian movie called Grbavica by Jasmila Žbanić that I haven’t seen yet, but heard a lot about it.

A couple of other recent photo discoveries include Per-Anders Pettersson and funky (and gimmicky) work of Martin Wilson and a gallery of photos by Guardian’s Don McPhee Also, here is a great interview with Don McCullin.

Croatian word of the day: violina violin


[Old Blog] Violin maker, Kodachrome, Don McCullin, Weegee, HCB, darkrooms of London, Nick Cobbing’s ice

Rodney deVries is Newfoundland’s only professional violin maker. He is working on one of the many instruments awaiting his expert touch at his shop in St. John’s.

Kodak has taken the Kodachrome away. Once the favourite of National Geographic photographers (check out the interview with Steve McCurry on that link), Kodachrome has become a niche product almost impossible to acquire and even harder to develop. The demise of Kodachrome will have little impact on today’s photo community, but, for those who keep track of such things, this certainly feels like the end of an era in the history of photography. Kodachrome is also the only film that I know of that has been featured in a song by no other than Paul Simon:

And with demise of film, darkrooms are disappearing as well (not mine, which is still boxed, but I have started clearing up some space in the basement). Richard Nicholson has created a remarkable record of London’s remaining professional darkrooms. Each darkroom is unique and, I think, tells you a lot about its owner.

And now from the gloom and doom to truly inspirational stuff.

Check out these three interviews: Don McCullinWeegee and, lower down, Henri Cartier-Bresson.

For the end, enjoy truly remarkable photographs Nick Cobbing made on Greenland.
Croatian word of the day: led ice


[Old Blog] Climate change, Project Watermarks, Kellie Walsh

For some reason, I have not been posting the stuff I have done over the last six months for my work. Here is one of the photos that originally appeared in Memorial University’s alumni magazine Luminus. This is Kellie Walsh, internationally recognized choir conductor during a rehearsal at the Holly Heart Theatre. One of her photos appeared on the blog previously here.

Entry 25 – March 20, 2009
Visualizing climate change

As a reporter and now working at the university, I always felt that large part of the problem that we face as a society today is that challenges currently in front of us are of such magnitude that they are difficult to bring down on a more human centric scale. Richard Dawkins calls that scale the Middle World – the one where time and space are defined in human terms not those of quantum theory or geology. The example of Danish consensus councils on technology is one way of engaging citizens in a public debate that matters in what Ulrich Beck unflinchingly calls risk society.

However, what I am also interested in is how do we communicate these issues outside of specialized institutions, either existing ones or the new ones that we are going to set up. The most intriguing attempt to show what climate change actually means is a series of photographs and public displays under Watermarks project. It’s a simple idea and it focuses on one small aspect of climate change – the rising water levels. And that’s probably where a lot of trouble comes from when we discuss complex issues such as climate change in public sphere. Inevitably, the issues are reduced to a much simpler explanation which then becomes the standard argument. Suddenly we find ourselves discussing weather the sea levels will rise 25 or 5 meters instead of the actual global impact of human activities on the planets ability to sustain life as we know it.

Croatian word of the day:promjene changes [pro mee ye ne]


[Old Blog] Keeping your desk clean, the ethics of care, Paul Fusco, CERN

Miss F. was telling Ms M. how her teacher was praising the girls for keeping their desks neat and teasing the boys for the unholy mess they create.

Ms M.: You don’t keep your desk at home neat.
Miss F(patiently): The school desks are smaller and easier to keep neat.
Ms M.: Maybe boys have something better to do than clean desks.
Miss F. (tilting her head forward and raising her eyebrows): Like playing war games with erasers and pencils?

Entry 23 – March 15, 2009
The ethics of care
Reading over what I wrote in the previous journal entry struck me as a bit optimistic given the reception Latour’s inquisitiveness received in the scientific circles. The interviews with Beck and Latour, certainly sounded cautionary. Once we accept that knowledge is socially constructed (as if it could be anything else), Beck’s notion of us living in a ‘risk society’ becomes a question not just for science to solve, but also a political problem that will prove difficult to solve. While scientific knowledge and our technological abilities have advanced to the point where a mistake can prove costly indeed, our political institutions ares still firmly stuck in the nation-state model developed about the same time as the Robert Boyle advanced his ideas on experimental science.

Beck’s examples of Chernobyl crisis and global warming as risks well beyond the control of any one nation certainly illustrate his point. (Paul Fusco’s narrated photoessay is probably one of the most disturbing visual documents of that crisis.) Beck’s point that society has become laboratory because the science and technology are escaping the experimental stage all together made me laugh as I thought about recent news (and scare) surrounding CERN’s new particle accelerator. A scientific experiment that maybe has a potential to create a black hole out of our planet? And yet it would be preposterous to deny all the good that came out of the scientific inquiry as imperfect as it is.

Latour’s prescription for a world with so much expertise that we don’t know whom to trust anymore seems like the only plausible solution – a truly cosmopolitan world in which we replace the need to dominate with the ethics of care might be indeed the best hope we have.

Croatian word of the day: dječaci boys [d ye cha tzi]


[Old Blog] mily conversation, Lehmann, Foster, Clark, World Press, Leningrad, new laws, Kellie Walsh

Miss F. had no school today (professional development day for teachers) so the lady who takes care of Little Miss F on Tuesdays took both girls this morning. Here is a snippet of a conversation from earlier this evening:

Ms. P to Miss F: Rhonda said that you were horrible and that you screamed every time she asked you to do something.
Miss F. (indignantly): NO! I DID NOT!
Me: Why not? You do it at home all the time.
Miss F. (slyly): Because we have to be nice in other people’s houses.

I guess we taught her something, eh.

Today some photo links.

John Lehmann is a photographer with the Globe and Mail. He recently produced an exceptional multimedia package from the infamous Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Some may find the photographs and the language disturbing. He also blogs.

I am adding a couple of blogs to the links section. Brent Foster is a Canadian photographer currently based in India. Andy Clark is a photojournalism veteran currently working with Reuters. He is probably the nicest person in this business. I met him once during a portfolio review and I, the idiot that I am, never kept in touch. He is a good story teller, too.

World Press winners have been announced. As usual some good stuff out there. Here is a short interview with the head of the jury. Also some controversy among photojournalists wondering about the limits of burning and dodging when it comes to this beautiful set. If you go over here, you’ll be able to see one of the originals six photos down.

And since we are talking photo-manipulation, here is a link to some really interesting composite images commemorating 65 years of Leningrad (today St. Petersburg) blockade. The images are composites of the photographs taken today and 65 years ago.

With all this talk about landscape, nature, and manufactured landscape on this blog lately, I am happily sending you over to Gismodo to look at the photographs of some Japanese factories.

And for the end, a new law in Britain prohibiting photographs of police officers. Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. And dangerous.

There, this should keep you busy!

This is a photo of Kellie Walsh, choir conductor working at Memorial University of Newfoundland who recently won Bela Bartok award, one of the most prestigious awards for choir conducting in the world. For the whole story, you can go to page 14 here (pdf).

[Old Blog] Nova Scotia and the hottest video in Newfoundland (allegedly)

Another photo from the Nova Scotia shoot. The story is here.

And for your amusement, via Greg Locke’s blog, Collen Power’s new video New townie man.

Croatian word of the day:kajak kayak


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] Musician, 100 years of photography at the Guardian, old Guf

Photographing musicians is always fun. This photo was made while shooting an assignment for the alumni magazine here. This expressive bass player is a member of Jazz East, a 17 piece big band accompanying a male and a female choir.

I have a whole bunch of links I want to share. Guardian has a small multimedia piece on 100 years of Guardian photography. If you are in UK, you do have a chance to enjoy an exhibit on war photography featuring, among others, work of Robert Capa and Gerda Taro.

British photographer Simon Roberts shares his approach to photo editing. Check out the rest of his site. There is a lot of good information there.

Also check out the latest production coming out of the Bombay Flying Club – this time on a 73 year old man living in the woods.

Croatian word of the day: pustinjak hermit [poo stee niak]


[Old Blog] Entry 101

This is another Symphony New Brunswick photo. I scanned some of the images I initially missed. Tearsheets are in my official portfolio page for those interested.

One of the faithful local visitors to this blog is Joe Godin who is an activist and big promoter of urban cycling. He now has his own blog exploring possible network of bicycle trails in Greater Saint John area.

Here is one of the blogs I read regularly. It’s really more of a sporadic column than a blog, but it’s still a good read.

And Bush Administration wants Canada to join this thing. Why would anybody in their right mind do that is beyond me.

I am a great admirer of Magnum but this is the ultimate Christmas spoiler 🙁

[Old Blog] Entry 94

Here you can find an interesting and quite beautiful photograph whose author raised some questions about digital manipulation. As the luck would have it I was just reading this review of an art exhibit at Hammer Museum at UCLA and I though I’ll post both links here.

Yes, I know ANOTHER Symphony New Brunswick photo…

[Old Blog] Entry 93

This is Peggy Smith. She has been painting the Symphony for over 20 years. Her brilliant watercolours capture perfectly the fleeting notes of the music performed on the stage. She is very, very fast. We joked that she is almost as fast with her brush as I am with my camera.

Please visit Magnum’s website and the Paul Fusco’s photo essay on the grieving families of American soldiers who died in Iraq. The images will make your heart ache as they should.

[Old Blog] Entry 92

Symphony New Brunswick… Almost done, I promise…

[Old Blog] Entry 91

Symphony New Brunswick…

Here is something truly original and amusing (in a sad, twisted sort of way).

[Old Blog] Entry 90

Trumpet player from Symphony New Brunswick. Here is a longish quote from something I am reading…

The fear I am speaking of is not, of course, to be taken in the ordinary psychological sense as a definite, precise emotion. Most of those we see around are not quaking like aspen leaves; they wear faces of confident, self-satisfied citizens. We are concerned with fear in a deeper sense, an ethical sense if you will, namely, the more or less conscious participation in the collective awareness of a permanent and ubiquitous danger; anxiety about what is being, or might be, endangered, becoming gradually used to this threat as a substantive part of the actual world; the increasing degree to which, in an ever more skillful and matter-of-fact way, we go in for various kinds of external adaptation as the only effective method of self-defence…The question arises, of course, what are people actually afraid of? Trials? Torture? Loss of property? Deportations? Executions? Certainly not. The most brutal forms of pressure exerted by the authorities upon the public are, fortunately, past history – at least in our circumstances…

Notoriously, it is not the absolute value of a threat which counts, so much as its relative values…For there is no one in our country who is not, in a broad sense, existentially vulnerable. Everyone has something to lose and so everyone has reason to be afraid…

People are thinking today far more of themselves, their homes and their families… They fill their homes with all kinds of equipment and pretty things, they try to raise their housing standards, they make life agreeable for themselves, building cottages, looking after their cars, taking more interest in their food and clothing and domestic comfort. In short, they turn their main attention to the material aspects of their private lives….

The authorities welcome and support this spill-over of energy into the private sphere.

But why? Because of its favorable effects as a stimulus to economic growth? Certainly that is one reason…. They see it for what it really is in its psychological origins: an escape from the sphere of public activity.

In the foreground, then, stands the imposing façade of great humanistic ideas and behind it crouches the modest family house…on the one side, bombastic slogans about the unprecedented increase of every sort of freedom an the unique structural variety of life; on the other side, unprecedented drabness and the squalor of life reduced to a hunt for consumer goods.

That was Václav Havel writing about communist regime in Czechoslovakia in 1975.

[Old Blog] Entry 89

Victor Sawa conducting Symphony New Brunswick.

[Old Blog] Entry 88

Another Symphony New Brunswick photo.

I watched the presidential debate yesterday. How can anybody still be undecided, for heaven’s sake?

Bosnian news magazine BH Dani [BH Days] features a column by Aleksandar Hemon about eerie parallels between the Bosnia just before all hell broke loose and today’s U.S. I know that only one and a half people who read this can actually read it, but I felt compelled to share it. The text is about the time that the columnist recently spent with an American friend Andy and the inability of “good Americans” (pretty much everybody outside the current administration) to imagine the world they are slowly being dragged into. He compares it to his own reaction to a speech full of fear and hatred by a Bosnian Serb leader in which he threatened Bosnian non-Serb population with genocide. Here is my inept translation:

In other words, I could not even begin to imagine what was already his reality and what was – while he was giving the speech – becoming our reality. That was a moment of total defeat of imagination – a moment when my reason and my imagination were not able to comprehend that which was already happening.

He goes on describing how he feverishly tried to explain to his American friend what the horrors of Abu Ghraib really mean, to talk to him about “contractors” who are nothing more than mercenaries recruited from former South African death squads and Balkan butchers and as such responsible for disappearances of Iraqi citizens and alleged terrorists:

While I was telling him all this with a paranoid passion, I saw in his face that he cannot conceive that which is already happening. In that moment, I understood that Bush had already won because the reality he created cannot be conceived by good Americans.

I am more optimistic. I think that good Americans have intelligence, and innate respect for themselves and their neighbours to make a right decision in November. After last night’s debate, how could they not?

[Old Blog] Entry 87

Another one from the symphony photo shoot. I forgot to say that the violinist in the previous photo is Moshe Hammer. Yesterday’s performance was excellent, although I actually missed the closeness you experience at the rehearsals. The way my significant other described it is that the actual performance was impersonal and it did not touch her. You feel almost claustrophobic with few hundred people around you in a very small space. At the rehearsals, though, I had tears in my eyes more than once.

[Old Blog] Entry 86

Wow. I haven’t been this crazy busy in a long time. This is a first photo in a photo essay about Symphony New Brunswick orchestra that will be published soon. (As soon as I write the accompanying text.) The performance is tonight at what is probably one of the most beautiful theatres in Canada. The photos were taken over three days of rehearsals. This time, the symphony is performing what they callTremendous Tchaikovsky. It is really Tchaikovsky’s 4th symphony and the Waltz from Swan Lake Concerto for Violin in D Major.

I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed myself. It was absolutely enchanting. I hope the photos show that too. I am working on some other photo projects as well, I am also trying to cook up a really, really big one, but I don’t know if I will be able to pull that one off – there are too many ifs and buts about it for my liking.

[Old Blog] Entry 76

Blandists jamming on Pitt Street in Saint John’s South End.

Collection of today’s links:

For heaven’s sake. This is insane.

And this is disturbing.

Your tax dollars at work – again.

Now, I am not quite sure what I think about this, but some of the ideas do sound good. It’s the whole concept that somehow bothers me.

[Old blog] Entry 74

The guys who call themselves Blandist are jamming on Pitt Street in Saint John’s South End. The musical backgrounds of the Blandist members are quite diverse. They make energetic, rough music and they are starting to make a name for themselves. This is their vocal and guitar player.

The deal with the neighbours is that they play at reasonable hours and help out with shoveling on snow days.