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I am transcribing some research interviews from Change Islands and Fogo Island. Here is a quote about whether or not a government should have a role in local development:

“They must. They must have roles to play in it all. They should be able to come up with something, but you never hears them talking about it. Just a project or something for a few weeks of work for the hours. That’s not a real job. That’s something to keep us quiet, eh. Just like a bandaid. A bandaid on the situation. Patch it up. Keep the people quiet so they don’t say too much. It shouldn’t be like that. There should be some permanent thing they could put there. They wastes money everywhere else, how come they can’t waste a bit on Change Islands, eh?”

Tearsheets

Between work, family, finishing off my MA thesis and other assorted academic obligations I barely have time to breathe. The tearsheets are from the latest Newfoundland Quarterly  magazine. This is a tiny, little bit of my thesis in a magazine opinion piece form. You can read the whole thing here.

 

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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Changes…

Miss F. and her friends have a word they use to describe the mix of nervousness and excitement just before a good thing happens – they say they are nexcited. That is exactly how I feel at the moment, hence the 5 a.m. post.

Today is my first day at my new job as the manager of knowledge mobilization at the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. I am super excited about it, but at the same time, after almost eight years of communications jobs, I will be doing something different and I do feel nervous.

This is, of course, great news for this blog as well. I always tried to keep my communications jobs separate from the rest of my life, but I feel no need to do so now. You can expect all sorts of posts that will deal with rural development and policy, probably a great deal more about my own graduate research in those fields, as well as a lot more about how universities and rural communities could and should work together. This also means that I feel free to pursue some other projects  that have been on hold for some time now and I am very excited about that too.

The photo above, the more I look at it, the more it is becoming one of my favourite photos of all time. If you asked me a month ago how I felt about my life, I’d probably say that I felt a bit like the girl on the right – I had plenty of rope to roam around, but it could have been yanked at any time. Today, I definitely feel like that girl jumping off the wharf. The photograph was made on Change Islands a few weeks ago during the Great Fogo Island Punt Race.

Croatian word of the day: skok jump

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Battery

I should probably head over to Battery, because by the time the city is done with it, there won’t be much left to photograph…

Story on CBC this morning says that the city has a contractor on standby to demolish portions of the stage and wharf structures damaged in February storms, rather than explore rebuilding the area.

Croatian word of the day: mol wharf

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Change Islands

Change Islands, Newfoundland.

Correspondence between George Zimbel and New York Times lawyers. And Zimbel’s wonderful blog.

Croatian word of the day: krađa robbery [kra ja]

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Change Islands, Don McCullin, War Photographer

I was sitting at the dining table after breakfast at our hostess’s house on Change Islands and right there in front of me was this photo. I like it a lot because it for some reason says Newfoundland to me.

Two photography movie links today. A photographer I know recently posted a link to the entire War Photographer movie. If you haven’t seen it, it is an exceptional and disturbing film. It is essentially a documentary about photographer James Nachtwey, but there is much more to it than that.

The second link comes courtesy of Fred Lum, a Globe and Mail photographer, who recently posted it on a forum I occasionally check out. It’s a short documentary about photgrapher Don McCullin. He is truly a remarkable human being first and foremost. Just a word of caution: in today’s sterilized media, especially in North America, some of the images and footage are quite disturbing in both films.

Croatian word of the day: zavjesa curtain [za v ye sa]

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Change Islands, Newfoundland.

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

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Change Islands, Looking Into the Past, Boogie, Adolfo Farsari, photographer Tito

I think a post with a bunch of photo links is in order.

Via swissmiss, there is an interesting flickr collection of photographs called Looking Into the Past.

Boogie, a Serbian photographer currently living in the U.S., has a blog. He is the author of Belgrade Belongs to Me among other things…

Take a look at amazing work of Adolfo Farsari, an Italian photographer with unique access to Japan in the 1880s. His hand-coloured photographs of Japan at the time are quite remarkable (h/t Gizmodo).

There have been several heads of state who also dabbled in photography. Queen Elizabeth II, for example, is a Leica aficionado. Recently, a Croatian weekly (I am not going to called it a newsweekly because the amount of hearsay and gossip published in that thing is quite astounding.) has recently run a story about a collection of photographs taken by former Yugoslavian leader Josip Broz Tito. Apparently, he was quite a passionate amateur photographer. I would love to see what else he produced  besides what’s published in the magazine. There are several photos I find interesting including a couple of casual portraits of Croatian author Miroslav Krleža. Click on the first image in the gallery for larger versions.

Above are Change Islands in winter.

Croatian word of the day: amater amateur

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Kodak Tri-X in D76. Nothing else is quite like it…

Croatian word of the day: oblak cloud

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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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The Battery

Another Battery photo from last Saturday. The debate over whether or not to spend public money on repairing the damage is raging among the Newfoundlanders in the comments on this CBC story. Sigh…

Croatian word of the day: val wave

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[Old Blog] New Year’s resolutions, Change Islands

My New Year’s resolutions:

  1. Shoot more film.
  2. Make more prints.
  3. Write more real letters.

Change Islands, Newfoundland

Croatian word of the day: pismo letter

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[Old Blog] Change Islands, violence against women

Change Islands, stages and stores.

Found out two interesting things today. I really dislike Kodak T-max 400. For black and white in that speed I’ll stick with Tri-X. The other thing is that a story I have been thinking about is definitely a colour story and not a black and white one. Now, how often do you hear me say that?

Today is December 6 – The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. December 6 is the anniversary of the Montreal MassacreDr. Dawg has a good post. You should really watch the video of Patrick Stewart (captain Jean-Luc Picard among other things) talk about violence in his own home at the launch of Amnesty International’s new book on women’s rights Created Equal.

Croatian word of the day: nasilje violence [na silye]

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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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[Old Blog] Letting the air out, Change Islands

On Sundays, we often talk to my parents via Skype. It works really well. Today, Little Miss F was sitting in my lap while we talked and she yawned – a really big yawn.

Grandpa (sympathetically): You must be very tired.
Little Miss F: No. Just letting the air out.

Change Islands, Newfoundland.

Croatian word of the day: zrak air

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[Old Blog] Collecting money, Change Islands

Here is a correspondence between me and an accounting department of a fairly well known, glossy Canadian magazine. I invoiced them on May 24.

From: Bojan Fürst
Sent: August 4, 2009 12:27 PM
To: XXXXX XXXXX
Subject: Fwd: Invoice for portrait photography

Hi XXXXX,

Just wondering if you had a chance to process the invoice I sent on May 24 (see below) for XXXXX XXXXX portraits.

Thanks

Bojan

It took six days to get this response:

From: XXXX XXXX
Subject: RE: Invoice for portrait photography
Date: August 10, 2009 12:24:30 PM NDT
To: info@bojanfurst.com

Hi Bojan,

Yes I do have your invoice but no payment has been processed as of today’s date and at the moment I have no payment date for you.

Regards,

XXXX
Accounting

On August 24, I’ll send them another invoice with a 20% annual interest tacked on the original amount. There is just enough money involved here to actually be worth my while to take them to the Small Claims Court. The way freelancers are treated in this country is getting truly annoying. It’s not enough that contracts these days allow clients (as their does) to pay for the work done and delivered on deadline within 60 days from receiving an invoice, but now they are even late on that kind of a payment schedule and, apparently, have no decency to apologize for breaching their own contract and expedite the payment.

The photo is from Change Islands, Newfoundland.

Croatian word of the day: sport sport

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[Old Blog] Change Islands, Burt’s stages and stores

Back in town after three very interesting days. These are Burt’s stages and stores on Change Islands. Burt is a retired fisherman who today makes some of the traditional woodworking items such as grab boxes (fishermen’s lunch box), chests and other small items. He also has remarkable geographic, historic and ecological knowledge of the area. Quite stunning actually.

Croatian word of the day: znanje knowledge [zna ny e]

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[Old Blog] Greenspond

Greenspond, Newfoundland.

Climate change, Maldives

GEOG-4010
Entry 24 – March 16, 2009
Climate change science
Reading David Demeritt on the science of climate change was actually refreshing despite his academic language (I guess, despite my doubts, there is a need for people like me doing what we do). The novelty of his piece was that he was not disputing climate change, which at this point is making itself rather obvious, but rather the way we chose to study climate change. Today, most of the climate studies use unbelievably complex computer models that, as complex as they are, are not an accurate replica of the actual planetary climate system. There is a host of reasons why we do it the way we do it and most of them are political. Essentially, and this is me playing a living room psychologist, it seems that politicians want to avoid making a decision (or exhibiting that coveted quality of leadership) and have therefore transfered that responsibility to scientists who in turn have turned to technology to make predictions, knowing full well that the models were never meant to be used for such purpose. That at least, is a part of it. While the debate is certainly interesting and important, it’s sobering to think about those who are going to be hit first by the changes in climate, sea levels and so on. In that light it is not surprising that small island nations like Maldives is trying to do something about it.

Croatian word of the day:klima climate

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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] First post from Newfoundland, Josef Koudelka interview, stupid Met Police ad campaign, telescopic text, and Halloween jars

I was in a taxi the other day and the driver asked me if I knew how to tell Newfoundlanders apart from everybody else in heaven. “They are the only ones who want to go home,” he laughed. You can’t blame them. This place is beyond beautiful.

We had a rather rocky start with a nightmare of a move. It took weeks to get our furniture, internet access, phone and cell phones and, in fact, it was only today that I finally got my work laptop working properly. If you are contemplating a move, just do it yourself. Trust me on that one. I wish I packed everything in a rental truck and drove the 1,700 km myself. A long ferry ride and the drive across the island would have been a lot more fun.

It was only this last weekend that we managed to get out of the city. St. John’s is stunningly beautiful, but driving only 15 minutes in any direction gets you to some truly incredible places. This photo is from Pouch Cove, a small fishing community north of the city.

I think we all feel like we are dreaming and are expecting to wake up. To so suddenly end up here, on this beautiful island, feels unreal.

I am still too stunned to actually write something coherent so here is a bunch of links:

Josef Koudelka interview in the Guardian some time ago.

Unbelievably stupid anti terrorism campaign by London’s Metropolitan Police from sometime earlier this year (a .pdf of a particularly stupid ad concerning photographers).

And check out telescopic text by designer and jack-of-all-trades Joe Davis [h/t to Bagelturf Blog whose collection of halloween jars is worth checking out.]

Croatian word of the day: otok island

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