November 28, 2013
The time of day and the prevailing weather have a drastic effect on the color of a landscape as well as on our moods.
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November 11, 2013
It was a brutally cold morning as I came across these two leaves frozen in time, alone and forgotten.
November 10, 2013
The new Canadian Museum for Human Rights is an architectural wonder built on the Forks National Historic Site in Winnipeg. Scheduled to open to the public on September 20, 2014, the Museum is certain to be a popular destination for tourists from around the world.
American architect Antoine Predock's concept of the Museum was heavily influenced by the Canadian landscape. Elements such as prairie skies, northern lights, snow, icebergs, tree roots and bird wings featured prominently in the design, as well as elements of Canadian culture.
I spent many hours this summer and fall capturing different views of the CMHR for various clients from different angles, various vantage points, at different times of the day and in different seasons. Being such an interesting building, it offers tremendous potential for photography. The weather alone provides such diverse imagery.
In the fall, I was commissioned by the German company 'Gartner Steel and Glass' who provided the principal materials for the 'cloud'. I covered a lot of territory walking about to capture wide angle views of the building in the context of the city skyline as well as capturing more intimate and abstract details of the architecture. If you think the exterior is something to behold, wait until you see the inside! I am looking forward to photographing the interiors in the very near future.
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November 10, 2013
On my way up to photograph the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from the balcony at the new Prairie 360 revolving restaurant in Winnipeg, I noticed the shrivelled leaves of vines hanging from the limestone off the first floor of the building. Just a few weeks ago, the leaves would have been alive with saturated color. Now, the color had mostly disappeared and the leaves had shrivelled and dried. I have always been attracted to this sort of muted color which tends to dominate in the seasons 'between fall and winter' and again 'between winter and spring'. I enhanced the nostalic look by bringing the image into an App called 'Vintage Scene' in which I overlayed a subtle texture and frame. The scene reminded me of my very first print exhibition called 'Subtle Images' which hung in Edmonton in the early 1980s.
November 10, 2013
Two weeks ago I led a photo workshop in Kenora for the 'Word On The Water' Book Festival. We had wonderful participation from folks across Northwestern Ontario as well as from Winnipeg. Things started 'in the dark' literally with Ontario Hydro shutting down power in much of the city at 6:30 AM which made meeting the participants an interesting event in the lobby of the inn.
Arriving at our destination at Rushing River, heavy cloud covered much of the sky but held some promise for dappled light later in the morning. Rushing River provided plenty of inspiration eventhough the leaves had mostly fallen off the trees. This simply forced us to 'look' more attentively and begin to 'see' shapes, lines, form, texture and color rather than subject matter itself. For one participant however, it meant thinking more in terms of B&W as this was his medium of choice.
Back indoors around mid-morning, we downloaded the morning's images and began to edit and process the images following some instruction. I demonstrated my workflow as well as how I process my images using a few different examples. I also demonstrated how different software tools can assist in bringing about one's creative vision. An image critique at the end of the day gave us all a chance to see what the various participants created that morning. It is always interesting to see how differently each one of us can interpret a particular scene. I critiqued the images by offering ways for improvement, always trying to keep in mind what the photographer is trying to communicate. I feel it is also important to invite comments from the other participants so that this becomes an inclusive dialogue rather than a lecture.
While I heard from most of the participants that the day had been very succesful, I would like to add that workshop leaders often benefit from these events too. As is often the case, I was quite pleased to see a number of fine images presented. What inspired me perhaps the most from this workshop was seeing how a few individuals focused on Black and White photography. I have always had a soft spot for B&W and I really enjoyed darkroom work, particularly during my formative years. When I changed career paths to working as a full-time freelance professional photographer many years ago, B&W took a 'back seat' as it was seldom in demand for commercial work. However, my interest in B&W remained and this workhop simply re-ignited my love for B&W. Thank you participants for this inspiration!
Below are a few images that I have processed since the workshop. Be sure to CLICK on the main image in order to see the other images.