October 2, 2014
Last night I attended the launch of FlashFest, Winnipeg's First Photographic Festival at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. As the very first event of its kind in this city, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I was however very happy to see a ‘full house’ of very enthusiastic photographers! Leif Norman, the organizer of this festival, along with a handful of volunteers, deserves our praise for making this happen!
I found it particularly interesting that the vast majority of people who attended last night’s launch were very young. It is true that I have been creating images for 39 years now, albeit only for the last 20 years as a full-time professional. There were few ‘veteran’ photographers to be seen. Most of the photographers I know were noticeably absent. It was however a pleasure to chat with new folks. But it makes me wonder a little about how much enthusiasm remains with the veteran photographers, the camera club members, etc.
As photographers, we often work in isolation so we don’t often have opportunities to meet our colleagues, especially when there is no center for photographers to meet. I miss the Pixels 2.1 Photography Gallery as it fulfilled that community role so well. It’s too bad it could only go on for a couple of years. This town is ready for a permanent photography center. Seeing a roomful of such energetic and interested photographers last night gives me hope that perhaps it could happen here one day.
So Winnipeg's First Photographic Festival has officially begun. For the entire month of October, Winnipeg photographers will be displaying their work in various venues across the city, demonstrating interesting techniques and nearly forgotten processes, and talking about their work. Personally I will try and see as many of the exhibits and presentations as I can. Tomorrow evening (First Friday) starting at 7:30 PM at Aspire Studios (289 King Street), it will be my turn to chat about photography. Leif will interview me about my work and other things. My exhibition of color prints entitled ‘Prairie and Beyond’ will also be on display. Admission is FREE so … ‘come on down’ !
September 29, 2014
'Turnstone Press' caught up with me a few months ago to chat about photography, how I became involved in the medium, life on the road, book publishing, my latest book 'Prairie and Beyond' and more. To learn more, read the INTERVIEW.
September 2, 2014
I look forward to sharing the stage once again with Freeman Patterson, Dennis Fast and other colleagues in Regina, Saskatchewan on November 1 and 2, 2014. 'Frame by Frame' will feature a host of photographers sharing their latest images. While some of us presented in Regina two years ago, this seminar will feature all NEW programs. I have always maintained that seminars are an excellent venue for instruction and inspiration at a nominal fee. In the past I personally have been inspired at seminars by such photography greats as Ernst Haas, Freeman Patterson, Frans Lanting, John Shaw, Paul Caponigro, Pat O'Hara, John Netherton, Daryl Benson, Darwin Wiggett, Craig Richards, Andre Gallant, George Tice, Jim Divitale, Nick Vedros and .... just too many to list! Whenever I have the
It's been three weeks since the first Riding Mountain Photo Workshop was held in beautiful Riding Mountain National Park. Since then, some of the participants have been busy processing their images, putting some of the knowledge they learned in class into practice. I asked each and everyone to submit three of their favorite images made at the workshop, including the image they chose to print as a fine art print. Click on the image of the bison -made by Susan Rogers - to see the other images in the gallery. I will add other images as they become available. In general, I was quite impressed with the quality of images submitted. And the prints were delightful to see come off the printer. Enjoy!
The first Riding Mountain Photographic Workshop was held last weekend from June 20 to 22. Ken Frazer and I offered a variety of opportunities to our participants that ranged from field outings, demonstrations, in-class lectures, critiques and interesting conversation. We had a wonderful group of participants that worked extremely well together and who shared eagerly amongst each other throughout the weekend. From a selection of images created by each participant, Ken wielded his magic to print each participant a beautiful 16x20" fine art print. In a future posting, I will post these beautiful prints.
The weather was active but we managed to keep dry during all of our field excursions. Of course, inclement weather often offers great photographic opportunities and this proved to be the case again during this workshop. I stayed an extra day after the workshop to photograph, as did most of the participants.
We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors, Roy Ramsay of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, and Phil Nielson of Amplis Photos. Your support was much appreciated.
All the workshop participants and I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Ken for being part of the workshop as much as he could be. Ken's wife, Eileen, fell seriously ill a few days before the workshop and Ken went back and forth from Riding Mountain to Brandon a number of times to be at Eileen's side. Our thoughts are with you and your family and we look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future.
Click on the image to view a gallery of images from the first Riding Mountain Workshop.