November 1, 2017
With camera in hand I am an explorer. Sometimes I travel to the far reaches of this great country we call Canada discovering new locales but often I explore for new possibilities in the comfort and proximity of my own backyard. It’s important for me to create and just as important for me to create without any thoughts as to how an image might be used in the future. This personal work is important for growth as an artist and it brings much contentment. No matter what the tools are (iPhone) or what the technique being used is (ICM Intentional Camera Movement), the resulting image can be as important and fulfilling as any other. If I don’t come away with an image, the experience of being out there was enough. As Freeman Patterson said many years ago, this is simply “Photography For The Joy Of It”.
This coming Saturday, April 29, Manitoba Photo Events is sponsoring their fourth annual weekend extravaganza by hosting fellow photographer from Prince Edward Island DAVE BROSHA. Dave will present a one-day seminar about his work. Then, on Sunday, April 30th, he will conduct a workshop for a smaller group of participants.
The Saturday event runs from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM with registration from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. The event takes place at the SAMUEL N. COHEN AUDITORIUM of the St. Boniface Hospital at 351 Taché Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
A wonderful way to grow as a photographer is to be inspired by the work of fellow artists. No matter who you are, one should always be receptive to seeing the work of other artists. I have attended dozens of photo seminars over the years and they have proven invaluable to my growth as an artist. I plan on attending! Are you?
December 5, 2016
Join me this coming Wednesday evening, December 7, 2016 as I present 'On The Front Burner' at the Winnipeg South Photo Club. I will speak about and show images from some recent projects including Black & White images, manipulated images, as well as nature photographs from recent trips to the Canadian East Coast, The Canadian West Coast and points in between! Nearly all images will be new to the Winnipeg South Photo Club audience.
The evening starts at 7:30 PM and takes place in the library of Acadia Junior High School, 175 Killarney in Winnipeg, Manitoba. If you are not a Winnipeg South Photo Club member but would like to attend, simply let me know and I will admit you as one of my SPECIAL guests! Hope to see you there!
October 1, 2016
This coming Wednesday (October 5) I will present a one-hour illustrated talk called 'Photography Is Not Art - Or So It Seems.' as part of the Dodge+Burn Series of Lectures for FlashFest 2016, Winnipeg's 3rd Annual Photography Festival. The lecture series will take place at Photo Central, 957 Portage Avenue in Winnipeg, Manitoba from 7-8 PM.
'Photography Is Not Art - Or So It Seems.' The PHOTOGRAPH has been around for a relatively short period of time – about 200 years – compared to the other art media like drawing, painting and sculpture. As the ‘new kid on the block’, photography however has often had to prove itself as a genuine art form and some genres more so than others. Why is that? I will take a look at this particularly seemingly Canadian phenomenon.
The complete series of lectures include:
October 5, 7-8pm – Mike Grandmaison, 'Photography Is Not Art'
October 12, 7-8pm – Leif Norman
Leif discusses an alternative humorous history of photography, starting from 200 years ago.
October 19, 7-8pm – Emma Bonnemaison & Rhayne Vermette
A discussion about the THE VOICE FROM POINT DOUGLAS: A COMMUNITY-LED PHOTO VOICE PROJECT and how this project creates a platform for women to discuss and create visual narratives around questions of safety, security and well-being in the North End.
October 26, 7-8pm – Photojournalist Panel Discussion
Leif Norman and several Manitoba photojournalists will discuss the current state of affairs of modern print media.
Lear more about Winnipeg's month-long photography festival from their website at flashfest.net
With the exception of the card on the top right, this is one of the first series of QuickChange Payphone cards which featured Manitoba Wildflowers. It was a beautiful series created by the Palmer Jarvis Ad Agency for MTS back in 1999. The QuickChange Payphone card featuring the Winnipeg skyline was used in another series. Today phone cards are generic and lack any creativity or sense of place.