It’s her birthday today I just heard.. so Happy Birthday Carly!
Esi wrote the book Half Blood Blues which was the winner of the Giller Prize and a finalist in the Booker and Governor Generals. Its a story set in Paris in 1940 about a group of Jazz musicians.
Nice big section on women who are cultural influencers in the November Issue of Fashion Magazine. Portraits and stories. Go get it and enjoy for the long weekend. We are off to Lund for some fishing, foraging, fires and festivities. Here’s the article.
Summer’s lingering long enough to do a last swimwear shoot right here in town. The thing that’s great about photography is that you get to do all kinds of things with all kinds of people. Like being out on the beach at the end of the day on Wednesday as the sun sinks into the ocean behind the trees.
Suit and bottoms designed right here in Vancouver by cuchebikinis.
(They are actually on the right side of the sign though)
I’m finally rolling along with the Frontenac portrait project. It’s the building I live in and there are all sorts of interesting people musicians, curators, artists, teachers, scientists, professors, actors, photographers, philanthropists, rabbit keepers, mysterious loners – they should all be environmental portraits to some extent as I am interested in the different flats. In my mind I am sort of going for an Annie Leibovitz American Music style thing. Some window looking lighting mixed in with some reportage style pieces. I’m sort of ambushing people between shoots and whatever else I get up to. Here’s Pam from this afternoon. Hot off the press.
I just heard Sarah was injured in Salt Lake City. I met her on a photo shoot and spent the day with her around her home. Get well soon Sarah!!
Just read that Sarah has passed on. Although I only knew her from the shoot and a few emails afterwards I was deeply saddened. Clearly she was an amazing person to many people and contributed a lot of positive energy to the world around her. I saw some of that last winter in Squamish.
Here are a few extra photographs from that day. Rip it up in heaven Sarah!
these guys play soccer on my team and they were asking about the beach photographs so here you are! Rainbow, Emilio and Naimi.
You put an Islander, a Salvadoran and a Frenchman on the beach together.
The group show I was just in was set up that the selected photographers were asked to provide a muse and location which in turn were randomly assigned to another photographer in the group. You then had to make a portrait of the stranger in the location given.
Personally I loved this idea because portraiture is my main source of inspiration both in my own work and other artists.
It also made me think of an interesting way to depict my given subject in the context of an exhibition. Portraits can be used for many things. They can be a document of an individual at a certain time in their life, they can express an idea or concept that the artist himself has been thinking about, they can represent a state of mind or emotion, they can conjure an idea in the observer’s imagination. I don’t know how much of a window to the soul they are. I do make a lot of portraits that are natural in between kind of moments but behind that I usually have a story that I tell my subject or a concept that doesn’t necessarily relate to the subject but by participating in the photograph it takes on some of their personality. Anyways I haven’t written a lot in this blog lately preferring to show photographs but this is a bit about my feelings on portraiture.
Seriously Miki was smiling outside of this frame. I just happened to like this little feeling of wtf should I do. I think she has been a muse too many people and I can certainly see why.