Dawson College (Montreal) — Graduating photography class exhibition — 3 days only

Last night I went to see the work of the grad­u­at­ing class of pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dents atDaw­son Col­lege in Mon­treal. I com­pleted apho­tog­ra­phy degree there a few moons ago whenDaguerre was prac­tic­ing his art ;)

The work is extremely var­ied and of extremely high qual­ity. The exhi­bi­tion will ONLY LAST 3 DAYS, so if you are into pho­tog­ra­phy in Mon­treal, get your butt over to Daw­son for a look-see. Thurs­day May 27 — Sat­ur­day May 29 2010 from 11 AM to 5 PM

Daw­son Col­lege 3040 Sher­brooke St. W. West­mount, Que­bec H3Z 1A4 (514) 931 — 8731 (Metro Atwater)

82 — Light-painting portraits — Interview with Patrick Rochon

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #82 dis­cusses paint­ing with light AKA light paint­ing with mas­ter light painterPatrick Rochon. In a nut­shell, light paint­ing is (usu­ally) the art of using portable lights like flash­lights to ‘paint’ a sub­ject in a dark envi­ron­ment while the shut­ter stays open on a tri­pod dur­ing a long expo­sure. In this pod­cast Patrick describes and shares some of the tips and tricks he uses to cre­ate his amaz­ing light painted por­traits. The major­ity of Patrick’s body of work, like the image below is non-digital, was shot on film, and has not been Photoshopped.

Patrick Rochon - From the Butoh Dancers Series
Patrick Rochon — From the Butoh Dancers Series

Links /resources men­tioned in this podcast:

Pod­cast #8 — Anotherpod­cast on light paint­ing
Patrick Rochon on Photography.ca
Patrick Rochon’s web­site
10 Amaz­ing Light Graf­fiti Artists and Pho­tog­ra­phers
Light paint­ing group on Flickr
May 2010’s — Vin­tage assign­ment on the Photography.ca forum

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Photography forum image of the month — April 2010

Every month on our¯¿½ pho­tog­ra­phy forum mem­bers nom­i­nate images that they like. Then at the end of the month I choose an excel­lent image and talk about why it rocks. The photo I choose is not nec­es­sar­ily the best one of the month. I¯¿½ve come to real­ize it¯¿½s not really log­i­cal to pit images from totally dif­fer­ent gen­res against each other. That¯¿½s why there are cat­e­gories in photo con­tests. I just choose a photo that has extremely strong ele­ments that we can learn from.

Some Bugs by OWLP - Click to enlarge
Some Bugs by OWLP — Click to enlarge

I chose this image for sev­eral reasons:

The eye is tack tack sharp and that’s hard to do on a sub­ject this small, because focus­ing (and dof) is a chal­leng­ing task at this size and dis­tance to sub­ject. Sharp­ness is lovely in many places; leg hairs, tho­rax, abdomen. Blurred back­ground shows no distractions.

The sub­ject has a def­i­nite impact on the viewer. It’s likely very creepy for many view­ers, prob­a­bly because of sharp­ness. My eye is focused on one thing, that fly.

Good com­po­si­tion all around which can be chal­leng­ing at this size as well.

Nice high­light con­trol on what­ever the fly is rest­ing on and the over­all expo­sure is well han­dled with sup­ple­men­tary lighting.

For all these rea­sons, this is my choice for image of the month. Since we all have opin­ions, some mem­bers may dis­agree with my choice. That’s cool but THIS thread is not the place for debate over my pick, NOR is it the place to fur­ther cri­tique the image. The pur­pose here is to sug­gest strong ele­ments in the photo that we may learn from.

Con­grats again OWLP for cre­at­ing this strik­ing image!

I¯¿½d also like to include these 2 images as hon­ourable men­tions as they also came so so close to being picked.

Col­or­less Beauty by Kat

Colorless Beauty by Kat - Click to enlarge
Col­or­less Beauty by Kat — Click to enlarge

Din­ner time by Richard

Dinner time by Richard - Click to enlarge
Din­ner time by Richard — Click to enlarge

Power At Sun­rise by Mad Aussie

Power at Sunrise by Mad Aussie - Click to enlarge
Power at Sun­rise by Mad Aussie — Click to enlarge

Toronto Contact Photography Festival — May 1–31 2010

Last week I spent 2 days gallery-hopping at theToronto Con­tact Pho­tog­ra­phy fes­ti­val. It’s always a treat to see so many pho­to­graphic works being exhib­ited at the same time. This fes­ti­val shows pho­tog­ra­phy work all around the city of Toronto (from local and Inter­na­tional artists) but it’s mostly con­cen­trated downtown.

Heidi Leverty - Tincarnation 13
Heidi Lev­erty — Tin­car­na­tion 13

I go to these events purely to see good pho­tog­ra­phy and to get inspired. I LOVE see­ing work that moves me even if it is out­side what I nor­mally con­sider to be ‘my’ sub­ject mat­ter. As with most pho­tog­ra­phy fes­ti­vals, the major­ity of the work doesnot appeal to me. Pho­tog­ra­phy for the most part is a one frame deal and if I have to look too hard for the deeper mean­ing, or work to see the great­ness of the shot, then for me the pho­to­graph makes me go “meh”. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sym­bol­ism, I love images laden with themes and I love dou­ble or triple mean­ings in an image but SHOW it to me. Don’t embed the gold too deeply in the image, make the gold shine. Don’t make me go back to a text on mythol­ogy with an obscurely titled pho­to­graph, show me some­thing uni­ver­sal that moves me now.

There were far too many exhi­bi­tions to see them all but I did see a good 20 exhi­bi­tions. I should say that I missed at least 3 shows purely because I could not find them.Her­man & Audrey is a show that I would have LOVED to have seen. I drove to address the on Duf­ferin, in fact I planned part of my day on that show since the gallery opened at 4pm.…nothing there to indi­cate any exhi­bi­tion there folks…and no phone num­ber either.

So here were the shows that intrigued me the most with a brief review:

-Bar­bara Probst — Expo­sures — This was a cool show; 12 cam­eras all set up in dif­fer­ent loca­tions, pho­to­graph the same scene from dif­fer­ent angles. The result­ing large scale pho­tographs all taken at the same moment, are pre­sented in an inter­est­ing and cohe­sive way. 1450 Dun­das St. W — 416–537-3125

-The Skin you Love to Touch — Jodi Bieber, Lau­ren Green­field, Zed Nel­son — I thought this one was very intrigu­ing show­ing the ‘skins’ of very dif­fer­ent peo­ple and their rela­tion to mar­ket­ing, con­sumerism, per­cep­tion and self-perception. 80 Spad­ina suite 310

Ben Ng -Exposed: Per­va­sive Influ­ence — Glad­stone Hotel on the sec­ond floor ( a great venue at 1214 Queen St. W. with MANY exhi­bi­tions). I found Ben’s land­scapes extremely well done and very strik­ing. In par­tic­u­lar the print­ing qual­ity is just fab­u­lous. Most of the images were hand-painted; mean­ing they started off as black and white images and then selected parts were hand-painted. It looked to me like they were hand-painted old school (as opposed to doing this much more eas­ily in Pho­to­shop) which means that you apply paint to the actual photograph.

My fave — Some­times you’ll walk into a Gallery that is show­ing one main artist and other artists intrigue you even more. This is what hap­pened atBau-Xi Photo with their main exhi­bi­tion At this Moment by Zoe Jare­mus, which over­all, I liked. Bau-Xi is located at 324 Dun­das tel # 416–977-0400 and their gallery was my favorite stop of the entire exhi­bi­tion. I dis­cov­ered 2 artists there whose work struck me imme­di­ately;Heidi Lev­erty (whose image is fea­tured in this post) andAnthony Red­path. Heidi’s work is AWESOME and has tremen­dous impact. She only had 2 (large — around 32 x40 inches) images that were exhib­ited but Robyn who works at the gallery showed me some addi­tional work. Her work depicts large scale recy­cled mate­ri­als pre­sented in an abstract yet extremely com­pelling way. Anthony’s work was even larger in scale and his exhib­ited image Trailer Park Party (64.5 x 96 inches) is excel­lent and incred­i­bly sharp. Spe­cial thanks toRobyn McCal­lum for the extra infor­ma­tion she gave me.

My apolo­gies to all the artists whose work I missed. If you are read­ing this and want to send me some links to your work, I’m all eyes. Spe­cial thanks toJoe Cormier who gallery-hopped (lit­er­ally — he has a sore leg) with me on day 1. He also showed some fab work at this fes­ti­val atMoos Gallery.