Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
This summer my good friend Bobby and I were finding ourselves a little bored. Both being in Ryerson's photography program we had been working on assignments all year long and found ourselves without much inspiration. So the idea came about to have a competition. It was to be friendly of course, and without winners, just two photographers taking a different word each week and making an image. Then we posted the image and saw what people thought. The themes so far have been: Cage, Nature, Break, B&W, Grief, and Canada. These three are Can't Cage the Beast, Stages of Grief, and Natural Beauty covering the themes of Cage, Grief, and natural, respectively. The easiest format for this is Tumblr (which I put aside my personal distaste for) and that is where our competition is hosted. It can be found by following the tab underneath the title of this blog called A Vs. B. We'll posting every week (ish) for the foreseeable future so feel free to check back.
Friday, May 17, 2013
If you know me in person you know my dislike for this website. It's lazy, tacky, and annoying, legal issues aside. If you want to make your pictures look like cross-processed, or half-melted or expired film you should probably just use film like a lot of us do and screw it up (I haven't shot a roll of unexpired or "normal" film in a long time). Using a set of filters is pretty simply irritating. That being said, I don't mean to offend anyone, and I know from school this year that a lot of talented photographers to have instagram.
Anyway, rant aside, I have decided to explore the concept of square cropping as I feel that adds a certain feel to photos that can be used for purposes other then instagram.
So here are three of my insta-cropped photos.
And just for fun let's mock instagram again: Link (Language warning)
Now that I'm home for the summer I've got more time for creating. One of my main projects I'm going to be working on this summer is maintaining a semi-regular YouTube channel using the musical tendencies of my family and friends. The first few have been me and my sister Maggie singing:
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
If I were to approach the project again I would want to do all of the work on location. I would also ideally approach this subject matter from a digital perspective because the analogue format wasn't really a part of the photos. Conceptually and technically it would have been nearly identical in digital, and much more manageable.
The reason I had for approaching a topic like this was because it is something that I've been dealing with the last year and I know many of my fellow classmates would agree. it is also a topic that isn't really discussed artistically because it can be seen to be too boring or everyday, but by incorporating the mannequin instead of a figure I believe I managed to bring this series out of that pitfall, and artistically address the issue in a way that (while flawed) talked to the problem and brought some light to the situation.
The photo in this series that I am the most proud of is definitely the Essay Writing photo, closely followed by the on location Walking photo. I feel the composition and technical aspects of these photos works better than the others. The photo I feel the least positive about is the photo with the envelope of change. I tried a few times to re-arrange the subject matter, but I still feel as if there is a better way of presenting it out there somewhere.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
I've also invested six dollars in a cool shiny diamond paperweight because, hey, why not? That's picture number one. Number two is highlighting the urban splendour of Toronto, number three was from playing volleyball the other night, and the final image is called Zombie Kenny.
This is my little sister Maggie and I performing my favourite song in the world: Home (originally by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes). This was my first time using some new audio equipment and the I'm very proud of the audio quality.
Enjoy. Share. Hug your family.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
As an art student the romance of a giant of film being left to be coated in graffiti was undeniable.A few of us Image Arts students went down to the factory a week ago and shot a combined 5 rolls of film and probably 300 digital photos in a few hours in the factory. The details are a bit sketchy, so I'll leave them out, but if you are an analogue enthusiast, with a penchant for adventure, and/or a love of the rich history of photography, it is a must see.
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
His name was Charles Robert Turnbull, but he went by Bob (or Gee to the family). He passed away a few years ago but he won't ever be absent to me. I've been holding on with all my will to his memory; his life. There are a lot of very important and prestigious things he did in his life, but to me he'll always be the man who gave me my first (second, third, and fourth) camera(s). He taught me all he could and I don't think I'll ever know how deeply he shaped my life. The world legacy comes to mind when I think of him. I'd like to be his legacy, with my actions and images and deeds.
A few years ago I made this little video if you want to know any more.
And those colours. Gosh, those colours.
islands of thought and image, connected with a name
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Saturday, March 2, 2013
First is a photo of an alley by my house, where it looks like spring will never see.
The second is much more interesting. This is the longest (digital) exposure I've ever made: 1051 seconds (17.5 minutes). It's a self portrait of me reading comics on my phone with all the lights off. Took an exposure or two to figure it out entirely. The aperture was closed as could be (F22) ISO bottomed out (ISO100) and the time I just guessed for metering. I think I'll call it Cyberpathy. As for the how, it was pretty simple with the right equipment: a tripod, and an old school cable release with a lock. I locked it shut (holding the shutter down) and had the exposure time on BULB, and set a timer on my phone. A very little tweaking in post and ta-da!
Friday, March 1, 2013
Thursday, February 28, 2013
The camera is huge and unwieldy, the tripod (which is 100% necessary) is obscenely large, the film is easy to screw up and bloody expensive (don't even ask!), and yet, there's something about it.
True, it's never quick or easy, but it's almost always worth it. I have never found myself taking a terrible photo with it, because it requires a lot of thought. By placing these limitations on us, we are learning how to really see and shoot with immense intention. It also teaches us to respect our roots. They were in fact times before the ease of a DSLR or a camera phone.
I have hated it at times, but I think when all is said and done, I will thank that horrible machination that gave me such beautiful negatives.