It’s been a trying year to say the least. Lockdowns, restrictions, cancellations, disappointments, even changes to things as simple as ordering food. I went to a local take-out place recently, only to be told that no more than 2 could be inside the take-out order area and that once my order was placed, I had to wait in a pre-marked parking area, in my car. Businesses and people are adapting. I have to admire how well we are adapting. But it still sucks. And on top of it all, my blog host, WordPress.com, decided to completely replace the blog editor I was familar with. Hence no posts for the last two cycles. An old dog can learn new tricks, but it sure takes a lot longer. I decided recently that I needed a break from it all, and with restrictions in place, took a trip north to two parks. Continue reading “On the Road Again”
Almost everything I read or watch now starts with “because of the situation we are in” and proceeds to explain why things are being handled differently than usual. In many ways, I admire the creativity of people generally and of our community of photographers especially.
Those who make an income from photography are developing ways to stay connected to their audiences and are still finding ways to earn income. Others are creating unique experiences, either by showing an aspect of their talents that had not been seen before, or by offering more intimate, less structured connection time with fans and supporters. I applaud them all.
But hitting home most for me is what “this situation” is revealing about the society we live in, the life we take for granted, and the problems we have ignored for too long. Continue reading “The Good, The Bad, The Ugly”
1700 square feet. My universe right now. A backyard too, and a weekly trip in the car to the grocery store. In and out in 30 minutes.
Most of us have similar stories. In fact, exactly the same stories.
Efforts to stay connected to friends and family, and to be productive at home, have been marginally successful. At first it was kind of surreal: figuring out how to do things remotely that normally are done face to face. Strangely, part of the problem now seems to be that in our increasingly technology-driven world, using technology ALL the time gets monotonous and boring quite quickly. I’m of a generation that never had technology until we became adults. We still choose other ways to get things done. Now we can’t. Continue reading “Working from Home”
Many of my generation are travellers. We have done our bit for job, country and family, and now have the time and the funds to see the world. Many of us travel to exotic locations, with cultures not remotely similar to ours, to experience all that human civilization has to offer. I’ve seriously considered joining my friends, especially where the destination offers some unique photography. But I’ve also come to realize that much of the beauty of life can be experienced right here, in the country where I live, Canada.
Canada is a huge country, with so many diverse environments, providing so many different ways of life. It has absolutely amazing landscapes, which are routinely explored by residents and visitors alike. I’ve decided that until I fully explore what’s in my own backyard, travel outside the country will probably be limited. So here are a few tips on how to get the best out of your local explorations.
I recently became aware of an effort in Ontario to establish a museum of photography. It’s intended to house artifacts and images relating to the history of photography in my home province.
In this day and age of instant history, with uploads to Facebook and a multitude of other social media platforms, with cloud storage options and sharing galore, I wondered what place there might be for a physical museum of photography. So I set out to find out. Continue reading “Recording History”
I gave my first full length feature talk on photography this month, to a sister camera club. Its members were knowledgeable, animated and fully open to the challenge of challenging me to entertain them. It isn’t easy spending 90 minutes in front of an audience, especially when any of them could have as readily been the speaker for hire.
I learned a few things that night, and thought I would share them with you. Continue reading “Speaker for Hire”
Now that school is done for the year, you might ask how I’m filling my time. My tag line is “I’m Not Happy Unless I’m Learning”. True to that saying, I’ve been seeking out opportunities to grow as a photographer and person, and I had two perfect examples this weekend.
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending my first art exhibition at Hamilton Artists Inc. It was the final day of an exhibition called Traces, featuring three McMaster University Alumni, including KJ (Jennifer) Bedford, one of my college professors and my friend.