Tuesday, April 19, 2016

If You Go Away ....

A few years ago I was turned on to an Icelandic singer Emilíana Torrini. She has a bone chilling voice. You should defiantly check her stuff out. I was quite struck by a song called "if you go away"
The verses feel so melancholy so heavy and in contrast the choruses are light, airy and full of hope. The best part is the transition from verse to chorus, sad to happy. That transition has an amazing feeling.
When I looked into it, I could not believe how old this song really is and how many artist have done versions of it! It's an adaptation of the 1959 Jacques Brel song "Ne me quitte pas" with English lyrics by Rod McKuen. C.
Although Emilíana has stayed true to the melody, the instrumentation in this version emphasizes that contrast from dark to light. I love it !
I knew that this would be a great song to put images too.  I really wanted to emphasize the opposite feelings in the song and the dramatic transitions between them. My first idea was the change in seasons for the transitions. Bare trees and cool muted colors for the somber feel. Full foliage trees and warm saturated colors for the happy feel. This is great but I quickly realized that with such a powerful lyric I needed to tell more of a story that landscapes can do. So I have tried to combine portraits that tell a story with landscape and the seasons incorporated. Many thanks to Rebecca McIvor for modeling on this little project!
Here is my interpretation of ...  If you go away



Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Ode to Rembrandt

The last challenge at The Welland Camera Club this year is "Ode to Rembrandt" This was a tough one for me. I had some ideas but ran out of time to do them.
These are self portraits lit in Rembrandt style of lighting using only a flashlight. I am already looking forward to doing these challenges next year.




Saturday, February 27, 2016

For The Love of Black & White

Brand new presentation on black & white !
Monday March 7th at 7:00 PM Niagara Falls Public Library, 4848 Victoria Ave.
Really looking forward to this one, hope to see you there :)


Monday, February 15, 2016

Bokeh-licious

The third directors challenge at the Welland Camera Club this year.
Bokeh-licious 

Bokeh is the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image produced by a lens. Bokeh has also been defined as "the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light"

I ventured downtown Welland on a rainy night with my friend Peter to try and get some great bokeh. We experimented with nothing in focus and with a very small sliver of foreground in focus. Shooting like this definitely opens your mind to new possibilities !
Man I love these challenges.






Saturday, February 6, 2016

Portrait Workshop

Having some fun at the Welland Camera Club portrait workshop.......

Special thanks to Gerald Lachapelle, Ron Wing, Griz Witlib, Autumn Hoover, Kayla Jenkins, Josh Jenkins, Jonny Langedyk, Dana Ventresca & Donghuan Li






Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Nova Scotia Book & E-Book

I have put together another little coffee table photo book with images from Cape Breton & Nova Scotia. Its a collection of images from 2010 & 2015. I used Blurb this time and It turned out great.

You can preview or purchase the book here 
Its also available as an e-book!