I designed a new watermark to add to my photos. In the image of the swimming grizzly bear I’ve enlarged it. It will usually be displayed smaller in the left or right bottom corner of the photo. Click on the image to see a larger version.
I was fortunate to see an exhibition of the American photographer Walker Evans at the Vancouver Art Gallery. He was a photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans’s work from the FSA period uses the large format, 8 x 10 inch camera. Many of his works are in the permanent collections of museums. I really enjoyed looking at some of his cameras and street photography which included photos of store signs. I would recommend seeing this exhibition which ends on January 22nd.
As a photographer I was fortunate to recently see the documentary The Salt of the Earth. It’s about the Brazilian master photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The film is directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. For over 40 years Sebastiao Salgado has taken powerful black and white images about ever-changing humanity.
During the month of April the Capture Photography Festival is taking place in Vancouver. There are over 100 exhibitions, public installations and events. Today I saw Tokyo by Matthew Pillsbury and The Last Stand by David Ellingsen. I hope by viewing some of the exhibitions it will inspire me as a photographer.
This evening I was fortunate to see the documentary movie Antarctica: A Year On Ice. The film was directed by Anthony Powell and it looks at the lives of people who live at the McMurdo Station year round. In the Winter they have to endure four months of never ending darkness. It was visually stunning and I enjoyed the time lapse photography. It’s a dream of mine to one day take images in Antarctica.
Welcome to my blog about photography, life and learning in the Pacific Northwest. If possible, I try to take most of my outdoor images during a time of the day that photographers often refer to as ‘sweet light’. This is a beautiful form of light that occurs near sunrise and sunset. Perhaps, the famous outdoor photographer Galen Rowell summed it up best, when he said:
“Twice each day the cool, blue light of night interacts with the warm tones of daylight. Luckily for color photographers, these events, though predictable, are not consistent. For a full hour at either end of the day colors of light mix together in endless combinations, as if someone in the sky were shaking a kaleidoscope.”
I hope to share with you some of the ‘sweet light’ and beautiful places to photograph in this part of the world.