Newsletter #160: October, 2018
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This is my 160th consecutive monthly photographic newsletter; enjoy!
- Summer in the City; Summer in the Mountains: Simplicity in lines, shapes and patterns
- Exciting News. New Workshops for 2019: Central Coast, Barkerville, and Gabriola Island
- Got a Camera? Go for a Drive! My buddy Shayne and I did and were not disappointed.
- Our New Blu-ray Disk Just Released: Amazing Release Party in 100 Mile House!
Summer in the City; Summer in the Mountains: Simplicity in lines, shapes and patterns
Many of you wrote to me last month about how much you enjoyed the comparison I made in Newsletter #159 between the man-made urban architecture of Vancouver, and that of the natural world at Ape Lake. Here are more images from both those two places.
I absolutely love the search for compelling compositions and in both Vancouver and at Ape Lake, there was absolutely no shortage of compelling lines, shapes, colours, and textures from which to make them. With camera, an open mind, and complete freedom of expression, I set off to investigate, always seeking the feeling of resonance.
Juxtaposing elements of design is an exciting process.
Outside the Vancouver Art Gallery, I found this irresistible arrangement of contrast.
While sitting on a bench resting my back, I looked up and saw this; an incredible arrangement of line and contrast.
I thought of a musician friend when I saw this arrangement.
I made this image while driving home from Vancouver, just before flying to Ape Lake. I was transitioning between city and wilderness!
A sense of harmony, I
A sense of harmony, II
A sense of harmony, III
A sense of harmony, IV
I was truly excited about photographing in both environments, however, while photographing in the city with a tripod and two cameras around my neck, I felt vulnerable. At Ape Lake, on the other hand, I was completely in the moment, at peace with myself and my surroundings.
In the above images, I never moved a single stone in order to make a better composition. Everything seemed to be completely natural; everything placed where they were meant to be. I did not want to disturb that feeling. Instead, I searched for the compositions that were already composed.
Exciting News. New Workshops for 2019: Central Coast, Barkerville, and Gabriola Island
Informative, Inspirational, Challenging & Creative
Dennis Ducklow and I are offering THREE 7-day workshops, in THREE different world-class locations, in which we approach photography as an art form.
Be prepared to venture beyond representational image making and open up new worlds of visual possibilities. These workshops are designed for your creative expression; our instruction is not the passing on of formulaic techniques. With personalized attention, you will take your photography beyond the obvious.
Tallheo Cannery: Central Coast Workshop:
Visualizing the possibilities beyond pure documentary
The seashore as expressive art
Expressive documentary to capture moments in time
Developing the art of narrative photography
Gabriola Island workshop:
Beyond the obvious
The expression of mood
Got a Camera? Go for a Drive! My buddy Shayne and I did, and were not disappointed.
Travelling the back roads in early morning light
Last July, my friend Shayne Middleton and I set off for an exploratory day of photography. We headed west toward the Big Bar reactionary ferry which crosses the Fraser River. Whenever someone arrives who wants to cross, it swings into action.
Needless to say, we wanted to cross. We were seeking new visual adventures!
Some of the views we found were spectacular. Small streams had carved deep into the land for centuries, leaving colourful canyons in their wake.
Eventually we found a road that took us through grasslands; textured and scented by Big Sagebrush.
Ahead of us, on the other side of the Fraser River, were towering silt cliffs.
When we reached the river and looked back toward the mountains, the viewscape was impressively dramatic.
A ranch road soon took us through another narrow canyon where the sun cast deep shadows. I switched to black and white to capture Shayne amidst the high contrast canyon walls.
Needless to say, it was an exciting and rewarding day filled with laughter and expressive image-making.
Our New Blu-ray Disk just Released: Amazing Release Party in 100 Mile House!
Ken Marshall and I (Harris/Marshall Media) released our Blu-ray disk titled ‘The Chilcotin Ark ’ last week in the local 100 Mile House cinema. It was an amazing event! With 2 documentaries and 9 short films, the disk contains over 110 minutes of breathtaking photography and original music. The two feature films are The Wildfire Summer of 2017 and The Chilcotin Ark. The 9 short films provide insights into the most dramatic parts of the entire Cariboo Chilcotin Coast region of central British Columbia.
Bonus: When you purchase this disk, you gain FREE all-access to view all the contents online.
Please visit my website for full details about the contents of this Blu-ray disk, and how to place your order. Believe me, you will not be disappointed when you watch these films.
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