Newsletter #174: November, 2019
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This is my 174th consecutive monthly photographic newsletter. Enjoy!
Believing in the Power of the Arts
Workshops, Residencies, and more…..
Life couldn’t be more upbeat. I have exciting news and lots of imagery to share with you this month.
1. Photographic Workshops for 2020: Three magical locations
2. My Montreal Photographic Residency: Reflecting back
1. 7-Day Residency Workshops for 2020
Informative, Inspirational, Challenging, Creative
Dennis Ducklow and I are once again offering THREE 7-day intensive photographic workshops in THREE different world-class locations. Join us to learn about photography as an art form.
- Bella Coola on the Central Coast
- University of British Columbia
- Gabriola in the Gulf Islands
Be prepared to venture beyond representational image making and open up new worlds of visual expression. Our instruction moves away from formulaic techniques, and becomes about imagination, inspiration, and creative expression. Our days start with instructional talks, leading to personalized one-on-one coaching in the field, taking your photography beyond the obvious.
Tallheo Cannery: Bella Coola on the Central Coast:
The old cannery building is a centre for learning .….
….. where new modes of expression are developed.
The central coast is a place of mood and character .….
….. and along with old-growth forests, they beg to be visually expressed
The hub of our Tallheo workshop; we live, teach, and learn here.
University of British Columbia, Vancouver:
The Clock Tower and Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
An Expressionist rendition of students moving between classes
The Museum of Anthropology provides visual insights into North West Native culture. Photography is encouraged here.
Cultural-specific gardens are inspirational focal-points for photographers.
The architectural highlights of the university implore to be photographed in every photographic tradition.
Gabriola Island, Gulf Islands:
On all workshops we emphasize and demonstrate many modalities of expression
A sandstone cavern provides an unparalleled whereabouts to study visual design
Beyond the outward appearance of an Arbutus tree lies unseen beauty.
Imagination turns a tiny wave from a passing ferry into a tempest.
In front of our Haven retreat centre, a lone photographer captures evening tranquility.
Join us on a journey into unseen worlds of expressive art at any one of the above three locations.
2. My Montreal Photographic Residency
I am having coffee in the morning Cariboo light, reflecting back on my self-directed Montreal residency; in fact, about all three residencies I made this past summer-fall season.
The purpose of these experiences is to grow and develop as a visual artist, and what better way than to face a blank sensor in a new vibrant location, allowing myself to be influenced by the moment.
I experienced Montreal in 3 ways; at a moment within my cultural history, at a moment in historical time, and at a moment in my personal life. All 3 are highly dynamic and influential. I merely embraced each situation, trying to respond to all these influences.
Here are a few images I made in Montreal.
Flying to Montreal
The Outremont metro station
Montreal skyline from the south
Montreal skyline from the north
Place des Arts, my favourite spot in the city to photograph
Place des Arts entrance to the Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier where we watched the ballet Carmina Burana
The following four images were made on a morning walk around the entire Place des Arts building.
The Lakeshore community of Pointe-Claire
Students approaching McGill University
The old port of Montreal
Old port of Montreal; Silo #5
Skyscraper on Sherbrooke Street, I
Skyscraper on Sherbrooke Street, II
My favourite street corner to photograph; Crescent & Sherbrooke Street
My favourite mural
Old Montreal, I
Old Montreal, II
A solitary walker, Mount Royal
Mount Royal cemetery. My mother rests here.
I find the residency exercise invaluable. It encourages me to see more deeply and widely into the visual landscape, it helps refine my creative process, and it inspires conviction in my own work.
Most importantly, I get to enjoy the world around me, the art of photography, and the entire creative process.
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Thank You. See you in December!