Heard my first cardinal of the year, at -13C
Yesterday I printed, bound and cut.
I printed and bound two copies of my thesis and cut two DVDs. It's quaint that DVDs continue to be used as a delivery medium. I'll deliver them on Thursday, when I have to go downtown to complete some other errands.
The DVDs contain a PDF version of the thesis, the images and videos used as part of the work, images and videos of the gallery, including setup and the gallery opening, documentation on the family tree from 1750-2018 in PDF form and as an interactive form via web pages.
Yesterday, I packed up my show.
My show runs until the 29th, less than one week. Saturday, starting around 5PM, I take it down. That will be easier than putting it up. Some links to the exhibition:
I've been trying to take some shots of the exhibition and it's turned out to be more complicated than I thought. The mix of studio and day light adds complexity, but it is also challenging to capture the space itself. It's long and narrow, making it difficult to get some shots without stitching things together in post production. Yesterday, I took my medium format (film) camera down to the studio. I'll see if that makes a difference.
Typically, gallery openings are held when the show first opens … but scheduling became difficult for a variety of reasons, so I organized a "Friends and Family" held about half-way through the run. That was last night.
I think it went well, but I am also happy to pass that milestone. One more to go: the thesis defense.
Photography by Sara Naimpour
To bring in the New Year, we enjoyed a bottle of wine and Foie Gras, complements of my son's girl friend's parents.
The next group were the ring bearers. While they carry a pillow intended to hold the rings, the Best Man held the actual items.
The next group making up the procession were the flower girls.
It was quite a large group, and may be as one might observe in industry, I was left with a sense of title inflation. There was a junior bride's maid, seven bride's maids and a senior one (although in wedding parlance the last was called the maid of honour).
The wedding day started early. For me, I was in the gym by 4:30 AM; working off those last few grams to more easily fit into my tuxedo. Things started happening around 9:00 AM. The hair stylist arrived, followed by the makeup person. Then there was a flower delivery, a food delivery, the bride's maids followed soon after by the photographers and videographer. The last arrival was what was referred to as the party van; that vehicle that took the bride and her entourage to the church. That didn't include Linda and I; we found our own way there.
It was quite an event. Nearly 300 people attended. The ceremony lasted just about 40 minutes, the first 10 being consumed simply by walking in and up the aisle: the bride's maids, groom's men, the flower girls, the ring bearers, and trailing the procession, the bride and Linda and I.
Following the ceremony was a 2 hour break before the reception, that continued until late into the eventing.
I prepared a video for the event that runs about 12 minutes.
Today is the big day. Over a year in planning comes down to the next few hours: wedding at 2, reception at 5.
On June 27th I had the opportunity to present a second work, this time a film, as part of a series of 14 vignettes entitled Taxi Stories presented at the Harbourfront Centre.
The short films were displayed on tablets attached to the rear of the passenger seat in side taxis parked at the Centre. My film was entitled A Good Business, a Good Life, which summarizes the sentiment expressed by the driver I spoke with.
One of my objectives for 2017 was to have a gallery showing of my work. It would be my first. I accomplished this goal in May with a showing at the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, with a work entitled Oh Canada, commemorating Canada's 150th Birthday.
The conceptual framework for the series is the song “Oh Canada.” Each image corresponds to a passage from the national anthem, or in certain cases, a widely-accepted concept of Canada.
Layering is used as an analogy to the composition of this country: its people, culture and concept. A more nuanced observation might note that most of the component photography is ordinary, reflecting the thought that while the constituents of Canada may be ordinary, something better happens when put together.
The photography is purposely aesthetic and positive because this is a celebration, and while nothing is perfect, and there are always things that one might criticize, one also needs to celebrate and engage the positive. The four images in the series are:
- Our Home;
- True North;
- From Far and Wide;
- (From Sea) to Sea
April 9, 2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the hertha.com domain. I'm certain I should say more about the auspicious event, but I'm not sure what to say other than offer some historical perspective. However, that would lead to a restatement of what's in the archive, so no point.
March 12 marks 60 years in Canada. I'll have to see if I can find the cards referred to.
Over the last year or so I've picked up a several event shoots for Habitat for Humanity. Today, was the Polar Bear Dip.
50 years ago today my brother and I returned to school after the summer break. For my brother, it was his first day at a new school; for me, it was the beginning of my third year. So early, on drizzly Vancouver morning, we got on our bikes and drove the approximately 5km to school. Taking our bikes saved us bus fare, which was 7 cents return. One could buy 21 jawbreakers for 7 cents.
So today, once more, is my first day back at school. The first day of a 2 year, full-time, MFA Documentary Media program. I look forward to it. I'll confess to being a bit nervous.
June 23, 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of this blog. I missed it. We were in Poland. So this is the 11th anniversary.
May be some sort of retrospective is in order; but that seems presumptuous. So I'll leave this simple entry to note the event.