Friday, May 29, 2009

More still life images from the cottage.

I've been perusing FFFFOUND today. It is such an amazing resource of imagery. Also if you are a Gabriel Orozco fan (as I am of his photography) you might be interested in reading this interview with him.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

For something lighter here are 2 dogs visiting the cottage.

Monday, May 25, 2009

The last two images from this new series titled "Land of Plenty" for now, although the title will eventually change. The above images represent water and plastic. They definitely feel different than the other images. The connection to the earth is not as strong and they look more like garbage or polluters than products of the landscape. Perhaps they will bring me in a new direction. These were some of the last images that I made and other than the looser tie to the concept I find them to be aesthetically very successful. The plastic bags mimicking the clouds in the sky is fantastical and wonderful to me. In the water image I included some sticks recently gnawed by beavers, with the hopes of evoking the hydroelectric damming of water that is so prevalent here in Quebec. The sticks are not so noticeable here in these small web-size images, and are more present in the prints. One thing to mention on that note is that the final print size for this series is 28x28 inches.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Coal in the woods. Another image from this recent series where I added materials back into the natural landscape from which they may have come.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Two more (wheat and milk) from my recent series which I had tentatively called "Land of Plenty". I realize now that this name doesn't really work. For one thing I didn't really exhibit plenty in these images. I had trouble working with large quantities of materials. Since this was all a new way of working for me it seemed easier to work with a small quantity of each material. I am hoping that with more work, time and practice I will be more loose and allow myself the chaos of real plenty.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

More from this recent series of adding materials/products of the environment into the natural landscape. Above are beef and lumber.

One of my primary motivations for doing this series was my internal conflict over uses of the land. Here in Canada extraction and other commercial uses of the landscape are a vital part of our economy. Forestry, mining, etc. create lots of jobs and and make up a large part of our exports. And yet as someone who is not connected to these industries I have a really hard time accepting any loss of wildlife habitat. In thinking these things through I fantasized about a perfect situation where wilderness and products could coexist. This imaginary place is what I attempted to recreate in these images: a locale where we could extract AND keep the natural landscape. Of course this is a place where everyone could be happy: commercial enterprises and environmentalists alike. And yet it is never possible to have it both ways, although now I think that attempts are at least made to work sustainably. Hopefully with thoughts of sustaining the environment and its citizens as well as sustaining the industrial extraction of materials.

Monday, May 11, 2009

So recently I've been working with adding materials to the environment and photographing them there. This really started with the potatoes, which were fun but I wasn't really happy with potatoes as a choice of material, they didn't have the meaning that I was looking for. And so I started using materials that could be seen as products of the environment and adding them back into a natural landscape scene. Above are two examples, with paper being the top image and aluminum being the bottom one. This somewhat sculptural way of working has been really interesting and challenging for me and I am going to continue shooting in this way this summer. It will be so nice to be able to spend lots of time outside and not have to worry about freezing my fingers off as I did a few months ago when shooting these images.

I will be away for the next week so I'll resume blogging next Tuesday. Have a good week!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Chris' Lego robot number 2. By the fish tank and in the bathroom.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

My photographs up on the wall at Lara Evoy's loft for tonight's Matiere Grise workshop. (from the top: "Why am I marrying him?", "Model Husband", and the new and as yet unresolved "Land of Plenty")

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

So I decided to submit to the Hey Hot Shot! contest last week and the above images are what I submitted. And here's what I wrote:

This new series entitled Nightlight 2 is about urban living and the constant presence of artificial light. The street lamp light that enters my bedroom at night is photographed using long exposures so that you can see what my eyes see when I cannot sleep. The light reshapes places and objects and makes me question our perception of things under artificial light. Coming after my Nightlight series, which was made up of images of urban scenes at night, this recent project focuses in on the light itself and how it changes our world.

Wish me luck! Also I want to thank Subjectify for featuring some of my work recently. Lastly John Goldbach's reading Sunday evening was great and I have proceeded to read the book cover to cover since then. In my last post I forgot to direct you to his website where you can purchase the book.