earth day

This was once a stand of trees. A few years ago they were all razed to the ground. I have a hard time believing they destroyed the trees to create a small agricultural field in a suburban complex of houses and big box stores. More and more I am noticing the plague of plastic bags on the landscape…


final edit of Where will I spend my happy days

Well, I think I’ve finally settled on what could well by the final edit of Where will I spend my happy days?

So here it is:

Please excuse the little demo label that popped up on the first image… I decided to try out a free demo of Soundslides to make it, and I must say I’m impressed. The interface is simple and intuitive, and it did exactly what I wanted. Embedding it here turned out to be more complex than I’d expected, but everything else was so simple, I’m not sure I can complain.

In other news, Deep Sleep magazine has just published Issue 4 Memory, and my work (Many Scars) is in it.

Die Antwoord and Roger Ballen

Just before we left for South Africa, Die Antwoord started going around the Interwebs. I got a kick out of it but not in a really serious way. But yesterday I found this video (through the Photography Post – which is a great new resource, although I can’t seem to make the RSS feed work in my bloglines account).

You must watch this collaboration between Die Antwoord and Roger Ballen. I love it. (Incidentally, the video I linked to is better quality than the one embedded at TPP. I just can’t figure out how to embed it. Oh well – click over).


The CONTACT festival has launched its website for the 2010 festival. I think I’m most excited about getting to see Tony Fouhse’s USER in print (besides my workshop with Alec Soth of course). His show is at Pikto Gallery if you’re in the area, and I plan to go to the opening on May 7 (unless I collapse from information overload during my workshop).

I noticed the other day that Pikto is also offering two workshops with Donald Weber in May, both of which I’ve taken and highly recommend for anyone interested in deepening their photographic practice. Documentary Photography is a two-day workshop with a week for shooting an assignment in between, and Grant Writing is one day. I didn’t take it to learn how to apply for grants; I took it because I’ve been struggling to write about my photography. He broke down an approach to writing about your work, a structure. But more importantly, he gave me confidence to trust myself – to BE myself when writing about my work. For so long, I’ve been wishing someone smart would come and tell me what’s going on in my pictures on a deeper level. (Don didn’t do that.) I thought that to be successful in the art photography world you have use academic language and concepts, but Don emphasized straight honesty to the point of rawness. And he’s won a number of lucrative grants so the proof is in the pudding.

Anyways, back to CONTACT. I have to say, I’m more than a little disappointed with TVO’s programming. Most of the films were also played last year, with only a few exceptions. But the talks for the festival look great. The Magnum workshop instructors will all be speaking in the evenings during the first week of May. I’m also pretty keen to check out the panel discussion about contemporary African photography.

I think I’m getting close to a final edit of my Woodstock work. In the meantime, I’ll leave you with this image, which didn’t make it into my first edit, but which is becoming a favourite.

Jeffrey and Dennis

holiday weekend

Sometimes I love my neighbourhood.


You think it’s all boring all the time, then you come across these treasures of whimsy. Again and again, I ask myself: Who lives here??? Who DOES this??? People are weird and wonderful.