September 2011 – Toronto

13 10 2011

Visited Toronto again with my best friend, Mike. We went on a random shopping and eating trip, so I brought along my beloved Pentax for the trip. Last time I went, back in May, I had an idea to shoot hot dog stands. So I carried on with the idea, and shot a bunch more. Each time I go to Toronto now, I’m going to try to collect more and more of them; enough to fill a few pages in a book I want to create.

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Start of May

10 05 2011

So far this year, our spring has been horrible! It’s rained every day I’ve been off of work, and sunny and dry every day I do work! But once in a while, I’ll fool the weather and get out and have some fun. Best way to have fun around here? Play with your vintage film camera with a friend. Film is a great way to have fun with photography when digital becomes too competitive and stale (and since I work in a cheapo Photo Studio, I appreciate this even more so).

Shooting with film is fun, my lenses are tack sharp, determining apertures and shutter speeds with a broken light meter is always interesting, and the thrill of waiting to finish a roll of film and getting it developed and put onto a cd (courtesy of my boss at work). Recently, I got my paws on 2 Holga 120N cameras. Expect some nifty photos to come soon!





Scannography

7 04 2011

I’ve been up to more scannography lately, this time with my friend, Nancy. Silliness ensued. So did some pretty cool results, enjoy!





03.26.11

2 04 2011

On Saturday, March 26th, 2011, my cousin Jayson was killed in a car accident. He was only 30, and was in a truck driven by a drunk driver. We buried him on Wednesday, March 30th. It was one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to endure, and I hope these pieces below will reflect that. This is my first experiment with scanography. The first is a painting done on the scanner bed, and the other two are “portraits”. I hope you, the viewer, finds some sort of enjoyment out of these.





2011 – A New Start

9 03 2011

I’ve decided that I want to start shooting for myself, and for an upcoming art show, so I’ve started shooting film on my 1975 Pentax (it was a present from a neighbour) for fun. I love the colour, I love the grain, I love the light leaks and the accidental mess ups this camera has to offer. These are just two of my favourite photos I’ve taken on it recently (and not so recently), there are a few more in the Accidental Art portion.





Critters 2009

11 03 2010

I’m such a huge pet lover, and so are my parents, so we offered to ‘babysit’ my mom’s friend’s son’s hamster. So around mid-March last year we got the little fella for a weekend. On the Sunday, my dad had bought me the Canon 50D we had decided on getting, and I was getting antsy to shoot something… anything! Since being a big fan of some certain rat photos on RedBubble taken by¬†Ellen, I had an idea of what I could do to break in the new camera. So, these are two photos from my mini in-the-kitchen-on-the-dining-table hamster photoshoot. Hope you enjoy! Taken on 50D with 50mm, f1.8 lens.

Recently, I bought a used Canon 24-70mm f2.8 lens from a fellow photographer, and it is sweet (and extra heavy, I think I may have to start lifting weights to actually use my camera now, haha). Anyways, on a shoot a while ago, I got meet a fellow friend and photographer, Anna, for a bit of a collaborative photo shoot. We went to Harris Park, it was pretty overcast out, which was alright, I guess. I didn’t get too many shots I really liked (hence why none are shown here), but we came across this cute little baby squirrel on a tree. It looked pretty tame, so I walked up to the tree, started to pet his tail, then his body, then I was able to snatch him off the tree. I considered the ‘getting bitten factor’, but having raised over twenty of these little guys, I thought I could take my chance. Anyways, he was a little antsy and nervous in my hands, but other than that, he never bit me, peed on me, or pooped on me (that’s better than some critters I’ve had!) When I tried to put him back on the tree, he apparently didn’t want to leave, so we walked around with him more, took some snaps of him on our model for fun, and finally got him back in a tree. This was him looking down at me, almost like he was seeing me off and maybe even wishing me well.





Alma College

11 03 2010

On May 28, 2008, in the city of St. Thomas, Ontario, there was a protest to keep the hundred-thirty-three year old heritage site, Alma College, from being destroyed by the city. Around 12:05pm, Alma College was set on fire by a few teenagers (who aren’t even being penalized). Around 1:oopm on May 29, 2008, the ruins were then fully demolished, just a pile of rubble and bricks. Why do I care about what happened here? Well, I went to school here for kindergarten. Most people in this town feel very strongly towards this building.

With that written, while I didn’t photograph it actually burning (so many people captured that, me, I just slept through it all, figures…). However, I did go around 7:00pm that evening and captured these photographs in memory of this historic monument to St. Thomas. I hope I did her well!