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Posted Dec 01, 2005 by static

static shoots for Smudge Magazine

As of today there's a new kid on the block in the world of online magazines. I know, I can hear it now...."aren't there enough magazines in this world?" My answer is no. There aren't. As long as it's a new concept with high quality and respectable material, has canadian content and isn't afraid to push the boundaries of online publications.
Those are my personal criteria anyways and from the sounds of it smudge magazine is looking to meet all of them.

Their mission statement says this:
"smudge magazine is aimed at exploring the many facets of womanhood in a unique and modern way. smudge will appeal to the intellectual, passionate and creative traits in women with smart, frank and sexy content. smudge magazine will inspire women to keep dreaming, work hard, live smart and have the perfect pair of shoes to wear through it all."

Posted Nov 30, 2005 by kk

Vancouver Photographer Jeff Wall Exhibition at the Tate Modern

On my recent trip to London, UK I was fortunate enough to visit the Tate Modern gallery. The Tate is Britain's new national museum of modern art.
Luckily for me, the current exhibition , which had just opened the week earlier, was that of Vancouver photographer Jeff Wall. This wasn't just an ordinary exhibit either, rather it was a major retrospective which brought together over fifty of his works produced between the late 70's to present day - providing an overview of his entire career.

I wasn't familiar with his work but quickly learned that he is a pillar of modern photography, one of the most intruiging and influential artists working today and has played a key role in establishing photography as a contemporary art form.

Posted Nov 30, 2005 by static

CAPIC - The Canadian Association of Photographers and Illustrators in Communications

If you've been in any sort of photography group or circle you likely have heard of CAPIC. It's like the visual cousin of CAJ, the journalistic association.
It wasn't until recently that I started looking into exactly what the association is and what they're doing for photographers. Good things, I tell ya, good things!

CAPIC was founded in 1978 as a national, not-for-profit association dedicated to safeguarding and promoting the rights and interests of photographers, illustrators and more recently, digital artists.

They have been a great source in maintaining industry standards, creating a community and fighting for copyright protections. In fact, in 1997, when amendments to the Canadian Copyright Act were passed into law by the Parliament of Canada, two of the proposals passed were by CAPIC.

Posted Nov 28, 2005 by static

Vancouver's Ripe Magazine Accepting Photography Submissions

What is it, you ask?

It's a publication called Ripe Magazine that supports, promotes and publishes mainly b.c. based photography and writing.

Why, you say?

Because Ripe thinks it's cool to provide exposure to local photographers and writers and serves as a public forum for new ideas.

How do I get involed, you ask?

It's easy. You go here. You read the rules. You choose 5 of your pictures that fit with their current theme. You pay 10 bucks. You submit.

What happens next, you wonder?

Posted Nov 25, 2005 by static

Copyright and Photography: Whose Picture Is It?

I did a blog post the other day on a Photographers Rights when shooting in public places and in doing so I realized there are a whole lot of people out there looking for the same answers as me.

I've been googling and reading and reading and googling trying to come up with something and while I didn't find the answers to my questions on that issue, I did find a new issue.

There are, obviously, many different types of photographers out there. There are those who are commissioned by a third party to take a specific photograph of a person or event (ie. portrait, wedding, commercial etc) and then there are those who use photographs as works of art, seperate from what or who it represents.

This obviously raises questions. The big one being - who owns the picture? Is it the person who took the photograph or the person who paid for the picture to be taken? and what rights does the person in the picture actually have?

Posted Nov 23, 2005 by static

The Right's of Photographers (when shooting in public places)

I carry my camera with me everywhere I go. I know I'm not alone on this because as photographers we know that the greatest shots often come at the least expected times and I never want to be unprepared for those great moments.

I also like to take street shots to document the general goings on of the city and those around me and I can't imagine not being "allowed" to do this. I also can't imagine what the world of photography would be without the astounding images of Cartier-Bresson or Garry Winograd.

However, in our current fearful society photographers are becoming increasingly harrassed for taking pictures. I've been approached time and time again by mall security, managers of stores or even random people on the street asking if they were in my picture and I'm one of the relatively cautious ones about this! I know many people who aren't and as my own personal philosophy I like to protect the wishes of those who choose not to be in my pictures but being told by people that I'm "not allowed" makes me mad.

Posted Nov 17, 2005 by static

Flickr Favourites: Why? Why? Why?

One of the very cool things about photography is that so many people do it. My mom takes pictures, my grandpa took pictures, my kids take pictures - it really is accessible to everyone. The question that comes to me so often, in light of this, is what makes one person's pictures stand apart from another or even what makes one shot of someone's stand apart from a similar shot by the same photographer.

I have no answer on this. I'm not even close to coming to any sort of conclusion but it is interesting to think about why people are drawn to some things and not to others.

For example, the shot above was my most favourited picture on flickr for months, still is actually. People keep favouriting it over and over. When I shot it, I had no idea people would react to it in the way that they did.

Then I posted this shot.

Posted Nov 10, 2005 by static

Music, Art and Chocolate

My good friend Craig Harris just recently finished recording his first cd and, though admittedly I may be a bit biased, I have to say it's awesome!
You can hear the definite influences of Jack Johnson and Bob Marley in his music in that it has an I'm-just-a-guy-with-my-guitar vibe going on.

I know you're all thinking, "isn't this suppose to be a photography blog?" but hold on - I'm getting to that.

Craig's cd release party is tonight and he has asked me to display some of my art there as well. I think the idea of artists combining forces is super cool so of course, I was thrilled at the invite to display at what really is his big night!

Posted Nov 09, 2005 by static

Lomography: The Rules, The Society and Why I Want One So Badly!

The 10 Rules of Lomography:
1. Take your camera everywhere you go.
2. Use it anytime - day and night.
3. Lomography is not an interference in your life, but part of it.
4. Try the shot from the hip.
5. Approach the objects of your lomographic desire as close as possible.
6. Don't think.
7. Be fast.
8. You don't have to know beforehand what you captured on film.
9. Afterwards either.
10. Don't worry about any rules.


Photo by shoegazer

I've been coveting a certain few people's photos on flickr now for quite some time, Brian Milo, shoegazer and lomokev to name just a few. There pictures have something different about them - a unique quality, colours that pop and random vignetting. What they all have in common is that they're shooting with this crazy little russian camera called a Lomo Kompakt Automat, otherwise known as the lc-a.

Posted Nov 03, 2005 by static

Vancouver Artist - David Carter - showing at the Tracey Lawrence Gallery

David Carter is a friend of a friend so I guess what you would call an "aquaintance" of mine. I haven't seen him in ages but as I was flipping through current exhibitions going on in Vancouver his name caught my eye.

David Carter has been exploring minimalism for as long as I've known his work and his latest show promises an even deeper foray into this. The first pieces I ever saw of his were huge white canvases with his name "DAVID CARTER" painted across the middle of them in black stencil style.

Posted Oct 26, 2005 by static

Static takes photos for Vancouver DJ - Jay Parsons

DJ Jay Parsons has been spinning for years but has just recently made Vancouver his hometown and we're happy to call him a local. We're also happy that he called static when he needed photos done for his album cover.

DJ Jay was looking for something "different" when he was scouring around for a photographer and the recommendations he got from other artists in the biz just weren't right for him. He then took it upon himself to scour the internet and what he found was one shot, by our own Kris Krug, that was just what he was looking for. He proceeded to spend hours (literally) going through every one of Kris' over 5,000 photos on flickr and met up with Kris personally before deciding that static was the right photography company for him.

Posted Oct 22, 2005 by kk

Sam Sullivan Photo Used for the Cover of the Terminal City News

Sam Sullivan Sam Sullivan My friend Ian King called me up this week and asked if I could drop everything and come take a photo of someone he was interviewing for the Terminal City News. Turns out the interview was with Sam Sullivan who is running for mayor in Vancouver. I took my Canon 20d but forgot my memory card so I decided to shoot expired slide film instead and to cross-process it. It actually made me happy that I had forgotten the flash card so that I had a good excuse to go analog and shoot something that I feel is a little more distinctively my style right now. A couple of the shots turned out and Ian ended up using this one for the cover. I think it would be fun to do more quick lil projects like this.
Posted Oct 18, 2005 by static

Apple at Photoplus Expo - Manhattan

A super-top-secret someone forwarded this to me today. What I wouldn't give to be in Manhattan tomorrow!

"Apple quietly plans massive presence at PhotoPlus Expo

By Kasper Jade and Prince McLean
Published: 08:00 PM EST

Although it has yet to announce such plans, Apple Computer is expected to have the largest presence of any exhibitor at this week's PhotoPlus Expo in Manhattan, AppleInsider has learned.

The three day conference targets the photographic and imaging industries and is scheduled to run from Oct 20th through Oct 22nd at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.

Posted Oct 17, 2005 by static

Flash: A *gulp* Necessary Evil

Hi. I'm Rhonda. On Friday October 14, 2005 I used a flash.

I feel like I need to be in therapy or hide from my regular "shooting" friends. I thrive on the fact that I'm an available-light-shooter and can work my camera in natural light situations and still get the desired look.
I've long been prejudice about flashes even though I carry one in my bag with me wherever I go. I have one of those stereotypes about pictures taken with a flash. You know what I mean, extremely flat looking shots or completely whited-out faces. I can't even tell you why exactly I own it. It's in my bag, yes. I just don't use it.

Posted Oct 14, 2005 by kk

Expired Slide Film and Cross Processing

As anyone who has been hanging out and shooting with me has probably noticed I've been shooting a lot of slide film (E-6) this year and processing it as negative film (C-41). This is called cross-processing, or xpro if you're going for the cool factor, and has pretty crazy results. The photos turn out super contrasty and saturated and grainy and you get all sorts of unexpected artifacts and apparitions. amanda

Posted Oct 06, 2005 by static

Instant Gratification with Polaroids

I'm positively giddy about my most recent aquisition which isn't that surprising because it's a photographic tool and it's retro - two things I love the best!

I asked my dad the other day if he still had his old polaroid camera, the very first camera I ever took a picture with I might add, and as I'm sure you can tell by my excitement - he had it and most importantly was happy to hand it off.
I first had to clear the dust off of it and figure out how to open it up (there are no fancy tricks you just have to pull.....hard!) and then dove into reading the instruction manual, a whopping 19 pages of "how to's".

It included such helpful tips as:

Posted Sep 29, 2005 by static

Is "Fix it in Photoshop" A Valid Statement?

The whole "Fix it in Photoshop" sentiment has been around since digital cameras and photoshop collided. My opinion on this has always been a very loud and clear, "NO!" There's so much more to taking good shots than uploading something that isn't so great onto your computer and changing it to become semi-okay. Rather than trying to articulate it all in my own words I'll share with you a great mini-article written by someone who really knows and sums up what I would have been trying to say anyways.

""Fix it in Photoshop" has become a mantra of the digital age. As the editor of Digital Photo Pro, I get to talk to many of the very best professional photographers in the world. One thing all of them have in common is that I've never heard any of them utter those words.

Posted Sep 22, 2005 by static

Art Galleries in Vancouver - Photography Exhibits

There's a great site called Vancouver Art Galleries that tells you what exhibits are going on at all the local galleries. I browse through it regularly and a few days ago I found some photography exhibits that caught my attention.
I just happened to have a bit of time on my hands today so I decided to go a check a few of them out.

The first gallery I popped into was Gallery Jones which is currently featuring photographs by James Nizam. The show is called Looking Out, Looking In and it is AWESOME!

Posted Sep 19, 2005 by static

Vancouver Camera Stores and Photo Labs

I've recently realized that I'm stuck in a bit of a rut when it comes to camera stores and developing labs in Vancouver. Not that that's a bad thing. I really like the places that I've decided are my faves both for labs as well as buying equipment but I also thought I should probably be more open to some other places out there. In my online searching I came across this awesome review that a local hobbyist has written on his experiences with many of the camera shops and labs in Vancouver including things like customer service and equipment knowledge, film development turn around time, quality of prints and amount of or lack of screw-ups to negs.

Posted Sep 06, 2005 by static

Most Important Photographer of the 20th Century

These words follow the work and skill of photographer, Andre Kertesz around. While I have trouble nailing one photographer down as most important he is definitely up there on many levels. The thing I like best about his style inparticular is his sense of odd humour. I haven't found a lot of really great photographers, and black and white photographers especially, that like to look at the world in a real manner. His photos aren't overworked or don't look overly composed (though you know the thought behind them is) but rather they are a reflection of the world around us. A direct observation of the everyday. It's simple and it's beautiful and he does it incredibly well.