Art

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior: A Colour Explosion

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (5)

The Festas do Povo de Campo Maior photo album is filling up nicely, which means it’s time to set it free. It’s too large to show as a slide show within this post, so I point you to the album in Flickr to see the rest, and yesterday’s post for some video clips.

The paper artistry extends beyond flowers: there was a street decorated like a farm with paper pigs and cows, a wine-themed street with paper grapevines and barrels, paper swans and bullfighters, wishing wells and paper tapestries. Someone even decided to build a cardboard tank in front of the castle!

The Alentejo Region is hot and dry, perfect for an event built around paper, but I did wonder what would happen if and when rain entered the forecast. The event is over eight days, there’s some likelihood for precipitation. Do they have an emergency plan to uninstall within a few hours and then reinstall when the threat of rain passes? The committee has been working on this event since January, I’m assuming they have a rain plan. Let’s hope they don’t have to implement it.

It was an 1,100km round trip for us to attend this event, but Festas do Povo de Campo Maior only takes place every four years, or whenever the townsfolk decide they’ve recovered sufficiently from the last one and are ready to tackle it once again. Considering there are around 20 kilometres of paper decorations, you can see why! We arrived before 10 o’clock in the morning, left around six o’clock in the afternoon, and we still didn’t get to see everything. The level of detail and painstaking work behind these displays isn’t for money (the entrance fee is only €4), it’s truly a labour of love by the people of Campo Maior.

Long live the arts in every corner of Portugal!

Event info (August 22-30, 2015): http://festasdopovo.pt/

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Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (4)

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Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (8)

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (9)

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (10)

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (11)

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (12)

Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (13)

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Festas do Povo de Campo Maior 2015 (15)

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August 23, 2015
Album: Festas do Povo de Campo Maior [August 2015]

Carnaval de Ovar 2015: Vampiros

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (18)

Each year the Carnaval de Ovar judges all parade entries in three categories by points: Carnival, Passerelle (catwalk?), and Samba School. The 1st place winner in the Carnival category was the group Vampiros (Vampires), who took on a steampunk-inspired railroad theme with requisite costumes and mega-props, including mobile railroad signals, tracks, and a gigantic train engine with moving arms. It was theatrical and the music was perfect: a dubstep cover of “Seven Nation Army” by the White Stripes, and AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck”.

I was too busy shooting to get my phone out to make a video, so here’s a one-minute clip from Rádio AVfm of the end of their performance segment. There will probably be more videos of the parade appearing on YouTube over the next little while, but at least you can see the train’s arms in motion (there is a point where it gets very animated, but it isn’t in this clip).

The parade was more than four hours long, so as you can imagine I’m still editing. I’ll have a commentary post up soon along with another batch of photos, but until then you can find more photos in the album: Carnaval de Ovar 2015

Carnaval de Ovar website: http://www.carnaval.ovar.net/
Carnaval de Ovar on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carnavaldeovar

See also: Carnaval de Ovar 2015: A Video Preview

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Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (12)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (4)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (5)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (6)

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Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (8)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (9)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (10)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (15)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (16)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (17)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (11)

Vampiros @ Carnaval de Ovar 2015 (Ovar, Portugal) (3)

February 17, 2015
Album: Carnaval de Ovar 2015

World Press Photo 14

World Press Photo 2014, Forum Maia (7)

I’ve written about World Press Photo before, blogging three years of exhibits at Brookfield Place in Toronto when I worked across the street at Royal Bank Plaza (200 Bay).

World Press Photo 2009
World Press Photo 2010
World Press Photo 2011

This annual photojournalism exhibit shows in 100 venues in 45 countries, but I was still surprised to find out (via search on the World Press Photo website) that here in Portugal there is no Porto venue, only Maia. Tomorrow is the final day of the exhibit, so I scurried over to Fórum da Maia to check out this year’s installment.

If you have never seen a World Press Photo exhibit, I would recommend not eating directly beforehand. Apart from technical skill, the photos in the exhibit are curated for emotional impact and if you are particularly sensitive, it could impact your ability to keep the latest meal down. The exhibit covers world events of which natural disasters and warfare are typically the most graphic, but I also find the man-made disasters make my stomach turn, too — in 2013 that would include the collapse of the Rana Plaza in Savar, Bangladesh, where the death toll reached 1,129.

But one of the first set of photos I viewed hit much closer to home for me: Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The photo above by Philippe Lopez of France carries the following description:

18 November 2013
Tolosa, Leyte, Philippines

Survivors carry religious images, ten days after Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the central Philippines. One of the strongest typhoons ever recorded, Haiyan raged through 47 provinces, causing immense destruction. Over a million houses were damaged, half of them totally destroyed, and more than 4 million people were displaced. Large areas were left without electricity or an adequate water supply for weeks, and the devastation of infrastructure made food distribution and medical services difficult. Many people made their way to less-affected areas, such as the capital Manila, and some cities reported a near doubling of their populations.

The exhibit covers more than headline news, however, there are human interest stories and portraiture (although to a lesser extent), the natural world and wildlife, too. No need to bring airline-grade sick bags to World Press Photo, it’s merely a very small caution about a certain section of pictures. The rest are more thought-provoking than nausea-provoking and definitely worth at least an hour of viewing time. But for heaven’s sake, save your appetite for later!

World Press Photo 2014, Forum Maia (5)

World Press Photo 2014, Forum Maia (6)

World Press Photo 2014, Forum Maia (4)

World Press Photo 2014, Forum Maia (3)

World Press Photo 2014, Forum Maia (2)

World Press Photo 2014, Forum Maia (1)

December 17, 2014
Album: Portugal [Autumn 2014]

Aduntorium Non Constant 2

Aduntorium Non Constant 2 (Porto, Portugal) (3)

DaVinci Gallery, Porto

Exposição/ Leilão de arte, com vista à angariação de fundos para a Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro-NRN
Exposition / Art Auction fundraiser for Portuguese Cancer League
www.ligacontracancro.pt
DaVinci Art Gallery, Porto
November 29, 2014

This is my second year to shoot Aduntorium Non Constant; last year’s event was spread over the entire weekend (Friday to Sunday):

Exposição: Aduntorium Non Constant (2013)
Aduntorium Non Constant: Leilão/Auction (2013)

This year the event format was modified to accommodate the expanded volume of artwork available for auction (nearly triple the number of pieces), shortened to two days, and the location moved from Matosinhos to downtown Porto. The exhibit and auction took place today, and tomorrow is the second day of the exhibit with a silent auction for the remaining works of art. All pieces were donated by the artists, as was the venue and the base materials given to the artists. Two representatives from the Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro were on hand to introduce the event and encourage bidders to donate generously.

There are a LOT of pictures still to edit and upload, but I’ve got a list of the sold pieces and will give upload priority to photos of pieces which aren’t sold yet. Eventually the photos of all the artwork will be added to the album, so check back for additions:

Album: Aduntorium Non Constant 2

Aduntorium Non Constant 2 (Porto, Portugal) (1)

Aduntorium Non Constant 2 (Porto, Portugal) (2)

Aduntorium Non Constant 2 (Porto, Portugal)

The full album is best viewed as a full-screen slideshow:

[thumbnails]
[full-screen slideshow]

International Chocolate Festival, Óbidos: Chocolate Sculpture Competition

International Chocolate Festival, Óbidos: Chocolate Sculpture Competition

The 12th annual International Festival of Chocolate is in full swing in the historic town of Óbidos, celebrating on weekends (Friday to Sunday) from March 14-April 6 this year. We attended last Saturday, doing our best to curb our appetites for chocolate by filling our bellies with a big lunch before going in. Note: this only works for a few hours!

The entrance fee to the festival is 7 euros (5 euros, ages 6-11), but if chocolate is not your thing, Óbidos has plenty of festivities, art, food and beverages outside the castle walls to keep people entertained.

While we were there, the TV show Aqui Portugal had set up in the main church square — a perfect people-watching opportunity. For a newcomer to Portugal, I find this show very informative as it’s a bit of a travelogue — a mix of entertainment, local commerce, and national pride, travelling around the entire country following festivals and events. Food, drinks, traditions, history, music, religion, and whatever local colour can be found in the villages and cities they set up in for that day are featured on the show. Watching video footage of the scenery — especially from the aerial drones — is for me what sparked curiosity for places like Nazaré, which we visited the next day. It’s easy to spot the show as they always have a stage set up with full lighting rig (I work on the production side of events so I notice these things first), performers, and several hosts taking turns interviewing the local businesses to talk about their products or services. The hosts also mingle with the crowd, which gives people a chance to say hello to their relatives overseas (RTP broadcasts internationally).

Lest I start looking like a PR person for Aqui Portugal, the reason why I’m mentioning them is because of the cultural value — they spotlight villages and cities equally. Of course, there are more festivals in the cities, but the villages don’t get left out. Coming from an enormous country like Canada where the population is very divided between the large cities which get lots of media exposure and everywhere else which gets minimal exposure or nothing at all, a show like this would be of great benefit. The closest thing I can think of to compare with Aqui Portugal is the CBC’s Rick Mercer roaming around the country, but he’s a one-man show who travels to the action and there’s more of a focus on him, whereas Aqui Portugal has several hosts — four? — and the show becomes part of the event.

Anyway, back to the CHOCOLATE. This videoclip (2:42) will give you an idea of what the event looks like:

Official site: http://www.festivalchocolate.cm-obidos.pt/
http://www.obidos.pt (also in English)

Esculturas em Chocolate

Theme for 2014: “Animal Kingdom” — inspired by animals at the Lisbon Zoo

The chocolate sculptures are works of art, created by the food crafters at the Centro de Formação Profissional para o Sector Alimentar da Pontinha and kept in a climate-controlled tent. The competition invites visitors to the display to cast their vote for best group, with ballot boxes at the end of the queue. I took as many photos as I had time for, which wasn’t much since everyone was trying to do the same thing while keeping the line moving through the tent. It was hard to decide between them all — the crocodile was impressive but I was also taken by the amount of detail on the primates. How does one choose??? In the end, Paulo and I voted for two different groups, and I’m assuming we won’t know who the winner is until the very end of the festival on April 6, or maybe afterwards.

Here’s the group list with credits; I’ve put the sculpture photos in no particular order.

O EXTREMO DO PLANETA TERRA / END OF THE PLANET EARTH
Chefes // Conceição Moura, Luís Carriço, Renzo de Marco

PARA ALÉM DO DESERTO / BEYOND THE DESERT
Chefes // Carlos Videira, Daniel Sousa, Rui Alves

O OÁSIS DE ÁFRICA / The OASIS OF AFRICA
Chefes // Carina Gomes, Elsa Costa, Rafael Gomes

A BAÍA DOS GOLFINHOS / DOLPHIN BAY
Chefes // Céu Carvalho, Ricardo Batista, João Ferreira

A SAVANA AFRICANA / THE AFRICAN SAVANNAH
Chefes // João Mateus, Ana Santos, Isadora Pereira

MUNDO DOS PRIMATAS / WORLD OF PRIMATES
Chefes // André Figueiras, Henrique Leitão, Inês Azevedo e Silva

OS ANIMAIS DA OCEÂNIA / ANIMALS OF OCEANIA
Chefes // José Cobra, Sara Martins, Rui Pinheiro

Coordenador // Chefe Vítor Nunes
Coordenador adjunto // Chefe Manuel Gomes

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March 15, 2014
Album: Portugal’s Central Coast

Aduntorium Non Constant: Leilão/Auction

Aduntorium Non Constant: Auction/Leilão

Following along from the exhibition post for Aduntorium Non Constant it was auction day today, and after lunch at the in-laws’ that’s where we headed, cameras in tow. Paulo and I narrowed down our auction choices to one which we both liked, and he bid on it and won!

Aduntorium Non Constant: Auction/Leilão

Aduntorium Non Constant: Auction/Leilão

Aduntorium Non Constant: Auction/Leilão

Aduntorium Non Constant: Auction/Leilão

Aduntorium Non Constant: Auction/Leilão

The photos from today can be viewed here, or view the whole album either as thumbnails, a full-screen slideshow, or watch it autoplay in the smaller slideshow below (the set is now ordered chronologically):

[Sunday auction photos]
[thumbnails – full set]
[full-screen slideshow – full set]

Exposição: Aduntorium Non Constant

Aduntorium Non Constant

Friday night was an event shoot: a fundraiser by artists (including cousin Marta) to raise money for Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro – NRN (Portuguese League Against Cancer) at Câmara Ambígua in Matosinhos, the same gallery where she had her Peixe show in October. This being an area of interest for me and a language-free way for me to begin volunteering, I offered my photographic services to shoot the event.

Paulo drove me to the gallery before the show started so I could get in some shots before people arrived, which was the only way to shoot all the pieces individually. He also carried my equipment during the evening and acted as my assistant during the show. If you’re also looking for an assistant, he accepts payment by Mastercard, Visa, or cookies 🙂

Aduntorium Non Constant

The exposition launched on Friday night and on Sunday afternoon the art will be sold by live auction. Each of the 51 pieces was produced by a different artist whose creations are made using paint can lids, identified only by a number but not by name.

Aduntorium Non Constant

Aduntorium Non Constant

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Aduntorium Non Constant

Aduntorium Non Constant

I wanted to get these photos edited and online quickly to help the auction on Sunday. The full album can be viewed as thumbnails, full-screen slideshow

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

I made a note months ago about attending this year’s Subtle Technologies Festival, but when I saw the proposed dates I knew it would be a busy time. Little did I know just how busy it would be! Consequently, when I received the email from the Subtle Tech folks asking if I could shoot part of it again this year I knew I wouldn’t be able to cover as much of it as I would like. Previously:

ArtScienceCamp2 – Day 1
Where Art Meets Science Meets… Food
ArtScience Festival 2012: Opening Reception Preview
ArtScience Festival 2012: Dance EXPERIMENTS Preview

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies’ mission: to bring people together to promote wonder, incite creativity and spark innovation across disciplines.

My coverage of the festival was the Symposium Day 2 morning sessions:

11:00 am – 11:30 amDigital and Physical CollapseAlan Sondheim
11:30 am – 12:00 pmBorn in the Big Bang – Neutrinos – The Ultimate ImmortalsScott Menary
12:00 pm – 12:30 pmAmelogenesis Imperfecta / Beautox Me!David Khang

It probably comes as no surprise that I would be keen on volunteering for a festival such as this one, because of the subject matter. The intersection of art and science is an exciting place — after all, photography = art + science. Although at times it seems art and science are at odds with each other (abstract versus material; left-brain versus right-brain; objective versus subjective), they are actually quite complementary. For example: car design (artists, engineers), technology (device design, software and hardware engineers), architecture (you get the picture). Artists and research scientists alike are curious and exploratory by nature; creativity goes hand-in-hand with problem-solving, after all.

Someone asked me years ago what I would choose to be if my brain were wired differently, and my response was swift: scientist. My other swift answer is usually comedian, but at question time I happened to be visiting friends in Southern California and we were walking around the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. Maybe if we were in another environment I’d answer another way, but to me the esotericism within scientific research and the potency of applied science is magnetic.

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Anyway, the beauty about photographing a festival is sometimes having the time to be an attendee, which was the case Sunday morning. The one session that stood out to me the most was the third by David Khang, whose experimental project Amelogenesis Imperfecta / Beautox Me! “fuses the disciplines of art and dentistry”. I don’t have the words at this late hour to explain this one, so you’re better off just clicking and reading… after a very late Saturday night, this was mental gymnastics for me on a Sunday morning!

The 52 photos I’ve uploaded are best seen together as a full-screen slideshow, or can be viewed as a collage.

Sunday Previews

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Neutrinos – The Ultimate Immortals by Scott Menary

I haven’t verified it, but I may have reached a personal record for number of functions attended in a single weekend: 6. Not bad for an old lady. I didn’t appear at the barbecue last night until nearly 11pm but stayed ’til 2am. I even made it to the gym today, after going to bed at 5:00 and shooting a symposium this morning. Enroute to the gym I passed Toronto Taste at the Royal Ontario Museum, and a few blocks later, Annex Festival on Bloor. I knew there was no way I’d make it to the Portugal Day Parade, I would’ve had to clone myself. Between the SubtleTech event at Ryerson and the street festival on Bloor, my pile of images this weekend has turned into a virtual mountain.

You’ve heard it before: too many photos, not enough processing time.

Here’s a couple from today I really like. The light was really brutal at Ryerson — lecture halls have terrible lighting and during presentations I only have the projector light.

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013: Immortality

Subtle Technologies Festival 2013 at Ryerson University, Toronto

Speaking of tough lighting, bright midday sunlight is also not a photographer’s friend. Hard light with deep shadows is best avoided, but sometimes I can’t — especially at weddings. I ended up going back to the Annex street festival after the gym to try for better light.

Annex Festival on Bloor

Annex Festival on Bloor

Annex Festival on Bloor

Annex Festival on Bloor

Annex Festival on Bloor

Annex Festival on Bloor

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

if you’re a musician you’ll find something to play, even a tree


Feel free to skip this little preamble which has nothing to do with the event…

You know, sometimes you ask yourself whether leaving the house at all was a good idea. This evening I discovered that:

  • I left my main flash (SB-900) at home
  • I only had one little flash (SB-400) with me, which has a fraction of the power and a much longer recycling time
  • I had to make a trip back to the car to fetch the light stand
  • I had to make a second trip back to the car to fetch the hotshoe mount adapter for the light stand

It’s a wonder I didn’t just give up and go home after item #1. I never forget this stuff. And how was I going to shoot this event with just one little flash? Somehow, I made it work. I would’ve thrown in the towel if I’d forgotten the Pocket Wizards, though. Trying to trigger CLS through all those bodies would’ve been futile.

Feeling crappy earlier, I decided to try and sleep off some of this bug, which made me question whether leaving the BED was a good idea. But I’m a bit tied to this event, and I made myself go. I figured even if I was there only briefly I could take enough decent photographs to make it worthwhile. In the end I was there for less than two hours, but took enough photos to make a set before I called it a night.

And so goes the photographer’s dilemma. I thank my lucky stars I haven’t been ill on someone’s wedding day, and I hope it doesn’t happen because it would be a miserable struggle.

/preamble


Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

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If there was one thing I would say that made it worth dragging myself out of the house even when I could’ve (should’ve?) stayed in bed was watching a man play a tree branch. That’s right, he played music using a branch. I didn’t shoot video, but maybe someone else did. I guess you’ll have to use your imagination with this, because sonically, I can’t explain it. Just hollowing out the branch (not sure if it’s fully hollow or just partially) looks like a major undertaking because it’s not very big, but as you can see he’s also strung it for a bow and there are other doodads attached. (Can you tell I’m not a musician? Ha.)

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

I have the utmost respect for anyone who builds their own instrument. My friend Kim is building one and she could write a book just on the process.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

He coaxed sounds out of the branch from blowing, playing strings, pulling a piece of fabric, tapping, and various other movements.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

Eventually some other musicians joined him and it became a jam… a tree jam?

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

The drummers outnumbered everyone. One drummer even used the floor.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

This is a new venue for the Red Moon Music Collective after outgrowing the space at Edward Ambrosius’s loft on Adelaide Street. After this event, I’d say even 2,000 square feet isn’t large enough for all the performers, instruments, and other equipment. The next event is at Halloween, I’m sure it will be an even bigger spectacle and I hope I’m bug-free to photograph the whole thing next time. I missed most of this event — the roomful of art on the side, stuff happening at the back, dancers and other performers.

Art Fusion Event @ The Foundery

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The full set can be viewed the following ways:

[thumbnails]
[full-screen slideshow] – best for viewing

ArtScience Festival 2012: Opening Reception Preview

ArtScience Festival 2012

Shooting for Subtle Technologies (where science meets art) once again, this time the opening (at 401 Richmond) to their big event which takes place all weekend. I’m only around to shoot a small part of it — their opening reception and Friday night — so it will be a tiny preview. Check out the Festival details here.

More about the opening reception at Red Head Gallery:

Cc: me is an installation of drawings, live bacteria, poetry, and sound by artist Elaine Whittaker. It is based on the content of a collection of facsimile thermal transfer carbon rolls, technological remnants of the rapidly disappearing world of the fax, collected at the Toronto Environmental Alliance over a ten-year period. The pieces contain the imprint of past faxes that included both campaign, political—and now historical—documents of the organization, and a plethora of unwanted commercial advertisements. For Cc: me Whittaker reuses the rolls as drawing material and montage, and as the base for the Bioart installations. A copy of the transfers traces and fragments onto prepared wax boards, sheets of mylar, and inserted into petri dishes cultured with Halobacterium sp. NRC-1. Sketched in the form of human figures, the artworks become shadowy iterations of the body, conveying images of mutable histories, degraded texts and transformative ecology. Several pieces are interpreted by four established local poets, transformed into evocative expressions of wit, longing, memory, hardship and life – installations of word and object. The carbon copy of yesterday becomes the transfigured art of today.

Poetry reading by Julie Roorda, Jim Johnstone, Ruth Roach Pierson and Larry Sulky. Ambient sound work by Tom Auger.

More photos to come!

ArtScience Festival 2012

Castel Sant’Angelo

it was all a dream

Another scene from Rome finally migrating, more than two years later, from my external drive to the internet where it belongs. (Rome was part of my birthday trip in 2009, where I spent my actual birthday in Bratislava, Vienna, Rome, and The Vatican.)

Photography is a fantastic time machine that takes an feeling/moment/experience in the past and brings it forward to now. I still remember the time I spent at Castel Sant’Angelo.

Raising My Nerd Cred

ArtScience Festival 2012: Red Head Gallery opening reception (May 24)

This weekend I shoot my first unconference, which surprisingly should’ve happened a long time ago considering how much I love nerding out the commingling of art and science. But I’d only heard of this conference from a Couchsurfing friend who introduced me to the event, and the organizers of Subtle Technologies who needed a photographer.

I love shooting events, especially the ones that raise my nerd cred. Fashion shows? Meh. Give me theatre, opera, a kids’ concert, anything else before a fashion show, unless it’s centred around recycled materials or maybe space. Someone asked me once many moons ago what I’d love to do or be if I’d excelled in another area of study. My answer was I’d be a scientist. Biology, chemistry, physics — I’m fascinated by the esoteric nature of science. I just chose a different path, away from academia. It was no coincidence that at the time (January 2002) we were standing at the top of the Griffiths Observatory in Los Angeles.

But what is ArtScienceCamp?

ArtScienceCamp (#artscicamp) is an intense but informal gathering of artists, scientists, students, engineers, architects, designers, and many others. A Friday-night party is the venue for collaboratively creating a program of events to take place the next day. Everyone is encouraged to bring a crazy idea, a work in progress, or a vital topic for discussion, and to organize a session around it.

ArtScienceCamp is based on an unconference model that has taken off around the world, with events like DemoCamp, SciBarCamp, and many more. Successful Camp events bring together people who would not normally have conversations with each other, and create a space for surprising, serendipitous connections.

Friday 7:00pm – 10:00pm: planning session & party
Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm: unconference events

ArtScienceCamp1 presentations included:

  • Mass Collaboration in Science
  • Scientific Imagery in Life & Art
  • Design Charrette: Models for Community Art
  • Rebranding Science
  • Science Tarot
  • Proteins Are Beautiful

This event is brought to you by Subtle Technologies and Hart House. Join the Subtle Tech mailing list to hear about our other activities.

So stay tuned for some interesting event photos — I’ve been told there will be structures created with marshmallows!

My Photos At Large

I have “All Rights Reserved” on all my online photos, which I’m sure gets ignored and abused without my knowledge (it’s the internet, after all). The last time I reminded someone to provide attribution for my photos that he used without asking, he deleted the entire post in a huff. A completely unwarranted huff, since he didn’t even link back to my sites — he’d just downloaded my photos and posted them!

Depending on what people use it for, I usually say yes if it’s for charity/asked nicely/assured proper attribution (name/link back) because I am generally a sharing type of person. I’ve considered a Creative Commons license in the past for my point-and-shoot photos, but surprisingly I’ve sold p&s photos and I don’t want to take the extra time to use different categories — it’s easier just to use one!

Here are a couple of positive examples, where I was happy to share and reciprocate in giving credit:

(I was planning to post this at Halloween, but I completely forgot…)

Burningbliss asked to remix my photo of Alberto.

Fotofyoog: Gail at Large's "Bravo Alberto!"
Fotofyoog: Gail at Large’s "Bravo Alberto!" by burningbliss

His description:

Part of my collaborative “Fotofyoog” Project (see set). The original photo came from Gail at Large – her photo titled “BRAVO ALBERTO!” Thanks “Gail” for such a wonderful photo to play with! =) And yes…the split, creepy monster, outer-image was also manipulated from Gail’s original pixels (if you look at the details you will see that both the “good” and the “evil” images were created from the exact same original photo).

Here’s the link to the comparison photo.

In other news, one of my 2006 film photos of a likeness of Stanley Segalla, the Flying Farmer, accompanied an article written about the man. It’s funny because I have photos of Segalla in the flesh, but the cut-out made the grade…

Two and a half years ago Stanley Segalla, then 81, flew from his home in Connecticut to Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in upstate New York on very short notice to help me scatter David’s ashes on his birthday when we couldn’t get the biplane that day. I’ve written more about Stanley Segalla here.

The author of the article, John Cilio, sent me the PDF last month, which you can open up and read here. (PDF posted with permission.) I just found the online version here — it was published in the November issue of the Atlantic Flyer.

It’s the end of an era for Segalla — he flew his last Flying Farmer routine at Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome in the closing weekend last month. He’s following the sun and moving full-time to Florida for his other business, where he teaches aerobatic flying in the winters. Even at 83, the man’s still working but at least he won’t be commuting back and forth from Connecticut!

Heritage Vancouver: A Call For Artists

This email languished in my inbox for nearly two weeks, and I hadn’t given it a second look until today:

Hello

Below is a link to a Call for Artists for an exhibition Heritage Vancouver is hosting to coincide with their Annual General Meeting on October 18th at the Vancouver Museum.

Vancouver Arts & Culture Forum: Call to Artists

To get things started we have created an on-line gallery of art inspired by the Burrard Street Bridge. One of your works has been included in the gallery to provide an example to show how each work of art can be displayed on line and linked to the artist’s web site.

Heritage Vancouver: Burrard Street Bridge Online Gallery

If you would like to show or sell any of your work related to this theme at the exhibition, add more art work on the theme to the on-line gallery, or if you would like to have your work removed, please let us know. Also, if you know of other artists who may wish to participate, please feel free to forward this message.

Thank you

Janet Leduc, Heritage Vancouver and Roger Chilton, Vancouver Arts and Cultures Forum

The photo they used for the online gallery of art inspired by the Burrard Street Bridge is this one:

Burrard Bridge 6/9

One of my favourite photos, I shot it more than two years ago with the Canon A80. Not bad for a point-and-shoot. It’s the third piece from the left, and one of the few photos in their online gallery.

The AGM for Heritage Vancouver is the day after tomorrow so this is probably too late, but hey, it’s worth submitting your art if you can.