Volunteering/Charity

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:

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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]
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[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 :)

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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.

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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.

Fight For Independence 9: The Album

Fight For Independence 9: Scott Emberley

Scott Emberley

The album is still growing, but I’m posting it now since people are looking for photos from the event. Here are some of my favourites of the ambience shots, but scroll to the bottom for the link to the full-screen slideshow and the smaller autoplay version. The album is currently at 100 images, but it will continue to expand in the coming days.

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setting the stage

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giggle juice

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grub

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belly dancers

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Fight For Independence 9: God Made Me Funky

God Made Me Funky

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Fight For Independence 9: A Preview

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Just a tiny, tiny fraction of the amazingness that was Fight For Independence 9 last night. Much more to come, stay tuned!

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Fight For Independence 9: Anthony Faiella vs Brad Nathan

Preview: Brad Nathan, Fight For Independence 9 Boxer

Brad "Jewnami" Nathan of Lynx Equity

Brad “Jewnami” Nathan of Lynx Equity

Got a mountain of other editing to do this weekend, but here’s a preview shot from this morning’s training session at TKMT Academy uptown with the boxers of Fight For Independence 9 on May 2. Full post to come…

We’re now less than three weeks from the event — EXCITING! — and Brad “Jewnami” Nathan of Lynx Equity is here to show you he’s the “toughest Jew in Rosedale”. You can sponsor him (or any of the boxers) directly, or donate to the event.

A video clip from his training in La Jolla, CA:

Fight For Independence 9: Press Conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

The bright morning sun lit up The Roundhouse, home of Steam Whistle Pilsner, where a press conference took place for the May 2 charity boxing night called Fight For Independence 9. Those present were introduced to two brawny boxers who would challenge each other in front of the cameras: Pat Miller of Bimcor & Cam Heaps, co-founder of Steam Whistle. (Step right up and support them directly or donate to the event.)

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

photo by Tal Gertin

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

These fine fellows will put up their dukes for charity, winning us over with their pugilistic prowess and big hearts to support the women and children of Nazareth House and Sick Kids Hospital’s Emergency Department.

And if that isn’t heroic enough, Cam even got to practice his right jab when he nabbed a thief in the act of pilfering a purse!

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

a knuckle sandwich for lunch

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

However, Cam’s saving his best manoeuvres for Pat in the ring on May 2:

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Jay’s expression says it all!

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Meet the rest of the superheroes of Fight For Independence 9 below, and we’ll see you in person at Kool Haus on May 2! Get your tickets today!

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

Fight For Independence 9 press conference

The photos are best viewed large, as a full-screen slideshow.

Recovery Sunday Ramble

Leanne + Peter's wedding

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This is month six of Recovery Sundays, which means I can now recover from six straight months of wedding photography. (Editing and other shoots take place all year round.) Yesterday I shot a wedding only six days after the previous one, and I can feel it. I marvel at the wedding photographers who shoot double-headers and even triple-headers: two or three weddings in a single weekend. It boggles my mind. I have a two-month break before my next wedding in November, and you bet I’ll be taking advantage of that (hello Saturday night activities!).

Yesterday morning there was a water problem in my house (unbeknownst to me) and when it came time to get ready for the wedding I was about to shoot, the WATER WAS TURNED OFF. There is nothing that makes one appreciate functional plumbing more than the prospect of how to go about the day with no water, or the prospect of needing to track down nearby friends to borrow their bathroom and then schlepping stuff around. It would be fine if there was nothing pressing, however, that was not the case yesterday!

Thankfully the problem was resolved just in the nick of time, and I was able to get cleaned up, packed up, and ready to head out. Then I discovered that the deluge of rain in the morning somehow flooded my car on the passenger side. Thankfully (again), it wasn’t on the driver’s side or I’d have to figure out a way to stay dry while driving. I still have no idea how an inch of water was able to accumulate on the floor without any windows being left open, not even a crack.

This afternoon I read the newspaper while eating a leisurely breakfast at my local diner. It was heavenly. I really enjoy the feeling that comes the day after shooting a big event like a wedding, because I feel like I deserve to indulge myself, to do whatever I want because I earned it.

If you live in Toronto, you’ll know by the legions of celebrity-spotters that the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is in full swing, because it takes over the media. The whole entertainment section is devoted to TIFF and celebrities. I got bored reading it and turned to the back of the section, which is for In Memoriams and Obituaries. I would rather read about ordinary people who lived full lives without a spotlight, entourages, paparazzi, handlers, or PR agents. I’m in a tiny minority of people who would prefer to live in a world without celebrities.

As of right now, I am 38% towards my goal to raise $5,000 by doing the Terry Fox Run next Sunday, September 16. With four donations over the weekend, the total spiked yesterday thanks to a huge donation of $750 and today it spiked again by another huge donation of $500. Those amounts made my jaw drop! It’s a real boost to my fundraising efforts, and I thank everyone who has contributed to my campaign. There is no amount too small, all are very much appreciated! If you’d like to contribute, my page is here: http://bitly.com/TFR12

The Pen Is Mightier Than The Sword

ArtScienceCamp2 photobooth

ArtScienceCamp2 photobooth

Wish I had more energy to post pictures from Day 2 of ArtSciCamp2, but I went to a birthday gathering afterward and now I’m about ready to pass out. The picture is from the photobooth I set up at ArtScienceCamp, which had some kickass props like space suits. More to come!

ArtScienceCamp2 – Day 1

ArtScienceCamp2

swag table

Quick post as Day 2 is fast approaching and it will be a full day of activity. In other words, will need a proper sleep break…

A few photos from this evening, the rest from Day 1 will autoplay in a slideshow below:

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Hart House

ArtScienceCamp2

volunteers

ArtScienceCamp2

Jen Dodd, Managing Director

ArtScienceCamp2

science, meet art

ArtScienceCamp2

mixing

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!

CIBC Run For The Cure 2011

Team Brides' Project at CIBC Run For The Cure 2011

Team Brides' Project at the Finish Line

We did it! And we did it through rain and wind and layers upon layers of clothing — including veils and crinolines! As always, we drew lots of curious attention with our outfits, but there were plenty of others who dressed up, too.

Front:

Team Full Support

Team Full Support

Back:

Team Full Support

Team Full Support

Masked Crusaders

Masked Crusaders

It was great to see so many people out on a Sunday morning (after Nuit Blanche, where people were up all night long) showing their community spirit and support.

I shot some video, but it’s pretty shaky!

More pics at the album, or view as a full-screen slideshow, or watch the set scroll by below.

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Fight For Independence 8: The Album

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James Beattie from CIBC introducing FFI 8

September 28, 2011
Steam Whistle Brewery

8th annual charity boxing event to benefit Sick Kids Foundation and Nazareth House.

Best viewed as a full-screen slideshow.

Event website: fightforindependence.com

Fight videos on YouTube: www.youtube.com/Fight4Independence

My photos from Fight For Independence 6

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Fight For Independence 8: The Preview

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I *love* shooting this event… more to come, stay tuned! Boxers, sponsors, or anyone involved in the event: please contact me if you’d like full-resolution photos and I’ll send them to you.

Update: the preview album can be found here. Best viewed as a full-screen slideshow, or view a smaller version here.

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The Friday Files

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Yesterday was a pretty long day — non-stop from 8am driving near the airport to coming home 11:30pm from Woodbridge — but when it starts with volunteering and ends with photography I feel a warm, happy buzz. I’ve mentioned before that patients are always very grateful, and it’s true. Plus, the majority of the people I’m driving are my parents’ and grandparents’ generation so it gives me a family feeling, as if I’m driving my elderly folk around. The day ended with a wedding rehearsal and dinner at the bride’s house afterwards, where I tried to commit everyone’s names/faces to memory and let people get familiar with me and my camera. I love shooting weddings because of the family atmosphere (babies and old people are my favourite photo subjects!), and I’m always treated with incredible hospitality, like one of the family. For someone whose family lives at the other end of the country, the volunteer work and the wedding photography go a long way towards bringing the family feeling to me.

Here’s another photo from last night I really like. In fact, I think it’s my favourite from the whole evening. I shot it just before I went to my car:

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Halloween Aboard the Obsession III

motley crew

I mentioned on October 22 a Halloween charity fundraiser on a boat in the Toronto Harbour, and I’ve put some photos together from the event. I would’ve had a more elaborate costume if I hadn’t wasted the afternoon in the Canadian Tire parking lot trying to fix the tail light on Saturday, but I was short on time as it were and decided to just wear the aviator goggles, helmet, and scarf with a leather jacket and head out to the boat before it lifted anchor without me!

Obsession III crew

The crew of the Obsession III: Captain Bill and Company, bearers of charming Newfoundland accents. I’m not kidding about the accents — I enjoyed listening to Captain Bill and discussed with him the logistics of a road trip around Newfoundland. [View On Black]

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It’s Oh So Quiet

Longwood Gardens

Pentax K-1000
June 1, 2006
Longwood Gardens near Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

I realised earlier this evening that I hadn’t posted any photos from our excursion to Longwood Gardens when I went to Pennsylvania TWO trips ago. Many thanks to Adrian for taking us there!

I took the title of this post off the Bjork song of the same name, from her Post album. I’m trying to think quiet, tranquil thoughts by looking at quiet, tranquil pictures. I came across this one, then Bjork’s song sprang to mind.

My friends from Germany are presently making their way to Montreal and Gigi’s Papa departed this morning, so I have the place all to myself again. I had a meeting with the event coordinator at the Gladstone Hotel this afternoon, and spent the rest of today taking care of things related to Picture the Cure. This afternoon I bought an iPod Nano (plus USB camera connector) to raffle off that evening, and I even talked the guy at the Apple store in Eaton Centre into coming to the show and bringing friends! Still lots to do with only six days left, but it’s slowly coming together.