This summer I spent two months documenting my hometown, Wallaceburg, Ontario, for Canadian Geographic. This month they are featuring the 9 page photo essay. See it HERE Thanks to all the residents who let me spend time photographing them. This is a lifelong project for me, and I feel it serves as a microcosm for all small towns.
You can also see a link to a photo club interview HERE
I have some time between classes, and an upcoming assignment in Nairobi, which allowed me to take a pretty magical hike yesterday.
I spent four hours or so on an amazing journey to see the mountain gorillas at Volcano National Park in Rwanda. It was truly one of the coolest things I’ve ever experienced. Here are some images:
Mountain Gorillas, Rwanda – Images by Brent Foster
From World Press Photo’s web site:
“In this audio slideshow, jury chair Ayperi Karabuda Ecer reflects on the progress of the contest after the first week of judging. She describes the process during the first round, a time when the whole World Press office is engaged in the judging. Additionally, this year included specialized juries that simultaneously judged the categories of Nature, Sports and Portraits while the rest of the jury focused on the categories within News & documentary.”
No idea what the prizes, etc, are for THIS, but I have a feeling it’s going to be a pretty damn cool final result.
From the site “Introducing the first user-generated HD Video Contest where photographers become filmmakers, and we all see beyond the still. To kick off the contest, Canon asked me to interpret what story I saw beyond the still, and to tell that story with the new Canon EOS 7D. My short film will be the first chapter of seven, each ending with a still photograph for the next aspiring filmmaker to interpret. Posing the question to everyone, what do you see beyond the still?
My short film will premiere on January 7th on Vimeo, and the contest will begin January 15th. I look forward to seeing what everyone creates! More info coming soon!”
It’s so easy, especially these days to get caught up in the kind of camera, medium, software, etc, that you use to tell a story.
It’s much harder to remember why we do this in the first place. Every photographer, especially ones who plan to teach should watch THE LESSON, as well as the other chapters in the series. Kudos to Francis Gardler for putting this together. I know it’s the kick in the ass I needed.
This multimedia piece, Ted Baryluk’s Grocery, was created the year I was born…. 1982.
Check it out. Powerful story telling, simple narrative. Very effective.
Thanks to Colin Corneau for pointing this out.
A little update from Randy Risling: “Everything is done in FCP. Lucas was very organized on this one which made it an absolute pleasure to edit. Basically each timelapse was organized into folders. I would import that folder and then “nest” it right away. After nesting, I applied some motion to the nest which sort of creates an illusion that it’s running smoother than it actually is. If you watch back some of the interview shots you will notice a slight tracking from left to right with just a touch of zooming. I think it’s that smooth tracking that helps trick the eye.”
From the site:
Photographer Alexx Henry and his team show you how a magazine might look in the not-so-distant future with the October cover and spread for Outside Magazine. In this video, Alexx Henry takes you through the creation of the Living portrait of the triathlete Chris Lieto photographed using the revolutionary Red One cinema camera and the 5d Mark II.
It’s soooooo nice to see a full browser presentation on a newspaper’s website. Really looking forward to this unfolding throughout the week.
See the package HERE
Some damn fine photojournalism: Life on the Block
From the NYTimes Lens Blog:
Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu, 32, a Spanish photographer now based in New York, spent seven years in the company of the young Puerto Rican women and their families who live on East 103rd Street. In “Life on the Block,” her photos and their voices tell this story. An exhibit at the Randall Scott Gallery in Brooklyn runs through Aug. 15 but will stay open, by appointment only, until Sept. 1.
Love can be seen in these photos. So can fleeting moments of happiness. But there is much despair and — perhaps most hauntingly — resignation.
“I have observed these women’s desire to stretch their own boundaries and their inability to do so,” Ms. Lopez Sanfeliu says on her Web site. “I have seen their disappointment; the legacy of their parents’ fallen American dreams. The cycle of survival and apathy eradicates any longterm vision for their own lives.”
Our first Chapter of Wasteland featuring the people who live on Jharia’s fiery mines is featured today on the New York Times [Lens] Blog.
Check out the our piece and the rest of this inspirational blog designed by Zach Wise and crew at the Times.
From the blog: ““Wasteland”
Are you prepared to spend six minutes in hell? This is the question posed at the beginning of “Wasteland,” a mulitmedia documentary project by Bombay Flying Club. And with good reason: as the first installment of a series on industrial pollution, “Wasteland” explores the burning coal fields of northeastern India. Whole families live and work in the toxic dust, their homes built on burning ground. Many make a living by illegally collecting baskets of coal to sell for the equivalent of $1 to $1.50, enduring extremely hazardous conditions.
Bombay Flying Club is composed of two Danish photojournalists and one Canadian videojournalist. Their motto is “online journalism as it could be.” It’s easy to see why.
The entire multimedia package is presented in black and white, and the film delicately weaves video and still photography. The images are elegant and beautifully composed, which at times distracts from the horrific realities at hand — instead of sweltering suffocation, some images convey a cool detachment.
But the film is undeniably stunning. “Wasteland” should not be missed. (K.B.)”
Rochard Koci Hernandez gave himself 54 days to shoot 54 photos on the 54 bus. He produced the piece “The Fifty Four” —music, titles, images, using his iphone.
Luceo Images presents “Still Hoping,” a wonderfully crafted multimedia project. From the site: “Still Hoping is a multimedia reminder to the Obama administration from his constituents 6 months into the President’s term. These letters from around the country are pleas for equality and better lives.”
For 63 years, Tom Rose and his wife, Mary, built a life together on his family farm on Canaanville Road. Then last year Mary passed away, leaving Rose to face the future alone, surrounded by a lifetime of memories. Photography, videography, audio, and production by Maisie Crow
Check out the rest of the 2009 Soul of Athens project HERE
A selection of photographs that I took as part of a project with Bombay Flying Club colleague Poul Madsen and radio journalist Line Wolf Neilsen are featured on BURN Magazine today.
Check it out HERE.
BURN is curated by Magnum photographer David Alan Harvey, and features the work of emerging photographers.
The story that Bombay Flying Club teammate Poul Madsen and myself along with radio journalist Line Wolf Nielsen produced on the people living on Jharia’s coal fields is featured in today’s Globe and Mail, a national paper based out of Toronto, Canada.
Check out the multimedia piece HERE, and the still gallery HERE
The cover photo of Megan Fox for the June issue of Esquire was shot using the RedONE video camera by photographer Greg Williams.
From the site:
“It allowed her to act,” Williams says. “She could run scenes without being reminded by the sound of a shutter every four seconds that I was taking a picture. As in still photography, a lot of it is capturing unexpected moments. This takes that one step further.” He then went back and pulled out the best images, which you can see in Esquire’s June issue, on sale May 10. Plus, there’s a fantastic by-product: Even though we made the film to get the stills, we were left with ten bewitching minutes of footage of a beautiful woman. We edited it down to a mini movie, which will be available at esquire.com/megan on May 4.
Check out a preview here.
You should read VII Network photographer Don Weber’s rather profound account of life on the road as he blogs for five days this week for the News Photographers Association of Canada.
I’ve been in India now for just over three months, and today I find myself missing my home and native land a little.
In that spirit here are some of my favourite(note the Canadian spelling) friends/”emerging” photographers who are on the road and working internationally, or outside of their home province at very least:
From the site:
The men of Killer Blue were among the last U.S troops to serve 15-month combat tours in Iraq. The roughly 30 soldiers in Blue Platoon served in Mosul, al-Qaida’s last urban stronghold.
I’m very happy to be joining forces with Poul Madsen and Hendrik Kastenskov of Bombay Flying Club as a new member. I couldn’t be more excited to be working with two people who I feel share the same passion, and enthusiasm about photojournalism and multimedia storytelling. Together we plan to continue to produce compelling multimedia stories and to support and promote strong visual storytelling.
Check out our new blog here, and stay tuned for more.