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Blogging for NPAC

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I’m blogging this week for the News Photographers Association of Canada while on assignment in Ethiopia.
Check it out day one HERE


You are not alone

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Tracy Boyer at Innovative Interactivity has a list of 100 notable multimedia professionals working in the industry today.

Next week, I’ll be heading to Ethiopia, and blogging for the News Photographers Association of Canada Monday-Friday, providing this whole access to internet thing works out.


Living Magazine Cover and Spread – Outside Magazine

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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.


BombayFC and Jonathan Bjerg Moeller launch “Bangladesh” trailer site

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From our blog at: http://bombayfc.blogspot.com/

It’s been a long, tough and exciting journey for Danish photojournalist Jonathan Bjerg Moeller who has spent the past eight months in Bangladesh.

Jonathan’s project called “Bangladesh” is a huge multimedia project that will consist of five chapters and it is scheduled to be published in late October / early November 2009 – just before the Copenhagen Climate Summit is due to take place.

“The weather is changing in Bangladesh and the forecast is grim. Weather patterns are becoming more unstable and erratic, and natural disasters are growing more frequent.

The effects of climate change are already being felt and coupled with poverty and overpopulation millions of people are at risk.The western lifestyle comes with a price, and is paid for by the poorest people in the world.

The average person here emits only a fraction of the carbon dioxide emitted by an American or European, yet Bangladesh will be one of the countries hardest hit by climate change.

Five short multimedia documentaries are the result of an eight-month journey to understand how these changes are already affecting the lives of ordinary people in one of the most densely populated countries in the world.”

Jonathan has photographed, filmed and produced all stories related to this project on his own. Bombay Flying Club has been commissioned to design and program the complete flashsite. See the trailer HERE


Magnum Expression Award Finalists

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I’m extremely excited to be amongst the finalists for this award for images taken of people living on the burning coal fields of Jharia, India. Check out all the finalists HERE


Behind The Veil – The Globe and Mail -All this week

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
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Verve Photo


I’m really happy to be featured on Geoffrey Hiller’s blog Verve Photo today.
From the site: “Photographer and photo editor Geoffrey Hiller has created Verve to feature photos and interviews by the finest young image makers today. Verve is a reminder of the power of the still image. Verve will also point you to new photo agencies, publications and inspiring multimedia projects.”


Back “Home”

Amazing lunch on a banana leaf.

Amazing lunch on a banana leaf.

O.K, so I lied. No update from Perpignan. I’m sure my mom, and the other couple readers of this blog are upset with me, but what can you do…

It’s been a whirlwind of a trip from Paris, to an amazing week in the south of France, to Delhi where I had the chance to catch up with friends, and now to the south of India where I am now working on a two week long assignment for Human Rights Watch which will be viewable on October. As usual, I’m shooting everything for the project on the 5d Mark II. This is the first time however that I am using the Beachtek DXA-5D adapter, will try to write a post on it after the edit’s done.

In fact, it’s been so busy that I haven’t exactly found a place to live, and am faced with that lovely task added with editing the piece I’m currently working on, obtaining an Ethiopian visa for my trip in October(more to come on that later) extending my Indian visa as it’s almost due up already, and writing a story for Canadian Geographic when I return to Delhi Wednesday. Should be good times, but very happy to be busy, and back “home.”

Northern Kerala

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I’m in Perpignan for the week and can be reached here at: +33 (0) 608 813 372
Will try to get a blog post or two out to talk about the experience! Stay tuned.


Canada, France, India…

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This week marks my last week of shooting the project on my hometown, Wallaceburg(pop.11,000) for Canadian Geographic. It’s truly been an amazing summer documenting the community I spent the first 18 years of my life in. From turtle hunting to childbirth, this summer has provided me with non-stop reminders of why I became a photographer in the first place. People are amazing, and experiencing different stages and moments alongside them is truly a gift.

This weekend I head to Toronto for a few days, then it’s off to Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France, before heading back to India where I will begin an assignment for an NGO immediately in the south. Lots of excitement to come, so stay tuned!


Advice for next generation journalists-Adam Westbrook

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Adam Westbrook is posting a series of 6 blogs, each with 6 tips for the next generation of freelance multimedia journalists.
Check it out HERE


Life on the Block-Adriana Lopez Sanfeliu

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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.”


Bombay Flying Club Featured on NYT’s [Lens] Blog

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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.)”


What can you do with your iphone?

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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.


Still Hoping – Luceo Images

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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.”


Showcase: The Walls Speak -The Lens

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Definitely worth a look. The Walls Speak


100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students

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Definitely worth a peak for any student out there, keeping in mind, we’re all students.
100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students
Thanks to Richard Hernandez for pointing this list out.


A Life Alone

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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


Interviewing the Dalai Lama

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HERE is a piece that I shot working with writer Edward Wong for the New York Times this week.

I don’t let many people rub my tattoos, but the Dalai Lama got away with it.
He greeted me with a big smile, rubbed a tattoo that runs down my arm, and slapped me, all while laughing heartily.

I have to say, the Dalai Lama has rock star status in my books. I don’t usually get too excited to meet celebrities, and political leaders, and I know I’m not the only journalist with that reaction. A couple years ago I photographed him in Toronto, and at the end of his speech there were more journalists reaching out to shake his hand than general public.

This week, I’m working in Dharamsala, India for the New York Times. Another great experience to add to my first six months as a freelancer. I can’t believe two weeks from now I’ll be back in Canada for two months to work on an assignment before returning to India again. I miss this place already, the love/hate relationship that it is…
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Dharamsala, India: The Dalai Lama – Images by Brent Foster


Coming to a 5d Mark II near you – Full manual control

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Canon will be releasing a free firmware download in June allowing full manual control of the video functions on the 5d Mark II including shutter speeds, aperture, and iso.
Read about it HERE


Hell Hole featured on BURN Magazine

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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.


Back to Canada -with a purpose

In less than a month, I’ll be experiencing some serious reverse culture shock when
I head back to Canada for a dream assignment, of sorts.

I’m heading back in June to spend a couple months in Canada, and in particular, in my hometown Wallaceburg, Ontario, where I’ll be on assignment documenting the town during a time of recession for Canadian Geographic.

Things have come oddly full circle for me. My very first project as a photojournalist was to document my town of about 11,000 in a 24 hour time period with a group of photographers back in my early high school days.

I have to say, I’m really looking forward to this opportunity, and returning to live temporarily in a town that I’ve spent the last decade trying to run away from:)

I’m a bit nervous about documenting the people and the town that I know, and spent 18 years in, but very excited to return home, hang with my parents, and re-coop from six months on the road. I plan to return to India to continue to work on a book project on Kashmir’s Half Widows, which is currently in progress, then take it from there.


Protests in Kathmandu

Some images from todays protests in Kathmandu, Nepal. Back to Delhi Thursday.

Nepal: Maoist Protests – Images by Brent Foster


Hell Hole: Jharia’s fiery mines multimedia featured in Globe and Mail

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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
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