Posts Tagged ‘2009’

The Story Beyond the Still

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!”

Teaching in Rwanda

Kigali Street Scene, 2009

I’m really excited to be off to teach journalism for in Rwanda in February with Canadian NGO Rwanda Initiative. I had the opportunity to stay with them earlier this year when working on a story on the anniversary of the genocide, and have been looking for an excuse to return ever since…

From their website: “Carleton University’s School of Journalism and Communication, Canada’s premier journalism school, is spearheading this initiative to collaborate with its counterpart at the National University of Rwanda (NUR), in Butare.
The central aim is to address the shortage of journalism educators in Rwanda, to build capacity, to improve journalism standards in the country and to forge a partnership between the two universities.
In addition to providing the School of Journalism and Communication in Butare with consistent access to visiting teachers, the project has a major curriculum development and exchange component and also includes media-training workshops in Rwanda for working journalists, jointly organized by Carleton and NUR.”

Oh yeah, that’s why…

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.

Great video… wait a second?

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Lucas Oleniuk is up to it again. Check out a recent piece that he and Randy Risling put together using stills.
If you’ve haven’t seen their work before, make sure to check this out as well.

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.”


A few images from travels throughout Thailand. Will update the album as the tour continues.

SE Asia – Images by Brent Foster

Travel Time

It’s time for a little backpacking adventure. At the end of this week, I am off on a journey to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam. Will be back in Delhi for an assignment at the start of December, but until then, expect infrequent updates of random pictures from the journey!

In the meantime, here’s a few images from our recent trip to Ethiopia for the NGO Hope For Children. We(Bombay Flying Club) will have a multimedia piece out sometime in December for the Danish NGO.

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia:Hope For Children NGO Work – Images by Brent Foster

Blogging for NPAC

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


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


From our blog at:

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

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

Northern Kerala

Canada, France, India…

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

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

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?

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

Still Hoping
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.”

100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students

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

A Life Alone
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

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…

Dharamsala, India: The Dalai Lama – Images by Brent Foster

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

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