Thursday, November 27, 2014

Video: Dad Magazine Flip Throu

I got a Blurb delivery this afternoon, here is a quick flip through magazine #3, dads mag. I think it looks pretty good with one exception. The last photo has either a printing problem or a problem with the scan. I cannot see anything wrong in my scan or my Book Wright software layout. I have written to Blurb about it and sent scans asking for their opinion. It might be a printing problem on their end. If I cannot figure it out I will replace that photo and reprint the entire magazine 3 times. I gave a copy of the magazine to dad tonight, he looked through it several times. His favourite portrait was the head shot on the right page of the section he is looking at int he photo below. These things are far from perfect but they are certainly acceptable, better than anything I have had at my previous 4 majorish shows. Not as nice as Larry's stuff but satisfactory, these magazines will add a positive element to my part of the night.

Dad looking through his magazine tonight.

Video: Dad In The Shadows

After a long beautiful sleep filled with dreams (was trying to get 2 rolls of film through enemy lines with agents of evil attempting to capture me, sort of a spy novel dream), I am working of a photo of my father laying in bed. This picture was made a few months back in the summer when it was hot and he was in bed with light coming from a window behind him. I will probably include this shot in the exhibition, am not sure what 3-5 photos of dad I will show. Larry mentioned that I might be able to display the dad photos downstairs in the main area of his shop. If I show downstairs I would probably show one or two more prints of dad as there is more room.

I think I better print all the photos of dad as soon as I can. Now when he is still in reasonably good shape it is all so much easier to handle, later when he gets more sick or passes I am not sure I will be able to do anything. Later I will probably put these negs away, it will all be to difficult to attempt to print them at least for a several years. I hope dad can come to the opening night in a wheelchair but that's in February so who knows, I have no idea what his health will be like from day to day.

Today after I work int he darkroom and the snow stops falling I will go over and do his sidewalks and driveway and have a visit. I hope dad is feeling OK today, yesterday he was not so bad. Each day we have together is another good day.

3rd Attempt of "Dad in the Shadows" print.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Video: Printing Burmese Child On Dump Shack Steps, Mae Sot Thailand 2013

Enough laying around with my cat on my lap reading poetry, here is today's printing effort. This is a difficult neg that I will probably need to continue to work on. I made 4 slightly different versions of it this morning, not sure I like any of them. I am waiting for them to dry to decide whether I need to keep printing it or move on to the next neg for the show.

My goal for the week is to do up 3 good show prints, starting to print on Tuesday should give me a good run at accomplishing that goal.


Printing method:

1) 80 seconds f 4 filter 2 with durst 1200 condenser enlarger.
2) Dodge arm of girl 30 seconds.
3) Burn with mask #1 40 seconds.
4) Burn with max #1 upper single colour cloth over girls head (block other holes) 120 seconds.
5) Burn with max #1  lower ladder (block other holes) 60 seconds.
6) Burn with hole card 100 seconds upper stripped cloth over girls head.
7) Change f stop to 2.8 and filter 1 burn with card left side of print 100 seconds.
8) Burn with bent card upper left corner 40 seconds.
9) Burn with mask #2 upper corner +300, move mask every 100 seconds to blend around tree.

Pray it works!!

Note* I made mask #2 out of sheet of cardboard (from photo paper container envelopes) because it is thicker. I am doing very long burn exposures, in this case 300 seconds. If I used normal photo paper as a mask the light might get through and fog the paper. Better safe than sorry!

Here is the YouTube version:

Poem: "To Autumn" By John Keats (1795-1821)

                               TO AUTUMN
    SEASON of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
        Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
    Conspiring with him how to load and bless
        With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
    To bend with apples the moss’d cottage-trees,
        And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
            To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
    With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
        And still more, later flowers for the bees,
        Until they think warm days will never cease,
            For Summer has o’er-brimm’d their clammy cells. 

    Who hath not seen thee oft amid thy store?
        Sometimes whoever seeks abroad may find
    Thee sitting careless on a granary floor,
        Thy hair soft-lifted by the winnowing wind;
    Or on a half-reap’d furrow sound asleep,
        Drows’d with the fume of poppies, while thy hook
            Spares the next swath and all its twined flowers:
    And sometimes like a gleaner thou dost keep
        Steady thy laden head across a brook;
        Or by a cyder-press, with patient look,
            Thou watchest the last oozings hours by hours. 

    Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they?
        Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,—
    While barred clouds bloom the soft-dying day,
        And touch the stubble plains with rosy hue;
    Then in a wailful choir the small gnats mourn
        Among the river sallows, borne aloft
            Or sinking as the light wind lives or dies;
    And full-grown lambs loud bleat from hilly bourn;
        Hedge-crickets sing; and now with treble soft
        The red-breast whistles from a garden-croft;
           And gathering swallows twitter in the skies. 

Quote: John Keats (Poet)

"The great beauty of poetry is it makes everything, every place interesting."

Poem: "The Public Garden" By Robert Lowell

Here is a poet I discovered today, Mr. Robert Lovell (1917-1977). This is a poem about a place, it invokes so many visuals, it is almost like you are there. Maybe at some future date I will try to write some poetry, there is a real beauty to this art form, a real spiritualist nature to it all. Poetry reaches deep to another level, it is different than novels, non fiction etc, other stuff I have read for years. I do not know quite how to explain it, all I know is I am starting to love to read it. I enjoy its personal lyrical nature, it's like the words of a good poet-poem get by all the bullshit and to the heart of the matter, the poet speaks from deep inside who they are.

              The Public Garden

Burnished, burned-out, still burning as the year
you lead me to our stamping ground.
The city and its cruising cars surround
the Public Garden. All's alive—
the children crowding home from school at five,
punting a football in the bricky air,
the sailors and their pick-ups under trees
with Latin labels. And the jaded flock
of swanboats paddles to its dock.
The park is drying.
Dead leaves thicken to a ball
inside the basin of a fountain, where
the heads of four stone lions stare
and suck on empty fawcets. Night
deepens. From the arched bridge, we see
the shedding park-bound mallards, how they keep
circling and diving in the lanternlight,
searching for something hidden in the muck.
And now the moon, earth's friend, that cared so much
for us, and cared so little, comes again—
always a stranger! As we walk,
it lies like chalk
over the waters. Everything's aground.
Remember summer? Bubbles filled
the fountain, and we splashed. We drowned
in Eden, while Jehovah's grass-green lyre
was rustling all about us in the leaves
that gurgled by us, turning upside down...
The fountain's failing waters flash around
the garden. Nothing catches fire.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Head Spinning With Photos

Went out with Larry tonight for dinner and then a visited to his home photo library afterwards, my head is now spinning with images. Larry showed me some of his favourite books and magazines, we browsed through the books speaking about what worked for us. It was a fun night with lots of photography, we talked Salgado, Larry's coming photo trip, photo theory, plus all the people-subjects-lighting-composition-decisive moments in the various books. Great stuff!

As you develop as a photographer it is vitally important to have positive influences. Through the years I have had many people in clubs and in life who have inspired my photography now Larry is being a very positive influence as well. The Internet has also become a huge thing for me, new friends read and respond to the blog, I see tons of work online and exchange ideas with other photographers world wide, its a constant evolving education. Everything all mixes in your mind, changing who you are, adapts your thought process, your focus, your style. Seeing, thinking, learning, having the chance to grow with the help of others, it is all positive stuff. Love every second of it.

"Ain't Photography Grand!"

I will order 4 of the books Larry showed me today starting with the two linked below.

Anders Petersen
Vanessa Winship
Note* This blog entry makes 720 for year, tying last year for the most entries in one year. The next blog will be a brand new record number of 721 and I still have all of December to add to that total. I might be writing a few to many of these things : )) One of the reasons I started writing the "Yaum's Photo Diary" was to avoid boring and pissing off all my friends with emails. Imagine getting 720+ emails from Gerry on photography, gosh would that be annoying!

Rental Condo In Bangkok

For fun and with a bit of hope for the future I visited a real estate site tonight. Maybe if I do go to Thai in the next year for 6 months, I can rent something like this. The idea would be that I would use this place as my base to store all my gear etc and also as a living space in Bangkok. I would also take trips around the country or outside of the country for short periods. So I could stay here when shooting in Bangkok and when not it can hold all my stuff so I could be more mobile and travel lighter. I have done this before when I stayed in Bangkok for 10 months in 1999 and when I stayed in Pattaya Thailand for 1 year in 2003. I never had a nice room like this thou. I love the large windows, the kitchen and the trees of this Condo.It would be a great place to relax and refuel after a hard days shooting.

Here are the rooms details. Located in OK semi central area Bangkok, 2 bedroom, 1 bath, 55 sqm, monthly rental 9000 Baht $308 CAD. Water and power are extra, power is expensive in Thai but you need it for the air conditioner and fridge. I would expect another $150 maybe more for that, so the total cost would be around $458 CAD or $407 USD. With big windows like this I might be able to turn the a/c off to save money, as long as I got some kind of breeze. Thailand has 3 seasons, hot, hotter and hottest!

2nd Mag Improvements Complete

I touched up the 2nd magazine I made earlier and am ready to upload it to Blurb. This mag is simply called "Contact Sheet #1, it contains various scanned contacts. I removed one of the bargirl sheets from 2003 and added a more recent dump set of images. I cleaned up some problem areas a bit. I also flipped any negs that were upside down, this took forever to do up but I think it works better for the viewer. The updated improved mag should be easier to read and stronger overall.

I am now moving onto the final magazine redo. I will fix up the first mag I made of solo prints. I need to turn all the pics horizontal and lighten tonality and lessen the contrast on several of the photos. I should be able to order both these magazines next week sometime.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Quotes: Sebastiao Salgado

Mr. Salgado is a role model to me, I love his work and admire him greatly. I  have every book of his I can afford and constantly study his work. In my opinion he is the worlds greatest living photographer and one of the best of all time.

From his autobiography "From my Land to the Planet".

Here is the international site link to the book. I purchased mine from the Canadian site.

Sebastiao Salgado's "From my Land to the Planet"

Page 44
"Through photography, I sought to show this exploited world, in all its dignity."

Page 45
"Lelia (Salgado's wife) and I came to the conclusion that the world is divided into two, on one side, freedom for those who have everything and, on the other, a lack of everything for those who have nothing. Through my photos, it was this dignified and exploited world that I wished to show to a European society sophisticated enough to receive this appeal."

"To me, photography is like writing---what writers tell with the pen, I tell with my camera. It is a passion, as I love the light, but also a language that is extremely powerful."

Page 50
"Some think of me as a photojournalist. It isn't true. Others think I am an activist. That isn't true either. The only truth is that photography is my life. All my photos correspond to the moments that I have experienced intensely. All these images exist because life, my life, has driven me to make them. Because there was an anger in me that led me that particular place. Sometimes, I am guided by an ideology, sometimes simply by curiosity or by my desire to be there. My photography is not objective at all. Like all photographers, I take photographs depending on myself, what happens to be going through my head, what I'm thinking and experiencing. And I take it on.