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Saturday, February 6, 2016

The Need To Humanize

I need to go back to the dump and do portraits of anyone and everyone. I need to capture who they are on film and to humanize them to the viewer. Empathy and understand will follow, but first I need to get those faces and their emotions on film. I owe it to the families, to the children in the dump to tell others who they are as people, that they exist and that their lives thou forgotten by many truly matter. I need to interpret, feel from the heart and then complete this important series of photographs.

Poems: Robert Louis Stevenson

Picked up a wonderful fat volume of poetry yesterday at a bookstore going out of business sale. I got "A Treasury of Poems" for $2.63 CAD. Browsing this volume has improved my mood, and lifted my sour spirit.

Here are two poems from Robert Louis Stevenson.

Away With Funeral Music
AWAY with funeral music - set
The pipe to powerful lips -
The cup of life's for him that drinks
And not for him that sips.

Gather Ye Roses
Gather ye roses while ye may,
Old time is still a-flying;
A world where beauty fleets away
Is no world for denying.
Come lads and lasses, fall to play
Lose no more time in sighing

The very flowers you pluck to-day
To-morrow will be dying;
And all the flowers are crying,
And all the leaves have tongues to say,-
Gather ye roses while ye may.

Bettter Today

Feel better today after a nights sleep. I need to continue down the path I have chosen regardless what others feel or think about the work. An artist needs to follow his inner self, to communicate in the ways he feels are important. If my main concern is receiving acceptance from others then I am on the wrong path. I need to feel and then chase down those feeling on film, it's as simple as that.


Feel down tonight, got another grant rejection (micro grant EAC). The pictures I have sent out so far from "Forgotten Laughter" are not making much of an impact. Seems no one gives a shit about this series but me. Not sure what direction to go in April when I return to Asia. Miss dad a lot, keep having flashbacks to things we did together. It seems so strange that he is now in a box underground.

Tomorrow is another day, need to regroup and refocus as best I can.

Printing: Dump Baby

Started work on the dump baby print tonight. Did up 2 prints one lighter and one darker, will let them dry overnight then re-evaluate what I got when I wake up with a fresh head.

2nd attempt at dump baby print
- 60 and 70 seconds, f8, filter 4 1/4.
- Burn +30 seconds with card shirt and arm.
- Burn +50 seconds mask at filter 2.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Links: Got My New Nail Through the Boot, Boots

Got my next set of rubber boots for the dump tonight. Last time these same style of boots which I later gave away allowed a nail to enter my foot while I was photographing in the dump. Guess I have not learned from my past mistake there. They cost $18 CAD and are lighter than the steel toe boots, those are my 2 chief concerns. No artist grants or print sales coming my way, so need to save money any way I can. Hopefully this does not lead to another nail in my foot! Plan on giving this newly bought pair of boots away again just like last time, hopefully minus a nail hole.

Still need to buy some large zip lock bags for "found dump objects" and a head gear flashlight in case I shoot in the dump at night.

Here are the original blog stories about the nail in the foot and the size 12 boot giveaway.

Dentist Time, Ouch!

Sort of had my week off screwed up by a dentist appointment. I wanted to do more printing but not much done so far. I finally am back in the saddle today, will post some shots of the negs I am working on later.

Back to the dentist part, no cavities but I had a crack in one of my upper molars which meant I had to get a crown done. First they need to grind your tooth damaged down, then add a temp plastic tooth (where I am now). They keep the roots, nerves and everything of your old tooth but add a new artificial molar. Next week off I get my new gold molar. That will make 2 gold crowns in the mouth, am starting to look like a rap star-gang banger.

Yesterdays grinding of the tooth was a lot like the linked video, complete with smells and sounds. Enjoy!

Link: An Email, My New Devleping Website Addres, Any Opinions From Anyone?

Tonight I received a nice email from a friend online.

Hi Gerry,

Just read your blog about your Wix site and I would skip the advertising Wix and pay the extra. Its too visually distracting to have pop-up advertising all the time. I have had Wix for several years never had a problem with it. People view it from all over the world.
Continued success in your travels. The photos of your last trip are truly amazing.
I will be in Edmonton to probably pick up my work from --- at the end of Feb. and hope to visit L L's Gallery.
Take care and keep submitting your photos, I know it can be discouraging I have been doing it for a very long time.


I decided to forward the link to my ongoing efforts at creating a webpage using Anyone else out there in the cyber blog reading world have any opinions on the page? What I can do to improve it?

Here is the link, still going to change out many of the photos, fix them up, bigger smaller files etc. Most of the galleries are still empty, might take years to fill up. I want to cut down on the number of overall photos but I also want to include as many of my subjects as I can. This page is for them, the people I photograph, not me, it is about allowing their stories to be told. Everyone in the dump, or the slum or wherever I photograph deserves a seat at the table and the chance to tell their tale. So I plan on putting lots and lots of pics and lots and lots of galleries on this site.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Bought A Camera!

I needed to get a replacement for my beat up Samsung digi camera. The Samsung was a good reliable camera but now it is showing its age. The Samsung often freezes up while shooting video and now does so after each still shot. The battery compartment needs to be duck taped shut, I damaged the door after dropping the camera last trip.

I did some research and the best digi point and shoot on the market now seems to be the  Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100. The camera is now in version IV and runs around $800 USD. I went back a bit and got a decent condition used II version for $281 USD on a second offer bid. Quite happy with that price, the camera is in 100% working condition. If I can get 3 solid years out of it before it breaks down, that's good enough for me.

I will use this new tool to do video in the dump and elsewhere as well as making quick digital photos that I can give out as gifts. It will also be my tourist shooting camera.

Update* Bought an off market extra battery for the camera as well as a 64GB SD card.

My old Samsung digi camera being used by a family in the dump to take a wedding photo
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II 20.2 MP

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Link: Camera Cam Video Test

Mounted the new HTC RE video camera to my Rolleiflex and tried a video in the mirror. In the video I was very up close with my focus using the #2 Rolleinar, probably only 12 inches or so from the mirror. The angle of view for the video is very much wider, not sure if that is good or bad yet. I guess for what I need it for, sort of a history of the photo taking, wider is better as it will include more information.

Not sure how to attach the camera cam to the camera yet. Here I am using elastics which is rather half assed. Will try Velcro and attaching it to the tripod mount. I might also try a combination of Velcro and a small elastic or simply just take the thing on everyday, duck tape can work wonders! : )

This idea just might work. I think I have between 90 minutes and 2 hours power per charge. I could not use it all day but selective use could turn into a real positive for the photography.
Camera Cam Video Quality Test

Note* The sound quality is great, check how clear the  click of the shutter comes out.
Note** I am posting this on my YouTube channel, am having trouble uploading video directly to the blog, not sure why.