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The People

Thursday, January 10th, 2008

Pea-Ball in Winnipeg
In some Winnipeg railyard, of course: Peaball.

If the train was great and the snow was the bonus, it was certainly the people who made the trip such a great visit.

It was great to see family, good friends and meet some new folks along the way.

Yeah for people.

Scrabble on the Train
Playing Scrabble on the train with (left to right) Thomas, Alex, Jocelan (absent: Brie).

In Chilliwack on a pre-Christmas Christmas morning: The Whole Family.
Back Row: Thomas Dickau, Kathleen Parsons, Nancy Howden, Alex Howden, John Presseau (crouching), Devon Presseau, Bob Raffle Middle Row: Bob Parsons, Emily Parsons, Cougar (Dan) Leavens, LinLi holding Thaydn Presseau, Shirley Raffle, David Parsons (standing) Front Row: Doug Presseau, Zachary Presseau, Jesse Howden, Reece Howden, Barb Presseau Absent: Jenn Mino

Jesse, Alex and Zach
In Chilliwack: swordsman Jesse Howden duels Alex Howden while Zachary Presseau goes corps à corps.

Johan Genberg on guitar
In Vancouver: Johan Genberg on guitar.

Ryan Newell with the Arctic Char
On the shores of Georgian Bay: Ryan Newell cooking Arctic Char.

Fennel over water (Melanie Willson)
Hiking in to Kim’s cottage over water, sled in tow: Fennel (Melanie) Willson.

Five Friends (+one).

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

I had dinner with friends at my new house last night. After dinner but before our After-Dinner Walk, I took these pre-walk photos.

Michael was about to (and now has) Book his Face online at the increasingly popular “social utility” site, but was held back by the lack of a photograph of himself in a digital format with which to represent himself. Ever promoting the endless wasting devoting of time to online socializing, I offered to help provide him with just such a photograph.

It was this photograph of Michael which led to the following photographs of




and Rob:

Whether it was upon seeing these photographs Booked to the Faces of Lena, Michael and Rob, or whether I had made the realization before, I now forget, but eventually I realized that Michael and company were not the first to have portraits I had made of them appear with their online social-utility profiles.

The nefarious David Ball (better known, of course, as David P. Ball) uses just such a portrait (i.e. one made by yours truly) on his writing, journalism and photography site.

That portrait looks basically like this:

n.b. P-Ball: you should replace your copy of the image with the above copy of the image in the interest of sharpness. For a direct comparison, check it. In the interest of being not any more competitive, than I already have been, old friend, I’ve not included the comparison right on this page, but I’ve made enough of a deal of it, that it’s sure to attract a few viewers. Any comments appreciated.

Eddie Adams Workshop

Monday, May 14th, 2007


I just finished my application for the Eddie Adams Workshop. A.k.a. Barnstorm.

To quote from their site:

The Eddie Adams Workshop is an intense four-day gathering of the top professionals in photojournalism, along with 100 carefully selected students. The Workshop’s purpose is to create a forum in which an exchange of ideas, techniques, and philosophies can be shared between both established members and newcomers of the profession of picture journalism. The Workshop is tuition-free, and the 100 students are chosen based on the merit of their portfolios.

I spent the last few hours scanning and resizing my images from silver prints, so I have a few more from the East Side to show off.

I submitted a portfolio of 14 images, 5 from Vancouver, 5 from Oaxaca, 4 from Palestine. It was going to be 6,5,4, but at the last minute I cut this one:

Eastside Portraits #3

A mistake? I don’t know, it was a quick decision. Applications were a five-step process and were due today by 11:59PM EST. I stress Eastern Standard Time, because my friend Ryan was good enough to remind me that I could easily forget the time change and submit at 02:57 EST thinking it’s minutes to midnight.

So I started working and scanning; I had layed it all out, decided on my images, and my order.
East Vancouver Portraits
East Vancouver Portraits
East Vancouver Portraits
East Vancouver Portraits
And for #5 I would use one that I’ve already posted:
Downtown Eastside Portrait #1

At 7:50PM local time, I began to stress, hurriedly typing captions and titles for my photographs, dragging and re-ordering to get what I had planned. At 7:57PM I crossed my fingers, looked around, and clicked the submit button. All clear.

I hoped I was ready.

Being a little worried, I considered that perhaps the clock I was referencing was fast. I decided to go to a timekeeping website and check the “official” Eastern Standard Time. It was probably 90 seconds before I accessed the site, and when I got there, whew!, it was counting down the seconds to 22:59:00.


Quick math test:
12 - 3 =

12 - 3 = 9

Not 8, as I had somehow thought.

I’m thankful that Ryan warned me, but I still managed to get it all wrong. But I’m not complaining. It’s better than the alternative.

If I hurry I can submit this post before midnight EST

First Post (and my first blog)

Saturday, May 12th, 2007

Well, this is my first foray into the world of blogging. I am more than slightly apprehensive — due in large part to the current MyFace and SpaceBook crazes and what seems (to an outsider) to be an inexplicable obsession therewith.
With any luck this will not become a new obsession, but will be a chance to share some of my work, new and old, and an opportunity for the internet at large to see what I’m up to without MyFacing me to death.

So as a start, here are two images from my current portrait project on the East Side of downtown Vancouver:
Downtown Eastside Portrait #1

I spent a few solid hours in the darkroom on Thursday afternoon busily printing contact sheets; and on Friday I made double prints of at least one image of each person I photographed (many people asked that I bring them prints, and I intend to deliver).

These are two of the 50 or so prints (not including doubles) I made on Friday. More to come soon.

Downtown Eastside Portrait #2