30/365 : Record

A perfect Saturday afternoon to sit down and start going through Daido Moriyama’s Record. The grit, the contrast, the grain… it’s a messy world out there and Daido captured it masterfully. His style isn’t for everyone, but if you like black and white, if you like documentary, if you like raw depictions of modern life, it’s hard to do better than Moriyama.

30/365 : Record

My 365 project, from the beginning

Click the arrows while hovering over the photo to scroll through the entire project thus far, or click through to the entire album on Flickr.

1/365 : The Flat White

29/365 : Layers of Light and Shadow

Just some diffuse light streaming through the bathroom window into an unnecessarily complex corner. I’ve always loved these soft shadows and textures, so there you go.

29/365 : Layers of light and shadow

My 365 project, from the beginning

Click the arrows while hovering over the photo to scroll through the entire project thus far, or click through to the entire album on Flickr.

1/365 : The Flat White

Rubicon

A little under two years ago, my friend and photographic rock star Patrick La Roque posted a short essay over on the Kage Collective entitled Rubicon. Although he didn’t explicitly state it, the essay was all about the U.S. midterm elections which happened the day after Patrick’s post.

Here we are, approaching the eve of another historic election, where the stakes could not be higher. Another Rubicon, to be certain.

Continue reading “Rubicon”

Mangiare!

Life under quarantine, lock-down. shelter-in-place, “go home. stay home” orders, or what have you, can get tedious. Fast. Time is no longer that go-go-go linear rush along the X-axis of so many charts. Time is now a muddled mess, at least from Monday through Friday, with each day blending into the next.

Until Friday afternoon that is. Most people I know still remember how to “do” Friday. Virtual happy hour! Conference calls with beer and wine! As someone who worked from home before Coronavirus (and is likely to well after we’re done with it) I could get used to that. It’s all very civilised.

The other thing that Friday brings—even under lockdown—is the weekend, when there’s more time to cook “slow” and make everything from scratch.

Despite not having any Italian DNA, I think I must be Italian, deep down. If I was condemned to choose to eat one country’s cuisine for all eternity, it would be Italy’s.

Italy is on my travel bucket list—I’ve never been!—and when we’re allowed to travel again, it’s going to be my first non-business destination.

In the meantime, I’ll visit via my kitchen.

Preparing coffee on the stovetop using a little Bialetti Moka pot is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s also one of the simplest and best ways to make coffee at home without spending hundreds or thousands on an espresso machine. Freshly ground Kicking Horse Cliff Hanger espresso blend helps, too.

And of course, pizza. How can you discuss Italian food without pizza? (Unless of course you’re not talking about Naples.)

Pizza from scratch is the ultimate weekend recipe, because you need to plan ahead.

Mix the flour and water. Autolyse for 30 minutes.

Fold in the yeast and salf. Wait an hour or so.

Fold the dough again. Put it somewhere warm(ish) for 6-8 hours to rise.

Make the dough balls. Rest for 30 minutes. Refrigerate for 30 more.

Now you can make pizza.

And that’s the quick recipe I use. An even better recipe that I sometimes use takes about 24 hours from initial dough mixing to popping into the oven.

Unless you have dough lying around in the freezer, homemade pizza just isn’t something you can make on a whim at 17:00. Not unless you’re fixing to make a midnight snack.

It’s taken some time to master this recipe, but now that I have, ordering pizza in is now almost always a disappointment.

Scenes from the inside

Social distancing.

Physical distancing.

As someone who’s trying to get more into street photography, these aren’t exactly the best of times.


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Alrighty then

So… what to do? Put away the camera until this whole thing blows over?


No, thank you. - It’s time to put on the thinking cap
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No, thank you.

It’s time to put on the thinking cap

It’s time to fall back to my old 365 project instincts and training.

The joys of a 365 project mostly centred around watching the quality of my imagery improve over the year, as my inner photographer’s visual and creative muscles got a daily workout. At least that’s the idea. After the initial excitement of starting a 365 project (usually a few weeks in), an underlying state of anxiety (dread?) builds.

“What am I going to shoot today?”

“But I never left the house… the weather’s crap, I was working all day, I didn’t see/do anything interesting.”

“Oh, shit! It’s 5 minutes to midnight and I haven’t made my daily photo! Damn it!”

If you’ve ever done a 365 project (I’ve successfully done 4, tried to do 6) you know exactly how this feels.

Shooting in the age of coronavirus isn’t really much different than doing a 365. It’s all about tuning your eye to find beauty—or at least visual interest—in the everyday, in the mundane. In what you’ve got lying around the house.

Enjoying the interplay of light and shadow. Making the most of what you’ve got. Learning new techniques.

Doing like kids: learning through play.

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Stuck at Home

Coronavirus is changing everything.

Up until this past week, I was the only one working from home in this house. I used to have the run of the place for most of the weekday… now that’s changing. I’m going to be using this humble blog to start documenting life around the house as we muddle through these extraordinary times.

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Yes we can

There’s that old Chinese “curse” my dad taught me when I was a kid:

May you live in interesting times

I had no idea it was apocryphal when I learned the expression oh so many years ago; dad probably didn’t either. Let’s face it: he didn’t have Snopes or Wikipedia or a myriad other tools at his fingertips to fact-check the saying. If he did, he would have found out that this “curse” was nothing more than the end-result of a game of broken telephone.

That was fake news, I guess.

Are these ever interesting times. Social isolation is the new watchword; schools have been closed, mass gatherings are banned, travel has reduced to a trickle, and we’re all being told to work from home, until this contagion passes.

We’ll get through this—we always do—and perhaps a new normal will emerge.

It’s time to hunker down and make the most of life around the house. When the light is right, what more can you ask for?

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Perhaps staying in isn’t so bad right now. A few weeks of melting would do us all a little good.


Housebound

Every so often, the light finds something. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to see the light finding that something, with a camera close at hand.

Nothing special here, just found objects and scenes over a few cold February days where getting out and shooting wasn’t in the cards.

All taken with the X-Pro3, shot in Classic Negative, with a little Capture One pixie dust applied to the JPGs.