Rodeo and Powwow Workshop

rodeo2Come join me July 29 for the Tsuut`ina Nation Rodeo & Pow-Wow photography workshop. We are lucky to have complete access to indigenous cowboys and dancers that will be celebrating their culture at Tsuut`ina Nation near Bragg Creek, Alberta.

 

Not only are the classic rodeo events including bull riding, bareback, steer wrestling, calf roping, saddle bronc and barrel racing exciting to capture, the grounds are filled with colourful tipis, dancers in extraordinary hand-made dance outfits and will be holding traditional ceremonies and more.

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During this workshop Todd will lead the group around grounds offering advice from his wide range of experience, and will challenge participants to push past their own photographic boundaries. Students will be pushed to try and find their own photographic vision and their own unique way of storytelling. Students may work in any form of photography they wish, from photojournalism, fine art or portraiture, the instructor will help you create a body of work from this event. Participants will have full access to the instructor to work out any questions in the field relating to technique or how to approach and photograph subjects.

 

For tickets and more information go here to The Camera Store’s web site.

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Prairie Graffiti

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You see some great graffiti in the cities all over the world. Artists have made their mark in Berlin, London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles. I came across this piece of Canadian Prairie graffiti while on the road through open land where sometimes you don’t see a building for miles. Looks like the graduating class of 2016 tagged this grain bin in a farmers field.

Palm Springs Cool

We just finished spending few great days in sunny Palm Springs. Palm Springs has long been the playground of the Hollywood set, going back to Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Frank Sinatra that used to hang out there. The place is still small, laid back and hip. Fantastic mid century shopping and architecture with splashes of great art all around. The days were perfect for some desert hiking and nights great for sipping wine on a patio, we love Palm Springs.

Southern California home.
Southern California home.
Covered Lincoln.
Covered Lincoln.
Window art shopping.
Window art shopping.
Old glory, American flag.
Old glory, American flag.
Getting dressed for the night.
Getting dressed for the night.
Desert sunset.
Desert sunset.
Frank Sinatra portrait.
Frank Sinatra portrait.
Reading the Sunday New York Times, Ernest Coffee.
Reading the Sunday New York Times, Ernest Coffee.
Airstream home.
Airstream home.
Elvis's hideaway.
Elvis’s hideaway.
Mid century architecture.
Mid century architecture.
1963 Corvette, classic.
1963 Corvette, classic.
Airplane art.
Airplane art.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.
Palm Springs Art Gallery.

Prints

For the past while now, every time I go on a photographic trip I have been coming back home and making a set of prints. It’s a great exercise, I find it really brings life to the body of work. When I will show friends and family pictures on a computer screen, their attention span to say the least is not very long. People are now trained to want something immediately on the screen or something to change. I have noticed, we do not like to look at one thing for too long on a screen. When I show the same people prints made from a trip, they all spend much more time with them. They look at the details, the colour, or tones in a black and white. Something changes, they slow down and tune the rest of the world out for a bit, even cell phones get ignored when they look at prints. With modren printing technology it’s easy to make great prints, there are also a wide range of great papers out there. So just back from Rome and Vatican City doing an assignment on the new Pope, I have some tunes on and printing away. A good way to spend the Saturday.

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Erwitt’s Studio

Just came across some photos of Elliot Erwitt’s studio online. I bet that must be a magical place, with all the prints, cameras, history. Erwitt has long remained one of my favorite photographers. I have a wonderful book of his that he signed for me when I met him in Santa Fe one time. Check out the studio tour here.

 

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