Come 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.
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.
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.
Always enjoy spending a few days in Dinosaur Provincial Park, the light is always good, and the landscape amazing.
As my editor said, “Deception Pass, seems like it’s from a Jack London novel.” Back country skiing, completely away, it was wonderful.
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.
Now this looks like my kind of place.
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.