Think You Can Hide

Think You Can Hide in a Large Crowd? Not Anymore…

Ever wonder how they found the Boston bombers in just a few days?
This may help you to understand what the government is looking at.
This photo was taken in Canada and shows about 700,000 people.

Pick on a small part of the  crowd click a couple of times — wait —
click a few more times and see how clear each individual face will  become clearer each time. Or use the wheel on your mouse.

This picture was taken with a 70,000 x 30,000 pixel camera  (2100 Megapixels).

These cameras are not sold to the public and are being installed in strategic locations. The camera can identify a face among a multitude of people. Place your computer’s cursor in the mass of people and double-click a couple times.

Not so easy to hide in a crowd anymore.

Post written by Barbara Lapointe.

Limerick Milk Market

1970’s Limerick Street Photography

Readers of Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes will recall his graphic descriptions of growing up in Limerick, Ireland during the middle of the Great Depression, and through the Second World War. His writing is so clear, so image-filled that you felt you could reach out and touch the characters.

Now, courtesy of the RAPC library and the October 2015 issue of LensWork magazine, I was able to see images of the people of 1970’s Limerick in Gerry Andrews’ photo portfolio The Limerick Milk Market. They are street portraits of the highest order; no “scantily-clad young women” here. The faces may be of people battered by life, bruised by ill-fortune and freckled by the genes of generations, but they still look you in the eye.

To quote Andrews’ website, “They owned very little but money couldn’t buy what they possessed in abundance. They were people with character and principles. Honesty and integrity and a profound decency were common features in those days. They were eager and willing to share what little they had with those less fortunate than themselves. These were the Grandchildren of people born during the Famine and they knew what real hardship was.” [emphasis added… RNS]

Urban photographers and portraitists will find the work of a master here, as will pictorialists, but it is the people, always the people that he is drawn to. Even his shot of a hippopotamus in Ethiopia is really a portrait.

Gerry Andrews website displays many more of his striking photographs from around the world: Copies of LensWork may be borrowed from the RAPC library at no charge.

This post was written by Rick Strong.

Disclaimer: The above picture belongs to Gerry Andrews and was extracted from his website.


Man in Six Completely Different Ways

Portraitists: Do we see the person we are photographing or do we see our perception of the person? Or a perception of ourselves? What do you think?
Find Out Why the Photographers in This Ad Shot a Man in Six Completely Different Ways
Canon’s study in perception

“A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what is in front of it,” the piece concludes.

Fair enough. Like anyone else in the business of conveying a message, photographers will inevitably shoot people differently based on the information they’re given. That can dramatically change the appearance of a subject. This isn’t really worth assigning a moral judgment; it just creates a shorthand that gives viewers access to who the person is (or claims to be). That’s the service you’re paying for when you hire a photographer.

For more, see:

Post by Rick Strong.

Disclaimer: The photo above was taken from the article pointed by the link and belongs to the corresponding author.

Gower Street front cover AVL copy

Nix Wadden’s Gower Street Book

Nix Wadden, former RA Photo Club communications chair and newsletter editor, will be signing copies of his new book, Gower Street, at Coles in Billings Bridge, Saturday, Nov. 28, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Published by Flanker Press in St. John’s, Nfld., Gower Street ($19.95) is described as a wryly amusing account of growing up in Newfoundland from the 1930s, through wartime in the 1940s, and in the dramatic years leading up to and following Confederation in 1949. A wistful remembrance of bygone days, with tales of youthful adventures amid a veritable who’s who of memorable personalities of that era. Noted St. John’s broadcaster Pete Soucy commented: “It is beautifully written … a joy to read … you have a real style and a gift for humour which I think people will always appreciate.”

Nix Wadden served as editor of the RAPC Newsletter (1996-2006), mounted a nine-year photographic showcase featuring works of RA Photo Club photographers at the National Press Club of Canada, and authored the 2014 RA Photo Club’s Souvenir history booklet, Celebrating 75 Years. Copies of his first book, Yesterday’s News, covering his journalistic career in Newfoundland, were signed and sold at an RAPC meeting in 2008.

For more information:

Gower Street front cover AVL

Post by Mike Giovinazzo.

Stephen Wilkes

Contemporary Conversations

National Gallery of Canada

You and a guest are invited!

Please join U.S. Ambassador Bruce Heyman and Vicki Heyman, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada and the Art in Embassies program, for the fourth public dialogue of the Contemporary Conversations series.
This public dialogue will feature fine art and commercial photographer Stephen Wilkes. Wilkes is known for capturing iconic images of American spaces and places – from Ellis Island to a Presidential inauguration in America’s capital city.
In conversation with U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, Wilkes will discuss the impact of photography in the digital age and how photography can ultimately act as an agent for change, showcasing his Day to Night and
Ellis Island
series of work.
Stephen Wilkes

Photo: Photograph by Greg Gorman
Date: Thursday 19 November 2015
Time: Lecture* at 6 pm in the Auditorium, followed by a reception in the
Water Court Foyer
*In English. French simultaneous interpretation available if you make the request to before 12 November.
Free admission
RSVP before 12 November
at to reserve your spot.
Please note that guests will be seated in order of arrival. Empty seats will be filled 10 minutes prior to the start of the event. There will also be a live broadcast of the event in the adjacent Lecture Hall.
National Gallery of Canada Auditorium
380 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON

For more information, click here.

Disclaimer: the above picture, in the banner, belongs to Stephen Wilkes and was copied from his website talking about Ellis Island.


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