Category Archives: Inspiration

Amazing Urban Winter Art! Canary Wharf Winter Lights

This article may inspire local photographers for Winterlude …

The Canary Wharf Winter Lights (in England)  features 21 installations by some of the most imaginative and exciting international artists working with light art today. The installations are scattered through the Canary Wharf estate inviting everyone to explore. Many of the installations are interactive and bring back the holiday spirit.

There are more night-light photographs in this excellent blog post by Joanna Kaszubowska at: http://www.dailyartmagazine.com/more-light-canary-wharf-winter-lights/ and more photos with artists descriptions in the official Winter Lights site: https://canarywharf.com/arts-events/events/winter-lights-2019/?instance_id= and in the Winter Lights leaflet: https://canarywharf.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/canary-wharf-arts-events-winter-lights-leaflet-2019.pdf .

Great stuff! Too bad we can’t import it to Ottawa for Winterlude.

This post submitted by Rick Strong

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Article about Gordon Parks, Life Magazine Photographer

This post submitted by Rick Strong.

The New York Times, Lens section, has published an article about a new book on Gordon Parks. The article may be something of interest to the Urban Group and perhaps people of a certain age who devoured LIFE magazine regularly! It also has some great Gordon Parks photos.

The article states, “At the beginning of the 1940s, Gordon Parks was a self-taught fashion and portrait photographer documenting daily life in both St. Paul and Chicago. By the end of the decade he was photographing for Life magazine. While his career has been examined closely, both in his own words and by others, this formative decade has attracted less attention than his experiences as the first black staff photographer at Life, and later as a groundbreaking Hollywood filmmaker.

A new book, “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950,” published by the National Gallery of Art, The Gordon Parks Foundation and Steidl, examines this transformation. It is timed to accompany the exhibit of the same name at the National Gallery from Nov. 4, 2018, to Feb. 18, 2019. The exhibit was curated by Philip Brookman, who is also the book’s author. The book features photographs that have never before been published.”

To read more and to check out the photos, the article can be found here: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/lens/gordon-parks-early-years.html

 

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Photographing Fall Foliage

This post submitted by Rick Strong.

Although our Fall colours may be covered in a bit of snow, this article from CBS News might still interesting for RAPC landscape photographers:

“Each autumn, as the weather cools and the leaves turn colors, the country lanes and lakes of New England turn into tourist hotspots. Around $3 billion are spent over the course of a typical New England fall, as visitors from all around the world head off in search of the most beautiful yellows and oranges and reds.

Knowing exactly WHERE to go can be a challenge. But it’s an obsession for one colorful character.

Jeff’s last name is really Folger, but he goes by “Jeff Foliage.” And he REALLY loves leaves. “My niche in life is the fall colors,” he told Conor Knighton. “It’s such a little present. It’s like Christmas for me. And I love unwrapping my presents! And I’m running around New England finding all these wonderful colors out here.””

At the end of the article there are some links that might be inspirational for photographers. Mr. Folger’s links to find covered bridges and other scenic spots are intriguing.

The full article can be found here: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/new-england-fall-colors-photographer-jeff-folger-aka-jeff-foliage/

 

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The old-world charm of India’s portrait studios

RAPC blog readers, particularly studio group members, might be interested in this photo story about India’s portrait studios on the BBC website.

In 2014, Ketaki Sheth, an award-winning Indian photographer, began shooting portraits of visitors to the Jagdish Photo Studio in Manori, a coastal village in the western state of Maharashtra.

She says she stumbled across it – “wedged between a hardware store and a grain depot” – by chance. “I poked my head in and saw a bright blue stool against a diaphanous cascading red backdrop,” she told the BBC by email. “That was it. I was hooked.”

To read more, visit the BBC website at: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-45745832

This post was submitted by Rick Strong.

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Richard Martin Workshop Vision and Discovery: Explore Your Creative Spirit

By Nelly Almeida-Long

 

I recently participated in a Richard Martin workshop held in Ottawa. The workshop was such a great experience! We went to places that you would normally go to when in a new city, but took pictures that were out side the norm. Richard pointed out things that were not visible to most of us and the experience was so eye opening. We were all walking around looking up at the ceiling, looking for lines, curves and splashes of colour for details that most people just walk by.

 

 

Richard was a great teacher with lots of patience and such a willingness to share his knowledge and vision with us. I highly recommend his workshops for anyone who would like to try something new and get out of their comfort zone. I don’t think any of us will ever be able to walk into a museum and not look up to see what kind of creations can be made…fun was had by all!

I look forward to “seeing” the possibilities all around me as I explore my city with new eyes.

 

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Anna’s Fundraising Project

Anna Nitoslawska, a photo club member, initiated this project that raised 3.500$ to sponsor a Syrian refugee family. Anna generously donated 35 of her prints for this fundraising event and a total of 22 artists donated a total of 90 pieces of artwork.

Here is the first page of the magazine:

More information on the Riverview Park Review magazine.

N.B.: You will have to retrieve the February-2018 (in the Archives) issue of the magazine to read this article, if no longer available as the current issue.

This article was suggested by Lise Presseault.

 

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