Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Artist Talk Article For "My Fathers Last Days-Healing Process" In The St. Albert Gazette

Scott Hayes from the St. Albert Gazette is going to interview me next week for an preview article about my August 31st (630 pm) artist talk (My Fathers Last Days-Healing Process). I am quite happy this is happening. My one worry about the talk is that no one will show up! The talk should be a joy to do but if the room is empty that joy dissipates rather quickly! Hopefully the article will draw in more folks. Thanks Scott for caring enough to write about dads story. I will post a link when the interview is published, not sure which day that will happen, the 23rd, 26th or 30th of August.

Just like the artist talks I am getting more and more used to newspaper-radio and website interviews. I  might also be doing an interview for "Photography Forum" magazine next year. I still have have to send them some photographs for the "PITCH to the mags publisher". We will see how that goes, if this does happen it will be my first published work in a photography magazine. The thing that matters most thou is that it will be an opportunity to tell the story of the families in the dump and to raise awareness about their difficult lives.

"Ain't Photography Grand!!"

Quote: Albert Einstein

On Gandhi’s 75th birthday in 1944, Albert Einstein wrote in a book of felicitations, 

"Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."

Quote: Quinton Gordon (Photographer - Educator)

 "Fear, violence, hatred have no place, and must be replaced with openness, kindness and love."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quote: "Nelson Mandela, Barak Obama"

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion … People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love … For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quote: Roger Ebert

"Very few films are made from the heart, occasionally a film is. The great directors work from the heart."
Roger Ebert Speaking About "Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Quote: David Duke (Former KKK Imperial Wizard)

“We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.”

Quote: "The Daily Stormer", White Supremacist Website

 Writing about American President Donald Trumps reaction to the death of Charlottesville counter protester Heather Heyer and its connection to white nationalists, Neo Nazis:

“He didn’t attack us, Refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him."

Quote: Dr. Martin Luther King

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bought Me Another Japanese Ambrotype Portrait

Bought me an original 1880s ambrotype type of an Japanese Geisha (?). Not sure she is actually a geisha but I loved her ambiguous expression, pose and dress. She looks so indifferent, so vulnerable. I have seen that same expression in the faces of the sex workers of Southeast Asia.The pics cost was a reasonable $67.66 USD plus shipping. Will add this ambroype to my collection of 4 others. There was a throw in paper picture included in this auction (the oval image seen below).

Geisha (?) Ambrotype 1880s Japan

Here is the sellers advert:

Fantastic & original Japanese ambrotype of a Geisha holding an umbrella together with a pocket mirror with paper photo portrait of a Geisha, c1880.  The ambrotype measures 3 1/4 X 4 1/3 inches and has a partial case and frame.  The mirror measures 2 1/4 X 3 1/4 inches.  Fine clarity & tonality, generally good shape for the age & GUARANTEED AUTHENTIC.  Be sure to add me to your favorites list & check out my other auctions for more interesting things from Japan.  Payment by PAYPAL.  Buyer pays ACTUAL SHIPPING COSTS.  If you buy more than one item I can combine shipping.

Quote: Guam's Joint Information Center Saturday Warned Residents How to Prepare "For An Imminent Missile Threat."

"Do not look at the flash or fireball -- it can blind you. Lie flat on the ground and cover your head. If the explosion is some distance away, it could take 30 seconds or more for the blast wave to hit."

Saturday, August 12, 2017

72nd Anniversary Of Nagasaki Atomic Bombing

August 9th was the 72nd anniversary of the last time America unleashed "Fire And Fury Like The World Has Never Seen"  Up to 80000 people died during the first months. Cancer claimed many more lives in the years to follow.

Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Blast, August 9 1945 11:01:47 hrs
From Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

By August 1945, the Allies' Manhattan Project had produced two types of atomic bombs, and the 509th Composite Group of the United States Arm Air Forces  (USAAF) was equipped with the specialized Silverplate version of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress that could deliver them from Tinian in the Mariana Islands . Orders for atomic bombs to be used on four Japanese cities were issued on July 25. On August 6, the U.S. dropped a uranium gun-type (Little Boy) bomb on Hiroshima, and American President Harry S. Truman called for Japan's surrender, warning it to "expect a rain of ruin from the air, the like of which has never been seen on this earth." Three days later, on August 9, a plutonium implosion-type (Fat Man) bomb was dropped on Nagasaki. Within the first two to four months following the bombings, the acute effects of the atomic bombings had killed 90,000–146,000 people in Hiroshima and 39,000–80,000 in Nagasaki; roughly half of the deaths in each city occurred on the first day. During the following months, large numbers died from the effect of burns, radiation sickness, and other injuries, compounded by illness and malnutrition. In both cities, most of the dead were civilians, although Hiroshima had a sizable military garrison.
Japan announced its surrender to the Allies on August 15, six days after the bombing of Nagasaki and the Soviet Union's declaration of war. On September 2, the Japanese government signed the instrument of surrender, effectively ending World War II. The justification for the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki is still debated to this day.

Rare Footage Of Nagasaki Nuclear Bombing 

Friday, August 11, 2017

Quote: Frank Zappa

“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”

HF3535 Camera Build Continues

Here are some more photographs of my 35x35 view camera build taking place in Czechia (Czech Republic). I am very excited by the possibilities this camera creates. What great ambrotypes MIGHT be made in it? I will soon have the camera!, I have the lens!!, I have the will!!! I have the desire!!!! I have the dream!!!!! Lets get this f-ckin thing done!!!!!! :)

First I will need to greatly improve my wet plate technique and knowledge. The plan is to work my way up the scale from 4x5, to 8x10, to 16x20 and then to 35x35. Learning and growing step by step will make this happen. I hope to be shooting this camera and making 35x35 inch ambrotypes for my project "KANATA" by 2022 (possibly sooner).

"KANATA" Blogs

The wet plate learning curve will start on my return from Thailand in around May 2018.  Am taking a bunch of wet plate related reading material with me to Thai. I can study and dream in my free time away from photographing/filming the "Families in the Dump". It will be important to escape and reboot every now and then, and my wet plate dreams will fill that role

The "KANATA" project will be 10+ years of hard work but  I know I can get this done. I have taken on more difficult or as least as difficult projects before.

They include:

1) Photographing Sex Worker 8x10 camera portraits in studio in Thailand (while speaking Thai)
Slate.com "The Sex Workers Of Thailand"
2 ) Photographing in Klong Toeys slum world of Bangkok Thailand.
"The Train Is Coming" Opening Night Exhibition And Background Video
3) Photographing in the Mae Sot Thailand garbage dump of families, children, wild dogs.
"Families of the Dump" Pictures, Video From 2013 (project ongoing)
4) Photographing my fathers year long fight and death from pancreatic cancer.
"My Fathers Last Days" Currently Being Exhibited At The Art Gallery Of St. Albert

This wet plate thing is going to be doable. It will be extremely challenging, and very physically difficult (especially as a I turn into an old fart) but after my previous shooting experiences I know I can do it. I know if I want it bad enough and work hard enough it will get done. I may not be the most talented dude out there but when it comes to commitment and hard work I am pretty strong.

This is all so exciting. Ideas and photos keep flying through my mind! I can see the finished ambrotypes in my head years ahead of when they will be made. I know this is going to happen!

"Ain't Photography Grand!"

Here are the latest photos, things are coming along nicely. I will update with more photos and video later:

HF3535 Camera Build Photos

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Debt Owed

Was writing about this tonight on Face Book with Mike Walker (photographer-camera maker) and thought I would expand on it a bit in the blog.

Over the last several years of shooting a thought occurs to me now again. I owe a debt to my film! Yes to my film!

Film of course is not alive, not really but somehow I feel it it. It is the stock that makes great negatives. Without film nothing happens for an analogue photog. I have started to feel ever more stronger as my shooting years pass that I owe my film a chance to become a great and important negative. A negative that will be fondled, coddled and protected ever so gently because of its enormous importance to making that great print, the great photograph it holds inside itself.

My film conviction will go to rather weird lengths. Sometimes I will even talk to my film or at least "think talk" to my film. Saying stuff like, "Lets do something good together.", "Now is your time, lets get it done!" I feel I owe my film, it is putting out for me, I need to put out for it and make that important picture. I need to give it a chance to potentially last forever.

Not sure where this kinda crazy notion came from maybe it is an extension of what I feel for all my social documentary photography subjects. I always feel I owe the people in my pictures, that I have to make photos that matter and tell their stories strongly. Giving your film the chance to become an important coddled negative fits that same train of thought. I wonder if painters in history ever talk to their brushes or paint? Do sculptures talk to their marble or chisels? Doubt I am unique in this type of worship.

Anyway, just thought I would write about my somewhat unique feelings on this. Thanks for reading, now I need to get back to the in depth conversation I am having with a roll of Tri-x.

Coddled Yosuf Karsh negative of Winston Churchill

"Oh Yeah! He Wants To Hit Me? Well I'll Give Him Some Back, Too!"

I usually do not put hockey stuff on this blog after all it is a photography diary but this link got me laughing. It relates back to the extremely intense, very political Canada cup from 1972, and the emotions the now old players still feel. You got to love the competiveness of these men even in their mid 60s! They still have the fire. I hope that when I am there age I fight to make my pictures with the same heart and desire.
Esposito and Henderson talking about Dirty play Summit 72 

Canada Cup 1972

How To Make Money For "KANATA" ?????

Tonight at work I am thinking forward to my future "KANATA" cross Canada mammoth wet plate photography project. How to financially support such a major undertaking? If this thing does happen, it will take over 10 years to produce (2-4 months a year). I will need plenty of money to get this done. Money to buy all the supplies, money for travel, money for living. I will have some saved money to spend at that point in my life. Will it be enough money? I doubt it. I was thinking of other sources of income that could possibly be in play.

They include:

1) Ambrotype and or print sales (definitely possible, have sold work many times before, if this goes well it could possibly lead to a major funding source).
2) Grant funding by local, provincial and national Canadian art funding bodies (difficult but possible, I have received an arts grant before).
3) Wet plate workshops country wide. Possibly other types of photography workshops in my truck darkroom (very good chance, already done workshops, not wet plate but other types)
4) "KANATA" related T-shirts sales if and when the project becomes more known and recognized. . Other related project promotional items could be sold (could be done).
5) Artist fees from exhibitions of the work. (very good chance, already done this)
6) Book sales (this one is a real long shot, first getting a photo book and actually selling them for a profit).
7) Selling of old unused photo gear (I own lots of gear that I could sell, very doable).
8) Donations from people who support my work and the project. Either just outright gifts of money for "KANATA" or funding with a reward through the various online funding websites (I guess this is possible thou not sure it would work. Others have raised fund this way for their photo work including wet plate projects.).

Photojournalist George Nickels Raising Money To Continue His Work

An online acquaintance photojournalist George Nickels is raising money to continue his photographic work. He is selling limited edition prints. Here is his face book post and a link to the work being sold.
George Nickels On Facebook
George Nickels
I'm in the process of trying to raise funds for my next project abroad, and I am reaching out to the people out there who appreciate my work as I am going to be having a sale of prints from my last exhibition entitled RESILIENCE some work is framed and others not.
I will also be selling numbered, signed, limited edition prints that can be selected from my bodies of recent and previous work and are available to view and purchase via my website and can be shipped world wide. Please message me via FB or email if interested, or you have any questions or queries regarding the sale.....
http://www.georgenickels.com/4221867-limited-edition-prints

Bought Me A 175mm Petzval Lens From Poland

Not sure if this is a good 175mm buy lens or not, but the seller from Poland wanted $225 USD for it with only $15 USD shipping. I offered $165 USD and was accepted. I figured it was acceptable low ball offer on my part. A buy of some  but minimal risk, will see where  it leads. I hope to use this lens to do 4x5 ambrotypes and  glass negs with my Korona camera. A petzval style lens with a working aperture and flange for $165 USD can't be too bad a deal. Not sure of the max aperture (f3?f4? f5.6?), or what a picture made with this thing will look like. That is usually a chance you take when you buy old brass lens.  I hope this lens has a really cool swirly look. If it does then this was a great and important buy. One of those deals where if I get 1 or 2 good ambrotypes/negs out of the deal it was probably worth it.

175mm Petzval lens with working aperture and flange

The sellers eBay, advert:

Modified lens  / PETZVAL TYPE /


 PHOTO LENS / with original glass /
  

3,3/175 mm

In front - an achromatic doublet, which combines crown glass and flint glass ;
rear - air separate between crown and flint ,

   good conditions with
 signs of used on metal body,
 the front ring for the glass slightly bent from the front side ,glass in very good condition . 
without mould and cob , no haze , no BIG scratches in front and rear , a few very, very thin in front ... 


high of lens - 118 mm , diameter front  - 84 , rear 84 mm, 
connect ring  - diameter is 107,4 mm,
with  the connect ring .
Without the  rack&pinion mechanism , mounted aperture with 16 blades / works ok / .
In original probably very early / Looking at the structure / soft focus .

Will cover 4*5 in.


*** thanks for looking ***

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Bought Me A Leica R Extender-R 2x

Bought me a cheaply priced and cheaply shipped (from Germany) 2x Extender for R Leica lens. This will give me twice the focal length of the lens I will be using at a cost of some speed (1 or 2 stops). I plan to use it with my 60mm f2.8 when I need to have a 120mm focal length.

This will not be an often used item but I will take it with me to Asia when I go. The extender is light and small and an easy camera bag throw in. I figured for the cost $54 USD + $10 USD (shipping) it was well worth it. If I get one important picture out of it, I think it was worth the buy price. Leica builds quality everything and this extender was much more expensive in other auctions $90-$800, depending on age and condition. The one I bought is older and made for R3 and R4 camera bodies, I am hoping it will also work for R6s (why wouldn't it?). I do have a R4 Leica body tucked away in my camera cabinet that I could use if necessary (gosh I have one of EVERYTHING in stoage somewhere!).

Older model Leica Extender- R 2x

Received The "Healing Process" Artist Fee

This afternoon after waking up I found my artists fee check from the AGSA "Healing Process" show waiting for me at the front door. Now that is a nice waking up present! I look at this payment as the final time dad is helping me out with some money. My father always worried about me my whole life, often offering me money even after I refused it. I would tell him I had a job and did not need it, that I was OK and had money. Dad would always say "Take it, you need it more than I do." This is the last of those situations. The check I got today from the gallery/CARFAC/Dad was for $871 CAD, the highest artist fee I have ever received. I will put the this money into my savings account for the coming 6 month trip to Thailand. $871 should pay for at least 2 months rent, possibly as much as 3 months in Mae Sot (not sure on the rental costs yet). Thank you dad, thank you Art Gallery of St. Albert, and thank you CARFAC. Your help will allow me to continue to tell the stories I need to tell.

Note* The artist talk I am doing for "Healing Process-My Fathers Last Days" on August 31st at 630pm, also has a paid fee. Not sure how much that will be. That speaking fee money will be donated to the families in Mae Sot at the dump. A gift from my father to the children who live in that difficult world. Dad always loved and worried about children, now after he has passed he will continue to help them. This exhibition has been wins all round!

Quotes: Anthony Quinn

"The painter leaves his mark. And I just put in two statues in Rhode Island that I'm working on. And I think that's going to make me last longer than me. I mean, who remembers "Zorba"? Nobody remembers "Zorba". Nobody remembers "Requiem for a Heavyweight"."

"I think I'm lucky. I was born with very little talent but great drive."

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Photographer Tony Lovell, Camera On Car Design

I found this ingenious. It was made by wet plate photographer Tony Lovell from the UK. A simple idea and great little design. Tony says the set up is very stable.

I hope to do higher view point shots when I do my "KANATA" wet plate project. Maybe I could do something like Tony did but on top of a larger/taller utility truck. I would have to figure some safety protocals for both me and the camera. Do not want to fall off and break my back! Being able to shoot from high vantage points when needed could be a huge compositional advantage. I would have to take along a portable ladder. The HF3535 would probably be too big and heavy to put on the roof of a vehicle, but the 8x10, 11x14m 14x17 and 16 x20 cameras could all be shot that way.

When You Want To Shoot From A Higher Vantage Point!, A Unique Tripod Ladder

This was on FaceBook, thought I would share it here. Everyone needs a giggle now and again!

2 Photographers hard at work, one woking a bit harder than the other!

Email: From Jenny At The AGSA, Over 300 Vistors To "Healing Process"

I guess over 300 people have visited the "Healling Process" exhibition. There were around 200 the opening day. Jenny the curator just sent out an email thanking us all (3 artists) and sending some photos (below). I think dad would be very happy with how this all turned out. Here is a bit of the email.
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Darian and Gerry, it was great to see you at the opening event. I spoke to a great many people about the art. There was much sharing and a few tears during the event and the responses have been overwhelmingly positive.

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Since we opened the exhibit on Thursday over 300 people have visited the show (200+ came on the opening day).



Some links to local coverage:



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Thanks so much for sharing your stories with our community.


Best regards,

Jenny
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My reply:

Thank you Jenny, without you none of this would have happened. Tears are a good thing. It is great when art leads to an emotional reaction from the viewer, that is what it is all about, making work that matters in peoples lives.
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"Healing Process" Opening Night

Robert Frank "The Americans" 28000 Shots

I read today that Robert Frank shot over 28000 pictures during the 2 years he photographed his ground breaking book "The Americans". Even the greats need to work their tails off for 2 years to produce their work. Of the 28000+ pictures made, 83 were chosen for the book. If you have not viewed this amazing book, a project that questions the American dream and the unquenchable thirst for money, please check it out, I highly recommend it.
Mcall.com On "The Americans" By Robert Frank

Monday, August 7, 2017

Sam Sheppard By His Friend Patti Smith "My Buddy"

The actor and playwright Sam Shepperd recently passed away. This wonderful story of their shared memories and adventures was written by his friend singer-poet Patti Smith. Please give it a read, you will be well rewarded. Sam Sheppard a life very well lived, RIP.
My Buddy By Patti Smith-New Yorker Magazine

FaceBook: Metal Parts For My 35x35 Camera

Here are the metal parts for the 35x35 inch Camera I am having built! The camera should be completed and safely packed away before I go to Thailand, hope hope! 2-35x35 inch cameras are being built at the same time, one for me myself and I and one for another photog who will have an assistant(s) to help him haul this beast around. Hope I can handle the camera without assistants, it will weigh 90-100 lbs without the huge 1800mm lens or plate holder mounted. This camera (got to give her a name) will definately be a big challenge to use and transport, especially as I age (am 53 now). But that is what life is all about, facing and overcoming challenges. This is going to be fun! If I fail in this slightly (major?) crazy venture so be it! At least I went down swinging, trying to do my best, we all only have one life to chase down our dreams.

HF3535 Update Photos, The Cameras Metal Parts

Hey everyone I got some updated photos on the my 35x35 inch view camera that is being built for me, the HF3535. Filip the builder injured his hand a month or so back and has been recuperating which slowed the build down a bit. He is back at work on the camera now thou and promises me I will have it safely packed away here in Canada before I fly to Thai for 6 months.

I sent Filip the flange for my 1780mm F14 Nikkor Apo lens. He is going to attach it to a lens board for me.

Here are pics of the metal parts being shined up for use. Mr. Carlos is the fellow in the pics helping Filip get the job done on time.

Note* The HF3535 should allow me to make 35x35 inch ambrotype photos for the "KANATA" cross Canada wet plate project.

Note** I have 3 possible lens for this camera, the 1780mm Apo Nikkor (covers everything), the 1922 Brass Tessar 180cm (covers closer and medium shots, possibly longer also) and my 42 inch Red Dot Goertz (might cover closer compositions).
HF3535 Camera Metal Parts

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Film Development By Inspection? Lets Give it A Try

I bought me me Kodak Wratten Series 3 filter (deep green) of eBay. My plan is to give development by inspection a try. W. Eugene Smith always developed film this way, recently  I found a link by the ULF photographer Michael Smith explaining how he develops his large sheet film by inspection.  Why not give it a try, it can't hurt, it might improve the quality of my negs, which would make printing so much easier. It might also have a bit with 35mm exposure screw ups which I still do occasionally. My thinking is use this technique with my 35 Tri-x just like my idols Smith. It is never to late to try new ways to do things.

The filter was relatively cheap. I will use it with old stored gear, a Kodak safe light and timer with foot switch (set to 2 seconds). We will see how it goes, looks like I will be testing this out on my return from Thailand, using film I do not worry about fogging. Maybe some of you out there reading this would like to give it a try also, here is the Michael Smith link with info. If it works for you send me a note we can learn together.
Michael Smith: Developing By Inspection

Vietnam Era Photojournalist Catherine Leroy

After reading a face book post tonight from John P I have been studying the life and career of war photojournalist Catherine Leroy. In the interview linked below she says she went to Vietnam on a one way ticket with $100 and 1 Leica at age 20. How can you not love that? Amazing courage and guts. Wish I had the same amazing drive and dedication of this 85 pound lady (her cameras weighed as much as she did in Vietnam)

Catherine Leroy with 2 American marines, Vietnam
Here is a link to an interview with Catherine Leroy done in 1985. She was almost killed by shrapnel in Vietnam (it bounced off her Nikon) and I guess she suffered from post traumatic stress disorder, she died quite young in 2006 at age 61.
C-Span Interview With Catherine Leroy, 1985

US Marine Vernon Wike, with his dead comrade. Battle for Hill 881, Vietnam 1967. by Catherine Leroy
Here is a link with more info on the iconic photograph shown above.
https://iconicphotos.org/2014/01/13/corpsman-in-anguish-cathy-leroy/

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Reactions To The "My Fathers Last Days" Pictures

Thinking back now the day after, on some of the reactions to the pictures. At least one person cried on viewing the pictures, many others could not look at the photos as they were too strong for them (especially the older viewers, closer to that reality?). 

The emotional reactions to the work, make me feel I am on the right track. The worst kind of creative art is that art that people have no reaction to, it is the art that is like wallpaper than blends in and easily dismissed and forgotten. You want people on seeing your work to be pulled into it, to love it, to cry, or to be repulsed and afraid of it. When your on that emotional reaction path with the viewer you know your doing the right thing.

Vue Weekly On "Healing Process"

Here is a Vue story on the "Healing Process" show. The article is mostly about Darian Goldin Stahl Darian work and project, give it a read if you have time.
http://www.vueweekly.com/healing-through-art/

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Opening Night Success And Shared Moments At "Healing Process"

Did the opening night at the AGSA (Art Gallery of St. Albert) tonight, a great night all round. It was a small turnout at first but later on  over the 3 hour run the crowd came (60-80 veiwers?). When I got the microphone and said a few words the crowd was fairly big and got bigger later on. Only 5 or 6 of the folks that I invited showed (1 photo club person), but such is life, everyone is busy. For most folks art and especially social documentary photographic art has little or no importance to them. I did meet several new art folk, and most importantly got to share stories with people about dad, and hear about their lost loved ones.

Here are some opening night photos and guests, I also shot some video, might try putting together a short movie for you all later. The AGSA did a wonderful job presenting the my pictures. I do not think it has ever been presented in a nicer environment (along the Larry Louie Gallery shows). Thanks so much to Jenny and all the wonderful people at the AGSA for their time telling dad and my story.

Update* One thing I was disappointed in was the reflections caused by the glass. I maybe should look into buying non reflective glass for my exhibition frames. Money is so short these days as I try to put together all the funds I need for the 6 month Thai trip.

Update** Thinking back now the day after, on some of the reactions to the pictures. At least one person cried on viewing the pictures, many others could not look at the photos as they were too strong for them (especially the older viewers, closer to that reality?). The emotional reactions to the work, make me feel I am on the right track. The worst kind of creative art is that art that people have no reaction to, it is the art that is like wallpaper than blends in and easily dismissed and forgotten. You want people on seeing your work to be pulled into it, to love it, to cry, or to be repulsed and afraid of it. When your on that emotional reaction path with the viewer you know your doing the right thing.

Here is a link to the exhibition if you want to attend. I will be doing an artist talk on August 31 at 630pm.
http://www.gallerieswest.ca/events/sima-elizabeth-shefrin-darian-goldin-stahl-and-gerry-yaum-he/