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Long Live Imagination

And the ridiculous things photographers do to get that perfect shot.

I’m sure my photog friends can relate to this hilarious Canon ad by Grey NYC. It’s a great tribute to photography and photographers everywhere.

The song is Beautiful Dreamer, sung by Rachel Fannan of Only You.


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Why You Should Hire Interns

AlmapBBDO in Brazil has launched a new spot for Getty using 873 stock photos to create a stop-motion spot that is pretty mind-blowing. Pay attention to how one photo seamlessly flows into the next.

Sure this creative speaks to the vast quantity and cross-section of stock photography in Getty’s bank, but I just keep wondering how long it took the interns to go through, and collect all of these photos.

Welcome to the agency!

Marsha was only at the agency for two weeks before she started keeping a bottle vodka in her top drawer.

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Take That, Instagram!

So I was sitting at my desk yesterday when I heard from my friend Fred Fraser. He’s a brilliant photographer based in Vancouver who has been perfecting the craft of wet plate photography – also known as the collodion process. Here are samples of his work in this style.

The collodion process is an early photographic process that was introduced around 1850. Described as “a very inconvenient form” of photography, it starts out with the photographer cutting glass into plates to be used inside the camera. Then bromide, iodide, or chloride is dissolved in “collodion” (a solution of pyroxylin in alcohol and ether).  This mixture is poured on the VERY clean glass plate, and allowed to sit until the coating bonds. Any fluffs, dust or streaks on the glass, and the picture is ruined.

The plate is then placed in a silver nitrate solution, which creates another reaction (this is all very scientific and requires time, a respirator and a dark room). Once the reaction is complete, the plate is removed from the silver nitrate solution and placed into the camera while still wet. The photographer has to move fast and get the photo, because the plate loses sensitivity as it dries. It must also be developed while still wet. And that process requires even more chemicals.

Needless to say, this is a long, difficult process. But the results are fantastic.

Fred had booked someone for a portrait last night, but plans changed and they couldn’t make it. So he asked if I wanted to come by and have it done. How could I say no?

Understand that this is no digital photography. You get one chance. So the photo gets planned out in advance. How you be sitting. What props you will have in the photo. How long you can sit still. Because depending on how far you are sitting from the camera and what kind of lighting there is, you will have to hold the pose for 15 to 30 seconds to get the right exposure. And if you move during that time? The picture ends up blurry. (Blinking is allowed.)

We did two shots. It took about two hours, but that included wardrobe, make-up, cookies, gabbing, all that good stuff. Here is the result:

This whole process made me realize that photography has become so disposable. People don’t put the effort into it like they used to. I mean, how many baby books are now just Facebook albums?

This process was fantastic. And these pictures are keepers – if I do say so myself. The finished product, printed on glass, is a real keepsake. Fred has this method of sandwiching the glass so it protects the other piece of glass with the image on it. This is perfect for family or individual portraits and it really is a true artform. Thanks Fred! And thanks Liz for the cookies and my amazing feathered turban.

If you want to book Fred for a session, contact him through his website.


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Creative Inspiration: Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel, a famous photographer, gained notoriety while shooting for Vogue. He’s also chummy with Madonna and was the one behind the camera for her 1992 book, SEX. According to his Wikipedia article, he is considered one of “the most successful fashion photographers in the industry”.  The following photographs are just one example of his amazing body of work.


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Friday Morning Movie: A Day in California

Today I’ve selected the following short video for our Friday Morning Movie. It was created by combining over 10,000 photos and took (on and off) over a year and a half to finish. This is called tilt-shift photography. That’s a link to the Wikipedia article that goes into a detailed explanation, but the technicalities are totally lost on me. Not that it matters, the end result is extremely cool.

But that’s not the only reason why I love this video. The soundtrack selected makes such an impact and totally crafts the mood in combination with this video. I am obsessed with the song. It is called Arrival of the Birds, by The Cinematic Orchestra. I hope you like it as much as I do.

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Creative Inspiration: Mariel Clayton

I’m feeling a little macabre today (shocking).

Maybe it’s the lack of sleep. Or the fact that this is the first week back to work after the most gorgeous holiday ever…and now it’s snowing. I had originally lined up a bunch of retro, colourful posters for today’s creative inspiration, but as I’m prone to do, I changed my mind at the last second.

So instead, we are checking out the work of Mariel Clayton. She is an Ontario-based artist/self-taught photographer who sets up the most intricate of Barbie-sized sets. She photographs the dolls in these dark, detailed settings which results in multi-layered, fascinating  images that draw the viewer into a whole other world. Notice the level of detail in these images.

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Crocodiles and Skinheads and Rockers, Oh My

It’s been a while since we had a creative inspiration post. So when I came across a photographer who is obsessed with crocodile hunting, skinheads and New Jersey heavy metal, I couldn’t resist. Ladies and gentlemen, Mister Adam Krause. Please be warned, the images might not be to everyone’s taste.

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Creative Inspiration: Good Enough To Eat

Fulvio Bonavia is an Italian photograher who has shot many an ad campaign for well-known big name brands like BMW, Saab, Adidas, Heineken and Swatch. Like many great photographers, he started out as a graphic designer. He also did movie poster illustrations.

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Meaty Masterpieces

A while back I twittered a link to these images. But I love them so much, I need to immortalize them on my blog. The following images are meat landscapes! Actual landscapes made of meat. The artist, Carl Warner, is from London and has been approached by many an ad agency for his spectacular work.

He started out as an illustrator and then moved into photography. Shooting people and landscapes for advertising started him down the path of creating his own landscapes. His controlled environment. He merged all of his creative powers and is now top of his game.

Take a look through his website and I’m sure you’ll be just as amazed at this man’s talent as I was.

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A Passion For The Craft

This video, although it’s been around for sometime, was worth a post. The work that went into this is astounding. NO POST-PRODUCTION, 60,000 PHOTOS, 9,300 PRINTS. Are you kidding me? Now that is a passion for your craft. Good for you guys! (or girls.)

Speaking of a passion for craft, this guy Jamie Livingston (http://photooftheday.hughcrawford.com/) took a Polaroid photo each and every day from 1979 all the way to 1997 when he died of cancer. His last photo was the day he died. Going through these photographs, you begin to see the life he had. The friends he kept and the passion he had for what he did. He wasn’t using digital photography, folks. He was doing things the old-fashioned way – and man, do some of his photos look great. The style is something I miss. Grainy, gritty, over-developed, but hand-made none-the-less.

I recommend you go through at least one or two years. You won’t be disappointed. And if you do the whole thing from start to finish, let me know what your thoughts were upon finishing.

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