It’s been a good long while since I’ve walked in Saint John with a camera and no motive. In my 2016 post about walking uptown I made my way through the grubby back alleys. Since then there’s been some major changes, tweaking the feel of my little city. Continue reading “Things are happening Uptown”
I took the Rollei for a walk on snowshoes in February. It was pleasant.
My work takes me out on the water occasionally. It’s a nice change of pace from the usual industrial and commercial sites, but I don’t have a normal office job anyhow. When I get on a launch and travel an hour outside the harbour, it’s like I’m in a different world, and for all intents and purposes I really am. A vessel’s place of registry makes it part of that territory, and it’s always interesting to meet the people aboard. Officers and crews from all over the globe take to the sea to earn a living for up to six months at a time, but they all seem to be hardworking and friendly. Grab your passport and see what it’s like to come along. Continue reading “Offshore”
I’m fresh out of chemistry to process the rolls I’ve shot in the last little while, so this morning I wanted to go through some older work and see if I had overlooked anything. A few shots from a late-afternoon pub visit got me thinking about Dynamic Range and its use in the modern world of electron-based photography. Continue reading “Dynamic Range: Less is (Sometimes) More”
Head office, Irving Oil.
Rolleiflex MX, Ilford HP5
Every year as the Kennebecasis River freezes over, the faithful drag their shacks onto the ice at Renforth to fish for smelt. There’s always an interesting selection of huts, most with wood or propane stoves. I’ve always thought the village represents a cross-section of local society. There are high-tech soft-sided shelters, full sheds with windows and siding, “converted” campers and stick-frames covered in tarpaulin. Continue reading “Renforth Village”
I’ve done my due diligence, been to a startup incubator, spoken to local professionals. My business idea is a viable one, and with proper care and cultivation could be lucrative. There are spaces available to start out in, the equipment needed is easy to come by and relatively inexpensive. I have expanded the scope to include education via local professionals who would use the space to teach, use and grow their own businesses. The next question that must be answered: do I have the will to make this happen? Continue reading “Getting down to brass tacks: business”
This past Friday Uptown Saint John played canvas to both a gallery-hop and a special even called Third-Shift. Third-Shift an event put on by Third Space Gallery that aims to put art in vacant and underused spaces to inspire people and help re-energize the area. I’d just heard of it happening a few days beforehand and had never been on a Gallery Hop either. So I strapped on my walking shoes, grabbed a couple rolls of HP5 out of the fridge and started walking. Continue reading “#ThirdShiftSJ and Gallery Hop”
After deciding to take my business idea seriously the next step is to bathe in the opinions of the public, potential clients all. I had time on a mostly cloudy Monday and set out on the historic streets of the Trinity Royal area of Saint John, a cultural hub. I was armed with my camera, hoping to take portraits of people kind enough to give me their honest opinions. Continue reading “Step 1: Hit the Streets”
I’m a big fan of photographing strangers when abroad. It’s a fine way to get a little information, directions or just make contact with another human being. Some of my favourite portraits are of people I will never see again, and I find myself asking why I only do this when away from home.