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Kelsey Z.

September 27, 2006 at 8:48 PM

As many of you know, or may have noticed, I have a bit of an addiction to taking pictures. I love how you can experiment with lighting, angles, backgrounds, colors and positioning of the desired target(s) and seeing the result on film. Equally as interesting to me, is looking at how other people view things through a camera lense or with a paintbrush or with other objects. About a year ago I recall wandering through an art gallery in between rehearsals for a concert one day and one of the exhibitions really caught my eye. One of them was just weird with an old lace thing hanging from a ceiling, and something else nailed onto the wall and then there was a chair in the corner - in some weird twisted way it kind of reminded me of the yellow bird scene from Miller's play about the Salem Witch trials. The other artist who had the most prominent display though had created these breathtaking landscapes with, wait for it, food. I'm not even kidding. I wish to this day that I could remember the name of the artist but he had made lakes with mountains out of green and blue fruits, vegetables and foods and then photographed it. I remember a vivid picture of a volcano oozing bright orange lava. How can one be so creative and make something like that? I wouldn't have a clue as to where to even begin with a project like that, I just know I like sitting behind my camera and experimenting but also being ready when that perfect picture moment comes along. Sometime this week, probably tomorrow, I intend to take my camera along to town and show you all what they've done to my old highschool. Maybe I'll find that picture perfect moment if I wait long enough. The old buildings are still there, and some of the main building, but the old gym is now a mountain of rubble and the tennis courts are gone. Those beautiful buildings from 1913 with their red and white brick are the centerpieces and backdrops to a mass of destruction. Funny how the old and new coincide so often if you just take the time to take a look. Also funny how we wish away our lives and time just wanting to get the next thing done and over with and always looking forward to what's ahead (or maybe dreading) but how often do we take time to look at the past? Not often enough as far as I'm concerned. Living in western Canada too, it's hard to know what "old" really is here. If you find buildings around from the 1800's, that's old here. You go to the east coast and the 1700's is old for Canada, you go to Europe, well they have obviously won over a country like Canada and North America as a continent in general. As usual, I digress. What spurred this rambling of history and art and photography you ask? I was doing my normal day to day viewing of world events online and there, under the arts section was an article on painter Edward Burtynsky. My goodness his photography is cool!

Here are a few of the pictures that I thought were really effective!

From Elizabeth Smith
Posted on September 28, 2006 at 2:52 AM
Those photos are stunning.
From Linda Lerskier
Posted on September 28, 2006 at 7:07 PM
I like the lava. A lot. ;)
From bill Pratt
Posted on September 29, 2006 at 1:56 PM
Shipbreaking is an extraordinarily hazardous occupation carried out in some of the world's poorest regions, for instance Bangladesh.

It is definitely a great subject for dramatic photographs.

Look up an article on this subject in THE ATLANTIC MONTHLY from about 10 years ago (maybe 7 years ago). Great B/W photos in there.

From Kelsey Z.
Posted on September 29, 2006 at 2:57 PM
Hey Linda, That's not actually lava! It's nickle tailings and that picture was taken in Sudbury, Ontario.

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