3 THINGS

MORE HOSPITAL

I spent 3 days in the hospital this week…..shooting the Ottawa Hospital annual report.

Funnily enough I spent a morning working in an operating room just down the hall from
the one I’ll be in next week getting worked on. The surgeon I was doing a portrait of
studied under Dr Mahoney, my surgeon.

Small world.

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MATCHES

Had to shoot a burning match….it’s going to be one element in a poster I’m shooting
for IDRC. Here are the 9 shots I shot.

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RUBY + BEN + WHITE BALANCE

This is Ruby Dhalla, Member of Parliament. And Ben, my assistant, holding the WhiBal
white balance card I use.

We were in the Francophonie Room, Centre Block, shooting this. There was a small wooden
box on the table in the room. It looked like it might open but I couldn’t get it open. There
was a red button on it so I pushed that thinking it might be some kind of latch, or something.

Still didn’t open so I put it down and started to tell Ruby a story about another shoot I was on,
another box I tried to open. I was just about to say the word: “marijuana” when there was a
commotion at the door of the Francophonie Room. I looked up and saw 6 or so RCMP dudes,
sweating and out of breath. I didn’t say the word “marijuana”. And knew in a flash that the
button I’d pushed was a panic one.

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CONTEST RESULTS

The results are in: The small print was won by D Sharp. the booklets go to
Neil Bakshi and John MacDonald and the hat goes to G. Cosgrove.

Thanks to all who took time to enter…..

UNTITLED

The human face. Posture and gesture. Intensity, control and openness.
Lights and a camera.

These are the things I use.

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ADDED LATER…

I really don’t like running 2 posts in a row using shots from my archives. I like
to keep drool as fresh as possible given my schedule and the permissions
required to publish pictures here before they are actually run by the folks who
commission them.

I was feeling pretty sick when I sat down to write this week. Seems that there
was another “insult to my kidneys”. That’s a quote from Dr Dion, who saw me
at the hospital last night, where I was once again rushed to deal with symptoms.

Everything seems to be back on track and pretty soon (after my operation) I won’t
have these stupid tubes coming out of my body, with all the medical complications
they harbour.

Here’s a scan of my hand. The patch is where 500 cc’s of medicine went in early
this morning:

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LATER STILL…

And (can you tell I’m feeeling better? I keep adding stuff.) here’s one frame
from one of the things I shot last week…..

The woman is Janine Kreiber, the wife of Stephane Dion.
The location is Stornoway.

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My contest is over…thanks to all who wrote in. I’m going to do
the draw some time this week and will post the winners next week.

LONDON CALLING

“There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph.
All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.”

Richard Avedon

“London calling
Yes I was there too
And you know what they said
Well some of it was true.”

Joe Strummer/The Clash

I think that both these quotes are really saying the same thing…..that there’s no
such thing as objectivity.

Way back when, I went to London (England) and tried to describe my thoughts and
feelings about that place by taking portraits of people who lived there. If you go
with instinct, certain choices become clear. This, not that. Here, not there.

Once you choose, that choice really only defines you, your relationship to the world.
Not the world.

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