Four or five months ago I decided to put together a small book.
Donâ€™t ask me why.
Okay, ask me why.
Because I was busy and on a roll and felt like playing with pictures, thatâ€™s why.
Other reasons, too.
A few weeks after I started laying it out, after 4 or 5 versions, I ended up with
16 photos on 12 pages. I called it: IN DREAMLAND.
I only wanted 400 copies, enough to send out to clients and give away to friends.
Stuff like that. Not a good plan if you want economy of scale. So, how to print it?
I talked to the folks at Dollco Printing about my project, they were into it and decided
to cut me a big break on the price. We were off to the races.
Once they were behind IN DREAMLAND, Dollco pulled out all the stops to make sure
we both came out looking good: 6 color press, real nice paper, lots of staff support,
stuff like that. It was great working with them.
The book went on the press a couple of nights ago. Itâ€™s being bound in a few days and
I should have it in my grubby little hands by the end of the week.
Thanks to Krista Nicholds, Jennifer Chorlton, Pam Falkner, Cathy Fawcett and all the folks
at Dollco for their help and spirit.
Thanks, too, to Tony Szydlik for holding my hand through the prepress phase of the project
and for design advice.
The first cold days of fall came this week…..we got the fireplace going.
We don’t have one of those gas fireplace thingys, ours burns wood. Takes a bit
of work, what with getting the wood in and actually having to build each fire and
clean it out every so often.
The payoff is in the smell and the sound and the fact that each fire we have is different
from any other. There’s something about splitting the wood and the small effort it takes
to get and keep it going that’s somehow comforting, too.
More exhibits coming up. Group ones, these.
I have 2 photos in a show opening October 13th at SPAO…..their Red Wall Gallery.
That’s at 168 Dalhousie Street.
This one’s kind of interesting. A while back I was commissioned by the City of Toronto and
Toronto Life Magazine to go there (Toronto, that is) to produce a portrait of Adonis Huggins.
This image was to be a part of the City of Toronto’s “Face The Arts” advertising campaign.
By way of explaination here’s a bit of the blurb from the Face The Arts press release:
Each month, a different acclaimed photographer will take the photos
of the individuals profiled in Toronto Life. Tony Fouhse was chosen to
photograph Mr. Huggins for Toronto Lifeâ€™s March issue on newsstands
February 13. Mr. Fouhse has been a photographer since 1976, winning
a National Magazine Award in 2004. Text accompanying all photographs
is contributed by Toronto Poet Laureate Pier Giorgio Di Cicco.
As Program Director of Regent Park Focus, Adonis Huggins has a keen
interest in the use of community-based media as a tool of engagement
and social change. Over the past 14 years he has been working with youth
in RegentPark to develop prevention programs and activities that offer young
people opportunities to explore radio and print journalism, and audio, video
and photography arts.
To celebrate the Face The Arts program and Toronto Life’s 40th anniversary there’s going to be a big, swank
one night show at The Carlu, in Toronto. It’s invitation only so you (probably) can’t go.
Here’s my shot of Adonis for you to look at:
(click on image to enlarge)