BLOG-WORTHY

What’s blog-worthy?

Some of the shoots I do are pretty commercial. The images I create are what the client
wants (on strategy, dynamic, interesting looks on the subject/model’s faces, move the
client’s agenda forward, etc., etc., etc.). Sometimes I find these shoots a bit not-what-
I’m-really-about. (I have got a mortgage, you know.) (And I want a new car.) Of course,
sometimes these real commercial shoots yield images that turn out to be way kool. No
matter what, though, I always try my darndest to make my photos as interesting as
possible given the parameters of the shoot.

Other shoots I have way more freedom to do my thing. Usually these are editorial gigs but
I also have commercial clients that want me to get my ya-yas out.

And sometimes my clients don’t want me to put their shots on my blog until after they have
appeared in the application/magazine/forum for which I shot them. Fair enough.

This past week I was shooting every day but a lot of it fell into the not-what-I’m-really-about
category. Not blog-worthy.

I can show you some pix I took of Steve Sutherland, C.E.O. of Ballistik Hockey and Combat
Baseball. This is an Ottawa firm that sells 8 million dollars worth of hockey sticks and baseball
bats a year. And shots of Ron Lemaire, Exec. V. P. of the Canadian Produce Marketing Assoc.

I’ll leave you to guess who’s who.

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THEME

How much of something do you need to show in a photograph
in order to make the image about that thing?

I think: not much. Especially if you don’t want to be literal (and who
wants to be literal when looking at imagery?)

Of course it helps a lot if you’re not dealing with a single image, but a
sequence of shots. It’s only thru the complexity of sequence (I believe)
that it’s possible to bring out a theme.

This week I decided to look thru some of my American work to see if I
could put together a 4 shot sequence that was about cars…..without
really showing cars.

CARS
(click on image to enlarge)

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Carwash-small.jpgService station-small1.jpg

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HAT

Or, as my friend Wyatt calls it, gimmick.

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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…..