ON FIRE

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.

Fire.

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UPCOMING (GROUP) EXHIBITS

More exhibits coming up. Group ones, these.

OTTAWA:

I have 2 photos in a show opening October 13th at SPAO…..their Red Wall Gallery.
That’s at 168 Dalhousie Street.

TORONTO:

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 Life’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.

Whatever.

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:

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COPY

A little while ago I sent the same two pictures to a bunch of art directors/designers i know.
I asked them to pick a word or two and put their words over the photos.

I’m always interested in photos and copy. How words can change the way you see a picture.

Here are the responses:

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Thanks to:
Clare Brennan, Paul Cavanaugh, David Craib, Donna Darby, Andrew Draper,
Ryan Mesheau, Eric Schallenberg and Peter Watts.

WHO THE HELL IS TONY FOUHSE?

Yesterday I had an opening at La Petite Mort Gallery. I used the occasion to make
a movie that asks the question: Who the hell is Tony Fouhse?

(Click to view the movie): Who the HELL is TONY FOUHSE.mp4

NOTE 1: Safari users may have some trouble viewing this movie.
If that’s the case try this Quicktime version: who the hell is tony fouhse.mov

NOTE 2: ADVISORY: COURSE LANGUAGE. This movie may not be suitable for all viewers.

NOTE 3: This is a 2 minute video…..I hope you have a hispeed connection.

And here’s a few shots of the photos I exhibited:
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(A COUPLE OF) STUDIO BACKGROUNDS

I keep some flat junk in my small upstairs studio, rough stuff. I use it for backgrounds.

I’ve found that if you have the right background (which consists of standing in the right spot
and aiming the camera in the right direction from the right distance) you’re half way there.
Just insert the subject, make sure the light’s right, the moment righteous. It also pays to
actually think about what you want to do and to be very aware of perspective and what’s
in the frame. Oh yeah, you’ve got to engage the subject, too, if they’re human.

Easy, right?

As a rule I prefer going on location to shooting in a studio. Studios are typically too antiseptic
for me. I think that that’s why I keep rough backgrounds in my studio.

Here are a couple of studio shots using some of that flat junk I collect. The wood with the paint
was my next door neighbour’s bench top until he got a regulation-type bench. The white one is
a paper-covered/ink-stained door I use as a table in my workroom when it’s not being a backdrop.

Both these shots were done using available light. The gal is Sacha, a singer. The plum was shot last
week for Burnt Toast magazine.

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