Pilanesberg

There is a drifting grey rain outside our house in downtown Toronto, a harbinger of fall. Working on another proposal, for a project in South Africa, my thoughts drift back, across the ocean, and I find myself in Lightroom, searching through photos. These three are from last November, when I was in Johannesburg and Pretoria, working…

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Barn Quilt Trails redux

I have been singing the praises, within reason, of the Prince Edward County Barn Quilt Trails; here, without further ado, is a final selection.

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Sully: Distilled

How do you make a movie worth watching about an event that everyone has seen already, in countless TV and internet images and stories? The story is ‘the miracle on the Hudson,’ the extraordinary landing by Captain Chesley Sullenberger of an Airbus A320 on New York’s Hudson River, after a bird strike crippled his aircraft…

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Of Barns and Bluejays

A bluejay flew onto our back deck this morning; a gift. You hardly ever see a bluejay in our part of town. I was taking a break from working on a proposal, having a coffee, my first day working from home this week, after an intensive four-day programme on evaluation, held downtown at Ryerson University by the…

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Prince Edward County Barn Quilt Trails

Barns – preferably red, or collapsing, studies in contrast and texture – are a familiar trope: always an attraction to the holidaying photographer, often a foray into images that are hackneyed or sentimental. ‘The country,’ through the eyes of a city-dweller. What then is the photographer to do, in Prince Edward County, which has photogenic…

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Street Art, Toronto

The street art in Toronto – murals, graffiti – is worth a book on its own (I should check – it’s probably been done already). Here is one solitary but quite lovely example – appropriately enough, high on a wall in a quiet downtown side-street.

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Winter, Prince Edward County

(Hu)man cannot live by bread alone, nor can I survive only on writing proposals. My good deed for my soul is to have spent twenty minutes, before settling down to work this morning, working on an image. Here it is: cousin to yesterday’s photo, a winter scene in Prince Edward County.

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Hiatus

For the rest of this week I will be working on a big project proposal; next week I will be attending a course at Ryerson, run by the Canadian Evaluation Society. Then back to the proposal, which is due in mid-October but will absorb a good deal of time from a team scattered across Spain…

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Songs of Innocence

It’s a truism, but one of the things you miss as your children become adults and you yourself, along with your friends and family and their children, too, grow older, is the innocence of children, their capacity for undiluted excitement and wonder. As a new grandfather, who has yet to hold his grandson in his…

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Aircraft – Toronto Airshow

As promised, a somewhat randomly selected and perhaps more conventional set of images of aircraft, both old and new, from last weekend’s airshow.

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Airshow Pyrotechnics

Here is a final set of ‘graphic’ images from the Toronto Airshow, focusing on the sky-patterns, movement and shape of the performances. In  my next post – most likely the last on the Airshow, as I don’t want to overdo it – I’ll present a few images of the aircraft themselves.

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