Kermit Call

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Keeping In Touch

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Sunset On Rosser Avenue

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I don’t get caught up in “film vs. digital” nonsense (it’s almost embarrassing in 2015), but I have to say in moments like these there’s nothing like black and white film — endless, rich blacks.

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Playing on 11th Street

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This section of Eleventh Street, near Lorne Avenue, is one I find myself returning to again and again. Its row housing offer low rents that have brought a stream of new immigrants, from Chinese to Latino, in addition to some heritage homes owned by long time residents.

It’s an interesting mix but what makes it great for street photography is the new immigrants’ idea of family — kids play outside, rather than sit zombified by video games and cell phones indoors. The result is a neighbourhood alive with the sounds of children playing. That shouldn’t be rare but it increasingly is, unfortunately. There’s just no way to make an interesting photograph of a kid slack-jawed over an iPhone.

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Playground; Fifth & Lorne

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An “accidental” picture from past contact sheets.

Over the cold, lifeless winter here, I’ve been looking over the growing piles of contact sheets I have from the years (over 6, at this point) of making photographs of this community. Over the life of this blog, I’ve pretty much posted images as I’ve made them but during the winter deep freeze here – when moments or even people are hard to find – that’s resulted in a website that goes into hibernation.
It’s been an interesting exercise to look over past work, long after it’s gone out of my thoughts and I can look at it much more objectively. I’d recommend it as an exercise in editing – photographers¬†get emotionally attached to pictures for reasons that have no relevance to those viewing them later,¬†and more often than not interesting photographs get overlooked in favour of ones that we prefer in the moment.

This picture is a case in point. I remember seeing what looked like a newborn baby sitting on a swing as children played nearby. Finding that odd, I went closer to see and found instead a lifelike doll, used for educational purposes in schools. I hit the end of the roll, hence the cutoff, but looking at it later I liked the diptych effect — it seems to tell a story more than one image could. What do you think?

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Two Cowboys; Rosser Avenue

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Boy With Toy Gun; Rosser Avenue

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Dog Walker, Stanley Park

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Zombie Walk, Stanley Park

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Frizz Wig; Eleventh Street

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