I suppose now would be a good time for an update.
Thank you `limnides
for the feature!
I haven't been blogging because most of my words now go into correspondence and book-writing.
I have made a few books before, but they were the kind with pictures, and so it was easier to fill a lot of pages. This is a little more demanding, words are tiny. You need so many of them!
I have also just finished applying for a Masters of Fine Art at my top two Universities. Now I wait, and slowly tear my cuticles off.
It passes the time.
All the while working retail, you know, keeping it real, surviving, paying for my costly photography habit. Film is expensive, and now a little hard to come by. My refrigerator full of film has become a refrigerator half-full of film. Apparently I'm an optimist!
I continue to shoot my series Some of the People I (Don't) Know, which won me a spot on the Magenta's 2011 list of emerging photographers from around the world (30 from Canada) the series doesn't really have a planned ending, I suppose I will stop when it feels... boring. Maybe some of you are bored with it... Sorry. I'm not. I'm still excited by the process of sitting down with subjects, talking, and waiting to see what the results will be, the process of scanning the film, compiling a narrative from shots taken out of their sequence. Building a portrait of people as completely as I can. When it becomes hum ho, when I'm no longer engaged with it, that's when I will stop. Until then, I shoot when the mood strikes me, when the time feels right with particular friends, or the opportunity arises with near-strangers.
Tomorrow I'll be shooting two portraits as my lovely friend Gaby, ~nous-sommes-vous
, visits with her husband. They're from upside-down land (Australia), and while they neglected to bring me a wombat (Why do Australians keep failing me, Francis, where are my wombats?!) I will see if I can show them the warmth Canadians are famed for (we're actually kind of standoffish, don't believe everything you hear--we need a lot of space, look how much of it we have.)
So now I'm off, to do the thing I do best...
Watch tv and fall asleep.