Saturday, December 31, 2011

A Mobile Retrospective 2011

I am often inspired to shoot with my iphone rather than my DSLR.  I have found that working within the limitations of the iphone is a great way to challenge myself creatively.  Below is a collection of my favourite iphone pix of 2011.  All of the images below were captured using either the Hispstamatic or Instagram apps.

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Modernist Lego Masterpiece

The other day my husband used some of the lego our kids received for Christmas and built this house...I love it so much I couldn't wait to photograph it.  I will definitely miss it when the boys get their hands on it.

This house reminds me of a quote from Steve Jobs, "Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower".   No manual in hand, this is what my husband built.  Be sure to scroll to the very bottom to see what the lego manual suggests...definitely an innovator, don't you think?

Imagine beautiful aluminium framed glass sliders...

The house the lego manual says you should build

Monday, December 19, 2011

Main Street Magnificence

I love love love Main Street's cool and eclectic businesses.

The Regional Assembly of Text

Lucky's Comics

A Baker's Dozen Antiques.  This store doesn't have a website to link to but they have the most interesting, antique toys and collectibles.  They are located at 3520 Main Street and definitely worth a visit.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Melissa Mercier: a photo essay

Over the last couple of months I have been working on a photo essay of fine art photographer, Melissa Mercier.  In particular, I was fascinated by her ongoing series of self portraits she is doing as a way of overcoming the fear of being photographed.  In looking for a subject, I thought this would be a fun challenge to shoot portraits of self portraits.  I was a little nervous, shooting not only another photographer (we can be so picky!), but one who doesn't like being photographed.  What was I thinking?  Needless to say, I was honoured when she agreed to let me into her world and to document aspects of her life and the creation of her fine art, especially the self portraits.

You can view the photo essay below but I still see it as a work in progress for now.  It's about three minutes long so sit back, enjoy and feel free to send me any feedback.

And below is an impromptu portrait of Melissa that I love.  I shot this one afternoon when we were visiting the Rennie Gallery in Chinatown.

You will no doubt want to know how Melissa felt about all this.  Read all about it here along with more photos that "didn't make the cut":

To view Melissa's fine art visit and to find out what interests and inspires her visit


Friday, December 9, 2011

"And God said, let there be light...

and there was light.  And God saw the light and it was good." These are obviously not my words and of course come from The Book of Genesis.  But it best described my thoughts when I saw this beautiful light streaming through the window.