I know it's taboo, but I'm going to talk about money. In particular I'm going to talk about the money I received last week from the Ontario Art Council through it Exhibition Assistance program. I've tentatively arrived at the "career" of artist as I navigate my middle years – a journey partly of necessity and partly … Continue reading On being funded
Mixing Messages in Kitchener
As part of my residency at the City of Kitchener in 2014 I developed an interactive video installation for two gallery shows that gave visitors the chance to mix together two of the video stories I created as part of the year-long project, Neighbourhood Voice. The mixing of the stories creates both resonance and dissonance … Continue reading Mixing Messages in Kitchener
Telling stories with single images
[vimeo:http://vimeo.com/53917349%5D Imagine a cube van transformed into a camera. This project reminds me of early landscape photographers who traveled North America documenting the natural wonders. The images captured here are post industrial natural wonders ... people who have survived. The narrative is a bit sentimental, but the beautiful silver images, great storytelling are worth every … Continue reading Telling stories with single images
Is commercial work tainted?
It's always good to have something to aspire to. Although this is a promotional piece for Stella Artois, the storytelling and documentary filmmaking technique have a purity to them. We often think commercial work is somehow tainted, but when I see this I wonder who wouldn't want to make this video.
iPod digital storytelling brings out the geek in me
Since I first put my hands on a serious camera, I've struggled with the Geek Factor – that thing where you want to touch the gear. It's like walking around in fear you'll buy a Leatherman Tool on an whim – the one with belt holster. Then my son – whom I consider as far … Continue reading iPod digital storytelling brings out the geek in me
1+1+1 = All Mixed Up
I've been taking classes with Kitchener artist Alan Daniel. Alan is a master of technique and a marvelous illustrator. You can see his illustrations in the much-praised books The Story of Canada and recently in Fireside Al’s Treasury of Christmas Stories. One of the tasks that Alan set for me was to learn how to … Continue reading 1+1+1 = All Mixed Up