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Barriers

Just had a great conversation with another artist and in it mentioned the idea of self erected barriers. I confess, I am the king of barriers – if there is such a thing as a kingdom for this behavior. I too readily erect…

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Unexpected Results

Working intuitively and iteratively will often lead down a rabbit hole I hadn’t considered but will also result in something I take for granted in a – well that result makes sense kind of way. But when someone else marvels at this result…

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Emotional Motivation

A couple days ago, I reconsidered how I see the world completely differently from other people – it seems like the only logical explanation. When we think of someone – visualize them in our minds, it’s not a snapshot in time, instead we’ve…

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Filter

When I photographed with film there was a disconnect between when I made the image and when I made the print. I work iteratively so I update and revise my idea trying new things on the fly as I shoot … and then…

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Exploring A New Branch

Looks like I’m finding a another branch off the trunk to explore in the Sidelong Series – one that’s colorful and saturated this time – sometimes possibly recognizable yet dreamlike. This happens when my interpretation of the raw material shifts – when I…

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Stream of Time

The more I think about the work I make, the more I realize scale is a factor. Not in the size but rather in the relationship between the moment and the stream of time. The images I make all have a long duration, to…

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The Performance

When I first began to seriously shoot black and white in University, my parents gave me the three Ansel Adams books – The Camera, The Negative and The Print. In them Ansel says something like the negative is the musical score and the…

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Something Interesting

There’s an element of chance or accident to what I do that I welcome and embrace. I’ll have an idea for a project and work out the parameters and methodology to execute it, but during the execution I’m open to chance and accidental happenings…

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Shadows On Our Eyes

As with all the other things I do, when I make images I don’t think too much while I do it – or maybe I adopt a benign neglect as I perform it and perhaps that helps the images work out. The problems…

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Memory – Of The Moment

I find it really difficult to keep my perspective – I’m perpetually in the moment, so it’s really difficult to see growth and change. It’s good to be in the moment for creativity but it leads me to despair when I can’t see improvement…

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Still Struggling Along

That about sums it up – nothing special, just struggling along. It’s what we’re all doing.

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Funky Feeling

I was feeling a little bored with this series but yesterday while completing some images I felt renewed interest. It seemed less of a struggle to get what I want which felt good – so I’m continuing on. Surprisingly I’ve shot a lot of material so…

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Bike Clamped Camera

Lately I’ve had several people stop and ask me about the somewhat crazy looking rig I’ve got clamped to my bike for making these images – even in traffic while riding. It always surprises me that anyone would notice but how could you…

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Vehicle or Art Form

When I first began thinking about this post I thought I had a clear argument, but now as I write it – not so sure. In this year’s Toronto Contact Photography Festival catalogue it seems a lot of the publicized exhibitions are photography…

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Loosen Up

I spend so much time wrapped up in my own mind trying to work out what to say with my images I forget it’s not really necessary to do this. What I do photographically is what comes intuitively – as it should be,…

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Motivation

I recently read some advice – sort of, from 5 different artists. Sort of, as in not all of them were necessarily spoken by the artist but perhaps gleaned from their work and statements. Reading the lessons made me happy and calm. They’re…

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Visual Cortex

Still not entirely certain where my ideas or reasons for making this work come from, although I wonder if some of this might resemble some raw internal visual input. Perhaps this is akin to the raw signal from our optic nerve before processing…

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Convergent Is Up

The Convergent series is up on my site — (click here to have a look) – which includes a new group of previously unpublished images! I’ve got a lot of work ahead preparing all the Convergent image files for printing but feels good to have the…

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Living Organism

In considering ideas for my next project, I’ve been thinking about the city as a living organism or perhaps a living reef. The inert infrastructure is ever morphing from the efforts of us the living inhabitants – we are like the city’s life…

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Convergent Is Complete

Yesterday I completed work on the final edit of my latest body of work – the Convergent series. I’m aiming to have all the images up on my site by next week’s post but there are 40 images so it may take a…

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Iteration Is Your Friend

One of the few things that has really stuck with me from my Computer Science Degree is the concept of iteration. When you’re writing a program often times in order to solve a problem or to complete a task you have to adjust…

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Perfect Pastel

This is a confusing time of the year – lots of year-end preparation and attempts to complete commitments. Lets just say, like everyone else, I’m working on it – Ha! And the pastel pieces continue.

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Conclusions

By Chance this morning I saw an exhibition postcard for a print maker Lorna Livey whose prints remind me of my own pursuits. Just beautiful atmospheric images reminiscent of skylines as seen from airplane windows. Feels good to see another artist arrive at similar…

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Time Slice

Had some visualizations on how to approach the Intersection project. Generally, I like to make long exposures and I often use pinholes, but this time was thinking – something a little more stuttered. They may be long exposures also but I think I’ll…

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Intersection

I’ve been contemplating my next project for a while now. It’s a long anxious process, but this morning while observing an intersection on Dundas west – the same one I’ve been seeing weekly for two months, I began to consider intersections as a…

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Rhythm

Wait a sec – I’m not interested in the intersection of time and rhythm, like I said last week – it’s just rhythm. Time is a factor of rhythm not a separate element – so are cycles, so is movement, so is pattern. This…

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Next Project

This morning I was considering what shape my next project might be. While I’m still very much interested in the intersection of time and rhythm I’m not certain how else to address them. They’re both fairly abstract concepts photographically and well, the resulting five…

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Instagram

At long last I’ve begun posting on Instagram. I know, I know – what took you so long? No idea. But I’ve started – at least now vs never. My Instagram is @williamoldacre and there is a second account @dreamgeometry. @williamoldacre will have…

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Disjunctive Time

Time is a peculiar thing for me. I’m beginning to wonder if I have some form of memory issue. I kind of need images as a key to remember or perhaps I should say – images act as a key for memories. Today…