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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…

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Intuition

It’s been really difficult for me to articulate thoughtfully about the images I make. I realize now it’s because I largely operate intuitively. Much of what I do and everything I pursue is all based on intuition. I do it because it feels…

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The Source

Been doing more thinking about why movement is important in my latest bodies of work. It’s not just movement but time, rhythm and pattern. I think it distills down to this – geometry. As a kid I was really good in math and…

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Wider Audience

Been thinking a lot lately about my creative work and how I’m going to get it out to a wider audience – honestly I’ve been thinking about that for … well, years. My reticence about doing this is my own personal demon to…

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Small Progress

Made some small progress these past weeks and actually taped up the mould so it’s ready for the first pour – of the second attempt. Hoping… to get to that next week. Been a busy summer – for a change. But still working…

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Magnitude

Just got back from a week of vacation back country canoe camping at Bon Echo provincial park – Northeast of Belleville. There was one night I got up at 2am while everyone was asleep – there was no wind, the fire was out,…

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Second Nature

So much of how I photograph has become second nature. Most of what I shoot is my family with my cell phone. They’ve become much more self conscious and aware that I’m making photographs so I’ve had to get stealthy. But even that…

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My Own Path

I’m very easily influenced by others and so it’s difficult for me to find my own path. This is true for all aspects of my personality. It can be good when it fires my imagination but it can be bad when it leads…

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Hurry Up And Wait

Despite my drive for faster gear and work processes, it’s odd – after making source images I sit on them for weeks or months before combing through and finishing them. In a way this is no different from the long slow process I used…

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Irony

Back years ago when I was shooting both panchromatic and infrared black and white film, it was a lengthy process to get from shooting to an image. I had the film processing down to a consistent procedure that I could largely do while sitting…

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Urgency

There’s always an urgency for me when I’m shooting. Most of what I see in the world is fleeting and short lived – a momentary alignment where the light, the shadow, the subject, the colour, the framing – all of it are perfect….

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Available Light

When I first began shooting black and white in grade 9 the camera club had no flash units  – just 35mm Pentax cameras. So I got used to shooting using available light. Over the years as I bought camera equipment it was the camera…

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Simplify

For some reason I’ve never spent a lot of money on camera gear. I suppose it’s something that began in my student days of limited money but then became a habit. Although, when it comes to anything shiny new and technical, I do tend…

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Alternate Processes

I was speaking with a client yesterday about alternate photographic printing processes – gum bichromate, salted paper, and cyanotype. In the early 90’s I took a bunch of different workshops at Gallery 44 where they taught alternate printing processes like these. Looking back…

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Printing

I’ve been thinking about my final printing step. Up to now, making prints has been more of an after thought – doesn’t sound so good I know. But given that I print constantly for clients, I have a solid handle on the printing process…

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Bathroom Darkroom

Fairly recently I sold a large black and white print from the Tropical series. An image of sculptural tree roots that had been scoured and cleaned by wind, water and sand. It was selected as part of a group of images that depicted…

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Loose Ends

Years ago my friend Paedric called me builder will and the older I get the more I realize how accurate that is. If I can’t be building something, I’m at loose ends. Today I’m feeling calm again – I’ve got my next project…

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Back At It

I’m seeking or pursuing or maybe even dreaming a new idea – a vision of movement in the foreground and stillness in the background. Just started shooting for it this week. At the moment it’s still murky and the results I’ve got are not…

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The Coming Apocalypse – er Singularity

  I was thinking about how photography and music production software and equipment has improved so incredibly over my career. This has boosted the quality of work produced by artists and we’ve collectively come to expect more from artists too. The software and…

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Moot Print

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about why I finish photographs the way I do – in particular, why do I make sized and editioned prints? When I began as a photographer a print was a necessary means to an end. It…

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Perspective & Reason

Been thinking about what to do next. After my summer hiatus, feels as though I’ve finished capturing new material for convergent. The raw material was becoming repetitive and I’d need to adjust my approach to continue along this path. I’ve got to contemplate…

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New and Improved

Took the summer off to renovate our upstairs apartment and well, a ton of other stuff too it seems. But right before I began that lengthy project my resin and face mounted acrylic were delivered. So all the bits sat here ready gathering…