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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…

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Work Print

Got the face mount back but it had some bubbles so repeating and hoping for a better result this round. Meanwhile, printing a set of work prints of Light Signatures so I have actual prints to present. Looking good. Exciting to see them…

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Waiting Game

  Everything is ordered and the resin arrives tomorrow hopefully followed closely by the face mounted film and then… I pour.

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To Print or Not To Print

Facemounting works! Time to order more resin so I can pour uninterrupted – here we go! Been thinking about my process in general and whether or not I should be making prints of my images as I go. I tend not to for…

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Face Mounting

Waiting to see how the backlit film facemounts to the back of the plexi before I order the rest of the resin but looks promising. Then it’s pour, pour, pour as I practice my careful no-air-bubbles clear film rolling technique. Almost there!

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Big Sigh of Relief

I poured a third layer of resin on top of the first pigment only layer juuuust to be sure the crazy bubbling reaction wasn’t a reaction to the ink pigment and thankfully looks like it’s not. Which means it was a reaction to…

Epic Fial – Rinse, Repeat

I poured the next layer of resin and damn if it didn’t go REALLY well – especially after all my anxious planning and scheming. I switched my measuring and second stage mixing gear to glass away from plastic after I found during extensive…