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100 Strangers Project #56 Chris

Here I present a lovely man who is normally hidden behind his camera as he is one of the superstar digital shooters for our local SNAP magazine. It looks like he is also supports the local rollerderby team too, nice!

I can also thank Chris in a round about way for one of the lines of local mugs that I co-create with local graphic designer, Cai Sepulis. That is a long story for another time. So it was only really just a matter of time before we finally met in person. Before I forget, Chris took a great shot of Cai and I holding yet another ceramic collaboration, of a Mr T teapot.

Thanks Chris for participating in my 100 Strangers project, I hope you like your photograph on FILM.

This picture is #56 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at http://www.100Strangers.com

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Yes, I know, Jesse is slightly out of focus, sometimes that is the story of my life. However, here is the tale of how Jesse came to be a participant in my Project. One evening at Hillside while I was off dancing somewhere, Jesse discovered my pottery and one of my pals gave him the lowdown on my process and work (incorporating my film photography onto my ceramics). Lucky for me, Jesse came back to meet me and hear the story of one of my crow mugs. Always happy to share my inspirations, I did just that. During which my child decided to hide under the table holding my pots! ‘Politely’ asking Darwin to remove himself before everything came crashing down, Jesse said that one of his band mates was named Darwin too. How cool is that? Then I clued into ‘bandmate’ and had to find out what band he was in. Turns out Jesse is in The Crooked Brothers from Winnipeg and they were scheduled to play on the Sunday night.

Jesse bought one of my new crow mugs and agreed to have his photo taken. I was able to show him the cameras I had on hand, Yashica mat twin lens and the Canon AE1.

As things turn out in my world, I did want to make a point of seeing Jesse with his band. Coincidentally, my son decided to go walkabout with a pal in the dark and we had to send out a search party. Where did we find the boychik? Darwin was having the time of his life dancing around to what band? The Crooked Brothers!!!

Thank you Jesse! Keep up the great music and I hope you enjoy drinking your favourite beverage from my mug.
Check out his band;
crookedbrothers.com/index.php

This picture is #55 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com

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Holy schmokes! I won something! Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I had won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ at this years show. You may be reading this thinking, ‘hang on, Bunny made sure I filled out one of those ballots before I left her booth.’ Just to be clear, I didn’t force anybody or twist their arms or pinch them. Thank YOU for taking the time to fill those out, I really do appreciate it.

The show was so well organized. Lynn and Sonya and the gang of Art Angels did a fantastic job. Big kudos for coming around with the water mister to make sure we were able to get a splash of relief from the humidity. The businesses in downtown Guelph did a great job of making the participants feel special. A loot bag of free art supplies from Wyndham Art, was like getting candy!!!!

It was great to see all of the familiar faces from the market and the community. Meeting so many new people was the highlight of my day. I am sure that my pots are now enjoying their new homes and don’t miss me at all. The best part was watching people’s faces as they got my wacky sense of humor depicted on many of my pots. My “mug shots” were a big hit and I need to make more. People were somewhat confused when they saw my display of reused record covers, they assumed I was selling records…….I was using them to display my necklaces. Interestingly, the one of Barry Manilow kept getting brought to the front, but his doey eyes kept following me around my booth and I had to hide him away. FYI, none of the records were from my personal collection…honest!

 

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Think Cool Thoughts, originally uploaded by BunnySafari.

We are having a heat wave!!! What a great way to celebrate the Solstice, don’t you think? My son has been asking ‘when does summer start’ for weeks. On the way to school this morning he mentioned how hot it was. I laughed and said ‘who couldn’t wait for summer?’ “Welcome to summer!” His reply? “Maybe I like winter best”…..

I am always tempted to dip my toes in this pond. Then I spotted a huge goldfish and quickly changed my mind. I would miss a toe or two.

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Photobooth Chics, originally uploaded by BunnySafari.

Have you ever thought how much fun you can have for $2? When was the last time you and a pal crammed into a photobooth and continued the madness? They say that laughter is the best medicine…..if that is true then my immune system must be just humming.

A gaggle of photographers from Guelph traveled like a gypsy caravan into the metropolis of Toronto to take in the Contact Photography festival. We were a motley mix. Three digital shooters vs three film shooters…… I may have shot 15 frames in total. One roll was an expired roll of Kodak 400, over twelve years old. Only the film fairies will know if I will get anything out of it. Should I try to develop it in Caffenol?

One of the highlights was visiting The Drake Hotel and dropping the toonies into the film Photobooth. I find it SO amusing.

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In my fourteen years as a potter, I wish I had a loonie for every single time somebody asked me “do you make this in blue?” Truth is, there are only a few things that are blue that I really like. Blue jeans for one.  The other being the Tuareg people of the Sahara and the brilliant colour of indigo that they wear. They are known as ‘the blue men of the desert’, because the indigo dye colours their skin. I brought back some indigo fabric from Mali and it is a true lovely blue. I digress.

One very persistent customer kept asking me to make a set of mugs and bowls in a blue glaze. I suggested a lovely jade green glaze instead. No. What about something funky and outrageous? No. Plain blue. Being a ‘business’ person, I made a batch of glaze and went to work. In the end the customer was thrilled and I kinda actually liked the blue colour. I wasn’t ‘mad’ at the blue colour, I have just seen one too many blue pieces of pottery in my life. Now, when I open the kiln and there are a few pieces that are glazed this blue it is a startling surprise compared to the green and white pots around it. It is a change from the ordinary in my world.

So here is the only pot that I have in the blue glaze at this very minute. That may change however.

Blues to you!

 

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I finally did it. I finally could not stand looking through my scratched glasses a moment longer. I booked an eye appointment. Hurray for me, because that has been on my list for at least a year. The glasses were so scratched that I just don’t wear them anymore. So if you are waving at me from a distance, chances are, I’m ignoring you. I may even be saying in my head “who is that crazy person waving at”…..don’t take that personally if you have in fact done that. The good news is despite abusing my glasses, my eyes have stayed the same, one eye has actually improved! I don’t need bifocals yet (one starts to worry after 40, err 39).

Today’s post is to show you that I still have a hand in the ceramics department. Mind you, I may smell more like film developer rather than clay these days. I am ready to get back into the studio and start throwing some pots. I have photographs that I have taken that I think would work well on new pieces. I have made two of these jars. The other one has a round handle on top, referencing a bicycle wheel. The colour of the piece is a porcelain white and the Holga photo of the bike is a lovely sepia. Which reminds me to actually attempt some sepia toning in the actual darkroom.

I managed to get my hands on a lovely new to me, Yashica Mat purchased from the estate sale of a serious camera collector out in Saskatchewan. The man had over 56 large boxes full of all types of film cameras. I ran a roll through it this week and boy is it ever sweet. If anyone is interested I have a list of what is still available in the collection. My cameras that I bought were in great condition considering their age.

Before I forget, the reason for the washed out Polaroid is because it is expired film. Funny how this is the ‘look’ that photoshoppers are after. Why waste time sitting on your bum when you can buy an old Polaroid Spectra for $3 and shoot a pack of ten real photographs. FYI, I bought the film on sale……

 

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