Posts Tagged ‘B/W’


If you have been following my 100 Strangers journey, you may have noticed that I have a tendency to brag about what a great community I live in. Here is another example of why I know this is true. I was recently awarded an arts bursary for me to pursue some early photographic techniques down in Rochester (I am so excited!). Fortunately, the local paper thought this was an important award and sent one of their journalists to hear the who, what, where and why….and to take my photo (gulp). The man for the job was Rob O’Flanagan. He came armed with his digital and I was at the ready with my trusty YashicaMat. Since my project is about combining clay and photography, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get Rob to be in this current project. In addition to being a busy journalist, he is a painter sharing space with a local woman that I have known for many years in town. Rob has taken up wood working as well. It turns out that we know many of the same people in Guelph. I may have encouraged him to get back into film photography too………The photo that Rob took of me in my studio ended up being on the front cover of The Guelph Mercury. That was awesome and totally unexpected! I hope Rob likes his grainy film portrait!


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While I was photographing my son’s haircut with Franco, this man was interested in knowing how many megapixels my camera took. I told him I didn’t speak the digital language and had to explain that film is still made. I think I had a harder time trying to convince him that a film photograph looks nicer than a digital image. I asked Dwight if he would be interested in being part of my 100 Stranger Project. I had his son squeeze in for the shot too. After showing me the pics he took with his cell phone of his musician friend, I realized that Dwight didn’t grasp my enthusiasm for the beauty of film. I hope his friend was happy with the shots that Dwight took…..Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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100 Strangers Project #73 Shane Philips

While strolling around my local downtown, i fancied a lovely latte at the coffee shop Planet Bean. It just so happens that Planet Bean was selling my mugs and the mugs of two other local potters. I thought I might catch a photo of the promo poster outside. Sitting quite close to the window was this lovely photogenic man. I strode forward and asked him if he wouldn’t mind if I took his portrait for the 100 Strangers Project. He said he was fine with it as long as I didn’t spell his name incorrectly. You can’t see the t-shirt that he had on under his jacket, but it had his name promoting his music. Apparently, the t-shirt company misspelt his name by adding an extra l to Phillips. So he ended up with some free t-shirts. I asked Shane his style of music and described it as having social policital lyrics. He was soon to leave for a three week tour across the US, one of the highlights for him being playing the San Francisco Folk Festival. I was very impressed. I checked out some his music on the u-tube and his voice is just amazing! For fun, I asked Shane to guess which of the mugs from the poster was mine. He laughed and said that he would have to use his special ‘pyschic’ powers…he guessed the right one! Shane was a super nice guy and really has a lovely voice. I hope you will check him out at www.shanephilips.com Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com

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100 Strangers Project #59 Scott

There is this great shop out in St. Jacobs, Ontario called Artefacts. It is one of the best salvage places I have been to. Quite a few of the eclectic items in my 1920’s house have come from here. I digress. Still on the touristy tour with family, I told them this was a must see for old Canadian items. As I walked into the shop, Scott spied my camera right away. Always happy to talk vintage cameras and film, I hopefully didn’t chew his ear off too much. Turns out that Scott has his father’s twin lens Rolliflex and his Hasselblad. Lucky duck! I politely reminded him to keep the cameras in use so that they don’t seize.

Scott also mentioned that they sometimes find old cameras in the houses while they are salvaging. Hello? How can people leave those things behind?

What I forgot to mention to Scott was the potential for me to develop any exposed film found in those cameras. Wouldn’t that make a great story when selling pieces off from a house? Hint, hint?

Here is a little video for you to see what an interesting character Scott is http://vimeo.com/40428519

This picture is #59 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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100 Strangers Project #29 John, originally uploaded by claygrl.

100 Strangers Project #29 John

One of the great things about doing this 100 Strangers Project is that I never know when I will meet a new stranger or where. On the list of things we wanted to do while we were in London was to take our son to see the Bluebell Railway. It was easter weekend and the grown-ups fancied riding in first class drinking a ‘refreshing’ beverage or two. Once we purchased our tickets were greeted in a friendly manner by this lovely man, named John. Since John looked so darn handsome in his uniform and he had such an easy going manner, I asked him if would like to participate in the 100 Stranger project. What a great result!

Now that John is retired from the corporate world, he spends some of his time volunteering down at The Bluebell Railway. He used to work in IT. John went from the world of high tech to volunteering in a amazing place that restores and runs vintage steam engines. He is great with people and added to my enjoyment of this great day out. Thanks John!

I also wanted to say what a great place The Bluebell Railway was to visit. It is amazing all of the hard work that the volunteers have put in restoring the magnificent steam engines and carriages. The whole place was spectacular and totally worth a visit. The people who worked there were so knowledgeable and great at telling stories. After 50 years they certainly know there way around trains. Definitely a day to remember!

This picture is #29 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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