I’m done!! I have finally finished!! Thanks to Frans Rood, a Raku potter extraordinaire. I actually met Frans last November at the Hamilton Potters Guild sale and I forgot to bring my film camera! Frans knows film and darkrooms. He used to have a state of the art darkroom that cost a pretty penny to purchase. Unfortunately, there were not pennies when he had to get rid of it. I just have to say that Frans has got the perfect radio voice. Seriously! He also throws some pretty nice ceramic forms! I have learned that he also teaches too. It was nice to finish my project by photographing another potter. My first stranger was a NYC police officer, but his portrait was streaked with bad light leaks. Hence the beauty and the chances you take when shooting film.
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Posted in 100 Strangers, tagged "100 Strangers Project #100 Frans", "100 Strangers Project", "fun journey", 120 film, Bunny Safari, film, film photography, kodak portra film, portrait, Yashica 124g twin lens on May 18, 2015| Leave a Comment »
Posted in 100 Strangers, Community, Guelph, Photography, tagged "100 Strangers Project", community, film, Guelph, Ilford film, Joel, The Beat Goes On, Yashica 124g twin lens on October 11, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Once my son had finished his visit to the barbershop, I decided that I needed to see if I could get my hands on some new music for my studio. My favourite used CD shop was a hop, skip and a jump away from Franco’s Barbershop. I hadn’t packed my camera away yet and Joel spied it while I was asking him if he had the latest CD from Robert Plant. We got to talking about film cameras and film, then talked about old school barbershops and how they are disappearing too. I asked Joel if he wanted to participate in my 100 Strangers project. Obviously, the answer was yes……Joel is the manager of The Beat Goes On and he grew up in Guelph. He did spend some time in Cambridge, but was sucked back to Guelph by the ‘Guelph Vortex’. Joel’s wife is taking pyschology and art up at the UofG. She hopes to be an art therapist (Good to know, cause I might need one! HA). Joel was a good sport for being part of my project. I am glad that his photo turned out because I had some equipment issues in the next few frames…..ACK!………Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.
Posted in 100 Strangers, Community, Guelph, Photography, tagged 100 Strangers Project Dwight, B/W, father and son, film, Franco's Barbershop, Guelph, Ilford film, Yashica 124g twin lens on October 11, 2014| Leave a Comment »
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.
While spending Labour Day at the Railway Museum to amuse ourselves and to ride the rails we met these lovely people. We were all riding one of the older coaches when I noticed Jean flip the direction of the carriage seat. We had no idea that the seats could be flipped back to front. She admitted that she had been on that carriage before. Her husband Bill noticed my camera and we got to talking about film cameras. Bill was sporting a digital camera and admitted to getting his digital pictures printed! I don’t know if many digital users do actually take the time to do that. Anyway, also enjoying the day was their friend Ray who was visiting from the UK. Ray was a former cameraman for the BBC ( a proper photographer). More camera chat happened….. Ray mentioned that he often travelled throughout Africa and had a lens that was so sharp it could see the toenails of an ant! That is some serious close-up business!
I discovered that Bill and Jean used to develop film together “in the cellar when they were courting”. They have been married for 60 years and are also from the UK. Turns out, they don’t live far away from me. They live in Rockwood, clever of me to capture them under the sign!!! Their town hosts a christmas tractor parade through town. You read that correctly. A parade with tractors and other farm equipment decorated with coloured lights. It is great fun! Bill and Jean sell hot chocolate at one of the churches in Rockwood. Good to know as a place to warm up and visit them to say Hello, as they are strangers no more.
Wow, 4 strangers on the same roll of film! I think that is a record for me! This is Jody, whom I met at the Art on the Street show. She has this amazing fish tattoo on her back that is very elaborate. I learned in a very short amount of time, that Jody is a high school art teacher in Hamilton and went to the Ontario College of Art. She is also dating a friend of mine (news to me… since I am so out of the loop sometimes). Jody also owns one of my mugs!! She told me that one of her former students is one of the local tattooists in our city. How’s that?
Before I forget to mention, I didn’t do a very good wiping job on the negatives following the Photo Flo rinse…..opps.
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
For the past couple of years I have started to photograph my son getting his haircut at the same local barbershop. I take the same model of camera and the guys are always happy to have me shoot away while they work. I think they are impressed that the old Yash-Mat still works and that I can take some decent photos with it. As a thank you, I always make a nice wet darkroom print for each of my subjects.
Over the years we never had a haircut from Claudio. It was the end of the day and he said he would get to us if we didn’t mind waiting. My son was adament that he get the TinTin cut that day and that we weren’t to leave until it was done. Claudio’s dad started this barbershop a loonnnngggg time ago.
Claudio has been a barber for 17 years learning the craft from his Dad. I asked Claudio what his favourite thing about his profession was and he replied that meeting the people made it all worth it. Like me, we realize that everybody has a story or something interesting to say and we like to listen. He did a swell job on my kid’s request and was very patient while I snapped away. This picture is #72 in my 100 strangers project. Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers at www.100Strangers.com