Posts Tagged ‘Holga’


One of my oldest friends invited me to a lobster dinner. A FRESH lobster dinner, so fresh that the creatures had arrived on a plane from Nova Scotia that afternoon after being plucked out of the ocean. My pal Peter, had his pal Tom (whom I had the pleasure of meeting a few years before) come for a visit. Traveling with Tom was his lovely friend, Karen. As you can see Karen is so excited for dinner that she can hardly contain her enthusiasm. Karen lives out on the west coast of Canada, in lovely Nanamio, British Columbia. It was such a pleaure to meet Karen and learn about her life and what she gets up to. I was also grateful that Karen was interested enough in the 100 Strangers project to be a participant. Tom and Karen had an amazing visit to the east coast, and we were lucky they decided to stop and visit friends in Burlington. Dinner by the way was delicious!


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Having finished watching Germany win the World Cup in July, I spotted this man. As you can see his bike is loaded with everything needed to cycle across this country. That’s right, Daniel is cycling across Canada to raise awareness about an organization he feels very strongly about. The organization is Not Forgotten International, whose aim is to help the displaced people in the Western Sahara. Daniel had attended a peace conference in November in Algeria. A dear friend of mine offered Daniel a place to stay for the night and a fridge full of food, but Daniel was determined to make his way to Burlington that night. I wish Daniel lots of luck on completing his journey and awareness campaign.

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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 #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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While checking out massive amounts of antiques at the bi-annual Christies Antique show, I took a break to people watch. Well dressed people with a bit of panache will always catch my eye and the click of the Holga. I spied the bow tie first and nearly ambushed these two gentlemen to request a photo for the project. Here I present James and Gordon who were sporting and granted me permission to take their photograph. We didn’t chat for long because we were all on a mission to check out ‘old stuff’. I thanked them, we shook hands and went on our separate ways.

Ironically, the only thing I bought at the show was an expired box of film dated 1945…….Not for the box, no. For the film. Now to use one of my cameras from that era.

This picture is #51 & 52 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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I have not given up my quest to photograph 100 Strangers. I am just taking my own sweet time, savoring the project. Shooting film, I have lost some people along the way, one through a massive light leak…..

I was invited to check out show by a painter in Elora in the spring. I went with my friend Laura, who has one of the biggest families I know. It seemed everyone who came into the cafe was a relation! One of the women I met was Gaye Jackson (in the middle), who just so happened to be a photographer! The bonus, she understands FILM and the darkroom! I was also able to pick her brain on how to display my photos with proper framing techniques. Thanks Gaye!

On the left is Diane, a very artistic woman in her own right. To the right of Gaye is Diane’s sister, Cindy. I have since seen these women at other art openings at the lovely cafe in Elora. Currently is an exhibit featuring some of Gaye’s work. I had to miss the opening because ironically, I was in the darkroom. C’est la vie!

This picture is #48, 49 & 50 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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100 Strangers #43 Natasha, originally uploaded by BunnySafari.

Here is my first stranger for 2012. I took my photo pal Sadie for an excursion into Toronto to the Art Gallery of Ontario to see the Chagall exhibit. On a whim I decided to become a member of the Art Gallery and this is where I first met Natasha. Too bad I had B&W film in the Holga because her hair was the best colour!! Purple! Right on sister (can you tell I miss my old days of hair dye?). I noticed she had a UK accent and she said she was from the Midlands. Natasha is the type of person you feel comfortable with right away. While I was giving my particulars for the membership I kept thinking how great she would be in my project. Of course she was working and I didn’t want to get her into trouble with the bosses by asking her to step outside to take her photo. Natasha was the best person to be at the reception desk as she is so personable. Working at the art gallery would be great in my books, but she is aiming for higher things in life. I hope she enjoys her ‘working holiday’ in Toronto.

Here is serendipity in action. After I collected my new membership card, I gave Natasha a moo card to check out my 100 Strangers Project. Hours after filling our heads with ART, Sadie and decided to hit the streets and make some art of our own. Sadie gave me a nudge and pointed to a purple haired woman walking down the street. Fancy that! There was Natasha who had just completed work. We caught her attention and didn’t have to persuade her to be part of the project.

This picture is #43 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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