subway ride to class. stealth boot shot. we're getting ready for the chinese new year, Feb 7, Year of the Rat.
my first digital class. Terrific teacher has a Canon the size of a bread box, a D1. This is not going to be easy. I have to produce a portfolio of studio lit shots. Tonight we did old skool lighting--they have every kind of light and wow, you should see the size of some of those tripods. huge. Least of the challenges are the dangers of studio lighting--you can electrocute or burn yourself, trip over cords, or get squashed by a flat. I am bringing my oven mitts next week. What am I going to photograph in a studio for the next few weeks to make a portfolio? food? dead plants? or like the rest of them do fashion and portraits? what am I doing there?
fun day at the conservatory. can you see the ants all over the poinsettia seeds?
I think it is called allelophile--plants whose seeds have something sweet to eat so ants will grab them and take them to their burrows, thereby planting them.
edit: the ants eat elaiosome which is an attractive oily part of the seed. I had the work mixed up with allelopathy--the ability of one plant to harm others..like black walnuts producing jugalone which interferes with anything growing under it. your botany fact of the day.
the painter is always there at the conservatory and we talk. I enjoy him immensely.
I have gone back to school for photography. I am almost late for my class--digital photography 101. Yesterday was a class in thinking about photography. course description:
As critical and theoretical developments increasingly affect the uses of, and attitudes towards, contemporary photography, an understanding of photographic theory provides a useful basis for interpreting both photographs and writings. This course will examine topics in photographic interpretation and critical methods, with a particular emphasis on texts and issues from contemporary literature on the visual arts.
I am thinking Sontag's essay 'Against Interpretation' is going to come in handy.
wish me and my idiot brain some luck.
OJ, you asked what was there before. these buildings are slated for destruction. They house an art supply store, small businesses, and mostly artist's homes and studios.
this has been fought and discussed passionately in Toronto. The very reason the area is attractive is being killed by people who think they are going to live somewhere 'cool'. irony abounds.
the heart of Toronto's art community is being torn out. for condominiums.
artists make real estate valuable so they can't afford to live or work there anymore.
I used to be normal. Now I see patterns. I hold Steve responsible.
canada vs sweden for gold medal in the world junior championship.
it's TIED! 2 each. oh no.
we're into overtime. 4 play3ers on 4 players on huge ice.
Canada won. Sweden has the silver medal, and Russia has the bronze. Special respect to Viktor Tikhonov, of Russia. Hope to see him play here.
it was great hockey. better than the NHL.
I was completely charmed by the guy in the top photo. In the middle of this huge park, I found him making his own private snowman on a picnic table. He spoke to me in an accent that told me he did not grow up in the snow.
the second photo is snowballs. the kids were from the phillipines because they were shouting in English and Tagalog.
what do they tell their families back home about snow?