Meet “Baby”

“Baby”, a gift from a 3-year-old boy to his brand-new sister, this was her first Christmas. Since that day, she has never been without Baby, except for those unfortunate times when she lost her in Disneyland and another time lost her at Costco. We heard that she was inconsolable during the frantic searches. When a brand-new twin doll of Baby was given to her in exchange the original, she would not have it. There is literally no substitute for Baby.

You can see the spots where Baby was mended several times over. Even now as Baby’s left arm hangs by a few strands of cloth and her dress faded so that you can hardly see the pattern, my Niece still holds on to every moment with her.

It took a little coaxing, but my little niece handed her precious doll “Baby” over to me for a few days as I made a photographic study of her little treasure. Oh boy, I heard it was tough going for this 10-year-old having to be apart from her cherished friend. Her Mother later told me that she was unable to sleep the first night and for the rest of the time while I had Baby, she had to fall asleep while holding Mothers sweatshirt.

I worked quickly to get the right images of Baby, but I wasn’t in the right state of mind knowing that my niece was without her “security blanket”. Usually I would take my time to analyze, shoot and see what I have done and shoot some more. But I knew I had to return Baby to her buddy, so she could get some normal sleep. Finally, I returned Baby with an 8X10 enlargement as a thank you. The gratitude on my Nieces face as she held the photograph in her hands made it all worthwhile.

Meet “Baby”

Meet “Baby”

“Baby”, a gift from a 3-year-old boy to his brand-new sister, this was her first Christmas. Since that day, she has never been without Baby, except for those unfortunate times when she lost her in Disneyland and another time lost her at Costco. We heard that she was inconsolable during the frantic searches. When a brand-new twin doll of Baby was given to her in exchange the original, she would not have it. There is literally no substitute for Baby.

You can see the spots where Baby was mended several times over. Even now as Baby’s left arm hangs by a few strands of cloth and her dress faded so that you can hardly see the pattern, my Niece still holds on to every moment with her.

It took a little coaxing, but my little niece handed her precious doll “Baby” over to me for a few days as I made a photographic study of her little treasure. Oh boy, I heard it was tough going for this 10-year-old having to be apart from her cherished friend. Her Mother later told me that she was unable to sleep the first night and for the rest of the time while I had Baby, she had to fall asleep while holding Mothers sweatshirt.

I worked quickly to get the right images of Baby, but I wasn’t in the right state of mind knowing that my niece was without her “security blanket”. Usually I would take my time to analyze, shoot and see what I have done and shoot some more. But I knew I had to return Baby to her buddy, so she could get some normal sleep. Finally, I returned Baby with an 8X10 enlargement as a thank you. The gratitude on my Nieces face as she held the photograph in her hands made it all worthwhile.

Welcome to the Year of the Monkey

 

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As a little boy, it was all about firecrackers, the dragon and the lion dance. That’s what got me excited about the Chinese New Year. I must have been about 12 years old when I joined one of many kung fu clubs in Chinatown. There I was among a dozen kids wearing our black satin kung fu pants and white t-shirt, marching along with the parade heading up East Pender Street. If only I had a camera then.

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February 8, 2016 marked the beginning of the Year of the Monkey, and the beginning of the Chinese or Lunar New Year, according to the Chinese lunisolar calendar. Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice and runs until the 15th day of the first calendar month.

The Monkey is the ninth of 12 animals in the Chinese Zodiac. The Monkey sign is considered to be clever, all-powerful and god-like. In earlier times, the official title of “marquis” in Chinese was pronounced “hou, which was similar to the pronunciation of “monkey” in Chinese. As a result, the monkey was given auspicious meaning.

Are you a Monkey?

People born in the Year of the Monkey are generally characterised as lively, quick-witted, curious, innovative and mischievous. They are also known for their strong will, drive to succeed, excellent memory, skillfulness, and passion. The Monkey years include 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, and 2004.

Monkey Mates

Perfect matches for the Monkey are the Ox and Rabbit who have several similarities in personality and life. They can tolerate everything of each other, as long as they have enough space and freedom and have a strong sense of curiosity to get to know each other. Animals for the Monkey to avoid are the Tiger and Pig. With these animals, the Monkey will find it difficult to communicate with patience and respect.

Famous Monkeys

Julius Caesar, Leonardo da Vinci, Charles Dickens, Bette Davis, Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Ross, Celine Dion, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Christina Aguilera, Owen Wilson, Daniel Craig, Mick Jagger, Eleanor Roosevelt, Cuba Gooding Jr., Gisele Bundchen, Kim Cattrall, Miley Cyrus, Nick Jonas, Selena Gomez

Lucky Monkey Signs

  • Lucky numbers: 1, 7, 8
  • Lucky colours: white, gold, blue
  • Lucky flowers: chrysanthemum, alliums
  • Lucky directions: north, northwest, west

Sources:

Travel China Guide | Infoplease.com | The Telegraph | China Highlights

 

Songwriters Camp: a series about photographing other artists

I recently was a witness to the birth of new songs being created by a few of Canada’s most talented artists; and I had the privilege of being invited to photograph their process.
Sponsored annually by the Songwriters Association of Canada (SAC) #SACSongworks, this song writing camp brings together the very best in the industry for three days of intense collaboration. Facilitated by a local songwriter and producer, Troy Samson (Troysamson.com) of Madlucky Music, the camp took place at the internationally renowned, Armoury Studios in Vancouver.
 
Musicians, painters, dancers, singers, writers and, just about all artists, truly have a special place in my heart. I love photographing artists. They may or may not understand what I’m searching for in a photograph, but they don’t get in the way of my pursuit. When an artist allows me to photograph them, they often empathize with my creative process, and sometimes a dialogue is struck—sometimes with few words. That’s when the magic begins. 
This post is the beginning of a blog series for me on photographing artists, and this post captures a few images from my experience at the Songwriters Camp. I welcome dialogue with anyone wishing to know more about technique, the process or photography in general.