Posts Tagged ‘Photography’

The Poser

In Photography on May 11, 2020 at 4:42 pm
Portrait of a gentleman in China on the Yangtze River

Behind the Veil of Appearance…

In Photography, Sri Lanka, Whatever on May 26, 2018 at 4:49 pm

Sri Lanka


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ds20170128-26Where do we come from?   Where are we going?

A special Moment

In Photography on March 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm

Something is about to happen.

Something is about to happen.

Pregnancy,  a special time when a woman discovers the magic of the infant growing within.

Pregnancy, a special time when a woman discovers the magic of the infant growing within.

She is beautiful and at ease with herself and who she is about to become.

She is beautiful and at ease with herself and who she is about to become.

We wait and watch....soon a new life will come to this world.

We wait and watch….soon a new life will come to this world.

‘Vivian Maier’ Brings Nanny-Photographer’s Life Into Focus

In Photography on April 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm

For those of you who have read my earlier blogs, you will know that I discovered Vivian Maier by chance in 2012. Akin to John Maloof who stumbled on her negatives at a flea market in 2007 `and purchased them, I fell upon an article about his discovery and have been smitten since.   So my latest discovery centers around The ‘Vivian Maier’ documentary.

Vivian_MaierHere we find ourselves, with an unknown photographer, discovered ‘Post Mortem’ and now several books later ‘Vivian Maier Street Photographer’ and ‘Out of the Shadows’ , Maloof and his co-director Charlie Siskel set about discovering who and what was behind the personage of Vivian Maier.

Web research and interviews with former charges and employers result in the image of a nanny devoted to the children she cared, for yet strict. A woman influenced by her French heritage, a pack rat growing more secretive as she grew older.   All of the makings for an elusive character wandering in the Chicago slums with children in tow, looking for the next subject to be captured with her Rolleiflex.

I have not seen the documentary film but a preview is available at Finding Vivian Maier.   Hoping to find out where and when we can view the documentary.

The Still Unfolding Legend of Vivian Maier

In Photography on November 7, 2012 at 9:07 pm

If you want, like to discover new photographers this one is a must see article An Outsider’s Life in Pictures and Boxes

I referred to Vivian Maier in an earlier blog. when John Maloof, a collector, purchased over 100,000 negatives at auction.  She was then an unknown New York street photographer who had spent her life working in obscurity as a nanny.

The still unfolding legend of Vivian Maier has been one of photographic genius discovered only after a lifetime of shooting. Now hailed as a master of street photography, she spent most of her working life in obscurity as a nanny in New York, where she was born, and Chicago, where she died in 2009 at age 83.

In her later years, her oeuvre – more than 100,000 images – sat unseen in storage, along with much of her earthly possessions. When she was unable to keep up with the storage fees, they were auctioned off in 2007. After her death two years later, a collector who had bought one of the lots began to put her images online. Within weeks, she had a global following.

The latest chapter in this endlessly fascinating tale is the publication this year of  “Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows,” by Richard Cahan and Michael Williams (CityFiles Press). The following essay is excerpted from that book.

The Water Mill

In France, Photography, Whatever on July 2, 2012 at 6:21 pm

My cousin has a water mill in the Vallee de l’Andelle located in Normandie, France about 80 kilometers from Paris.  He had to meet with the “Police de l’environment” who are engaged by a European Commission to take specs on water mills located in the area to determine if the eel population can swim back from the ocean where they spawn to their habitats in the rivers.  So whilst he is talking fish and water, I am out with the camera.


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Can’t imagine what living 100 years ago is like? Go to Ile a Vache in Haiti.

In Finance, Photography on April 27, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Last week during my break I visited Ile a Vache (Cow Island), a small and lush island located about 9.5 miles away from Les Cayes on the southwestern coast of Haiti. It is about 8 miles long and 2 miles wide with a total area of 20 square miles.

The island has no electric power, no telephones and no source of drinking water.  All traffic is by foot, mule or boat. Depending on which side of the fence you stand, it remains regrettably or fortunately isolated, very much as many other Caribbean islands may have been over 100 years ago.

The population of the island is around 13,000 residing clustered around small villages such as Madame Bernard and Ka-Kok. The economic activity is centered on basic survival consisting of fishing, corn cultivation and selling fruits. 750 miles from the coast of the United States families still cook outside on three stone fires, live in thatch or tin roof cottages and, during the rainy season, walk 2 hours barefoot to the weekly market in Madame Bernard.

A popular tourist site in Haiti and no wonder, it remains one of the few places where you get away from the noise and distractions of the modern world. Beautiful beaches, hills and valleys with several small swamps, a lagoon and one of the largest mangrove forests in Haiti make it one of the world’s few hidden treasures.

Street photography and “Finding Vivian Maier”

In Finance, Photography on January 25, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Last week I featured an article written by Nora O’Donnell for the Chicago Magazine. This week during one of my daily web explorations I stumbled upon iN-PUBLiC a website set up in 2000 for street photographers and fans where I found a recent item about the feature length documentary film project, Finding Vivian Maier. The  film unravels the discovery of Vivian Maier negatives purchased by John Maloof at a furniture and antique auction.  finding-vivian-maier-a-feature-length-documentary

After editing over 100,000 negatives John Maloof  is now working on producing a book, an exhibition and the film about Vivian Maier’s photography. Vivian Maier has the potential to become a female classic of the Henri Cartier-Bresson street photography era.  John Maloof and his colleague, Anthony Rydzon are now working with Kickstarter, the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, to raise funds for the pre-production budget of the film.  This includes equipment, research, trips to conduct interviews and collect footage, editing costs for promotional trailer, and miscellaneous financing.

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