Friday, January 7, 2011

Street Photographer stuff

An interesting video about Vivian Maier, a street photographer and nanny and how her work fortuitously could become as famous as the current icons of today. 

Street photography is a type of documentary photograhy that features subjects in candid situations within public places such as streets, parks,beaches, malls, political conventions and other settings.
Street photography uses the techniques of straight photography in that it shows a pure vision of something, like holding up a mirror to society. Street photography often tends to be ironic and can be distanced from its subject matter, and often concentrates on a single human moment, caught at a decisive or poignant moment. On the other hand, much street photography takes the opposite approach and provides a very literal and extremely personal rendering of the subject matter, giving the audience a more visceral experience of walks of life they might only be passingly familiar with. In the 20th century, street photographers have provided an exemplary and detailed record of street culture in Europe and North America, and elsewhere to a somewhat lesser extent.
Many classic works of street photography were created in the period between roughly 1890 and 1975 and coincided with the introduction of portable cameras, especially small 35mm, rangefinder cameras, most famously the Leica, as used by Henri Cartier-Bresson, among others.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year 2011

A panoramic view from Mnt Bruce looking out over the Gulf Islands towards Mnt Baker and the Cascades  in Washington
At last the silly season is coming to an end and the new Year is here.

On the way we saw some hockey players on a frozen pond in the Fulford Valley.

Today we went up to David and Tim's place for brunch and a walk round their property and up to the top of Mnt Bruce. We've had a bit of a cold spell so there was still some snow around but the sunny days have been really glorious and made this just the day to walk around outside and stretch the winter legs. It was also a chance for Greg and David to try out their new cameras.

Looking out down Fulford Harbour to Portland Island and Moresby Island with the straits of Juan de Fuca  and Pugent Sound in the background.

Sansum Narrows towards Victoria

We started up a steep climb to the Radio antennae at the top of Mnt Bruce and also where the hang gliders take off. The views up here are quite spectacular.

Mnt Baker looking particulary lovely in the evening glow.
Then we followed a few back roads down and eventually did a snowy scramble through the forest to get back to their house.

By the time we got back Yogi and all of us were ready for a New Year's Day snooze and early bed.

Greg, David, Tim and Yogi. 
Two Davids and a Tim.