Monday, August 21, 2017

$150 Donation To The Families From My Friend Daniel

My photography friend Daniel made a donation of $150 CAD a few days back, just realized it today. Thanks so much Daniel for putting others first, helping those in need. The grand donation total for the "Families of the Dump" now sits at $1551.34 with the AGSA artist talk money from dad yet to come.

We have surpassed my donation hope/goal of $1500 CAD, thank you EVERYONE!

Got My Leica R 2x Extender Today

Got my 2x Leica extender in the mail today from Germany. It seems to be quite a bargain at $54 USD plus $10 shipping with no extra duty/tax costs. I tried the extender on my 60mm R macro lens and it works great, with a 1 stop loss of light as expected. The small light piece of glass works with all my R6 cameras as expected. It also works with my 35mm and 24mm R lens but I will not use it there. I like the idea of being able to turn my 60mm f2.8 into a 120mm f4 by simply carrying a light piece of Leica quality glass in my camera bag. A nice buy I think. I will probably take it with me to Thai, just in case.
Original Buy Post For The Extender

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Artist Talk Article For "My Fathers Last Days-Healing Process" In The St. Albert Gazette

Scott Hayes from the St. Albert Gazette is going to interview me next week for an preview article about my August 31st (630 pm) artist talk (My Fathers Last Days-Healing Process). I am quite happy this is happening. My one worry about the talk is that no one will show up! The talk should be a joy to do but if the room is empty that joy dissipates rather quickly! Hopefully the article will draw in more folks. Thanks Scott for caring enough to write about dads story. I will post a link when the interview is published, not sure which day that will happen, the 23rd, 26th or 30th of August.

Just like the artist talks I am getting more and more used to newspaper-radio and website interviews. I  might also be doing an interview for "Photography Forum" magazine next year. I still have have to send them some photographs for the "PITCH to the mags publisher". We will see how that goes, if this does happen it will be my first published work in a photography magazine. The thing that matters most thou is that it will be an opportunity to tell the story of the families in the dump and to raise awareness about their difficult lives.

"Ain't Photography Grand!!"

Quote: Albert Einstein

On Gandhi’s 75th birthday in 1944, Albert Einstein wrote in a book of felicitations, 

"Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth."

Quote: Quinton Gordon (Photographer - Educator)

 "Fear, violence, hatred have no place, and must be replaced with openness, kindness and love."

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Quote: "Nelson Mandela, Barak Obama"

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion … People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love … For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Quote: Roger Ebert

"Very few films are made from the heart, occasionally a film is. The great directors work from the heart."
Roger Ebert Speaking About "Passion of the Christ" by Mel Gibson

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Quote: David Duke (Former KKK Imperial Wizard)

“We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump.”

Quote: "The Daily Stormer", White Supremacist Website

 Writing about American President Donald Trumps reaction to the death of Charlottesville counter protester Heather Heyer and its connection to white nationalists, Neo Nazis:

“He didn’t attack us, Refused to answer a question about White Nationalists supporting him. No condemnation at all. When asked to condemn, he just walked out of the room. Really, really good. God bless him."

Quote: Dr. Martin Luther King

The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral,
begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.
Instead of diminishing evil, it multiplies it.
Through violence you may murder the liar,
but you cannot murder the lie, nor establish the truth.
Through violence you may murder the hater,
but you do not murder hate.
In fact, violence merely increases hate.
So it goes.
Returning violence for violence multiplies violence,
adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars.
Darkness cannot drive out darkness:
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.