Quick Tidbits on a Cold Thursday

It's freeeezing this morning...which is apparently always the case anytime I hang around with Fujifilm Canada's Francis Bellefeuille. From now on he's Mr. Freeze. There, serves him right. I'll be testing the GFX50S and two lenses: the 63mm f/2.8 and the 32-64mm f/4. I'll have more about the GFX in the near future but let's just say I see this new system as a very targeted workhorse—hence my interest in the general purpose zoom as opposed to the 50mm equivalent prime. BUT: results are important. I'm interested in sharpness, sure, but I'm much more interested in a look. This'll be the deciding factor. Of course, I should have images to share in the coming days...snowmen and ice queens ;)

AN INTERVIEW

Had the pleasure of chatting with Valérie Jardin on her new podcast. It's always fun but the current circumstances and events forced a more serious conversation, questions on our role as creatives in the current landscape. This is episode 21 and it's entitled In Tumultuous Times (iTunes link). 

STREET HUNTERS

I have to mention this: I'm on a short list for Most Influential Street Photographer for 2017 as compiled by streethunters.net. Huge honour and a big surprise. The deadline for voting is midnight February 10th. Tons of ridiculously good photographers and friends there so...good luck to all :)

HASHTAG: A SERIES OF DREADFULLY COMMON INSTANCES

I've been playing with Instagram a lot more in the past months—trying to post on a more regular basis. My love of photographic essays and series has always made that platform less of a pull for me, almost the antithesis of what I drives me. But I'm now trying to see it as an ongoing project as opposed to just one-off image posts. To this end, I've started a series under the hashtag #aseriesofdreadfullycommoninstances. Because...why make it simple when you can add as many letters as possible? The idea is basically an extension of what I've always done, focusing on ways to view the mundane in new light. I'm listed as laroquephotogram if you're around.

Two more things I want to mention:

-My friend Ian McDonald wrote a brilliant and very personal post entitled ON CREATIVITY, PERSPECTIVE, AND ACCEPTANCE.

-Olaf Sztaba—another talented Canadian colleague—has just launched an educational platform called Simplicity in Seeing.

Wish me luck in our arctic world...Now a few random images for good measure (Héloïse was home sick, poor kiddo).
Later.


All images shot with a pre-production X100F


Tidbits and Countdowns and Interviews...

So I’m trying to tie all remaining loose ends before flying off to Europe next week—the countdown has begun baby. Client obligations to finalize and a lot of new content that will appear on the blog next week. If all goes according to plan that is.

It’s been such a strange rollercoaster of a summer…emotionally as much as professionally. Things I can’t really talk about that have somehow given me an entirely new outlook on life. On the mechanics of it. That day in, day out construction of moments we can’t escape no matter how far we retreat. I know I’m being cryptic…suffice it to say I’ve changed in ways I didn’t think possible anymore. Acceptance being the operative word here.

Alright…enough of that mysterious chatter.

I’m incredibly excited about Photokina this year. Mostly I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of friends, or meeting photographers I’ve been in touch with for awhile without any actual physical contact—this Internet thing has a tendency to forge links that can remain virtual for a long, long time. Case in point: KAGE. In almost 4 years now, I’ve only ever met Bert and Kevin face to face, when we spoke at Photokina 2014. This time five of us will be in the same room, our largest gathering so far—with Charlene and Flemming arriving in Cologne on the 21st to headline the official Fuji Photo Walk on the 24th. Unfortunately I’ll be gone by then, but I’m sure we’ll make the most of the little time we have together. Germany has this beverage called beer, right? Huh…we’ll need to try that. I’m also looking forward to The Temporary Collective in Brussels on September 26th. It’s now sold out and Bert Stephani and I will be working with a great bunch of photographers.

Some personal projects mixed in there as well, of course. I’m intrigued by the Rimbaud/Belgium connection…I’ve planned on re-reading une saison en enfer on the plane. It’s all very vague but there’s a brainstorming sessions going on in the back of my brain. We’ll see what happens on the ground.

September issue of Photo Life...

I leave you with some random images and a last couple of tidbits: the September issue of Photo Life is out and includes my latest article entitled The Narrative. And if you’re into listening to a podcast this weekend, I had a great chat with Valérie Jardin for an episode of Street Tips on This Week in Photography. It’s always a challenge to “itemize” something that’s usually more instinctive than rational or deliberate. But it was a fun exercise and I apparently managed to find tips she’d never heard before on her show. So yay :)

Have a great weekend guys.