So Chinatown in Ottawa is having an arts festival called Chinatown Remixed. The grand opening is May 18th from 1:30 – 5:30pm. Tonight I did a photoshoot for China Doll’s exhibit, here are just a handful of photos we did in collaboration with many wonderful models, we had China Doll style everyone just like her! It was fun.
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by Natalie Baack
I have an addiction. I can’t stop taking pictures of clouds over the LA skyline. You see, most of the year LA skys are blue. Just blue. Too blue. Opressive. Claustrophobic. Seemingly fake, like the backdrop of a film set.
As a Canadian, who grew up with all sorts of weather, I find this exptremely disconcerting. Most people, especially those who grew up in California, look at me like I’m crazy when I say this, but I really miss seasons. TERRIBLY. True, not enough to move back just yet, but enough to feel the longing.
Changes in weather mark time, they make it move somewhat slower. We can all think back to that year where there was that crazy snowstorm when everyone had to cross country ski to school or work, or the rainstorm that broke the tree branch on your favorite childhood tree (the one that you imagined building a treehouse in), or the changing leaves and how that one tree turned so red you thought it caught on fire. And most likely you can remember the age you were when it happened. But in LA, most of the days and months and years blend together. I’ve lived here for nearly ten years and at least 5 of them feel like they were the same year. Other than the crazy El Nino that dropped hail on us. Or the time it snowed in Malibu (Canadians would call it frost).
But I still wake up the week before Chrismas and before I open I my eyes and look out the window, I think “Will there be snow?!!” So I latch onto the little things. The little shifts. The moments that give the day dimention. The breezy clouds that flit across the sky in whisps, moving quickly, the dark and stormies that threaten to drop rain on frightened LA drivers, or the fluffy ones that look like cotton candy, or even…gasp… SNOW!!
And If it happens to be a particularly cold winter in LA (I mean, when it drops to 45 at night! Brrr!), we get the most amazing precipitous clouds that hover of the mountains and hug the buildings of downtown LA. And as LA is known for its amazing sunsets, the beauty increases ten-fold when these sunsets hit the shifting cumulous cloud formations. September is also a particularly good month – fire season.
So to remember these moments, to mark the time, I take out my iphone and snap away non-stop because as the clouds shifts and the sun sets, I gasp and think THE WORLD NEEDS TO SEE THIS! Doesn’t anyone else see this?!! Hurry people! Look up or you’ll miss it!
But alas, they never quite capture the moment just so. Even with instagram filters, the depth, the shifting light, the glinting colors, they are just a little bit muted. But I’ll keep taking them. Because this way I can mark the time. I can remember that I took this one on Christmas Day, and that one after a fight with my boyfriend, or the day that I moved, or the day my nephew was born. And then maybe, just maybe, time will slow down a little because I stopped to take it in and take a picture.
Written by Sharon Nochasak-McLean
Depending on where you are in your life, one thing I know for sure is that we are continuously striving to get it just right. With the Holiday season in full swing, there is a mass movement of friends, family; colleagues getting the perfect gift for our children, significant others, mothers, brothers and grandparents. The list goes on with tasks, duties, checklists of holly and jolly fa la la la’s.
This time of the year can be stressful with trying to squeeze all the important things into our calendars, with dinner dates, holiday parties and sleigh time with the kids. My question for you is; what are you doing for yourself this time of year? This may be the giving season but the first person you need to give to – is yourself. Think about it. You need sufficient time to eat, sleep and relax to ensure you can be there for everyone else. My gift to you is the permission to take that extra 15 minutes to take that nap, read that magazine, take that shower or go to that yoga class. What do you need for your heart and soul this holiday? The chances are others may need this too.
While you’re shopping for that special someone (that image of Will Farrell pops into my mind of him in that classic Christmas movie, Elf buying that special someone gift for his father) sorry it’s one of my top three favourite holiday films of all time. Remember, spending time together to take in the small things in life, like sipping hot chocolate by the fireplace, may be the best gift of all. Slow things down to breathe in the crisp December air and smile for all the great things you have in your life today. This can be as simple as grateful for having a job, having time off from your job, a significant other, a mother, a brother or your health, a comforting home or friends you can lean on. This is a time to be truly grateful for what we have and give the gift of love, comfort and joy. Focus on what really gives us joy in our hearts and provide that to yourself and others this holiday season. I wish you and yours a holiday season filled with love, comfort, joy and those serendipitous moments of happiness where all things come together in way’s we couldn’t plan for but end up being better than we expected.
With love and gratitude,
I also want to take this time to send love, light and deepest sympathy to the families and community of Newtown, Connecticut during this holiday season.
I realized I can’t update this blog all by myself, so I have a team of friends that will be hijacking this blog and will be regular contributors to May-Jun.com. The goal is to have this website updated once a month by the 1st of every month. I have some amazing talented people that will be contributing and sharing what they are passionate about and love. My goal for this website is to be an authentic, safe space to express creativity and have fun.
My name is May-Jun,
I love music, art, photography, and painting.
I love cooking, DIY home decorating and much more…
This weekend I did a few self portraits.
I was really inspired by movement self portraits by this photographer that does levitation photography
I decided to try movement by “whipping my hair back and forth”. I used a gold vintage belt as a head piece. I like how it looks like I’m under water. Like my hair is floating. I did some film making before with mythology pieces from the arctic as inspiration. There are stories of women that lived in the water and would steal children that would play close to the waters edge. They would take them to live with them in the water.
Tech specks of the shoot:
40D Canon with a f/1.8 50mm lens
iso 100, with a 580ex flash on half power on manual mode.
Pictures shot in RAW and processed in light room. Played with the colour balance.
I shot this in a 12×12 office space so I did bounce flash to have softer lighting.
I put this on a self timer, and of course a tri-pod. I had a lamp in the spot of where
I was going to be so that I could make sure I was in focus. One thing I noticed was that since my f/stop was
a bit lower there was less depth of field. This means that there was a smaller area (plane of focus).
So I found that with my movement I didn’t always stay in focus, but the pictures did turn out great.
I also found that it’s difficult to have a calm or controlled facial expression when making fast movements with your head.
So I had to practice controlling what face expressions I wanted while in mid movement. Props to models that can do this!
So I recorded these tracks at Kevin Komoranski’s home studio. We recorded these tracks live with no edits. This was a test for doing audio recording at Algonquin College. Kevin is a teacher at Algonquin and we ended up recording the song Truth Serum at Algonquin with his students. The funny part about the recording session at Algonquin was I had a photo shoot to go after so I had to be dressed up all glamorous for 9am all the way till almost midnight. It was a long day, but it was amazing! The track wil possibly be shared in the next few months or so. For now, this is what you get. Free downloads!
So I’ve been currently in a home studio laying some rough tracks to record in studio. I will be posting them quite soon. Mailyne from Dream Love Grow surprised me with this behind the scenes edit from the music video “Hibernate”. Thank you Mailyne for this wonderful surprise, you did a great job!