Wednesday, December 1, 2010

0 to 100 project I Pad beta

This is a lot of fun

Its not a book and not TV and not the web.... Its photos text and film in the same place, its the I pad 0 to 100. Created by the brand communications firm Up Inc at

Very nice.

It will be launched with the book.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

0 to 100 project Testing INK

Doug Laxdal of the has created a ink just for printing of the 0 to 100 project book.

Its is a gold yellow ink made for the skin tones and background in the images.

Doug is way more than a retoucher and master seporator of files. He also has created his own type of inks, the inks are a little like metalic inks but more subtle. They have shiny flakes suspended in the ink that reflect the light and make the inks sparkle and pop.

The inks work a little like the glass beads suspened in paint on road markings. He mixes the color and tone depending on the digital files, Very old world meets new.

A huge thanks to Rich of who works with us on making unorthodox ideas work.

Monday, November 22, 2010

0 to 100 Project Editing Book

We have spent the morning editing the photos for the book. Up Inc—the brand communications firm run a very low paper consumption office. But the fastest way to edit photos is still with small prints laid out in a row's in a big space.

And its tons of fun, swapping matching and watching the way the photo story and tone changes with each different image and order.

I also had a chance to play with the beta version of the i Pad app for the 0 to 100 project.

OH MY it is amazing its nothing like a book and nothing like a movie its a whole new way of looking at photo's. The interviews are linked to the images so you can tap and watch each person talking, the order and text can be accessed from diffrent directions and you can mix and match the faces like a kids flip book.

When we launch the book ( Feb 2011 ) you will be able to access the app 0 to 100 via i tunes.

Links will be posted here and yes it will be free.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Raptors shoot 5 Mins per player

At the start of each season the art department at MLSE creates a photo libary of the players, the images have to work with the advertising campaign that has been created for the season and also be able to be used for other applications like the score board / TV id's and media requests.

The stills shoot happens at the same time as filming footage for tv spots. We have 5 minutes or less to photograph each player before they are moved onto the next set where they are filmed and interviewed. Each player turns up walks in onto the set and we start 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, got to run...

Its intense fast and a lot of fun.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Dalai Lama Toronto

This weekend I was a volunteer photographer working with the organizers of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama Toronto Visit. The Dalai Lama was in Toronto for 3 Jam packed days. He is constantly on the go, public talks then meetings, then opening the new Tibetan Canadian Cultural Center, then more teaching's, VIP lunch's then blessing two huge prayer wheels, then more teachings, back to the hotel, and then off to the next city.

His Holiness is now 73 years old and very busy man constantly on the go. When he was moving from place to place the photographers and news crews had to run to keep up with him.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Xray Cover for Eye Weekly

Out this week Eye Weekly coffee issue. With a X-ray photo of my coffee machine that I have made for them. Think of the X-ray as a huge negative and that this a contact print of the machine.

Laars the new publisher and editor of Eye remembered a set of X-rays I made In 1997 for Shift Magazine. At that time they were printed on colored photographic paper. Kentmere sold a series of black and monochrome colored papers, Red, Silver, Gold, Orange, super mat and very rich colors. The paper was processed and printed in darkroom which was lots of fun and hands on. but did take a day or two of stuffing around to get right.

Both Shift and Kentmere colored paper have gone. But the X-ray machines are still ticking along. Huge hulking machines with dials marked X and Y.

So off I went in 2010 with my coffee machine under my arm to make another contact print. The image looks just as good printed digitally as the old analog ones and was made in 1/2 the time.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

0 to 100 project at CM&P Studio

We have been photographing older people this weekend filling in the gaps in our wish list for the 60 70 and 80 year olds.

Max Gordon who at 91 is the oldest person we have photographed for the project came to the studio with his wife Anne (88) and they are were huge inspiration. Max is totally switched on and a busy guy I think this is how you get to live to be 91. Don't stop moving.

Andrew Easson and Stacy Branford have kindly lent us their space to shoot in at 9 Davies Ave. It has been great--more grip equipment than you can poke a stick at here.

As usual Andrew has made our shoot simple and hassle free.

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The interviews of the older subjects have been amazing.

A 88 year old woman said "The best part of being 88 ? I don't give a shit what anyone thinks any more I just do what I want."

A 50 year old man said "Now I am 50 my parents can't tell me what to do any more."

This is a contrast to the 4 year olds who go blank when I ask them "What will you do when you are old?"

Thanks again to Steve Milo of Milo Casting for finding most of our older subjects for this shoot.

And Walter Branko of B3K digital for the great deal on the p65 and Capture One advice and support

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

0 to 100 project now up on

I have started to post the edit of 0 to 100 on

This is a first draft not the final edit so if you are part of the project and cant see your self dont panic. The Book designers ( up inc ) will be doing their magic edit when we have hit the 100 mark.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

0 to 100 project

We are almost finished photographing people from 0 to 34. With the help from Steve Milo and Milo casting in Toronto.

The Up Inc—the brand communications firm have announced they are going to make a I phone app with the photos. the app will work like a the kids flip book's or police ID kits with the eyes nose and lips sliding left to right.

We need help with people ages 60 to 100, if you have family in Toronto who would like to be part of the project I would love to hear from you please email me and I will send out the details.

Friday, August 20, 2010

New Caledonia Land of the screen saver

I have been traveling in Nouvelle-Cal├ędonie for the last week with my family. Winter in the french pacific is perfect. This is the place that looks like the plam tree screen saver.
Amazing locations, white beaches and such bright clear light. Coffee, baguettes, croissants, Kanak huts, and coral. What more could you ever need?

But the plastic washing up on the beaches is sad. The top of the tide line was filled with coconuts, rubber thongs (flip flops, and in local French, "claquettes") plastic bottles, tooth brushes and delicate nautilus shells.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

0 to 100 Project shoot one

I have started a new project photographing 100 people from age 0 to 100 years old.

Its a simple idea and like all simple ideas needs a team of people to make happen

The project began with a Rich Pauptit the owner from Flash lithography and Carey George the Creative Director of Up Inc. They were looking for images that would show off a new binding process that allows photos to be printed and bound back to back with no gutter in the center of the page. The pages open up completely flat.

Rich is using the images to print a book with fold running right through the face of each person. This would be crazy with standard binding.

Carey the creative director at Up Inc—the brand communications firm has a layout idea as simple as the concept ......Page 0 is year 0 year old and page 100.... yep 100 years old

We have had a bunch of project partners who have come together to make this happen and I am excited by everyone's input.

S2 studios in Sydney has provided a place for our 2 Australia shoots. It is a great rental studio in the heart of Sydney fully equipped and easy for everyone to get to. We will also be showing the photos at the studio later this year.

Adam and Kirsten from Six Wolves production have coordinated the people to photograph, one every 15 mins from 8am till 6 pm (40 shots in the day). Justin Russell has been my fabulous assistant.

L&P Photo have lent us the P65 phase camera with the new 150 f2.8 lens to shoot it on. This camera has a huge chip and the new F2.8 150 mm lens. This makes super sharp image with a super low depth of field. Its like shooting on 8 by 10 film and is tons of fun.

I am also filming and interviewing each person to make a little web clip about aging. Check back here in a few weeks for a sample.