Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Sophia Danai

Sophia Danai, singer, taken January 24, 2013

But the most difficult thing for me is not street photography. It’s a portrait. The difference between a portrait and a snapshot is that in a portrait, a person agreed to be photographed. But certainly it’s like a biologist and his microscope. When you study the thing, it doesn’t react as when it’s not studied. And you have to try and put your camera between the skin of a person and his shirt, which is not an easy thing, because you steal something. The strange thing is that you see people naked through your viewfinder. And it’s sometimes very embarrassing. 
I’m always nervous when I go to take a portrait, because it’s a new experience. Usually when taking a portrait, I feel like putting a few questions just to get the reaction of a person. It’s difficult to talk at the same time that you observe with intensity the face of somebody.

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Living and Looking
from a recently discovered 1971 interview by Sheila Turner-Seed

Bits of this shoot shows up in Sophia's video 2:13 in

Sophia Danai was a joy to work with: dedicated and very present. She also has an amazing voice. Find her music here: 

Among her other talents, Sophia puts out a magazine called Wishing Well. The last issue featured co-ehibitor from the Havanna Show, Sophena Kwon. Read that issue here:

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Book Thirty-Three

Book Thirty-Three
January 2004 - December 2004
Hardcover Workbook
Kept while in Grantham's Landing, London, and Vancouver, Canada
5.25" x 8.25" 106 pages. 

Moleskien sketchbook

In amongst the things that would pass away – Fugichrome Sensia 100 slide film, lists of phone numbers kept in a book, hand drawn calendars with letraset numbers marking the days (as if each day were not an entry in an endless database, but was rather something you could bring into being with your hands, with the marks of a pencil or pen, something you could inscribe into reality), in amongst these things we find my copies of sketches done by an artist, who, working in the style of the Group of Seven, visited our family cottage on the shore of Georgian Bay and simplified the endless complexity of tree branches and hills into clear lines.

When I look at it I like these drawings most. Just as I like the idea of a weekend trip with no purpose other than to sketch or write. The threshold is so low for such trips that we hardly ever make them. Two days, some paper, a couple of pencils or pens. Escape what you want to escape and go where you want to go.

Look inside.

Here is an index of books.