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Yes, I’ve said it many times before. This has been a busy year. Family life, a relocation, constant work on the new house and home studio, meeting and greeting the new neighbours, a wedding assignment, scheduling portraiture, doing some landscape photography for my portfolio, attempts to get back into illustration while photography continues to rule the world, a couple photography competitions, some research completed for future sci-fi, fantasy and aviation art projects, plenty of community research for Hammer Home, fitting street photography in whenever I can, self-promotion and seeking other ways to promote the art of MOF. Even blogging has become a greater challenge to keep up with than ever before. By the way, thank you to everyone for all of your awesome likes comments and e-mails. I appreciate them tremendously.
Well, it finally came time for me to try to get away for a little while. Kim planned a day-trip to St. Jacobs, ON. We’ve been there before a number of times over years but never with a focused interest in the Mennonite community of the area. To heighten the adventure, I let a fellow blogger know that we were going to be in his neck of the woods in case there would be an opportunity for our paths to cross for the first time. If you know the name Neil de Boer, then you’ve probably been to his blog Village Photography (if not, do take a look).
True, I’m very much a loner; a controversial thing to say about myself I know, but I am affable and I do enjoy meeting new people, especially other artists.
There are indeed plenty of horror stories of people; adults and certainly juveniles, crossing great physical distances to meet strangers that they’ve only had some contact with on the Internet. On the other hand, there have also been some achievements in such extending of the olive branch. Neil gave us a meeting location, and we kept the rest tentative. Picking up the nieces around 8am, we drove the 80km (50mi) from Hamilton to St. Jacobs. Of course, I had a camera with me.
My wife loves to shop, so the peripheral St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market and Flea Market was our first stop. We then took a horse drawn bus ride to an area of close-knit “Old Order” Mennonite farms. A very restricted amount of photography was allowed. Our guide was a modern Mennonite named Nelson. Through him, I finally had a number of questions answered about Mennonite culture and their varied sects. You can find out a lot of things from the World Wide Web, and still from books but there’s also considerable benefit in getting facts from the horses mouth when you can.
There is one question that I forgot to ask; however. I know that the modern Mennonites do drive cars and travel abroad but many of even the modernists are known to object to having their pictures taken. What happens when there’s a requirement for their picture to be taken for a passport or drivers license? I imagine that would have to be one of the few exemptions but I’d still like to know for sure.
Right after the tour, we got something to eat and I phoned Neil to see if he was available. He was, so we headed off to the rendezvous point in downtown St. Jacobs.
Upon first sight, I gave him my standard greeting. I aimed a lens in his direction and shot him.
Good contact, we spent a couple hours discussing photography and the arts in general. It was a great way to close the day’s excursion, and do a little networking.
It was a pleasure to finally meet you, Neil. We’ll do this again.
I’m not much of a gardener. I didn’t inherit that gene from my mother but those closest to me know that I’m intrigued by trees. I couldn’t tell you the names of most species but the growth, strength, fragility, life supporting aspect and physical appearance of trees have always impacted my consciousness.
I first photographed this beach strip tree as part of a street photography jaunt. In admiring its Acacia-like shape, I was struck with the idea to return to it later and create this low-light nature landscape.
Okay! So a few months ago, I posted that Emi Valdarquis of Screwiness-O-Rama nominated MOF for the One Lovely Blog Award. Earlier this year, he nominated the main blog again for the Liebster Award. Thank you again, Emi.
Yes, this backburnered post has been a long time comin’.
Question; just who is Liebster?
Of course, there are a few things I’m expected to do to accept this award. This is when I have to make numbered lists of things that remind me of trying to get a hold of a warm body during an important phone call, and instead I get an automated operator; “For such and such, press 1, for something else, press 2, for instructions in a language that you can understand, press 3,” and so on . . .
22 in one post, plus practically repeat the step in the next acceptance requirement? Yeah, right!
Until somebody tells me 22 things about this Liebster character, I’m only answering 10 questions. So there!
1. What do you do?
I’m a 2D visual artist (yeah, awdist).
2. Where are you from?
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
3. What’s your favourite colour?
4. Who’s your favourite movie star?
It’s an even tie between Sydney Poitier and Denzel Washington.
5. What kind of music do you like?
From opera to industrial rock, my taste is quite diverse. It’s easiest to say that my least favourite would be the genre’s of heavy metal but even amongst metal there are some songs that I like.
6. What are your turn-ons and your turn-offs?
Turn-ons: My wife, the arts, traveling, sci-fi, fantasy, martial arts, dogs and wildlife.
Turn-offs: bigotry in all of its forms.
7. What does your last text say?
I don’t text.
8. Are you allergic to anything?
Animal dander and pollen. I’m also quite lactose intolerant.
9. What is something you’ve always wanted to do but never could?
Fly exactly like an eagle.
10. What does your URL mean?
Ah, read THIS!
I nearly cut these down to 10 as well but I found it prudent to do the full 11. I do hope that I am asking questions that are of real interest to those I nominate and those who hope to be inspired by street photographers.
Probably the best aspect of blogging is that you get to comb through other people’s blogs. You get to see just how many talented people there are out there in the world. Some are extremely recognized for their creativity while others are either on their way or preferring to stay low key. No matter what the situation, it’s important and worth it to acknowledge their output. It can be difficult to do because there’s so many to take notice of but it’s still worth it to try.
As Screwiness-O-Rama is a street photography blog that I really admire, I’m nominating 22 other inspiring WordPress blogs that are strictly ongoing projects of SP (and related subgenres) that I enjoy looking in on from time-to-time. Yes, I’m listing them in first name alphabetical order as usual. No, I’m not going to post comments on their pages to let them know. I’m going to let the ping-backs from the hyperlinks I’m imbedding into the text do that for me (I never really follow nomination rules exactly as presented). They can come back to this page to read the questions I have for them if it’s in their interest.
1. 125tel | Fotogalerie – His work deserves to have been nominated a long time ago.
2. 1 Day – 1 Shot
3. A Walk With My Camera
4. B.C. Lorio Images – Oh yes, a very personal favourite of mine. If you haven’t seen Brian’s work yet, please do. Congratulations on your first exhibit, Brian.
5. Barbara Guignard – Very special work. Her images often convey the intimacy of people in public places.
6. Beirut Street Photographers (BSP) – Do you want to see some beautiful and interesting SP? Click this link.
8. Chris wangphotography
9. Claire Atkinson – I think I’ve nominated her before but it’s worth it to do it again.
11. eldiablo89 – I have to nominate this project. Like me, Ibnu Suhada hasn’t posted often lately but it’s worth it to keep your eye on his blog for those times that he does put up a new shot.
12. Every Hundredth of a Second
13. Fake Empire State – This is a must see for UrbEx fans.
14. Found in the Subway
15. Gemar Photo
16. Getting Closer
18. Images and journeys of a searching mind
19. Images From Around The World
20. Images of China Through English Eyes
21. Jenquest Photography
22. Jimmy On The Run – Profound street portraiture.
While I’m at it, I also want to thank all of you who have become regular observers of the Hammer Home Street Photography Project. I very much appreciate all of the feedback and likes that you give. You help me to reach higher.
If your interested in viewing or joining a no rules Facebook street photography community, I highly recommend Emi’s Group SP / 12. We’d all love to see your contributions, read your thoughts; positive or negative, and share any other contributions or resources you may have toward street photography.
I just wanted to say thanks again to Sara Collyer and the staff of Neighbour to Neighbour (N2N) for hosting the third annual Art in the Garden and Children’s Food Literacy Festival on June 22, 2013. This was my second time exhibiting at the event. I enjoyed participating in the cause, and meeting artists that I didn’t get to meet last year.
I also want to say thanks to all of the people who came to support Hamilton’s local artists who performed live music and also showcased their work.
For three days prior, the forecast called for a 60% chance of a thunderstorm. Fortunately, it never happened. Although the winds were quite high and difficult, they were nothing that everyone couldn’t deal with, and the sun stayed bright and comfortably warm all day long.
I intend to be part of this event next year. I hope that more artists will get involved and more visitors will come to see the local talent. It’s like another Art Crawl for the city but up on the mountain.
This is a great cause that needs encouragement. A free outdoor art exhibit in a community garden, and the maintenance of the garden plots themselves, are:
N2N is located at
28 Athens Street, Hamilton, ON L9C 3K9
For more information about the Neighbour to Neighbour Centre please call 905-574-1334.
Yes, it’s that time again!
My illustrations and fine art photography prints will be on exhibit at Neighbour to Neighbour’s (N2N’s) Art in the Garden and Children’s Food Literacy Festival. This year’s outdoor community art show will be:
Saturday June 22nd from noon to 5:00pm
Neighbour to Neighbour Centre
28 Athens Street, Hamilton, ON L9C 3K9
I hope to see you all there.
Since 1986 N2N’s Community Food Access programs have fed over 18,000 Hamilton Mountain families. The Community Garden program was implemented three years ago to provide healthy, culturally appropriate fresh fruits and vegetables while ensuring that their clients have access to growing their own food.
Initially functioning as a food bank for Hamilton Mountain residents, N2N expanded their services and programs in response to the needs of their clients. Today, their Food Access Program assists over 1,100 families each month; their Kids Can Succeed Tutoring Program helps over 200 school-aged children improve their reading skills, and their Resource Counseling Program provides housing support, advice on settlement and employment issues, health, education and advocacy.
Open Garden Week began in 1992 as a national effort by a gardening magazine. The concept faded away elsewhere but became The Hamilton Spectator Open Garden Week in 1995.
Responding to The Spectator’s call for 100 open gardens for the 20th Annual Open Garden Week (2007), N2N rallied local artists and musicians to showcase right in their Community Garden located at the Centre’s head office. Art in the Garden has been a growing annual tradition ever since.
For more information about Neighbour to Neighbour Centre and Art in the Garden please call 905-574-1334.
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2D visual artist specializing in illustration, photography and graphic design.