Where Can I Buy Film?

I buy all my film-related things at B+H Photo. It’s in NYC so shipping can be an issue, but it’s free over $99 USD.  They have a huge selection new and used equipment.

B+H Photo Video

This is a link to other online resources.

Downtown Camera

Toronto Image Works


Selfies with the universe?


Instead of a taking a selfie, use your phone to solve the mysteries of the universe.

Turn your phone into a particle ray detector! Two physicists who work at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland are creating an app that transforms smart phones into particle ray detectors.

Read about their project.

Join the project!

#Physics not selfies (can we make that a thing?)


Blue Bananas

Image from Short Sharp Science: Bananas So Ripe, They’re Blue

As our semester long exploration of photography and colour comes to an end (waaaah) I want to share this web-based exploration of colour from National Public Radio.
LOOK AT THIS: This Is Color
Explore, enjoy and learn about blue bananas.


Final Project Research

For my final project for Photo III, I am working with my scanner to attempt to take pictures with it through the means of a camera obscura and a modified scanner.  My interest lies in the interest of combining new technology with the oldest known camera.  I am interested in creating photographs without the use of what everyone knows to be a conventional camera.  I am also interested in capturing images from film and videos, in an attempt to capture a moment in time that has already been captured, and then reassembled into a moment that can be viewed an infinite amount of times, through an infinite amount of devices.
A few artists and things that have inspired me, or stuck with me while I was thinking about this theme for my project were Hiroshi Sugimoto who captures images via long exposures of movie theatres, seascapes, and architectural buildings.  Although he uses a conventional camera, the images that are captured I find quite engaging and it is based on a similar work style in thematic and possibly visual aspects.  Another source of inspiration that I found helpful when thinking about my work is Idris Khan.  With his use of appropriation in some works and layering in most, the aesthetic qualities are visually compelling, but also aid in the ideas of using appropriation from different sources.  Another source of inspiration that is behind a lot of what I do is Gordon Matta-Clark. I find him to be a very compelling figure in the field of art, and the images that are provided as documentation of his works are very interesting to me.  Oh and also Simon Starling.

I have Links below to information about the artists mentioned and also the technical aspects of my project.

Simon Starling:
simon starling lko

Gordon Matta-Clark:

Idris Khan:

Hiroshi Sugimoto:

Camera Obscura:

MOMA’s Version:
David Hockney’s Version:

Model for a camera obscura that is similar to the one I will be making:

Scanner Camera:

Final Project: Research

Rineke Dijkstra's Beach Portaits

Rineke Dijkstra’s Beach Portraits

For my final project, I’ve been looking into conceptual portraiture as it is the direction I’m intending on moving towards and as it is the type of photography which interests me the most. Creating a powerful concept that viewers can relate to through portraits of others and possibly additional elements interacting with the subjects to support the concept is my main goal. To me, photographs with subjects that convey a strong message are the most powerful photographs. Therefore, I’ve been researching different technical ways of shooting portraits including natural settings as well as constructed sets with studio lighting, while also being inspired by all the various concepts that have been experimented with and exhibited and by all the stories that are told through conceptual portraits.

Through looking for inspiration, I have come across a couple links that inspired my final idea. The links explore photographers who used various subjects to create a series of portraits that gave off a particular conceptual message to their audience.

Phillip Toledano’s Hope & Fear was one of the projects that was most inspiring to me as he used Surrealism to create highly unusual and interesting photographs which expressed his message loudly and clearly. The way Toledano expressed the meaning of his project was by stating that the project was a “is the external manifestation of internal desires and paranoia that are adrift in contemporary American society. What are we afraid of? What do we love? How does our society function, and what does it worship?”

Further explanation of Toledano’s conceptual, technical and formal methodologies including an interview with Toledano himself.

Another inspiring project by Phillip Toledano.

An online book that I thought was an interesting read involving all things portraiture: Portraiture by Shearer West. (Might require UoGuelph library log-in)

What Makes A Great Portrait?

More conceptual portraits:
‘Humanae’ Portraits Match People of Different Ethnicities With Their Pantone Color

Fascinating Portraits of Young People Out Clubbing In Rural Spain

Photos of Rural Children Around the World Dressed Up As Their Dream Professions

Disconcerting Portraits of People Wearing Origami Animal Masks

Portraits of Kids From A Deprived Area in the UK

Besides conceptual factors, Chris Levine’s use of light and colour in his photographs as well as in his exhibition were technical factors that were equally as inspiring to me.

If you are interested in portraiture as well and have access to the University of Guelph Library there are also several compelling photography books that I have found to really inspire my thought process. These include “Face: The New Photographic Portrait” by William A. Weing, “At Work” by Anne Leibovitz, “Close Up” by Katharina Sieverding, “Portaits in Series” by Kerber, “Contemporaries: A Photographic Series” by Judith Joy Ross and “Studio Photography: Essential Skills” by John Child for technical matters – all of which could be found in the TR section on the 5th floor of the library.

Seeing vs Perception


10bggjohns op flag

Painting by Jasper Johns. An example of an after image. Stare at the white dot for 30 seconds (don’t look away), then look at a grey surface, you should see the afterimage.

Examples and discussions of color effect.



Video about Edwin Land (the inventor of Polaroid) and his two color process.

An article describing the relationship between Edwin Land’s experiments and James Clark Maxwell’s discoveries.

Short film, creative interpretation of cymk in everyday printing (cereal boxes, etc)

Fantastic resource via Stanford University

Dr. George Stratton

Dr. George Stratton’s original article,

Summary and explanation of Stratton’s work, courtesy of the staff of San Francisco’s Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception.

Newer article, based on Stratton’s research.

Great WIRED article about neuroplasticity, vision, and perception.

Video showing inverted vision experiments: Living in a Reversed World.

The illusion of colour constancy | Color Subjectivity | Living in the past
Is your red my red? No. It isn’t.

The neurological lag between seeing light and understanding/processing light.

What is video, anyway?


If you like to make and read lists… (Susannah?)

3500 grocery lists by strangers. It’s a blog. It’s a book.
Passive Aggressive Notes. It’s a lifestyle. It’s a book.

And, if you are feeling nice: this started as a blog, and now it’s a book.


This has nothing to do with notes or lists, but it’s the cray cray intersection of science and graphics. Finding the visible in the invisible.

For those of you printing digital files…

I talked to Paul today about printing digital files, and I just wanted to let people that the charge is 5$ a square foot for each print. For sizes of paper, he has pre-cut paper at 8.5″x11″, 13″x19″ , and 17″x22″. He can print larger of course, but according to the print submission form anything larger must be arranged on a 42″ wide canvas (maximum width). Oh and you’ll have to cut it yourself.

If my math is correct, 16″x20″ prints cost just over $11 each

Hope this helps!

Makers gotta make

Hat of Illumination

Hey Savannah! This post is for you. Can you hear Barry Manilow singing, This One’s for You?

No? You can’t.
Even if you listen really carefully?
Well, fine. I don’t think it’s creepy.
What is possibly creepy about Mr. Barry Manilow? Behold! His enviable mane! His 1970s sparkle! Savannah, don’t you know that he writes the songs, the songs that make the young girls cry?

Anyhow, during our in-progress critique, I mentioned photographers who liked to create objects specifically for the purpose of photographing them. I referred, in a slapdash manner, to these artists as “makers”.

Here is a list of those artists. This list is by no means exhaustive and some of the artists listed only use that methodology periodically. Feel free to augment the list.

The above image is from a series of hats that I made during graduate school. Makers gotta make, yo.

** listed in no particular order

Holly Roberts
Molly Springfield (not a photographer)
Laurie Simmons
Ann Hamilton (sculptor)
Andy Goldsworthy
Thomas Demand
Ruth Thorne Thomsen
Christian Boltanski
Robert Parke Harrison
Dieter Appelt
David Levinthal
Helen Van Meene
Niki S. Lee (this is more conceptual–she remakes her identity for each project)
Gregory Crewdson
Abelardo Morell (amazing camera obscura)
Vik Muniz
Sigmar Polke
Cindy Sherman
Gordon Matta-Clark
Aspen Mays