Thursday, March 16, 2006

Photographic Action Project

As a quick exposition to what I'm about to propose, I'm going to say that I'm in a band that plays industrial, and has generally had a sort of political slant to things, though it hasn't always been evident. My bassist had a Social Action Project assigned in school -- he had to do something that would positively benefit the community. The end result was that there's a benefit show being organized for May 26th, with proceeds going to Food Not Bombs, a local organization who meet regularly to cook hot, vegan meals and serve them to those who need them. They've also petitioned for low-income housing in the city (particularly when the city had planned to demolish a large number of low-income homes, replacing them with much more expensive properties.) They've done a lot of good work for the less fortunate folk in this town, and though I may have personal issues with one or two of their members, and perhaps minor ideological differences with some of the things they do, I'd have to be some kind of cold-hearted conservative capitalist to deny that they HAVE had a positive impact on our city.
So, on May 26th, my band, Satellite Trend Signal, will be playing at the Food Not Bombs benefit show. ($7 at the door, $6 with a food donation, but I'll post more specific details when it gets closer.) However, since we don't really have any merchandise, and since I'd feel dirty selling it at a benefit show anyways, I'm going to do something else with our table.
I've been, on and off, dipping into places like Victoria Park, and other low-income inner-city neighbourhoods, to take photos. The plan is that I'll take plenty of these, have prints made (mostly 4x6s, but as many 8x10s as I can afford as well) and sell these at our table instead, with proceeds (everything, not just profits) going to Food Not Bombs. Now, I can probably handle filling a table with prints by myself if it comes down to it, but since a lot of you are photographers yourselves, here it goes:
I'm placing an open request for images of any sort, subject unimportant, format unimportant, from any of you who wish to participate. Send me a digital file, or a 4x6 (since sending negatives is scary and I wouldn't ask anyone to do that) or something, and I'll have them printed (or reprinted) for sale at this table, with photographer credits (probably a nice "Courtesy of" message on the back of the print) visible. Naturally, I'm not keeping any of the money this sale makes, and if your prints don't sell, I'll return them to you if you like. I'm willing to foot the entire bill for this myself, so don't stand back just because you can't afford to have things printed or anything. This offer is open to anyone, anywhere, regardless of where you live, be it in Calgary or no. Anyone who wants to help out is more than welcome. Any pictures taken with this common theme in mind are more than welcome, but I'm going to say again, subject is not important, I will take anything you wish to contribute, and I will not reproduce it for any purposes other than this. I'm not out to steal anyone's work.
Also, anyone who wishes to be physically present to sell prints is definitely welcome to help out. (I can't guarantee you free cover for the show, if that's what you're after, though, since I'm not putting it on.)
Generally, I think it'll be a good time, and a good way to raise awareness for the general lack of support for low-income families and individuals in this city, and support them at the same time.
kvanderlaag (at) gmail (dot) com if anyone's interested, or note me here.

Thursday, February 16, 2006

Glamorous Escapades

Nikon D50
Nikkor 50mm f/2

Nikon D50
Nikkor 50mm f/2

Nikon D50
Nikkor 50mm f/2

Nikon D50
Nikkor 50mm f/2

Nikon D50
Nikkor 50mm f/2

I shot with some absolutely gorgeous models today, a friend of mine, Krazy-Chan (who I met at the 4th Calgary devMeet, and a friend of hers, named Riss. Let me get this out of the way: Riss is six foot one and absolutely BEAUTIFUL. It's not even fair. Such is the life of a photographer, what a pain!

Hah, I jest. It was a total blast.

I also finished off the rolls of film in all of my cameras. (I botched loading the Nikkormat, so the roll didn't even take. DAMN.)

Should have lots more up soon!

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Almost-Leica Slacker

(Leicaslacker being a term borrowed from Kyle Cassidy of the PLUG. (Philidelphia Leica Users Group)

I've got a CL in the mail, and a 40/2 Summicron-C that will likely get here before the camera does. Great. I'll have a pristine lens with no caps, and no camera to mount it on. Maybe I'll follow Kyle's reccomendation and buy a bottle of Ephadrine just for the cap to use on the rear. I hate Canada Post.

I've also got a non-functional Minolta Hi-Matic 7s. I'm going to fix it, and I'm going to love it to pieces.

I'm also working on picking up a Kodak Retina IIc, either a user or a looker that works, I haven't decided yet. Cheap vs. pretty...hmm. Tough call.

I'm also pretty much the worst at posting photos here. I need to haul myself off my angsty teenage ass and develop some film. But I guess that means I have to finish some rolls.

With this many cameras, it's harder than you'd think.

Working on it.

Agfa Karat IV - 15/36
Canon TX - 34/36
Nikkormat FTn - 19/36
Zorki 6 - approx. 11/36
Kiev 4 - 14/36
Fujica 35-SE - 3/36
Zeiss Ikon Ikonta 521 - 12/24
Yashicamat LM - 2/12

I'll get there yet. Just you wait and see.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Adventures in Black and White Developing

Zorki 6
Industar-50 50mm f/3.5
TMAX 100 in D-76

Zorki 6
Industar-50 50mm f/3.5
TMAX 100 in D-76

Zorki 6
Industar-50 50mm f/3.5
TMAX 100 in D-76

Zorki 6
Industar-50 50mm f/3.5
TMAX 100 in D-76

Fujica 35-SE
Fujica 45mm f/1.9
TMAX 100 in D-76

As you can see, I've actually been taking some pictures lately. The roll from the Zorki finally got finished and developed, and I even did it myself, but only after shooting a test roll with the Fujica to see if I could actually do it without ruining everything. Obviously, I managed, as there's shots from both cameras here, but it's also obvious that the lens on the Zorki is its effect.

There's a Jupiter 8 and an Industar 61 on the way from Vancouver thanks to the senseless generousity of RFF member AlexC.

Now the big problem I face is this:

Do I give an honest shot to winning this Leica CL, or do I stick it out and let the Bessa R2 and Leica M2 fight to the death over who gets to have me?

Leica CL (Circa $400 used)

Cosina Voigtlander Bessa R2 (Circa $600 new)

Leica M2. (Circa $600 used)

Decisions, decisions...either way, I'll be using my I61 and J8 on whichever camera I get for the first little while. I can't even afford Cosina Voigtlander glass after a body like that. Sigh!

So there's some rolls coming from the Canon TX, the Nikkormat FTn, and the Yashica-mat LM, in the future. (The Yashica after I figure out how to load 120 onto my reels.)

Sunday, December 11, 2005

Did someone say GAS?

Nikkormat FT
2x Yashicamat LM
Fujica 35EE
Zeiss Ikon
Canon EOS 650 w/ 50mm f/1.4 EF lens

Plus a bunch more cameras I haven't even got started looking through.

All-Mite BC flashgun (no. 5 bulbs, 1950s)
Agfa Starlite light meter (currently on my Karat IV)
Gossen Lumasix light meter.
Some old Argus lightmeter.
Probably two dozen PC sync cords and camera straps.

And an entire darkroom setup. (enlarger, trays, reels, tanks, etc)

I now officially have more stuff than I know what to do with.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Updates are a scarce commodity.

Zorki 6, Kodak TMAX 100.
Agfa Karat IV, Ilford FP4+ 400
Kiev 4, Ilford FP4+ 125

Just need to finish these rolls.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

The Zorki 6 is loaded with TMAX 100.

This could be interesting.