All the Missing People

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These past ten days have been a bit of a marathon.  The first five were spent in Winnipeg.  I got selected for random security screening both on my way there and back.  I’d be lying if I said I’ve been busy working on photo projects.  Getting out everyday to make a new photograph has been trying, but what I have been most focused on is how people – once the centre of my photography – have seem to have vanished from my photographs.

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Tuesday.  Winnipeg, MB

I’ve been procrastinating revising my portfolio and website, but I have started.  In small bursts I work on editing my photos.  While doing this, I noticed that even up until just a few months ago, people appeared in nearly every one of my photos.  Latley, most of my photos are devoid of people.  In fact, I have even caught myself purposefully avoiding taking photos of people.  Why, I am unable say.

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Monday.  Hamilton, ON.

Someone asked me recently what I had planned for my derby photo project this spring.  As it stands, nothing.  I have glanced at a few leagues’ calendars and haven’t seen many  games scheduled.  I’ve talked to a few players based in leagues west of Toronto and things are picking up there.  Right now, it’s just a matter of trying to get motivated.  To be honest, I have come to really enjoy walking around The Hammer, quietly making photos of fire hydrants and derelict shopping carts.  I just can’t help but feel like a misanthrope.

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Monday.  Hamilton, ON.

I know that when, or if, I continue my derby project into 2016, I will have a very different approach.  What that new approach will be, I am not sure.  Between then and now, however, I need to really push myself to find other projects, something where I can shoot film.  There is so much less to think about in film.  It some how seems simpler, more pure, quieter.  The X100T, and shooting out-of-camera JPEGs, has been a wonderful break from the time consuming and mentally taxing chore of shooting RAW and trying to decide what to do in post.  For me it mostly boils down to how colours render, and the X100T sensor and in-camera processing is much more to my aesthetic taste than Nikon’s sensor.

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Monday.  Hamilton, ON.

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I am a film photographer based in Prince Edward County. I make images of people, places, and things - you know, nouns.

3 thoughts on “All the Missing People”

  1. I love the sense of melancholy in these images and your words only back this up. Sometimes our best images come at a time when we feel we have no inspiration. I love my X100t , I have various Fuji cameras but that is my go to camera every time :)

    • It’s not like I don’t feel inspired, I am just fed up with people. It’s a sad state to be in, but it is also wonderfully liberating. :)

      • At least without people you have longer to compose your shots ! I really love street photography but some days I can come home and when I look at my images from the day the best ones are the abstract pictures of buildings and reflections etc … Not a person in sight . I think we just have to go with the flow and whatever inspires us at the time ….

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