Documentary: Going through separation after 16 years…

I have been working on this documentary for couple of months now. How was I going to do this, how will I execute it? How can it be successful?

It has been a difficult project to work on it, and it is difficult to share it.

However it has help me to grieve , it is a loss of such a big chapter, a loss of a big part of my life.

This is very difficult to share as I do not want people to think this is use as a display of my life.

This is my art, and a project I did for many reasons. The most important is that this is for me and it has been very therapeutic, and it is a good way for me to wrap this up and turn the page.

This is the first part of the documentary. The second will the house that it will be after I re-arrange, and move things around.

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Controversy over the photo published by NY Post, taken by Ubbasi of Ki-Suck Han

I am having this discussion with other US photographers but would be interested in all opinion. As my blog followers and blog readers you are a good mix of foreign and Americans and I would like for you to take the time to answer this question: The photograph taken by staff photographer Ubbasi of the NY Post of Ki-Suck Han about to be hit by a subway train that was featured on the front page of newspaper, should the photojournalist helped or was he right to photograph?
My opinion:
I think everybody will focus on the photographer versus the rest of the people who did not do anything. At at least he tried something. He will be a very easy target to blame when in truth, he did what he does best: he recorded the fact that so many people on the platform ignore the scene. Did he convey the message? Isn’t his job with one photo to maybe be able to change the world, or to bring awareness to the problem?
I am sure I am going to get some heat here…but I am interested to see and hear your opinion..: So let me ask a question to all: What is the difference between what the photographer did here and the one in the middle east following the killings there. The photographer know he is there to photograph the killing, yet he will not try to stop it. Why isn’t that the same to people in the US? Is it because you rarely get to see the photos as a citizen, unless you subscribe to a photojournalist magazine or read military magazine. Why do most foreign people go get their news to BBC or foreign magazine? Isn’t it because we get to see it as it is in foreign countries? I was shock to hear “why would the paper run the photos?” Isn’t that the job of the newspaper in the first place? I think actually this is a very cultural discussion. The bomb in the “allee des Roses” years ago in Paris had some shocking photos of a photojournalist shooting there…nobody asked why didn’t he help…I am sure he would of saved many lives…Just interesting to see everybody point of view on the matter.

Here is the photo I am referring to : http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/picture_of_controversy_A06tIjYbasZpf2RvtNNTxM

I look forward to hear from you!

Life as a PhotoJournalist…

A photographer friend of mine shared this link with me this morning. I of course loved it.

I do not share other links usually, but I think educating people to what photojournalists do is a great subject.

Here in America you do not get to see many of these photos they take being published…

Anyway I just thought this is a series that some of you would enjoy to watch. I know I will!

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/around-the-world-abc-news/dangerous-lives-combat-photographers-michael-mann-witness-035902638.html

Last post for a while: Laksa Diner

Tonight, I went with my 3 children to my friend Iryna and Cecil for a special diner: Laksa

Laksa is a spicy noodle dish that is very popular inMalaysia and in Singapore.  It is a noodle dish that quickly gained popularity outside of  the Southeast Asia. It is a noodle dish with chicken, eggs, ginger and shrimp in coconut milk soup base. Laksa is an iconic street food served by street vendors in a hawker center throughout Malaysia.

This will be my last post for a little while. I am actually Dj’ing tonight and in between tandas, dancing , I am editing photos.

I really wanted to be done editing my photos from France before my next trip, but it did not happen this way!

Enjoy those photos!

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Carousel Farms Rodeo, Raleigh, North Carolina

I attended the rodeo last tuesday night. I went to Carousel farms in Raleigh and watch bull riding and barrel racing.

The weather was absolutely perfect. It was a really fun event to shoot!

They have rodeo every Tuesday night at 7h30. The entrance fee is 8 dollars for adult and free for kids under 6 years old!

Very nice, kind people all around!

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Dance Theatre South recital at the Carolina Theater

The recital was really good. It was very well organized, very appropriate, and fun to watch.

I had taken my camera,  my long lense 70/200 1:2.8 and 4 CF cards of  32 GB in case I was really inspire to shoot there.

Well I was inspired, I actually filled almost all of them!

Of course the photojournalist in me came out even at the dance recital of my kids.

I had a blast taking so many photos, the colors of the background were amazing, and the dancers were really good!

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Lindsay Ahern

She has so many different faces, and so many different personalities.

Short hair or long hair. Dressed very feminine with high heels, or very boyish with sneakers.

She is one of a kind. Beautiful inside and out, smart, and a hell of a photographer.

When I walked by her on the baseball field , I knew I needed to take her photo. She was kneeling down and shooting. It was a moment that I did not want to pass.

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Elle a differentes personnalites, et de tres different visage.

Cheveux court comme un garcon manque, ou cheveux long et tres feminine…

Elle est superbe a l’interieur et a l’exterieur, et est une photographe hors pair!

On etais sur le meme photoshoot et lorsque je l’ais vus, j’etais obliger de prendre sa photo!

Stumbling upon it, Roxboro, NC

When we arrived in the town of Roxboro, in Person County, North Carolina, we stumbled upon an outside church service. The Reformation Christian Church was having a service under the pavilion.

The service included a dance from Joyce Jiggetts.

I, of course, enjoyed photographing it!

That is what I love the most, I think…no plans, just  drive, and suddenly you get to discover the most interesting things if your mind (and camera) are open to it!

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Difference between Fleur de Sel, et Gros sel

What is the difference between the Fleur de Sel, and the Gros Sel?

They both come from the same water. However they are both very different.

So many differences set them apart. The first being their price. The Fleur de Sel is a luxury item when the Gros sel is for most French a necessity.

The harvest is also very different. The Fleur de Sel crystallise at the top of the water in the “Maraits Salants”.

First  the water evaporate,  and then at the bottom crystals are formed: Gros sel.

But when the perfect weather conditions are around, the wind blows just a bit, not too much, and usually from the East,then a very thin coat looking like powder sugar appears on top of the water. It is a very sensitive coat that can drowned very easily with the dew of morning.

To harvest it, it is a very labor intensive system. It is at night-time, that the Fleur de sel is harvested.  It is an extremely delicate affair, because  it can not to sink. If it does it is lost!

A look-alike rake with a piece of wood attached to it is placed under the Fleur de sel and being moved gently.

There is less than a centimetre between the fleur de sel and the bottom so it has to be a very precise job, to not get the Fleur de Sel dirty with the bottom of the water, and dirt. Women are usually used for this process because they are very precise and calm.

Men come afterwards to do the harvest of the gros sel with a regular rake.

 

Tools for harvesting