FLASH traffic—posters up

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Just pinned up this FLASH poster, fresh from the presses at Cober Solutions down on Strasburg Road in Kitchener. We needed some posters/postcards/stickers to help spread the word on FLASH and Tony reached out to Karl Allen-Muncey at Cober who generously helped us out. Merci beaucoup!

We need your help too: spread the word on FLASH, buy tickets, submit your best photo.

And show up. Friday January 23. Get that in your calendar right now.


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1shot-The car is king on Columbia Street

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Students skirt a muddy bog into traffic where a sidewalk was to be built. In 2007. Now with the latest fixup completion date in 2017, this 150m gap for pedestrians and cyclists presents a daily gamble on the 2km route to Sir John A MacDonald high school.

Make this better.

On Columbia Street West at Ervsbille Road, this is Waterloo.


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1shot #204-The Canadian groove

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I got a really strong stained glass vibe watching these skating shadows flicker across the ice last night. Winter isn’t really white: it is all the colours.

On King Street, this is Uptown Waterloo.


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Hoover & Wiebe are Compressed Company

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My good friend David Hoover reached out last week to tell me about a small art show he and his collaborator Darryl Wiebe were putting together. Together they form the collective Compressed Company. That show is running tonight until 11pm down on Borden Ave. Brohemus and I stopped in this afternoon to have a look. Above is a fragment of a collaborative piece. And it was my immediate favourite.

The TL;DR: if you dig any of the work in this post, reach out to Dave and Darryl at compressedcompany@gmail.com and stay tuned for some very cool upcoming projects from these guys.

A completely reasonable number of pics follow…

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Kessler and Chen telling it long-form

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I hit the City of Waterloo Museum for the first time yesterday to see a show very close to my maker/photographer/storyteller heart. My friends Sunshine Chen and Karl Kessler started capturing local stories of disappearing trades and the makers that work them in 2008 to form a body of fifty vignettes. The show is called OVERTIME and features only a fraction of these very important captures. Excellent photography, excellent story, great presentation. This show runs through the end of January. Go see it.

A few pics…

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DIY laptop sleeve

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Yes friends, there’s still a lot of “make” in makebright.

As I’ve become more nomadic pursuing makebright full-time as a business, I end up hauling a bunch of my gear around on a daily basis. To maintain a reasonably-sized camera bag, I’ve had to naked-carry my laptop. I can jam the power supply, mouse, etc. into the bag, but the laptop has been in hand since August. This worked more or less until the fall rain and late fall sleet/snow. I wanted a minimal laptop sleeve that was water-resistant and not-black, so I decided to make one…

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OWN IT magazine for DTK

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Last Wednesday saw the launch of the Kitchener BIA magazine OWN IT. I was fortunate to be one of four photographers working on this project and I’m very proud of how it turned out. Once again, Kitchener pushes the Region forward by putting together this project that highlights stories about the community, by the community, for the Downtown Kitchener community. Five thousand of these magazines, printed locally at Cober, were sent out to postal codes in the downtown area last Friday. Check out the online version.

I love working with Kitchener because they have a vision and assemble a great crew to execute that vision. High fives to the other photogs Dean Landry, Matt Smith, and Dawne Taylor-Gilders. Great layout and concepts by designers Cindy Perri and Teri Lynn O’Brien, writing by the ever-awesome Anna Beard, and wrangling by Kitchener champs Breanna Crossman and Cory Bluhm. Thanks to the many other who made it possible and especially to the BIA members who support the work and make DTK awesome.

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UTW and the elusive student demographic

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“Will you take our picture?”

Me: sure.

Last Thursday after a great AbeErb meetup with Mark Connolly and absent a long-shift working Brohemus, I spent Brother Night roaming Uptown Waterloo. In a snow storm. With busloads of t-shirt-clad students. In my cultural travels, a persistent mystery is how to engage the tens of thousands of local students in Waterloo Region. So running into what I can only imagine was a massive pub crawl was a good example of something that had cracked that code. Not a big revelation; just a data point. And a few more pics…

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FLASH—making the photography event we want to see


[Update 2014-12-02 : open call now includes both professionals and amateurs.]

After months of my obscure references here to a photography event here in Waterloo Region, I’m happy to take the wraps off the FLASH photography happening, coming January 23, 2015. This gig is going to kick ass, so before you read any further go get your tickets before they sell out.

The TL;DR:
• headliner is two-time Pulitzer Prize winning photog Barbara Davidson
• three featured photogs will be showing work
• open call to amateur photogs to submit their best shot to the curators panel for the show
• all content creators showing work get paid CARFAC rates
• please, push the flashwr.ca link to your friends on all channels and then show up

Above are the people I’ve been hanging out with to work on this show. L-to-R: Me (DW), Tony Reinhart (Communitech), George Tsintzouras, Charles Fraresso (Christie), Gordon Hatt (CAFKA), Catherine Bischoff, Mark Walton (Foto:RE).

There’s a lot of well-articulated thought on the FLASH site, but let me say it simply here: I feel like we’re making the photography event we ourselves want to see. Top-notch talent and content, on killer projection tech from Christie, in a great venue at The Tannery, conceived and supported by a mash-up of different groups. Made right here in Waterloo Region.

A few meta-pics…

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Hub Haps #011-broadcasting from the future

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Sam on the cam. Today around the Hub, Communitech PR ninja Samantha Clark was working with…

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