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…

Pascal Dufaux - reception - CAFKA press event 153

Way back in March, I was shooting an awesome installation at Kitchener Studio Project by my friend Pascal Dufaux. He was here from Montreal on a Christie artist-in-residence gig. Above, Tony Reinhart (turned away) is interviewing Pascal and Charles Fraresso (Christie). At the reception for this show, Tony and I were talking about how sweet it would be to repurpose some of these projectors for a photo show. He said Charles had mentioned that new hi-res projectors had recently been installed in the Tannery Event Centre and that venue would be perfect. So we pulled Gordon Hatt (CAFKA) into that stand-up conversation along with Catherine Bischoff, and so what later became FLASH was conceived.

Talking Photography at the Tannery

Schedules conflicted and summer happened, but we finally got around a table in August to start sorting out exactly what we wanted to do. If this crowd looks weary, it’s probably from hearing me say repeatedly that we must pay all content creators. If the work has enough value to be in the show, we need to recognize that by paying some amount for rental of the content. Agreement!

FLASH planning meeting 003

Meetings continued into the fall. A quick hallway shot of organizers Tony Reinhart and Catherine Bischoff shows them pretty happy.

Random 021

“We need a visual identity. Anybody know any designers?” Before anyone could speak, I shouted out “Jon Johnson!” who I profiled only a few weeks prior. Here’s Jon showing us some options during a meeting at Christie. He came up with…

flash logo - final

this wicked visual that we chose unanimously from the bunch. Jon is such a talented and chill guy with whom to work.

KBIA FLASH group shot 001

I was doing some shoots for the ever-awesome Kitchener BIA and their new downtown mag OWN IT, and had an opportunity to include a piece on FLASH. High five! Here’s the setup I rigged to shoot the group after one of our meetings. Ceci n’est pas une forêt. Rather, it’s the wrap-around…

KBIA FLASH group shot 057

projection screens at The Tannery Event Centre where you’ll see FLASH.


We were all laughing after I shot the first group photo and I was moving us on to the next pose and Tony said “Don’t you want to take another?” as a safety shot. Me: no, I’m a photographer, it’s perfect. Cue the laughs. Great group to work with on this project.

Contribute. Show up. See. Gonna be a great show.

This is Waterloo Region.


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2 Responses to FLASH—making the photography event we want to see

  1. Karen Scian says:

    You are so incredible. Well done!

  2. Stephen Preece says:

    Yes! You guys rock!
    I just bought my tickets. Looking forward to Jan 23.

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