Dec 13, 2012
Dick Loek gets nervous...
Spent some time on the beach in Toronto. The "Banana Belt" is still snow-less but chilly. The Martin Goodman trail in the East End is one of my favourite area's in the city. I spent a lot of time, while working for the Star, jogging along the boardwalk during the early morning watching the season's change. Yesterday morning was overcast with sunny intervals so I thought it would be appropriate to take my portrait with the "Leuty Life Station" in the background.
The weather window was changing so I had to work fast to catch a bit of sun. Dave Ellis, former City Editor at the Star and my cycling buddy, offered to be a stand in. My bike was on stand-by but because of time shortage I ended up just holding my helmet with the mounted GO-PRO. My shirt is from "The Ride To Conquer Cancer", another event close to my heart.
Getting back home you get these terrible thoughts: did I change the exposure when the sun broke through, did I even focus? It's like when you sit in the plane to a far away country and wonder if you locked the front door and turned the stove off. Never realized how critical things get when you only have one frame. I hope I did all those things when I finally sqeezed the bubble. Hope it all worked out.
All the best, Dick
Nov 30, 2012
The Adventures of Doug Ball...
Apparently Doug Ball took my guidance to do what ever you want to do with your single frame to a new level: he took it hunting.
The 36Frames case seen at the Owen Sound Harbour where the Chi-Cheemaun ferries people and cars between Tobermory and Manitoulin Island during the summer.
15 Down...21 To Go
Peter Bregg - Frame #12
- Served as Chief Photographer at McLeans for 17 years
- Formerly a Photographer/Editor with CP and AP in London, New York and Washington DC
- Was official Photographer for Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
Doug Ball- Frame #13
- Long time Canadian shooter with 2 National Newspaper Awards
- Former Photographer with CP covering all major sporting and news events
- Former Montreal Gazette Photo Editor
- Has covered all the major sporting events of the world including 8 Olympics
- Currently Senior Picture Editor at Reuters in Toronto
- Former United Press Canada photographer
Dick Loek - Frame #15
- Moved to the Toronto Star in 1971
- A member of Photosensitive, a non-profit collective of Toronto Photographers that explore how photography can contribute to social justice
Sep 8, 2012
The Adventures of The Hand Off
(Note: The Password to view the video is k0dak)
Hoping the project will be a huge success.
11 Done...26 To Go...It's Getting Serious
Barry Gray - Frame #6
- Former Toronto Sun Photograher
- Former Montreal Gazette Photo Editor
- Current Photo Editor at Canwest and Postmedia News
Hugh Wesley - Frame #7
- Former Toronto Sun Photographer, Photo Editor and Director of Photography
- Teacher, Educator and Entrepreneur
- Founding photographer of Photosensitve, a highly respected group of Canadian Photojournalists who, through black-and-white photography, enrich, enlighten and educate Canadians on issues of social significance.
Gail Harvey - Frame #9
- Former United Press Canada Photographer
Dave Cooper - Frame #10
Norm Betts - Frame #11
Meeting with Renowned Film Archivist
Jun 7, 2012
GLITCH FORCES RE-START
Mar 30, 2012
The first two frames of Tri-X have been exposed and belong to Gary Hershorn (Global Sports Photo Editor for Reuters), and Denis Paquin (Deputy DOP at Associated Press in New York), respectively. After a lifetime of shooting assignments around the globe…dealing with every type of trigger-pin stress imaginable...Denis told me he was nervous as hell taking his frame.
I am currently at the world renowned Houston FotoFest where the camera and case will be on display till April 3rd before moving to Montreal April 11th. There Canadian veterans Michel Gravel (La Presse Montreal), John Mahoney (The Gazette) and Paul Chaisson (Canadian Press) will take the 3rd, 4th and 5th frames respectively.
Jan 27, 2012
Thanks to everyone and wish us luck!On a day where Kodak has officially declared bankruptcy, I thought I would officially announce the launch of my 36Frames project. This has been 3 years in the making and today seemed like the right time to launch.
A few years ago I started reflecting on my 35 year career and of all the Canadian Photographers, Photojournalists, and Photo Editors that had influenced my work and my life. Some I worked with for many years, some I rubbed shoulders with, others I have yet to meet. I might have been inspired by their work or advice… or it might have been a simple act of kindness to a young photographer growing up in Toronto. The resulting group make up the participants of this project.
One camera; One roll of Tri-X; 36 Self portraits by some of Canada's best photojournalists and photo-editors: roughly 1000 years of combined experience. All on 1 roll of uncut film and when processed will be impossible to replicate digitally. This is a celebration of film, of analogue, of life and....of Kodak.
I will be sending occasional updates as the camera starts to make its way around the country, as well as a Blog and Facebook page for those interested in tracking it. Once the camera is returned, I will drink 2 shots of Vodka to calm my nerves, then hand-process the film. That will be video-taped.
A monograph will be created with all 36 self portraits and any profits from this project will help support Canada's photojournalism programs.
(P.S. The 37th Frame will be dedicated to the memory of Toronto Star photographer Frank Lennon...who gave an awe-struck and very nervous 16 year old a guided tour of the Star darkrooms...many years ago).
He'll take the first frame on our roll of 36 just heading out to cover the 2012 Super Bowl in Indianapolis.It'll be good to catch up with him and share a pastrami sandwich at the Carnegie Deli in Manhattan.