In five minutes, here’s an image I made:
Here’s the original:
Not nearly as pretty, right?
This took about five minutes, shot and processed on my iPhone (my app of preference is SnapSeed, if you must know). An insignificant image that makes a point:
The art of learning to see isn’t about the tools. It’s about learning the tools like you learn a language. We know that language influences thought, and thought in turn influences language. These visual abilities are just another tool in the language toolbox, like grammar and punctuation, that aid in our ability to see the world—and speak—in new ways.
Sometimes I feel like we nerd out on the details: which lens, which app. This can be like happening upon a conversation of copy editors discussing em-dashes, predicate objects, and the Oxford Comma. It’s useful as a practitioner to know and discuss your tools. And occasionally, as a learner, it’s good to break down work you admire to understand how it’s made. But…
Language is something you use to communicate. It’s the art of hearing your voice projected into the universe, or receiving those artful words from someone else, that gives what we do its enjoyment.
Tools, art, photos; understanding, learning, discovery—all good.
Then, speak. Let your voice be heard, through the intuitive art of seeing and creating.
They wanted to start something new. When they bought this old property, David Anderson and the live-in staff at A Rocha knew this was going to be a multi-generation project.
… waiting at a blank canvas of keys.
A desktop wallpaper of the Kigali Airport, on approach.
Here is a fresh wallpaper for you. This was taken on approach to KGL (Kigali International Airport) while filming aerials for Rwanda: Hope Rises in 2008. Click on the photo to download a full-size JPEG.
After a shoot earlier in the year for the newly opened downtown Robert Lee YMCA, I was brought back to re-work the brand imagery for a further three of the YMCA’s family centres in Greater Vancouver.
A fresh wallpaper for a crisp month. Click the image to download the full-size file.
A four-year project in the making, the Robert Lee YMCA is a great example of human-centred architectural design. I was invited to photographically explore the architectural spaces for a special supplement in the Vancouver Sun newspaper.
A four-year project in the making, the Robert Lee YMCA is a great example of human-centred architectural design. Where the original 1941 building felt closed and functional, the new building is open, inviting and filled with natural light. I was invited to photographically explore the architectural spaces (designed by Vancouver companies Endall Elliot and Stantec) for a special supplement in the Vancouver Sun newspaper. You can see a few of the photos in the gallery below.
For more information on the Robert Lee YMCA, check out the latest article on the Vancouver Observer.
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