I had the great pleasure of working on the STACK STORIES project with my great friend and collaborator Veronica Simmonds. She set up shop in the Spring Garden Library for a month and invited the patrons of the library to share stories and memories of the building. She then selected 16 of the best stories and I got to meet these sweet people and take their portraits. Go check out the website and click around. Way to go V!
Veronica Simmonds and I made a short film together for Nocturne 2013. We projected it onto the east wall of Centennial Pool on a continuous loop for the duration of the event. Veronica mostly works with sound and I mostly work with photographs – so we decided to band together and make an ode to something special to the both of us; swimming. Alex Melnyk composed the beautiful soundtrack & Kira Daube stars in it – and the voices you hear are lane swimmers from Centennial Pool. We both got a kick out of the way the bricks mimicked the tiles of a pool floor. Big thanks to everyone who helped make it happen!
A couple of months ago, I was commissioned to document Kate Walchuk‘s most recent art show ‘Good Shape’ at Seeds Gallery. It was an exciting foray into the world of art documentation – and an experience I tremendously enjoyed after a near-year of shooting mostly portraits. It was a challenge to photograph such a variety of pieces – each of them with their own different size and sheen and shine and shape. Documenting other people’s artwork is an exercise I find both pleasurable and peaceful – and something I’d like to do again.
Kate Walchuk is a lovable character who makes art that is truly relatable and straight up FUN! She is one of Halifax’s finest gems who happily lives on the most adorable block in the city in an era apart from everyone else . She (wo)mans the front desk at Lost & Found where she dishes out style advice, motivational speeches and fascinating knowledge of obscure subject matter. She’s a part-time DJ and an all-time all-star. She is currently leading the Halifax Free Art School Field Trip Series which is a unique way to learn more about HRM’s special nooks and places of interest – and about how great Kate is.
A few of the photos I took are posted on the Visual Arts News website alongside a great podcast that my dear friend Veronica Simmonds made. Another photograph that I took of Kate’s plates was printed in The Chronicle Herald in April. Good job everybody!
For more of Kate’s great work, go check out katewalchuk.com
Veronica Simmonds is a word-worker & budding radio producer based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She graciously let me take some photographs of her before heading to America where she’ll be schooling herself at the reknowned Transom radio school. If there were a FRIEND OF THE YEAR AWARD, she would be nominated by 50 people in 50 different cities. And then she’d undoubtedly win & call you the next morning to see if you got home okay. Girl’s got one hell of a voice & always lends an ear. It certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s damn fine. And she’s only 25!
photos by yours truly