Photo and Film A Day

Two friends, one blog, a year long photography adventure
Seconds after I uploaded my post from yesterday I learned of Robin Williams’ passing. At first I thought it was one of those stupid dead celebrity rumours but quickly learned of the details surrounding his death. Depression does not discriminate. I don’t think anyone can really know what depression is like unless they have lived with it. I have seen loved ones struggle with depression, but really don’t understand how it feels myself. I once was asked by a dear friend who lived with depression to take her medication because she feared having access to them, she was in a dark spot but was able to reach out for help. Jesus Christ, how fucking difficult must it have been for her to make that call? Another person in her life said she needed a kick in the ass and to get over it. I think we are slowly moving away from those views and the stigma of mental illness, but we have a lot of work to do and a lot of it begins with language. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide, he succumbed to depression. Saying he died by his own hand absolves the disease he was living with from any role.
The comic above is from Watchmen, many people have associated the joke told in the panels above with Robin Williams. The character telling the joke suffers from mental illness himself, and the joke isn’t told to be funny but to open the readers eyes to the realities people may be living despite how others view them. The joke could be applied to Chris Farley, John Belushi, and many other funny people, but they are the first two people that came to mind. As I was trying to make sense of Williams’ death last night this page came to mind.
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Seconds after I uploaded my post from yesterday I learned of Robin Williams’ passing. At first I thought it was one of those stupid dead celebrity rumours but quickly learned of the details surrounding his death. Depression does not discriminate. I don’t think anyone can really know what depression is like unless they have lived with it. I have seen loved ones struggle with depression, but really don’t understand how it feels myself. I once was asked by a dear friend who lived with depression to take her medication because she feared having access to them, she was in a dark spot but was able to reach out for help. 

Jesus Christ, how fucking difficult must it have been for her to make that call? Another person in her life said she needed a kick in the ass and to get over it. I think we are slowly moving away from those views and the stigma of mental illness, but we have a lot of work to do and a lot of it begins with language. Robin Williams didn’t die from suicide, he succumbed to depression. Saying he died by his own hand absolves the disease he was living with from any role.

The comic above is from Watchmen, many people have associated the joke told in the panels above with Robin Williams. The character telling the joke suffers from mental illness himself, and the joke isn’t told to be funny but to open the readers eyes to the realities people may be living despite how others view them. The joke could be applied to Chris Farley, John Belushi, and many other funny people, but they are the first two people that came to mind. As I was trying to make sense of Williams’ death last night this page came to mind.

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So we changed up our theme late last night to combat the weather, it is now the delicious beverage of beer! 
A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to Argentina to film a television show (Wipeout Canada), and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have fond memories of the trip, and I tried my best to buy some keepsakes for people. I remember picking up this bottle opener from a local shop with the intentions of giving it to someone, I think it might have been Dan, but I quickly decided I needed this beer opener for myself. It sat on our fridge with a fancy magnets for years, until it fell on (see the chips on the bottom). Now it sits in our drawer, awaiting any beer that needs opening. Every time I see it I have fond memories of the trip.
-MB

So we changed up our theme late last night to combat the weather, it is now the delicious beverage of beer! 

A few years ago I had the opportunity to go to Argentina to film a television show (Wipeout Canada), and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I have fond memories of the trip, and I tried my best to buy some keepsakes for people. I remember picking up this bottle opener from a local shop with the intentions of giving it to someone, I think it might have been Dan, but I quickly decided I needed this beer opener for myself. It sat on our fridge with a fancy magnets for years, until it fell on (see the chips on the bottom). Now it sits in our drawer, awaiting any beer that needs opening. Every time I see it I have fond memories of the trip.

-MB

So the theme this week was going to be “look to the sky” but with a week of shitty weather in the forecast we made an executive decision to switch the theme to beer! mmm… beeeeer.
This is Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, this stuff is deadly. I first tried it during Beerfest 2012 and it’s been my go-to for a tasty brew ever since. It helps that Melissa digs it, and she haaaaaates beer. 
The glass was a gift from Matt. He gave each of his groomsmen one last year. Thanks, buddy!
Here’s to a great week of suds!
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So the theme this week was going to be “look to the sky” but with a week of shitty weather in the forecast we made an executive decision to switch the theme to beer! mmm… beeeeer.

This is Crabbie’s Ginger Beer, this stuff is deadly. I first tried it during Beerfest 2012 and it’s been my go-to for a tasty brew ever since. It helps that Melissa digs it, and she haaaaaates beer. 

The glass was a gift from Matt. He gave each of his groomsmen one last year. Thanks, buddy!

Here’s to a great week of suds!

*DS

Sky week! Rainy ol day!

Sky week! Rainy ol day!

Today is the last day of the Buskers’ Festival. We lucked into seeing this guy perform, he was pretty awesome.
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Today is the last day of the Buskers’ Festival. We lucked into seeing this guy perform, he was pretty awesome.

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Came home from work saw this sunset, it makes no sound, but the sounds of nature are something I enjoy. I live in suburbia, so there is no nature, just suburbia sounds. It’s wet out because it had just rained prior to this picture, I like the sound of rain. I’m making excuses now, this has nothing to do with this weeks theme. However, our theme next week is sky, so this would fit in perfectly! Working lots this upcoming week so hopefully I can capture some nice sky photos like this one. 
-MB

Came home from work saw this sunset, it makes no sound, but the sounds of nature are something I enjoy. I live in suburbia, so there is no nature, just suburbia sounds. It’s wet out because it had just rained prior to this picture, I like the sound of rain. I’m making excuses now, this has nothing to do with this weeks theme. However, our theme next week is sky, so this would fit in perfectly! Working lots this upcoming week so hopefully I can capture some nice sky photos like this one. 

-MB

When we decided the theme this week would be music I saw it as an opportunity to check out some shows, and possibly go to the Folk Fest. Hahaha, I’ve done neither.
Here I am playing the spoons and telling a story to Melissa (who took the picture after it was all set up, thanks, Love). I bought these to bring to the 2005 APEC Youth Summit in South Korea where about 10 of us represented Canadian culture. Well what the hell is that? We celebrated diversity. I wore a sou’wester, played the spoons and told some familiar stories about the sea, as well as a few of Nan’s stories. People were fascinated by the spoons, and I can’t play them for shit, it was pretty funny.
The spoons have Dory Dan on the side of them, so when I was telling my stories I was Dory Dan. Jesus, that was almost 10 years ago.
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When we decided the theme this week would be music I saw it as an opportunity to check out some shows, and possibly go to the Folk Fest. Hahaha, I’ve done neither.

Here I am playing the spoons and telling a story to Melissa (who took the picture after it was all set up, thanks, Love). I bought these to bring to the 2005 APEC Youth Summit in South Korea where about 10 of us represented Canadian culture. Well what the hell is that? We celebrated diversity. I wore a sou’wester, played the spoons and told some familiar stories about the sea, as well as a few of Nan’s stories. People were fascinated by the spoons, and I can’t play them for shit, it was pretty funny.

The spoons have Dory Dan on the side of them, so when I was telling my stories I was Dory Dan. Jesus, that was almost 10 years ago.

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It was sunny this morning so I headed to the St. John’s Farmer’s Market for some fudge, homemade bread and Indian food. This gentleman was rocking out by the front door

It was sunny this morning so I headed to the St. John’s Farmer’s Market for some fudge, homemade bread and Indian food. This gentleman was rocking out by the front door

I was inspired by Matt’s self portrait today, but I don’t have any instruments. Then I realized Matt Byrne, an old roommate who I recently met up with for lunch, left his didgeridoo when he moved out a few years ago. I cannot play this thing at all, but here I am trying my best, haha.
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I was inspired by Matt’s self portrait today, but I don’t have any instruments. Then I realized Matt Byrne, an old roommate who I recently met up with for lunch, left his didgeridoo when he moved out a few years ago. I cannot play this thing at all, but here I am trying my best, haha.

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I’ve been thinking of doing this photo all week! I’ve always dabbled in various musical instruments for my own personal enjoyment. I am terrible at every single one of them and I am pretty sure I am tone deaf, but nevertheless I love music and I love playing these instruments to the best of my ability. 
These are a collection of all the music instruments I have in the house. From left to right there is a train whistle, an ocarina, a jaw (jews) harp, a tin whistle, a slide whistle and an accordion. Also all the instruments  and a few songs books are laid out on the table as well. 
This is my second attempt at a multiplicity shot, it took me a while to edit it all together, and it is still not perfect, but I am pleased with the results. 
-MB

I’ve been thinking of doing this photo all week! I’ve always dabbled in various musical instruments for my own personal enjoyment. I am terrible at every single one of them and I am pretty sure I am tone deaf, but nevertheless I love music and I love playing these instruments to the best of my ability. 

These are a collection of all the music instruments I have in the house. From left to right there is a train whistle, an ocarina, a jaw (jews) harp, a tin whistle, a slide whistle and an accordion. Also all the instruments  and a few songs books are laid out on the table as well. 

This is my second attempt at a multiplicity shot, it took me a while to edit it all together, and it is still not perfect, but I am pleased with the results. 

-MB

I got off work and thought “I don’t have to work tomorrow, time to come up with a deadly idea for a photo Matt!”. 2 hours of playing around on the iPad I had no photo and no ideas. 
Still playing around with my macro lens as well I decided to focus on a speaker. Not just any speaker, but a Sony speaker! Tried different things in terms of framing and DoF. 
-MB

I got off work and thought “I don’t have to work tomorrow, time to come up with a deadly idea for a photo Matt!”. 2 hours of playing around on the iPad I had no photo and no ideas. 

Still playing around with my macro lens as well I decided to focus on a speaker. Not just any speaker, but a Sony speaker! Tried different things in terms of framing and DoF. 

-MB

No planning at all tonight. Trying to figure out what my post would be today after my first aikido class in a while, I looked around the living room and spotted this little white thing. I use it every morning in the shower.
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No planning at all tonight. Trying to figure out what my post would be today after my first aikido class in a while, I looked around the living room and spotted this little white thing. I use it every morning in the shower.

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Melissa and I went to Bell Island today with Mark, Laura, and Simon. The Regatta went ahead today so we all had the day off. It was the first time there for all of us, and we did the usual - milkshake at the coffee shop, #2 Mine tour, a great feed of Dicks’s [sic], dessert at the Lighthouse, then we continued exploring around the island. We checked out some amazing coastal features, put Laura and Mark’s new Subaru to the test going off-road a little bit, and found the #4 Mine. My picture today was taken from the bottom of the #4 Mine looking out to the light at the end of the tunnel.
So how do this relate to the theme this week? The noise and reverb in the Mine was awesome. We’ll visit Bell Island again in the future and wander around more, I recommend you do, too.
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Melissa and I went to Bell Island today with Mark, Laura, and Simon. The Regatta went ahead today so we all had the day off. It was the first time there for all of us, and we did the usual - milkshake at the coffee shop, #2 Mine tour, a great feed of Dicks’s [sic], dessert at the Lighthouse, then we continued exploring around the island. We checked out some amazing coastal features, put Laura and Mark’s new Subaru to the test going off-road a little bit, and found the #4 Mine. My picture today was taken from the bottom of the #4 Mine looking out to the light at the end of the tunnel.

So how do this relate to the theme this week? The noise and reverb in the Mine was awesome. We’ll visit Bell Island again in the future and wander around more, I recommend you do, too.

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Back to work today, meaning scrambling for pictures after a 12 hour shift. This is probably my least favourite part of the project, as I am usually not satisfied with the picture. Tonight on the other hand I am pleased with how the photo turned out.
When I was a teenager I was starting to get into traditional Newfoundland music, and my nan gave me her old music book. This thing must be from the 80’s, with everything wrote out on a type writer, nice thick paper, with all the imperfections that come from a type writer. I was playing around with taking pictures of various things in this book, and I always found myself drawn to the table of contents. All the great Newfoundland classics all shared on one page. Reading down through the list it’s hard not reading a name without thinking of the tune in your head. Some of these songs I have very distinct memories of, as I am sure other people from Newfoundland do too. 
Here it is, a list of Newfoundland favourites, I hope some of them bring back some memories for people who read the blog.
Also, for people who don’t know Ryans and Pittmans is the original title for “Rant and Roar” 
-MB
P.S. The boat is painted green.

Back to work today, meaning scrambling for pictures after a 12 hour shift. This is probably my least favourite part of the project, as I am usually not satisfied with the picture. Tonight on the other hand I am pleased with how the photo turned out.

When I was a teenager I was starting to get into traditional Newfoundland music, and my nan gave me her old music book. This thing must be from the 80’s, with everything wrote out on a type writer, nice thick paper, with all the imperfections that come from a type writer. I was playing around with taking pictures of various things in this book, and I always found myself drawn to the table of contents. All the great Newfoundland classics all shared on one page. Reading down through the list it’s hard not reading a name without thinking of the tune in your head. Some of these songs I have very distinct memories of, as I am sure other people from Newfoundland do too. 

Here it is, a list of Newfoundland favourites, I hope some of them bring back some memories for people who read the blog.

Also, for people who don’t know Ryans and Pittmans is the original title for “Rant and Roar” 

-MB

P.S. The boat is painted green.

Buskers usually play acoustic instruments for a reason. This guy was playing unplugged, in his case was a note “need change for new guitar strings.” There wasn’t much silver in the case and everyone walked by without stopping while I was there. He was nice enough, but his music was too hard to hear over the busy street. 
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Buskers usually play acoustic instruments for a reason. This guy was playing unplugged, in his case was a note “need change for new guitar strings.” There wasn’t much silver in the case and everyone walked by without stopping while I was there. He was nice enough, but his music was too hard to hear over the busy street. 

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