Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Rail View Camera & My Heuristic Professor


This is a large format photo I took with a rail view camera, of my most excellent Professor, mentor and friend, Thaddeus Holownia, during a class field trip, to Rockport, New Brunswick.

Many years ago, I first heard the name, Thaddeus Holownia, after perusing one of those little independent book stores where you loose yourself, and all track of time and space in that special find.

I looked at one of these, a photography book, by Thaddeus, and wondered who was this mysterious man, who took the most amazing photos of the marshes I grew up around. His name alone was enough to intrigue anyone.

Little did I know or even imagine years later I would have the opportunity to study photography under him, as the Head of the Fine Art Department at Mount Allison. I found out he is just a regular guy who has an exceptional passion for life and captures that through his heart by way of the lens of a view camera, oh and happens to have a great name you don't soon forget.

As my third year is winding down, I am reflecting on what I have learned and am excited to be going into my fourth year. I have decided I will once again, embark upon another photographic adventure. I know it has been a love/ hate relationship for me with photography and has been at times my nemesis, but it is has all been and will continue to be, a worthwhile struggle. I see that, as a painter, there is a strong connection between the two mediums and I am really just beginning to understand what that connection is
.

It is really is all about enjoying the journey not the destination, one day at a time.


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