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Cornelia Barber: Looking at Emma's Dilemma

Cornelia Barber: Looking at Emma’s Dilemma

        “There is No Scene Here” Looking at Emma’s Dilemma (Henry Hills, 2012) by Cornelia Barber To look is to be curious, to be interested, to lower yourself. No one you look at is worth it. Looking is always demeaning. The word conversation is banished. I think that’s what best conveys the...
From Al Purdy's Storm Warning 2

From Al Purdy’s Storm Warning 2

In my reading around Al Purdy of late I came across a copy of Storm Warning 2. I would love to get the poems up too, but I’ll start with this amazing gallery of poets circa 1975.
The Men Around Here

The Men Around Here

The men around here huddle still and sudden as mountains. Their hands dangle like wrenches. Thumbs of sandpaper. Use me, they say. I’m ready. Hours gather, hard in stomachs. Overalls stiff,  scarred as the skin of elephants. There where the sparks landed, a hole, there where he dropped the blowtorch, a swath soft as the...
Jen Benka: Poemgraphs

Jen Benka: Poemgraphs

SQ: I love these, Jen. I’m amazed at how different they are, given the sameness of the type, the basic poem, as a visual from this distance. Can you tell me how you got started? JB: Thank you, Sina. Well, I studied photography in college, in addition to writing, and have on- and off-again experimented with...
In conversation: Zoe Strauss

In conversation: Zoe Strauss

(Photograph by Zoe Strauss) If you reading this fuck you Zoe Strauss is a self-taught photography-based installation artist. She lives and works in Philadelphia where she was born (at Pennsylvania Hospital, the nation’s first), and with the exception of a brief sojourn in Nevada, where she was raised. Strauss comes from a close-knit family. Her...

While The Babies Slept: A Study In Green While Walking After a Storm on the Plateau

Quebec protest: the writing is on the wall

Celebrating the Queen’s Jubilee in Plateau

The red patch smelled like clover

The red patch smelled like clover, originally uploaded by lemon hound. One of a series from an old group of photos added to a Six Word Stories pool. Not sure that the title is enough to gesture toward a narrative, but it does give a motivation for the movement,  I suppose, and knits together the...

Poetry is your bitch

Aspect Ratio

Ongoing series of Montreal shots, particularly focusing on the northeast corner of the plateau.


Not quite back in the province of my youth, but close. Such a different scale.Thinking more about Jeff Wall and now this Vancouver born photographer, who graduated from Emily Carr. Karin Bubas series Studies in Landscape and Wardrobe reminds me a little too much of those 70s fashion spreads mimicking that ubiquitous photographer–soft focus, near...

Random thoughts

Hearing vowels. Hardening consonants. Laying about in post card settings. “Sometimes I feel the world desperate; then walk among the downs,” (Woolf August 15, 1931). Why are Rodney Graham‘s trees upside down?The Vancouver School… Over the past two decades Vancouver has become internationally renowned for contemporary photo-based work, particularly the “Vancouver School” of photoconceptualism that...

Morning Cleaning

“It’s more interesting to look at the picture as a representation than to look at the event as an event.” Jeff Wall Certainly if the average person were to describe the event recreated in Wall’s “Morning Cleaning” below courtesy of the Hasselblad Foundation, it most likely would not evoke anywhere near the response the photograph...

Vancouver Photography

Bill Jeffries, Glen Lowry & Jerry Zaslove, eds., Unfinished Business:Photographing Vancouver Streets 1955 to 1985 (Burnaby: West Coast Line, 2005) In June I walked into the Monte Clark Gallery on Granville Street and experienced an odd disconnect. I was seeing a densely populated urban illumination that was obviously an unfamiliar landscape, but it seemed very...

Wall on Wall

This weekend in the Globe & Mail. The Hound on Wall at Moma here and here and other posts…

In conversation with Stephanie Fysh

(all photographs by Stephanie Fysh) SQ: You recently had your first juried show at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto in conjunction with Contact 2007. Can you tell me how that came about? SF: I hadn’t planned to show at all this year – I had other things I wanted to focus on, including financially –...

Looking for, and Resisting, Diane Arbus

I posted on Diane Arbus very briefly after seeing her show at the Met, and after seeing a show in Chelsea. Briefly I suppose because despite her dual giantess status in both feminist and photography worlds, I’m still not sure what to say about her. The prolific photographer worked extensively in the 50s and 60s, publishing...