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Vivian Maier

Some recent life events have caused me to give pause and think about photography. I’ve come to realize that our entire culture today of social media is completely based on sharing. For Photographers, it’s about sharing photos. We judge success by Facebook likes or Twitter retweets. We virtually don’t know a world now without this. We are constantly seeking feedback from others. And if we don’t get it or someone else receives more than we do, we take it as a personal knock against us. We’ve created a culture of “social-media-peeping-toms.” Now what if someone were to short circuit that culture of feedback? What would happen if a Photographer took hundreds of thousands of photos but never showed them to a single person?

Enter: Vivian Maier.

This documentary is due out in March of this year.

This woman blows my mind. Not only because her street photography photos rock the set. But because of her completely opposite attitude when it comes to sharing photos. She just didn’t. Ever. It wasn’t until after her death that we get an open window into the life and work of a truly amazing photographer.

Think about this the next time you Instagram, Facebook, Tweet, Vine, etc ad nauseam. What if nobody else ever saw your work? Could you possibly live without being a social media princess – without your groupies and fans? Could you live without the likes? Could you function without the retweets and  shares?  Can you distill away all the jibber jabber and just be happy with your negatives in a box (or RAW files on a hard drive)?


Where food comes from

Since Canada has been undergoing it’s wide scale urbanization over the past several decades, people have gotten further away from the land. By that I mean, it is widely held that food comes from a grocery store, packaged in plastic. It’s clear that there is a veil of cellophane over many peoples’ eyes about the truth. Our food doesn’t come from a grocery store. It is produced on the land, be it meat, grains, dairy or vegetables. There are still a select few who live closer to the land than many of our urbanized counterparts. I include myself in the former group. 🙂 I admire many of the elderly people I know (I’m talking 90+) who lived growing up on the farm. Having chicken for supper meant walking down to the chicken coop, axe in hand. A far cry from today’s styrofoam container experience!

I decided to put together this little photo-essay documentary about the “organic” experience that hunters still have with the land, the animals they hunt and/or farm, and the end result of that labour: food for the table. More specifically, smoked sausage made from deer, moose, elk and pork.

The images are real life – they contain scenes of life, death and blood. Be advised. But, in living and operating this way, we know exactly where our food comes from, and what’s in it. Our people have been living this way for generations. “100 mile challenges” weren’t pithy movements, they were everyday life! And, thankfully for some of us, they still are. 😎

All the shots here were taken on either a cellphone camera, iPod camera or Nikon V1.