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Tony | June 22, 2014


Jörg Colberg published a review of Back to me. He also has some
words about small publishers and some other foto-books.


Yes, we’re doing a second edition of Back to me. It will be slightly
smaller in size and unsigned, but will contain all the pictures that
were in the first edition.

I suggest you check it out. XXXX. Follow the link to order your copy
of the 2nd edition. This is beautiful, important work.


Kind of too busy this week, what with the World Cup and shooting
for money and stuff, for a full-fledged drool.

And, lest you think I’m just climbing on the World Cup bandwagon,
rest assured that both Cin and I are longstanding football (soccer)
nuts. We subscribe to the channel and watch 4 or 5 games a week,
every week. But World Cup time really eats into productivity.

Speaking of climbing on the bandwagon . . . here are a few iPhone
out takes. Pix that didn’t make it to my pretty much brand new
Instagram feed. Tune in there and see what develops yukyukyuk.

iPhone only, miscellanea, ephemera, no filters.


Bank Street

Moose hide

Cindy in a field

Lil and Gus


Tony | June 15, 2014

I’ve never really owned a cell phone. Sure, way back when, I had a
Motorola Razr, used it sporadically, left it in my car, someone broke
into my car, stole the phone. It took me 3 months to realize it was
missing so I figured I didn’t really need or want one, never replaced it.

Now, 5 or 6 years later I’m the owner of an brand new iPhone. Bought
to do the Instagram thing.

Walking the dogs. My first Instagram post. (All images from my Instagram feed.)

I’m pondering, from a newcomers perspective, just what Instagram
is. What follows will be old news to seasoned IG practitioners, so
feel free to skip it . . . .

First of all, I had no idea what IG was about. I mean, I knew that it
was image-based social media, you can only (mostly) do it from a
smart phone and that it has quite a number of adherents. But that’s
as far as my knowledge went.

Inverted foto of Polaroid 665 negative. Ray Zahab, Canadian extreme runner.

My initial thought about doing an IG feed was to use it to show an
actual project, one just for IG (maybe bumped over to Fb). But the
images show up way too small for that, and they’re too fleeting. No,
this is not a platform (as far as I can see) on which to unroll anything
too serious.

Instagram does seem, though, a swell platform on which to throw
up ephemera. And we all know how collections of memorabilia can
become, well, something.

Mom and dad, selfie. 1949.

All collections define the person who aggregates them. It’s just that
some of those definitions seem smarter, more worthwhile, than others.
Of course, what floats my boat may very well leave yours beached, and,
it goes without saying, vice versa. In this, IG is a lot likeTwitter and a bit
like Facebook. My predilections on all these platforms veer more towards
personal truth-telling (whatever that is or may mean), and I tend to get
pissed off at suburban high-jinks/concerns, banter and gossip (not that
I don’t love gossip. Who doesn’t?)


So far, I’ve realized that, for me, IG is not the place to “do a project”. The
first few days I was shooting with the iPhone, I spent some time mimicking
what I do with my other cameras (tools) and my usual (as far as that goes)
approach. Didn’t work.


I also decided to not use it to “showcase” work I’ve done with other cameras,
for other projects. Some folks do, but that’s too easy and kind of counter to
what the platform seems to want. (Though, of course, anyone can use any
platform as they see fit. See above.)

Instead I think I’ll just roll with it as a repository of ephemera. Make of it what
you will.

Follow me here: XXXX


Tony | June 8, 2014

I had written a thing, was all ready to post it today.

Then I realized it was all wrong, so I’ve got nothing.

Except this picture from Official Ottawa.

Parliament Hill with Leopard tank.

And, yes, I have joined Instagram.

You can follow me here, XXXX


You can support independent publishing by going to
STRAYLIGHT Press and buying stuff. It’s good.


Here’s what Colin Pantall sez about STRAYLIGHT:

Straylight Press, one of the most interesting of the new
photobook publishers. For some reason Straylight feels
a bit realer than most. . . it hits the spot and is much
more than a decorative publisher. It makes books about
things that matter. And it publishes people who don’t get
published elsewhere.


Tony | June 1, 2014

Last week I briefly touched upon how shooting projects where you have
gone right to the edge, in terms of what’s at stake, can skew what seems

Perhaps that post, brief as it was, was the best I could put it (because
it was brief). But I’ll try to (briefly) expand on those thoughts here.

Here goes . . .

After you’ve shot, been immersed in, a project that is dangerous to
your well-being, that has pushed you to the edge of sanity, where
the effects of the shooting drive, like a nail, into your brain, where
do you go from there?

My motel room, Ohio, 2004 (from American States)

In a way a project that has that effect on you is like falling in love.
You are so affected, the feelings are so powerful. You are kind of
scared but have never felt so alive. The passion and importance
cannot be denied.

Bush, 2010 (from USER)

But that first blush never lasts. Over time things settle, the passion
dissipates and the dull routine of existence once again asserts its
primacy. You can then go looking for a new love, try to feel those
feelings again (a chumps game if you ask me), or you can accept
the fact that there are always peaks and valleys in life, that you are
on an arc whose architecture must obey the demands of emotional
physics. Nature abhors a vacuum, it always seeks equilibrium. But
nature also needs chaos to create.

Site of the operation, April 6, 2011 (from LIVE THROUGH THIS)

And one thing always leads to another. If you keep working you’ll
end up with a compendium of projects. Some will matter more than
others, but each will be colored by what has come before and, in turn,
color what comes after. Unless, that is, you just keep doing the same
thing over and over and over and over. Stasis equals death, just like
thought minus action equals zero.

Juno, army mascot, 2014 (from Official Ottawa)

. . .Think now
History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors
And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions,
Guides us by vanities. Think now
She gives when our attention is distracted
And what she gives, gives with such supple confusions
That the giving famishes the craving. Gives too late
What’s not believed in, or is still believed,
In memory only, reconsidered passion. Gives too soon
Into weak hands, what’s thought can be dispensed with
Till the refusal propagates a fear. Think
Neither fear nor courage saves us. Unnatural vices
Are fathered by our heroism. Virtues
Are forced upon us by our impudent crimes.
These tears are shaken from the wrath-bearing tree.

from Gerontion - T.S. Eliot


STRAYLIGHT has 2 new publications on offer . . . .

TENSION by Boreal Collective is a newsprint thing, that makes sense
when you pull it apart. It’s $4.50 (what a deal).


Page spreads

Pulled apart and pasted to a wall

I don’t speak Spanish is a booklet by yours truly . . .being a stranger
in a strange land, not really knowing, not seeing the whole picture,
walking on my way to nowhere. It’s $12.50 and comes with a swell
5×5 inch print (an out take, suitable for framing). (What a deal.)

Cover and included print


Page spreads

Go here to buy: XXXX (Tenson is in the OTHER/STUFF section, I don’t
speak Spanish