Monthly Archives: May 2011

365 Day 4

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All righty. Day 4 is in the kitchen. Lets get mashed.

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365 Day 3

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Well, I wasn’t feeling all fired up today for anything really. Picking up my camera certainly helps with the blues and gets me some energy. With the theme of around the house, I have no shortage of possibilities and today, they come in pairs.

 

My desk buddies.

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Macro kitty

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While only one post is required for my 365 project, once I start shooting, I’m usually doing quite a bit. It’s so easy with digital, and frankly, for macro work, wonderful to have that. So here are a few more from yesterday, of a pesky kitty that wouldn’t sit still but neither does most of the stuff I shoot macro, so it’s good practise.

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365 Day 2

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Hearts and flowers.

It’s day two for the 365 project. The week’s theme is things found in my house. Hey, I don’t  even have to get dressed and go outside if I’m feeling lazy, so why not?

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365 Project

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Can you tell what this is?

 

I’ve started a 365 project. I’m not shooting enough and I figure, like many people, this will get me doing so each day. These will be mostly digital images, since I don’t have a half decent scanner and I won’t be going to the darkroom to do a roll of film a day. I may post some now and then, but don’t count on it.

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Welcome to my new blog site

I’ve moved my blog from Blogger to hosting it myself. I’ve copied in all my old posts. For those new to my blog, you’ll find me posting photos, info and my rather definite opinions. You’ve been warned.

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Images of Arch Cape, Oregon

I had the wonderful chance to visit Arch Cape, Oregon last fall for a workshop and only recently seriously looked at the images I made, as I was going through them to enter another photo competition. Here’s an eclectic selection that I think exemplifies the amazing variety of places and things you see on the coast, on the boundary of water and land. Enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Unpaid internships are exploitation. Period.

I had to write a post, seeing a tweet for Walrus magazine for an unpaid internship. 6 months, 30 hours a week and no pay what so ever. This pisses me off. Big time. I’ve written about working for free before and I’ll say it again. Don’t. Period.

Why? How about the lovely term exploitation? Ring any bells? Yeah, I feel very strongly about this. Working for free does NOT benefit you. Yes, you’ll get on the job learning, but guess what, most business pay YOU to learn how to do your damn job. Your time is valuable, worth money and should be compensated. You aren’t going to an internship, I hope, knowing nothing at all about the job. Chances are, you are fresh out of school and have several years of education to back you up. When you take a job for free, it says very clearly that you put no value on all that time you spent learning how to do something. It also says, you are OK with an employer placing no value on your time either.

Unpaid internships should be banned. Since that is impossible to do, make a point of never accepting one, encourage everyone else not to accept one, rat out the shameful behaviour of these companies who demand one, and stand up and say NO!

Don’t buy any of that bullshit about how it’s an honour to study under a big name professional. Or that what you learn will be worth it, no matter what. They are making money from your labour. They are getting paid. So should you.

Insist on it. Don’t know how to say it? Watch this video. Mike Monteiro will tell you how, in clear plain english.
2011/03 Mike Monteiro | F*ck You. Pay Me. from SanFrancisco/CreativeMornings on Vimeo.

Stand up for yourself, have some self respect, value yourself and your time and demand that they pay you, damn it. Even minimum wage is better by far than free. After all, if someone doing a brain dead minimum wage job actually takes home money, why the hell shouldn’t you?

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