Joel Meyerowitz, one of the great street photographers of the twentieth century, talks about his time watching the photographer Robert Frank taking pictures (“and it was all so physical, balletic and magical”), to his own time, shooting for over 50 years, with most of his work being shot in New York. He explains his views on photography as well as his need to get into Ground Zero, after 9/11, to document the wreckage of the Twin Towers being cleared, where he shot for nine months.
Here is a wonderful example of an interactive, photography and video project by the Canadian artist and filmmaker Kevin Lee Burton, titled ‘God’s Lake Narrows‘.
Here is what the New York Times wrote about it:
“The impetus for ‘God’s Lake Narrows’ — a personal, multilayered story produced by Canada’s publicly financed National Film Board — was the notion that few people aside from Mr. Lee Burton can envision a “classic northern town.”
It’s very much a question of access. “If you’re in New York,” Mr. Lee Burton, 32, says in the interactive, “you’d be 3,156 kilometers away from God’s Lake. All things considered I’m going to bet you’ve never visited.”
With virtually no economy, the reserve depends heavily upon the government for financial support. Because of the shortage of housing, he and his family shifted from one home to the next, living with relatives. School stopped at the ninth grade. At 15, Mr. Lee Burton — who was born to a Cree mother and a white father — had no choice but to move south to attend public school.
“God’s Lake Narrows,” which was created and produced by Mr. Lee Burton and a sizable team, tries to break down the stereotypes often associated with native reserves.”
For a number of weekends now I have been helping out on the short film HOUSE TRAFALGAR, shooting stills, assisting the cinematographer and sometimes recording the sound. It has been an exicting journey, and an interesting one also. I have not been involved in moving images for a few years now, and the film’s director, Mark Tew, is a very old friend and someone I used to shoot music videos with.
And so I present to you some production stills, after the outline of this film which, as soon as it is cut, I will be posting a link to..
Directed by Mark Tew Written and Produced by Simon Messingham Starring Charlie Allen as the Captain And the crew of HMH Number 5 Salisbury Road
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