November 30, 2010
After working at Artcite all day I look like I’ve been in a Russian prison.
Posted by jodi on November 30, 2010 at 9.56pm
November 29, 2010
Our fancy new front loading washing machine has necessitated a laundry-area rug to protect my wet, dropped clothes from basement floor gunk. And so this braid rug and its accompanying bag of fabric strips were dug out of the bowels of the attic to be finished.
It was started some time in the late 1990s and abandoned at some point in distress over the fact that once sewn together, it wasn’t lying very flat on the floor. The fabrics range from old secondhand wool suits to leftovers from a skirt my gramma made me to permanent press polyester trousers that used to belong to my granddad. This photo shows how the rug came out of the attic, but there’s been some noticeable progress made since then. Of course, there’s no longer an urgency to finish it since Peter convinced me the rug will be too nice to get ruined on the damp basement floor and that it should be in a living area instead. Guess it’s going to be crocheted bedsheet strips for the washing machine, then.
Posted by jodi on November 29, 2010 at 12.58pm
November 25, 2010
Today I’m puttering around the house waiting on the arrival of two of our favourite Americans, who are coming to spend Americanthanksgiving with us. Of course, it’s an ordinary cold and rainy November day here, as we celebrate our Thanksgiving a month earlier (I suppose because the height of our harvest is a month earlier). Honestly I don’t really understand why my dear neighbours to the south* would want to cram two turkey-eating holidays so close together when the leftovers, which although I don’t eat turkey myself I’m given to believe are the best part of it all, could be spread out over so many more months. Let’s just add it to the long list of stuff I still don’t understand about all y’all’s culture even after having lived there for the better part of three years.
BUT! I just used “all y’all’s” in a sentence! Can I get a hell yeah?
Thanksgiving weekend, October 2010: all photos taken with the Double Shot camera, Fuji S-200 film.
The customary post-meal walk to the park: my cousin Jon and his son, Jon.
Some shots of the barn in my gramma’s backyard, which is full of holes and falling-down bits and is being lived in by wild kitties and will probably have to come down soon.
That’s okay though, everybody loves tearing down a barn. Somebody call Adrienne Clarkson!
*I feel obliged to point out that my dear neighbours to the south are actually to the north due to our living in the little finger Ontario extends beneath Michigan’s mitten to give it a little tickle on the wrist. I can stand in the middle of my street in Canada and look north and see the United States and that is just weird, y’all. But I’m waving! Have a nice holiday! And please stay off the highway between Chicago and Detroit so our friends can get here fast.
Posted by jodi on November 25, 2010 at 1.29pm
November 22, 2010
This is why I keep shooting film even though I’m no good at it and can’t afford it: dumb luck gave me perfect alignment with two adjacent frames on the Double Shot camera. A small, unexpected delight for a hack with an expensive hobby. Fuji S-200.
Posted by jodi on November 22, 2010 at 12.16pm
November 21, 2010
Pentax ME Super, Fuji 400-PR.
Taken in May 2003 at the University of Windsor’s energy from waste facility, where Kay Byrne and I took our drawing students for a day to practice their interior perspectives in a Brutalist environment filled with industrial machinery. Kay and I were teaching assistants together for the first test run of a three week intersession drawing course designed for non-art majors: 5 hours a day of intensive drawing practice, 5 days a week. By the end of it we’d managed to coax some excellent drawings out of a group of (mostly) business and economics students who had never picked up a graphite stick before.
Posted by jodi on November 21, 2010 at 11.42am
November 18, 2010
Bike racks at the ruins of J.A.D. McCurdy Public School. Shot with the Holga and Fuji S-400 film.
Dave and Claire checking out a hole in the ground underneath what used to be the principal’s office. Double Shot camera, Fuji S-200 film.
Old WWII firing range (left), the spot where the Albatross Tavern used to be (right). Double Shot camera, Fuji S-200 film.
Posted by jodi on November 18, 2010 at 5.05pm
November 15, 2010
I’ve finally finished scanning my negatives from the summer. Now working on Labour Day weekend, autumn and Thanksgiving backlog. This is a delayed gratification hobby!
Outside House Darkyard’s gate; Double Shot camera, Fuji S-200:
And some with Fuji S-400, rigged up with rubber bands and foam in the Holga. The Tudor House merchants on Battle Road:
Our pirate neighbours, next block down from us on the lake:
Some pretty tents and heraldry (living in a fishbowl for a few weeks makes one rather brazen about taking photos of the private living quarters of strangers):
Posted by jodi on November 15, 2010 at 6.20pm
November 12, 2010
This will be the cover photo for Peter’s first solo album. Or perhaps will replace this one as his Bestselling Author photo.
Pentax ME Super, Agfa APX-100.
Posted by jodi on November 12, 2010 at 1.51pm
November 11, 2010
I was going through old discs a while back and found this silly piece of work I did in undergrad for a photography class. We were learning photoshop and the project was to design a book cover.
I remember at the time thinking that what I came up with was hilarious (and the thought of Oprah putting such a title in her book club So Totally Hilarious) but Kay, the grad student teaching the class, had a background in graphic design and gave me shit for putting that logo there. Ah, well. At least I got to use my L.L.B.S. degree for something.
Posted by jodi on November 11, 2010 at 10.39am
November 10, 2010
At a fancy wine drinking party put on by the casino for the high rollers. At which we were part of the ambiance (ie artists showing artwork), not part of the casino high rollers. We did get to eat and drink for free, though, which is usually the reason artists go to events, amirite?
Posted by jodi on November 10, 2010 at 12.03pm