Neale is taking a well-earned break, so Gemma joins Kevin at the helm as they steer the good ship Fujicast into several Icebergs. We discuss what makes us successful and more GAS. Are we buying cameras because they look cool or because they do the job? Just why haven’t Kev and Neale kept their promise to Gemma, and what is the right thing to wear to a wedding? The book of the week is ‘If We Shadows’ by Bailey, which Gemma gets stuck into, and acclaimed photographer Spencer Wynn is our guest. Hang around to the end of the show to see just how it went when Kev & Gemma cracked some cold ones and tried their best.
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Today’s guest is Canadian Photographer Spencer Wynn
A story teller at heart, Spencer’s career has taken him to extremes. Using his skills as a visual journalist, designer and photographer, Wynn has lived the stories he tells saying, “ One can only truly tell a story of a people or culture if you have lived with the people or in the culture”.
His two-year documentary work on the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal gas disaster in India is one such example.
He has also lived with Inuit in the Canadian Arctic, joining an Inuit hunting party on the polar ice. He has eaten raw seal, fresh from the ice when it was killed to feed several families and cloth the children. Wynn has sailed up the west coast of Greenland and into the Northwest Passage while documenting fishing villages, the impact on the environment, and lay on his stomach with a large huddle (herd) of walrus to photograph them!
His many trips to China have taken him to all regions of the vast country including Tibet, living in caves, yurts, deserts and at high altitude. The ethnic diversity of China is a fascination for Wynn and a constant draw, luring him back.
As a college educator, Spencer is an animated professor, engaging his students in the discovery of creating images through story-based project work. “I love my students, I am so inspired by their ideas and their thirst to learn”. Every semester, Spencer organizes his, Midnight Run – a shooting trip that begins at midnight, shooting the night sky north of Toronto.
Spencer is a creative person, always looking to push himself and his skills in order to stay current with technology and learn more about the diversity around him.
Book of the week is If We Shadows David Bailey
Sometimes tender and witty, often violent and disturbing, David Bailey’s photographs have lost neither their power to arouse and to shock, nor the aesthetic appeal which makes them linger in the mind.
In this collection of classic work from the 1980s, the artist abstains from any comment or explanation – each viewer sees in these pictures what he or she is prepared to see. If there is comment, it arises from the photographer’s wickedly funny or coldly horrifying juxtapositions.
Bob Geldof faces a Peruvian Christ figure; a laughing Anita Pallenburg and a grinning skull make up a modern vanitas. We are often attracted; we are sometimes repelled. We cannot remain indifferent.
David Bailey’s mature style has gained in profundity without any loss of the energy of his work in the 1960s. We see, too, that there has been no retreat from his dedication to honesty. But though these `shadows’ may offend, they also excite and instruct, and show us the world of a photographer whose vision has been ever sharpened by time.