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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Primal Encounters

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Primal Encounters

Posted on 30 May 2011 by Liza Mae V.

about Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

“CONTACT is an annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues … the festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography.  CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.” – Visit the festivals website for more information. (www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com)

 

Contact Festival - Primal Encounters Front Installation

Exhibit Overview | Primal Encounters featuring Janusz Wrobel

As I was roaming through exhibits the name and sample photos of  ‘Primal Encounters’ featuring Janusz Wrobel for Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the photos online caught my eye.  There is something about nature photography with water that always seems to draw me in to the photo.  Prior to even reading the description, I failed to recognize that these photos were taken in Canada in the Great Canadian Shield.  The exhibit is being held at the Petroff Gallery (1016 Eglinton Ave W.) until June 6, 2011.

Contact Festival - Primal Encounters Installation at Petroff Gallery

Contact Festival - Primal Encounters Installation at Petroff Gallery (photo courtesy of Petroff Gallery)

As I entered the gallery, I was greeted by some ladies who worked there and they gave me the scoop on the photographer and how he creates his photography.  He basically camps out at various locations for a couple of weeks at a time and is very selective with his photos, every photograph is composed with thought and precision.

“Landscape photography is not about the art of seeing but more about the art of experiencing. I take the time to study and identify the relationships of all key elements. By the time I arrive at a personal perspective I have become a part of the picture” – Janusz Wrobel

What really amazes me is that some of the images are taken in Ontario. I’ve heard from a couple of friends who have camped around Ontario and mentioned that there are some beautiful places that you would never imagine existed in Ontario, but now that I’ve seen some amazing photos by Janusz Wrobel, I am intrigued to discover what Ontario has to offer.  I’ve never camped before but I am always up for the adventure.  Road trip and camping anyone?

Favorite Photographs from the Primal Encounters Exhibit

Contact Festival - Primal Encounters_Deep
Deep
Contact Festival - Primal Encounters_From-Here-and-Now-#1
From Here and Now #1
Contact Festival - Primal Encounters_From-Pebble-Beach-#1
From Pebble Beach #1

The last photo really brought back memories of  the Philippines in 2010 when I went to Guintubdan and climbed the mountain to go to the falls.  I couldn’t believe how clean the water was and admired how beautiful the rocks looked in the water.

Guintubdan, Philippines 2010
Guintubdan, Philippines 2010

Exhibit & Photographer Information

WHERE: Petroff Gallery – 1016 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, M6C 2C5
WHEN: May 1 –  June 6
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm
Sun 12 – 5pm
CONTACT INFO:
(416) 782 1696
PHOTOGRAPHER: Janusz Wrobel (www.jwrobelphoto.com)

 

 

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Bending Light

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival | Bending Light

Posted on 28 May 2011 by Liza Mae V.

about Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

“CONTACT is an annual festival of photography in Toronto, during the month of May, with over 1000 local, national and international artists exhibiting at more than 200 venues … the festival is devoted to celebrating, and fostering the art and profession of photography.  CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural event in Canada.” – Visit the festivals website for more information. (www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com)

Contact Festival - Bending Light Exhibit 2011

Exhibit Overview | Bending Light featuring L. E. Glazer

I have been talking about the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival before it started in May and finally visited my first exhibit called ‘Bending Light’ featuring L. E. Glazer.  When I was researching for exhibits in the area from the CONTACT festival map, the name of the exhibit sold me, for as a photographer, we usually try to work with light but the phrase ‘bending light’ seemed a lot more intriguing.  The exhibit is located in the showroom of Olympia Tile International, a really odd place to hold an exhibit for the people who go there are looking for wall or floor tiles.  Anyways, when you walk in to the showroom, the exhibit is on your left by the sun room.

Contact Festival - Bending Light Exhibit 2011 Showroom

The photographer, L. E. Glazer, exhibit focuses on reflective and manipulative photography.  The exhibit description is a little confusing but from first glance it reminded me of some of my reflection photography.  I really liked some of his works for it takes reflective photography in to a whole different realm of reality.  It reminded me of some of my reflective photography work.

 

Favorites from the Bending Light Collection

Soho No. 1 by L. E. Glazer
Soho No. 1
Quilt No. 1 by L. E. Glazer

Quilt

Street Dancer No. 1 by L. E. Glazer

Street Dancer

Exhibit Information

WHERE: 1000 Lawrence Ave W. Toronto, M6B 4A8
WHEN: May 1 – 31st
HOURS OF OPERATION:
Monday – Wednesday 8am – 7pm
Thursday until 9pm
Friday until 4:45pm
Sunday 10:am – 5 pm by Appointment (416) 785 6666

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live life with no regrets … just love and appreciate

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live life with no regrets … just love and appreciate

Posted on 25 May 2011 by Liza Mae V.

“So here I am sitting in a corner
feeling the world around me, slowly caving in …
watching the walls coming closer
as I shrivel up into a ball
getting smaller and smaller …
Feeling the pressure incase me
trapping my soul …
For after death, my souls all I have,
and as I take my last breaths
I appreciate what life I have left …
just gotta live life with
NO REGRETS”

– Liza Mae (Drunken State in Kentucky – May 20, 2005)

 

Live Life with No Regrets

another year of my life has passed and as I trace back my past … I smile with great appreciation.  As of late, I started to look at all the people in my life with such love and appreciation that I am starting to feel all this love in my heart that it shows in everything I do.  I’m sure the love was always there but I took it for granted and I apologize.  Now that I’m starting to pay attention I feel truly loved.  Maybe it is due to the fact that I started to look for love within myself and God that it transferred outwardly to people around me.

Press Play.

“My friends wonder what is wrong with me
‘Coz I’m caught up in a hazy love, you see
It’s comeback to let me know
Got a thing called love and it won’t let go

Love is the word, have you heard, it’s superb
It’s got groove, it’s got style, it’s got feeling
Love is the word that I’ve heard
It’s so hard to describe what it is that I’m feeling|

What you know about love?
The truest kinda love I know
Is when I love myself for my soul
What good am I to you if I don’t love myself
Before I love someone else?

The realest kinda love I know
Is when I learn to love and let go,
Sometimes you cannot hold on to
To the river when, when it flows”

– Sweet Back | Love is the Word

I have never felt this way before and I hope the feeling doesn’t fade.  I appreciate everyone that has influenced my life in the most positive ways for you light up my life.  The least I can do is show my appreciation.

Thank You from Liza Mae

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missing you

Posted on 23 May 2011 by Liza Mae V.

Sunday February 20, 2011

We arrived at the airport and he opened the trunk to grab his luggage.  We exchange words and actions of love.  As tears fell down my face, I felt my heart shake at its core like an earthquake.

I dreaded this morning for the past month and tried to control my feelings because I’ve been here before … so it should be easy right?  WRONG!  The feelings I have are still the same and I can never really get used to separating with the one I love.  I know that the first few days would be rough and that is something I’ve got to accept.  Everything reminds me of him.  A web page, a TV show, his writing on random pieces of paper, and the list goes on.  I have already written a list of things I miss about him when he went to China last year and I just had to read it again for those things haven’t changed.  Maybe I should write a post about what reminds me of him, lol, maybe another day.

Case – Missing You

today’s … long distance outlook

Things are not as bad as when I wrote that in terms of being so reminiscent of everything, as time moves on I’ve become detached to those things for I would go insane.  Long distance relationships are challenging for the mere fact that we are living in opposite time zones, living in different continents, and things are just different.  My distance is at an extreme but it doesn’t shake the feeling like many couple’s distance can be in different states/provinces, cities, or even just boroughs – long distance is defined as not being able to see each other for the distance separates you from having a ‘normal’ relationship.  It is difficult regardless of how far for it is all the same feeling.

Black Eyed Peas – Missing You

So how am I coping?

It feels like I am on an emotional roller coaster where I have days of pure greatness, then I have a great deal of sadness, and there are points in between.  I look on the times of greatness and I realized I couldn’t have done it with my friends and family.  I appreciate each and everyone who has had to hear my rants whether it was in person or via text.  I wouldn’t of made it without you.  I thank you and I love you!!!

on a happier track … Calvin Harris – Bounce feat. Kelis

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Behind the May 2011 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper on LuxaVision

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Behind the May 2011 Desktop Calendar Wallpaper on LuxaVision

Posted on 01 May 2011 by Liza Mae V.

I designed May 2011 desktop calendar wallpaper on LuxaVision and it is getting quite the traffic and it really excites me to see such progress in such a short time frame.  I created this on PhotoShop CS4 – I know I should upgrade to CS5 but haven’t gotten around to it.  It is one of those things on my to-do list but isn’t on high priority, so it happens on a random day like today.  I was just gonna go to Timothy’s to relax and have a coffee with my MacBook Pro after a property showing and I walked by the Riverdale Mac store (which had such friendly and helpful staff – much better than the Apple store where it smells like foot funk) and it triggered a thought that I should get quote on how much it would be to get my DVD reader/burner replaced, which was a little bit more than I wanted to spend and made me inquire about upgrading my RAM.  This was something on my to-do list as well and thought the best time is now!  So I upgraded from 2GB to 8GB RAM awesomeness which will be 4x as fast!  I thought it was more important than a burner for I am on my MacBook Pro majority of my day and I burn a CD/DVD a few times a year.  So back to my point, I will eventually get to upgrading to PhotoShop CS5 but probably wait until CS6, knowing me, I mean I read that there aren’t significant changes between CS4 and CS5, so I’m not in rush, unless someone tells me something really cool about CS5 compared to CS4.

This is the May 2011 desktop calendar wallpaper but can be downloaded as large as 1440×900, just visit LuxaVision, or click on the image below to be redirected.

LuxaVision | May 2011 Desktop Calendar Wall Paper

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I am a twenty-somethings female photographer in search of love, the meaning of life, and adventure. I am passionate about anything photography from the snap to the click.

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