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I just stumbled upon a photographer named Patrick Cummins on Flickr who has been taking incredible photos of buildings, houses, storefronts, motels, potholes, garages and everything else in Toronto since the late 1970s… If you live in Toronto and care to sift through this stunning and meticulously compiled collection long enough you will find your home. Absolutely amazing.

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Nadia started a monthly photo blog collective:

A bunch of us will be contributing a photo a month based on a common theme. October’s subject was RED. I snapped my photo between Calgary and Edmonton on a doc shoot a few weeks ago.

In Nadia’s words:

The title of this blog was inspired by American photographer Wynn Bullock who said he loved photography because “it gives me the power to go beyond conventional ways of seeing and understanding and say, ‘This is real, too.'”

Nicely put.


MINA MAY, who we did a music video for back in June 09, were recently featured on LA BLOGOTHEQUE (if you haven’t already perused the Take Away Shows, you should definitely spend some time here). Filmmaker Vincent Moon has shot over 100 bands in various locations, mostly in Paris but all over the world at this point, each performing a song in one continuous take shot in a lo-fi, impromptu style. You’ll probably find tons of bands you love on this site, playing in stairwells, bars and playgrounds or, in Mina May’s case, walking up cobblestone streets on the French Riviera.

Here’s the video we did for them last year while they were still based in Montreal:

This was brought to my attention yesterday, and if you’re reading this I really think you should click the link:

www.thewildernessdowntown.com

Director Chris Milk has created a beautiful, customizable music video for Arcade Fire’s WE USED TO WAIT that merges nostalgia and technology in what is the best use of “interactive media” I have seen so far. I’ve listened to seminars, watched demos and listened to many thoughts on interactive and the direction in which it’s going, and yet no one has really been able to define it. That’s part of why it’s so interesting – we can decide its purpose and conditions ourselves, from one project to the next – but I’ve been searching for an example of a standalone piece that both embraces interactive platforms and can only exist as interactive. A lot of what’s out there are merely promotional counterparts to something bigger belonging to a more mainstream or traditional medium, or just flashy ways of exhibiting work that can otherwise exist with or without the interactive component. This music video has managed to take interactive technology and make it meaningful and personal, its strength being the experience itself. That’s why I think it’s a success.

For different takes on interactive, see the National Film Board’s interactive site. MAIN STREET by Danny Singer is one of my favourites and, coincidentally, shares similar themes with what Chris Milk is getting at in his film.