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“Croatia from Above” photography exhibit opens in Zagreb

Posted by on 11. June 2016 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on “Croatia from Above” photography exhibit opens in Zagreb

“Croatia from Above” photography exhibit opens in Zagreb

“National Geographic – Croatia from Above” photography art exhibit re-opened a few days ago in my hometown of Zagreb, Croatia. To make the artwork more accessible to citizens and visitors, the outdoor displays have been set up in one of the most beautiful open spaces in downtown Zagreb, city park Zrinjevac. This is a major photography art exhibit, a culmination of seven years of intensive field work and preparation by the author Davor Rostuhar. Rostuhar used aeroplanes, helicopters and drones to capture Croatia’s natural and cultural beauty. The exhibit had its premiere two years ago; it was since set up in 19 Croatian cities as well as in Milano, Italy during the EXPO 2015. Croatia from Above has been seen by over 1.2 million viewers, and has become the most visited Croatian photography exhibition. After the Zagreb showing closes on June 28, 2016, the exhibit will be displayed in several other Croatian cities: Porec, Veli Losinj, Zadar, Korcula and Samobor (full schedule is listed here: www.croatiafromabove.com/#events). If you happen to travel to Croatia this summer, you should definitely include it in your itinerary; I might be able to see it when I go home this October. You can view some of the stunning aerial images on the project web site at www.croatiafromabove.com or watch a 4 minute video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZTs0l5qwlk There is also a photography monograph with 200 of the best images printed in 18.9 x 12.6 inch (48 x 32 cm) format at the respected National Geographic publication quality. Each photograph is accompanied by a text describing that specific geologic, historic, economic, ecological, and cultural vignette. The publication cost is 29 euros (approximately Cdn$ 42 / US$ 33)....

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Jane Jacobs – a 100 years of progressive urban thought

Posted by on 4. May 2016 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Jane Jacobs – a 100 years of progressive urban thought

Jane Jacobs – a 100 years of progressive urban thought

Jane Jacobs (May 4, 1916 – April 25, 2006) an American born journalist and activist, best known for her work on improving the quality of life in urban communities, was born on this day 100 years ago. Jacobs saw cities as ecosystems that had their own structure and dynamic that would change over time according to how they were used. She promoted city planning with higher population density (and criticized car-centric culture of suburban sprawl), advocated for support of local economies, and for mixed use of smaller, more nimble city blocks. In her influential and most cited book, The Death and Life of American Cities, Jacobs argued that urban development and renewal did not respect the rights and needs of most city inhabitants.     Jacobs carried her fight for community-based urban planning to Canada in mid 1960s. After moving to Toronto in 1968, she published six more books about city planning, economics, ethics governance and culture. Jacobs is credited, together with sociologist and historian Lewis Mumford, with inspiring the New Urbanist movement. I can personally relate to her ideas how people can build a solid foundation for their communities (see Jane Jacobs – Ten Big Ideas) especially by: Strengthening social capital – everyday activities and interactions among people that occur in neighbourhoods slowly build up a network of intertwined links between neighbours. This eventually provides a foundation for mutual trust, cooperation and resilience to stress in difficult times, Promoting citizen science – the people best equipped to understand the complexity of urban life (and its connection with the natural elements within city limits) are “ordinary, interested citizens”. With open eyes, and not limited by assumptions imposed by professional training and code of practice, city residents can more freely learn from what they see and encounter in their daily lives.     A strong believer that local residents should have input on how their neighbourhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to become familiar with the places they live in. I am proud to have participated in last three Jane’s Walks, citizen-led walking tours towards community-based city building inspired by the ideas and work of Ms. Jacobs. This year I will lead a nature photo walk to a beautiful prairie landscape on the northeast edge of Saskatoon (more info after the link). Hope you will be able to join us and continue Jane Jacobs’ legacy....

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Saskatchewan election – vote for the grasslands

Posted by on 3. April 2016 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Saskatchewan election – vote for the grasslands

Saskatchewan election – vote for the grasslands

On the eve of the 2016 Saskatchewan election, it is disappointing to see that the environment and sustainable development have not been a serious topic of debate. We have heard almost nothing what the major political parties will do to safeguard our disappearing native prairie landscapes. The prairie ecosystem is one of the most altered and threatened in North America; only 20% of Saskatchewan’s native prairie remain, and in some areas, such as in the Regina Plains, there are less than 1% native prairie left. Even protected areas do not have a secure future, as a series of political measures have recently undercut their status.     Why should we be concerned how our elected leaders will manage natural resources that belong to the people of Saskatchewan? When we look at the most imperilled ecosystem in Canada, there many reasons why Saskatchewan grasslands matter (as compiled by writer and naturalist Trevor Herriot): Because they are rare and threatened by cultivation and other kinds of development. Because they support endangered species. Because they are diverse. Because they protect soil and water Because they sequester carbon. Because they support ranching economy and culture. Because they contain the cultural heritage of the prairie. Because people need native prairie places they can visit. Because all natural land has value that goes beyond economics. Because we have a responsibility to the future.     When you go to the polls tomorrow to elect the provincial government for the next four years, vote for a MLA representative that cares about, and is interested is supporting our grassland heritage.  ...

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Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Posted by on 19. August 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Images on display to mark the World Photography Day

Did you know that the World Photography Day is observed around the world on August 19th? It is a day to celebrate the art of photography, whether you are a casual or a full-time professional photographer. Photography has changed the way we see the world around us. It has allowed us to connect and learn about lives and interests of fellow human beings. It allowed us to share our stories, places we have explored and memories of loved ones. In the era of digital photography, this ability to share became ubiquitous – millions of images are posted on “sharing” sites at speeds not possible just a short time ago. Don’t be shy. Grab the camera, snap a few pictures and share the beauty. The World Photography Day was first celebrated in 2009. August 19th was chosen to mark the day in distant 1839, when the French government announced the invention a rather practical gift to the world: the Daguerreotype photographic processes, developed by Joseph Nicephore Niepce and Louis Daguerre. The French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift “free to the world”.     Select London Drugs stores throughout Western Canada will mark the World Photo Day with photography workshops and display of work by local artists. Good folks at the LD photo lab invited me to prepare several images to be printed and displayed at the 8th Street location in Saskatoon. I am honoured that they picked my work to mark this festive occasion. If you have time (and you live in or near Saskatoon), drop by the London Drugs store located at 2323 8th Street East. Walk around and look for 24 x 36 inch prints hanging from the ceiling. You can also enjoy viewing a small selection of landscape images from around Saskatchewan on a massive 75-inch TV screen. The display will be active until Saturday, August 22nd. And while you are at the store, check out the manager’s special – last time I visited they had (my favourite) Lindt chocolates on sale.  ...

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Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Posted by on 1. May 2015 in Blog / Journal, News & Events | Comments Off on Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

Jane’s Walk – photo walk in downtown Saskatoon

I have been invited to lead a photography walk in downtown Saskatoon as part of the 2015 Jane’s Walk festival. The Saskatoon festival will start on Friday May 1st in the evening and end on Sunday, May 3rd. There will be 16 guided walks this year. The photo walk that I led last year was a great success. On a rather cold and windy morning, a group of brave souls joined me for a walk along the Meewasin Trail. This year I will lead a group to explore the familiar downtown scene with fresh eyes, snap a few pictures and exercise our creative side. The idea is to slow down, look beyond the obvious and make a more personal connection with our city. We will look for reflections, patterns and shapes in facades of downtown buildings and aim our lenses at overlooked architectural details. There are many photography gems hidden in back alleys, waiting to be discovered. Time: Sunday, May 3, 2015 (3:00 to 4:00 p.m.) Place: we will meet at the bandstand (gazebo) at Kiwanis Memorial Park south of Delta Bessborough hotel     I will lead the group along the river past the Friendship Park and spend some time photographing in the River Landing area. After that, we will head north along the 2nd Avenue S, turn east on 21st Street E and return to the starting point via Delta Bessborough hotel. Although we will be walking on a paved surface, please bring shoes with adequate ankle support and non-slip soles. And remember to watch both ways before we walk across busy roads. Bring a camera with a (preferably telephoto) zoom lens. Free parking on Sunday is available along Spadina Crescent E and 20th Street E. Our meeting point is only a few blocks from the main public bus terminal. City of Saskatoon bus route and schedule information is available at www.transit.saskatoon.ca     Jane’s Walk is a global movement of neighbour-led walking tours inspired by urbanist Jane Jacobs. The idea behind Jane’s Walk is quite simple: encourage people to walk, talk to their neighbours and build a community based on diversity. Full schedule for 2015 Jane’s Walk in Saskatoon is listed at www.janeswalk.org/canada/saskatoon (direct link to the photo walk) You can read more about the festival program in this Star Phoenix article by Paul Hanley Yes, there is even an app for Jane’s Walk. You can get a direct access to event details on your phone by downloading a free app Eventbase and search for “Jane’s Walk Saskatoon”...

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