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This is Stuart. He can hear Sound

 

Week 18/26: Sound #BWProject26 .

We first met Stuart almost 18 years ago. He is a wood turner and he was standing smiling in his booth at a craft show. His wife stepped up at once and explained that Stuart was deaf, so she showed us his work as he looked on, smiling at us and doing his best to chat. Stuart had not been born deaf but had worked as a pile driver for many years and the vibration and loud sounds had gradually eroded his hearing. His wife explained to me that when deafness is caused by noise levels, a hearing aid is not good, because it increases the sound level, which then continues to cause even more hearing loss.

We saw Stuart a few times over the years and he always remained apparently accepting of his condition, smiling when we complimented him on his work and talking about it animatedly. I since found out that he had to put up a fight to get his hearing loss accepted as being work related so that he could receive a disability pension, but he never let on to us about his discouragements or concerns, continuing to turn and produce the things he loved to make.

A few years ago, Stuart had a cochlear implant and, he was able to hear for the first time in years. It was at first a bit strange to be able to speak to him in a more or less normal voice and have him respond, but everyone was so happy for him that this treatment had helped him to hear again. At last we were able to really get to know him properly.

We were all at the annual Nova Woodturners Guild BBQ the other day, when I saw Stuart sitting there listening to the conversation with a little smile on his face in response to what was being said. Those of us with no experience of such impairment can have no idea of the pleasure he must get when he can sit and listen to a conversation going on around him again.

So Stuart is my model for 'Sound', the theme for this project this week.

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Curated by +Tisha Montgomery+Brandon Luk+Lauri Novak+Al Chris

#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits​ curated by +Heiko Köster+Frank Nöthe

#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery​ by +Aamir Shahzad

#allthingsmonochrome +All Things Monochrome​ by +Charles Lupica​, +Enrique Pelaez​, +Brian Cox​, +Dorian Stretton​ and +Bill Wood

#monochromeworld +Monochrome World​ by +andi rivarola

#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome​ curated by +Luis Vivanco S.+Оксана Крысюкова+Nader El Assy+Howard Salmon+tri rini nuringtyas​ and +Giuseppe Petruzzella

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Self Portrait

 

Week 11/26 #BWProject26

I am always in a hurry to get things done, so I just zoomed in to take this then zoomed out again!

I am not a great one for taking self portraits, there are many much more interesting subjects around, but this is the theme for this week and who am I to fight it? As this week I am focusing on the zoom, this seemed an ideal opportunity to try out different techniques.

With a tip of the blurred hat to those of us taking part in the blurred mentorship run by +Alex Lapidus, I am posting my blurry self portrait image for the B&W project. You can still see it is me, so that works for me.

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#BWProject26 | Curated by +Tisha Montgomery +Brandon Luk +Lauri Novak +Alison Christensen
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Howard Salmon and +tri rini nuringtyas
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Frank Nöthe

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Did Someone Say the Lighting With Intent Mentorship is Starting Soon?

 

Brent and I are really excited that tomorrow I am going to be starting this mentorship with the master of lighting, +Eric Raeber. This should be a wonderful period of learning and we have an amazing group of people lined up ready to explore the mysteries of lighting in photography. I am looking forward to being able to understand and use new techniques to make better use of lighting in my photography, including portraits. This was taken, as he was sitting waiting for his supper, so cute in his little leather jacket.

Brent is the son of good friends of mine and his expression shows perfectly the wonder and excitement I feel waiting for tomorrow's very first lesson to arrive in my inbox.

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#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery by +Aamir Shahzad
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Frank Nöthe
#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and +tri rini nuringtyas

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Sophia

 

Sophia is like a flower. She brightens up the room just as flowers do, by her very presence. She is full of light and love and joy with her direct, trusting gaze and that little smile that played around her rosebud mouth when she looked up at her beloved Dadda.

We met Sophia only yesterday and she touched our hearts. What a sweetheart.

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#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery​ by +Aamir Shahzad
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits​ curated by +Heiko Köster+Ryan Ottaway Martin
#themagicoflight +The Magic of Light​ by +Ray Bilcliff+Hamid Dastmalchi+Paul Stein
#inthelight +In the Light​ by +andi rivarola

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Emotion: Love me, Love my Dog +1 Year

Love Me, Love My Dog 2 - Ellie Kennard 2015
Love Me, Love My Dog 2 – Ellie Kennard 2015

Week 4/26: Emotion

The theme of the bi-weekly B&W Project this time is Emotion. This was a revisit of a photograph I took a year ago when we first got Joni, as a pup.  You will find the original posting and photograph I took here https://elliekennard.ca/love-me-love-my-dog/.

Focus and Concentration

 

I took this portrait of +Ben Proudfoot Film Director and Producer and +David Bolen cinematographer at work last week in Steven's workshop. It was enlightening to see such a professional team at work and so focused on their vision.

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#hqspmonochrome +HQSP Monochrome curated by +Luis Vivanco S. +Оксана Крысюкова +Nader El Assy +Howard Salmon and +tri rini nuringtyas
#hqspportraits +HQSP Portraits curated by +Heiko Köster +Ryan Ottaway Martin
and the new theme:
#portraitgallery +Portrait gallery by +Aamir Shahzad
#portraittuesday +PortraitTuesday by +Laura Balc

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Love Me, Love My Dog

Love Me, Love My Dog - Ellie Kennard 2014
Love Me, Love My Dog – Ellie Kennard 2014

Original posting: #Noapologies – 22/365

No apologies for posting today’s photo. After a good round of playing with ball and toys (Joni’s) and of tearing around the kitchen (ditto), there is nothing as lovely as having a cuddle with your best playmate Steven who loves his puppy. They were lit from the snowy bright day outside the window beside them.

Joni in the new snow - Ellie Kennard 2014
Joni in the new snow – Ellie Kennard 2014
There's less snow under the trees - Ellie Kennard 2014
There’s less snow under the trees – Ellie Kennard 2014

Fun with Joni

I have to say that I had more fun than anyone has a right to expect before 7 am, this morning. First thing we galloped together around a field that was knee deep in snow, being blown by a keen wind at well below freezing temperatures and another sideways lashing of snow hitting us both full in the face.  After that, for amusement, Joni decided that the whole house would be her oyster (the world can wait) and set off in search of new things to chew and cats to play with. Once I had her tied on a long lead in the kitchen while I tried to get her breakfast and make tea, she discovered every possible combination of cats cradle known to (and not yet discovered by) man and that Rupert would probably chew his way through the lead, if she would just leave him alone long enough to do so. (The wooden gate that we had in place for her predecessor is now back in place, preventing access to the rest of the house until her Invisible Fence training is completed.) It’s all fun and games. Now, with a raging blizzard outside, she is sleeping peacefully and I wish I could join her. 😀