Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Horse Play and Horror Shows


Clydesdale; Horse; Grooming; Opening Day; Cincinnati
©David Sorcher 2015

So i'm suffering a bit from self-imposed guilt and shame. It's not even the middle of April and i have already broken one of my New Year's resolutions. I fell off my promise to post at least one blog weekly. Yes, i do feel bad about this, but i will just have to forgive myself because i've had a very busy and interesting week. Unfortunately i can't show you any of the photographs at this time. Instead i hope you will accept the humble offering of the above image, a post-Opening Day Clydesdale at the end of the parade route...c'mon, it could be worse you know. 
Last week a good buddy gave me a foot-in-the-door to shoot production stills on a Hollywood horror film that is being shot locally. It's not a big budget affair, though it does have some recognizable talent (Robert Englund, Jere Burns, Clint Howard). More importantly it's a great opportunity for someone like me who has been looking to break into this business for some time. It is especially fortuitous timing given a sudden drop in my journalistic opportunities. My work from the local paper has been down by at least two thirds this year. Photojournalism may not be dead, but its transitional stages are just killing me. I am constantly trying to find other ways to make my living with my camera. Production stills seems a natural shift, much of it being essentially documentary in approach and style. Some of my favorite documentary photographers have also done this type of work. Mary Ellen Mark, for instance, has worked on hundreds of movie sets in her day. I figure those seem like reasonable footprints to follow in. 
Of course beyond some similar shooting approaches, production stills work is an entirely different animal. I find myself on a steep learning curve, figuring out what to shoot, when to shoot and how to stay out of the way on a crowded and fast-paced movie set. Watching the way films are made from the behind the scenes has been quite the education for me. I'd love to share more of this, but i would rather wait until i have the permission to use some of the images i have been making to illustrate my experience more clearly.
Anyway, i've been working 12 hour days, or rather, nights (7pm-7am). Switching my body clock to full-blown vampire mode has been challenging to say the least. Add an hour drive each way to the set and you can perhaps see why i have forgiven myself so easily for my lapse in blog posting, especially since i can't post any of the work i'm doing at the present time.  
Which, of course, brings us back to the Clydesdale. After all, i have to post some kind of photo in a photography blog, don't i? I got to play a small part on Monday as a stringer on the Enquirer's photographic team, though my role coving the bar scene near the stadium was certainly not the most exciting aspect of the day. But on my way back to process and upload images i passed by this scene of a freshly unharnessed Clydesdale at the end of the parade. Seemed like a good scene for a photograph though i had to wonder if these positions are assigned or if they actually take turns on butt detail. :-)

Monday, March 23, 2015

Maritimes Miscellanea

I know what you've been thinking. This guy has been milking his last trip to Nova Scotia an awful lot. That was the Christmas/New Year holiday. Spring is here now. When are we going to see some more recent work? Honestly, i'm just about done, but here are a few miscellaneous items that didn't quite fit into the narrative of my previous blog posts, yet, i believe, deserve a viewing. Hopefully you feel the same. I can't guarantee there won't be a few stragglers to come, but i should be moving on to new territory after this. 

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LaHave River; Ferry; Ice; River; Crossing; Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Surf; Atlantic Ocean
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Rocks; Harbor
©David Sorcher 2015


Nova Scotia; Lunenburg; Storefront; Reflection
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Cable Ferry; LaHave River
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Frost; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Ferry; LaHave River ©David Sorcher 2015





Monday, March 16, 2015

This Old House

I don't really know much of the history of the old house on Fish Peddler Road. It has stood abandoned since long before i first began making my regular visits to the Nova Scotian south shore. These old derelicts have always held a certain fascination for me and i find it difficult not to snoop around them a bit and stick my lens into their windows of forgotten time.  

Nova Scotia; House; Old House; Abandoned
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; House; Old House; Abandoned
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; House; Old House; Abandoned
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; House; Old House; Abandoned
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Tree; Sunrise; Frost
©David Sorcher 2015

I actually published this last photo in a previous blog, but it sits in the yard of this old house and has also been a repeated subject for my lens over the years so i have included it again to give the house place and context. I also really like the shot, but the above excuses are as good as any for my re-post. ;-)



Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Island of Forgotten Toys

OK, not really an island, but a coastal Nova Scotian "town" known as Long Cove where the self-appointed "mayor" has a bit of a whimsical sense of landscape decoration, especially around Christmas time.

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Nova Scotia; Long Cove; Teddy Bear
©David Sorcher

Nova Scotia; Long Cove
©David Sorcher

Nova Scotia; Long Cove
©David Sorcher

Nova Scotia; Long Cove
©David Sorcher

Nova Scotia; Long Cove
©David Sorcher

Nova Scotia; Long Cove; Christmas Tree
O Christmas Tree ©David Sorcher





Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Blackwater Backwater

Well, i seem to be on a bit of a black&white roll so here are a few more. Mostly shot around my in-laws' yard. I never have to wander too far in Nova Scotia to find beauty. 

Nova Scotia; Water; Pond
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Water; Leaf; Ice; Frost
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Water; Pond
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Water; Pond
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Seaweed; Ice; Frost
©David Sorcher 2015




Monday, March 2, 2015

Down to the Black & White Sea

Having spent so many years photographing the lush and richly saturated colors of the Nova Scotian coastline i find it interesting that i have lately been leaning towards a black & white treatment of the subject. Maybe it's just the time of year. It is certainly more difficult to ignore the pervasive, deeply saturated colors of this place at the height of the summer season. They douse the eye with their brilliance and permeate your retina with their illuminated insistence. This isn't to say that Nova Scotia is a colorless place in winter. Far for it indeed. But it is, perhaps, toned down to the point where form steps out a bit from behind it's gaudy dress and i can put aside my "chromist" tendencies for grayscale and structure.

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Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach
©David Sorcher 2015

Technically this is not the sea, but a barachois off Hirtle's Beach. This is a term used to describe a coastal lake that is separated from the ocean by a narrow strip or sand bar. Often at high tide this bar is breached and fresh water mixes with the salty sea. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Hurtles has a greater variety of seaweeds than i have ever seen on any one beach anywhere. I don't know what this one is called, but i love the way i sometimes find it curled up into spiral formations. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed; Atlantic Ocean
©David Sorcher 2015

At the right times of tide and season these many varieties of ocean flora gather in large mounds along the shoreline creating breaks for crashing waves. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Lobster Trap
©David Sorcher 2015

The surf deposits many other gifts upon the shore. It is not uncommon to find old lobster traps washed up, especially after a good storm. This one came to rest in the grasses that divide the sea from the barachois.  

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Sometimes this stuff reminds me of old, dried up umbilical cords discarded by the mother of the great briny blue herself.

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Fence; Drumlin Cliff
©David Sorcher 2015

I'm not sure how i feel about this new fence that went up along the edge of one of the sandy beach cliffs. I have photographed this particular cliff many times for is natural beauty, unfettered by the intrusions of man. Certainly it has added some interesting leading line to my composition, but i still must mourn the loss of the unspoiled and pristine landscape just a little. My wife tells me i may feel differently about this in a few years once the elements have added a proper weathering to the wood. She may well be correct about that.  

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed; Atlantic Ocean
©David Sorcher 2015

Seaweed, rocks and sand make for nice compositions of textures, form and contrast. 

Nova Scotia; Hirtle's Beach; Rocks; Seaweed; Atlantic Ocean: Surf
©David Sorcher 2015

Waves crash on mounds of seaweed piled as high as a person... active, fierce and alive in the dead of winter. 



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

From the Sea to the Plate

Lobster as a meal did not become associated with class and wealth until well into the 20th century. Before that is was considered food fit only for the poor or lower class servants. In the right regions it was even served in prisons, often to the displeasure of the inmates. These days, of course, it generally means rather expensive dinners at fine seafood restaurants. But that doesn't always need to be the case.
The Canadian Maritimes are known for their lobster and their numbers are still abundant in the region. Even in the local supermarkets they are fairly cheap, but by taking a short drive out to the source we were able to purchase the freshest, sweetest lobsters available for only about $5.00 a pound. It also made for a great excuse for a sunrise ferry ride across the LaHave and a quick photographic expedition to one of Nova Scotia's great export industries.

Nova Scotia; LaHave River; Ferry
The Crossing ©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Boats, Boathouse; Lobsters
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobsters; Fishing
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobsters; Traps
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Boats; Lobsters
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Boathouse
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobster
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lahave River; Ferry
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Lobster
©David Sorcher 2015




Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Inside/Outside

This house is always a special treat for my eye whenever i am visiting Nova Scotia. It is a home away from home and base of operations for all our adventures in the Maritimes thanks to most gracious and loving hosts...but it also provides constant visual stimulation that commands my attention on a fairly regular basis. This collection from this past Christmas is pretty evenly split between DSLR and iPhone photos. Some mornings, as pictures presented themselves, i honestly couldn't be bothered to pull out the big camera between eggs and coffee. If you pay attention you can see which is which (lord, i do hope my DSLR still produces a superior quality photo), but the iPhone served perfectly for my purposes on enough occasions.
Here then is a series of images of interiors (mostly) and exteriors, inside and out. When i am here it feels like home.

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Cat
Ollie ©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Cheese; Fireplace
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Frost; Window
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Laundry
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Barn; Barndoor
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Door; Knobs
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Rocking Chair
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Cat
Ollie ©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Reading; Books
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Ship; Sailing; Painting
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Crystal; Silver
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; House; Shadow; Green; Windows, Door
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Fly
©David Sorcher 2015

Nova Scotia; Bed; Window; Morning
©David Sorcher 2015