May, 2017 - Guest Speaker at Mill of Kintail - Blair T. Paul, Workshop

Quotes from http://www.blairpaul.com/classes-and-workshops

 

"My special guest will be accomplished Canadian photographer Chris MacFarlane.

As well as showing you examples from his portfolio, he will be discussing the importance of strong composition and other technical matters.

Chris has extensive experience as both a photographer and teacher, and I think you will quickly see the parallels between photography and painting".

 

 

 


 

 

 

March, 2017 - Lens Culture Review of Selected Portraits
 

Photographers Statement: I think a creating a good portrait involves an unspoken communication between the photographer and subject.
The person being photographed provides the mood and the energy and the photographer reacts to tell the story.

 

: The Fiddler

: Pause and reflect in a small town pub.
Almonte, Ontario, Canada

 

 

The FiddlerThe FiddlerPause and reflect in a small town pub.
Almonte, Ontario, Canada

LensCulture: "I think my favorite of the group here is The Fiddler. I really like the moment of reflection that you have captured, and the way the man’s instrument holds the front-most plane in the picture, and actually overlaps the form of his face, to me characterizes the fiddle as something almost sacred, if not just to the man, then to the tradition of music in general.

 

 

 


 

 

 

: Shopkeeper Joan

: Small village shopkeeper In her eighties and still loves to tend the shop.
Almonte, Ontario, Canada

 

Shopkeeper JoanShopkeeper JoanSmall village shopkeeper In her eighties and still loves to tend the shop. Almonte, Ontario, Canada

LensCulture: Shopkeeper Joan sticks out for me too, because it’s the only image here where you’ve allowed substantial environmental context to exist in the image, where background objects are recognizable but don’t dominate the visual weight of the image.

 

 

 


 

 

: Portrait On A Country Path

: I could see someone coming towards me in the early morning, on a country path and as she got closer - I asked her if I could take her photograph. I'm sure she couldn't understand me, but she new I wanted her photograph. This was my third (and closest) picture and she gave me a very gracious, little smile.

Peru

 

Portrait On A Country PathPortrait On A Country PathI could see someone coming towards me on in the early morning, on a country path and as she got closer - I asked her if I could take her photograph.
Purchase print.

 

LensCulture: I think Portrait on a Country Path is very lovely as well. The texture of the woman’s face and her expression shows a lot of personality, and the image might be the clearest and most legible out of all these because of the sharpness you’ve captured in her face.

 

 


 

 

Lens Culture Summary: "This is a really lovely selection of portraits, and I read them as honest, sincere, and well-crafted portrayals of your subjects. I think it’s evident that you have a good eye and strong technical skills that bring your subjects to life in a nice way".

 

 


 

February, 2017 - Presentation and Discussion - The Photography Matters Group

http://photographymatters.ca/PM/Home/Home.html

At the February meeting Chris MacFarlane treated us to his excellent A/V shows on various topics that showcased his long and ongoing career in professional photography. His work exemplified the Freeman Patterson advise, "Get in close"!

Please see,

http://www.cmacfarlane.ca/photography-matters-presentation

 

 


 

Recent Exhibited Work


Three prints were selected from Chris' "Human Landscape Series", for the "37 Photographers / One Model Show" at the Griffin Museum of Photography - Winchester MA, USA.

The exhibition was the brainchild of workshop instructor Karin Rosenthal and curated by Karin as well as Paula Tognarelli.

His work, as well as fellow workshop photographer Jim Babb, inspired Karin to move from the 'maybe we should exhibit ...'  to reality.

The Book may be purchased from:

http://griffinmuseum.org/product/37-photographers-one-model/

 

Review by the Boston Globe and Mail:

'The images are about presentation rather than personality or character. This is in keeping with Rosenthal’s own work. The other photographers in the show all studied with her, and one can see the affinity of their work with hers. “My preferred genre in photography has always been nudes in nature in which I explore the body as landscape and the cycle of life,” she writes. “Many of my nudes also have overtones of surrealism . . . a lurking, sometimes disturbing, reality coexisting with a more conscious visible one'.

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Exhibited Prints

The Journey

The Brain

              Exhausted

The JourneyThe Journey The BrainThe Brain ExhaustedExhausted

 

This work can be purchased through Crated.com by clicking on the title above.
 mcfarlc@gmail.com

 

Review - Magnum 
 

The Journey: It is dramatic and tense, but not in obvious ways. The figure is simply standing in the landscape, but the muscles in the back and head and the water on his skin all signal some kind of adversity to me. The overcast light and heavier "print" also assist in this feeling.  
The Brain: Reminds me of Emmit Gowin's work. If you don't know this amazing photographer you should look him up, especially the images he has made of his wife. 
Exhausted: A more relaxed body in the landscape....here, I am beginning to wonder about the reality of the landscapes in which I find the model; are these actually sets? It's an interesting question for me as I wonder about the veracity of the environments in which you've placed him. 

Credit: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10153795992809132&type=1

Silke Hase

 


 

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