Hawkesbury, Ontario. 5th May, 2013
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
On the 8th of May, 2013, at noon, I was walking on Sparks Street in
Ottawa when I came face to face with this Falun Gong marching
band. It was like a flash mob with a brass section.
They came, they played, they left.
Again, I shot everything with the trusty Fujifilm X-Pro1.
Everything was shot at 800 ISO. The lens was the18-55mm
Fuji X zoom, set mostly at 24mm.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Have you ever seen Michael Powell's and Emeric Pressburger's 1951 film The Tales of Hoffmann? It is one of my all time favourite films. It's an filmed version of Jacques Offenbach's 1882 opera, a lush follow up to Powell and Pressburger's 1947 ballet film The Red Shoes. The first tale is the story of (get ready for this) a life size wind up doll, and it is just as strange as you can imagine, predicting Real Dolls in an 1820s setting. Go here to see the act. Around the 11 minute mark, you see the dancing dolls. The makeup on the dolls is similar to the makeup of these models of Ottawa Fashion Week, and this is credit to the makeup artists. I do not know if anyone working on this project was aware of this film, it does have a cult status but is not universally known, but the makeup work here is a tribute to that wonderful film. It was interesting that when the models went onto the runway representing the Serendipity line of Kelsey McIntyre, the chosen music was the seventh movement (Aquarium) of Camille Saint-Saens' The Carnival of the Animals. Saint-Saens was a contemporary and friend of Offenbach.
If you gt a chance, check out Grace Odumo's fabulous site http://www.613style.com/ for the rest of the pictures from Ottawa Fashion Week. Another note...the models were wonderful to work with.