Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell: Blog http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell (Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Wed, 03 May 2017 22:34:00 GMT Wed, 03 May 2017 22:34:00 GMT Image Included in Human Rights Video http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/image-included-in-human-rights-promo One of my photographs that won the Allard Prize Photo Competition in 2014 has been included in a recently-released video by the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. The photography contest is run the UBC Faculty of Law in conjunction with the Allard Prize for International Integrity, which recognizes efforts to promote transparency, leadership and rule of law around the globe. 

My image was made in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. It portrays the on-going call for support of veterans of the Guerra del Atlántico Sur (Falklands War). At the time I made this image, claims of inhuman treatment of conscript soldiers by their officers had been widely aired but little resolved for more than 30 years. Suicide has reportedly stalked as many as 454 of the Argentinian veterans. History will judge whether this war was launched for national identity or as the act of a desperate junta. What I do feel is that a government’s decision to go to war always falls most heavily on its citizens.

The video can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/1iB9pp4AFIE

 

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Allard Prize Photo Competition Peter A. Allard School of Law Ted Nodwell human rights http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/image-included-in-human-rights-promo Wed, 03 May 2017 22:26:23 GMT
Spring Squall http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/spring-squall Spring SquallSpring SquallDowntown Vancouver viewed from Spirit Trail. This view of Vancouver was new to me. I made this photograph while walking the Spirit Trail in North Vancouver.  A gust of wind blew in a rain squall at just the right moment. The weather; the compositional elements; and the relief of the colourful flags in an otherwise monochromatic scene, feels like the essence of Vancouver. 

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Vancouver Vancouver skyline boat flag fog http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/spring-squall Thu, 20 Apr 2017 21:22:05 GMT
Evelyn Nodwell Wins Bountiful Earth First Place in International Competition http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/international-garden-photographer-of-the-year-winners-announced Vancouver photographer Evelyn Nodwell has won First Place in the Bountiful Earth category of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition for 2016.  Winners were revealed at a reception and exhibition held at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London, England on February 2, 2017. Evelyn also had an image selected as a Finalist in the Greening the City category.

International Garden Photographer of the Year is the world's premier competition and exhibition specializing in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. The competition is open to everyone anywhere in the world with no distinction being drawn between professional and amateur photographers. A major exhibition of winning photographs is staged annually at Kew, with touring exhibitions in the UK and all over the world following. A book of the exhibition is produced each year.

In last year’s competition, Evelyn Nodwell had three images awarded Commended status.

Winning photographs can be seen on the Competition's website, click here: International Garden Photographer of the Year

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Bountiful Earth Evelyn Nodwell Greening the City IGPOTY International Garden Photographer of the Year International Garden Photographer of the Year winners Royal Botanic Gardens Kew first place photography competition http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/international-garden-photographer-of-the-year-winners-announced Fri, 03 Feb 2017 00:57:06 GMT
Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/vancouver-chinatown-spring-festival The Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival parade was held on January 29, 2017. This was the 44th year of the parade. It is rumoured to attract rain almost every year and this year was no exception. To celebrate the "Year of the Rooster" lots of people, including the Prime Minister, turned out anyway.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Chinatown Ted Nodwell Vancouver Vancouver Chinatown Spring Festival Year of the Rooster parade http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/vancouver-chinatown-spring-festival Mon, 30 Jan 2017 19:43:41 GMT
Winter Wonderland http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/winter-wonderland Skating, Mill Lake, Abbotsford Nature provides a surprise skating rink in Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford, BC. Winter continues its firm grip on the Lower Mainland, so people are getting out skating and photographers are out making images.  It's a practical example of  "if you can't beat em, join em".

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Abbotsford Mill Lake skating winter http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/winter-wonderland Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:07:41 GMT
Seasons Greetings http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/seasons-greetings The snow in Vancouver really put the "Merry" into our preparations and festivities before Christmas this year.  Wishing you a warm festive season and all the best in 2017.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Christmas seasons greetings snow in Vancouver http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/seasons-greetings Thu, 22 Dec 2016 23:59:32 GMT
It's the Light http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/its-the-light A major storm was blasting the Italian coastal area of Cinque Terre when we arrived the day before. Today the trail was wet; the air was getting chilly as night approached. Time to pack up the camera?

Not a chance. When others are heading indoors is the perfect time to be out creating images. Photography means "writing with light". And the light is what elevates this from an ordinary to a compelling image.

photograph & blog by Ted Nodwell

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Cinque Terre Italy Ted Nodwell http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/its-the-light Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:15:00 GMT
Imago Mundi Publishes "Oh West Canada" http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/imago-mundi-publishes-oh-west-canada We were thrilled to receive our copies of "Oh West Canada", a book of contemporary artists in which we both had the honour of being included. The book was published as part of the Imago Mundi project. The original artwork joins the Luciano Benetton Collection and, it is anticipated, will be exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2017.

"On West Canada! Contemporary Artists from Western Canada guides one through the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, introducing them to the cultural topography and the artists who inhabit it as well," says Jennifer Karch Verzé, curator. "It is all about artistic interpretations of the Canadian West."

More than 240 works were submitted for consideration leading to a rigorous selection to choose the works to be present in the catalogue and exhibitions. For more information and to see the full collection, please visit www.imagomundiart.com

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Evelyn Nodwell Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection Ted Nodwell contemporary art contemporary artists from Western Canada photography exhibit http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/imago-mundi-publishes-oh-west-canada Mon, 05 Dec 2016 21:10:09 GMT
Miao Folk Art Exhibit Includes Photographs by Evelyn Nodwell http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/miao-folk-art-exhibit-includes-photographs-by-evelyn-nodwell  Here is another chance to see a selection of Evelyn’s photographs from rural villages in China.

Miao Folk Art, on display in Vancouver from October 1 to November 30 at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden, offers a peek into the lives of the Miao people, one of many diverse minority groups in China. Vintage and modern dress, embroidery, batik pieces, religious masks and jewelry are on display. The exhibit, the brain-child of artist Caesar Jun Hu, draws extensively on photographs by Vancouver photographer/anthropologist Evelyn Nodwell.

Miao Folk Art is being produced by the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden in partnership with the Asia Pacific International Artist Foundation, the City of Burnaby and, most notably, the inspiring people of the Miao villages in Guizhou province, China.

http://vancouverchinesegarden.com/events/

Photographer/anthropologist Evelyn Nodwell (right); curator Leticia Sánchez; and artist Caesar Jun Hu during the installation of the Miao Folk Art exhibit.

Photographer/anthropologist Evelyn Nodwell (right); curator Leticia Sánchez; artist Caesar Jun Hu during the installation of the Miao Folk Art exhibit.

 

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Evelyn Nodwell Miao Folk Art photography exhibit http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/miao-folk-art-exhibit-includes-photographs-by-evelyn-nodwell Sun, 02 Oct 2016 19:22:16 GMT
Photos Augment Eastern Echoes Exhibition http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/photos-augment-eastern-echoes-exhibition

Vancouver photographer Evelyn Nodwell has rotating exhibit space at the Dr. Sun Yat-Sun Classical Chinese Garden.  Her images on display during the summer act as a lead-in to the Eastern Echoes Exhibit by Etsu Inoue and Ana Diaz-Drew. The exhibition focuses on gilding. The term gilding covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of gold.

 

 
 
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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden Eastern Echoes Evelyn Nodwell http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/photos-augment-eastern-echoes-exhibition Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:42:35 GMT
Abbotsford International Airshow http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/abbotsford-international-airshow

Thundering fighter jets to graceful parachute ballets, the Abbotsford International Airshow has it all.

From August 12 to 14 2016, I was fortunate to be selected as one of the photographers with access to the Panasonic Photo Pit, that was positioned right beside the flight line, and to restricted aircraft staging areas. 

At an event like this the challenge is to not be overwhelmed by action and colour.  Some photographers may have success with "spray and pray", capturing everything that comes in front of their lens. My approach was to keep reminding myself that I still needed to create images that told a story, had drama and composition, and that could stand on their own as photographs outside the context of an airshow.

Each photographer was asked to upload ten digital files before the airshow wrapped up. While the photographers were free to select their favourite images, they did need to portray certain themes set out by the event organizers such as in-the-air shots; crowds; and static displays.

USA Today in 2013 called the Abbotsford Airshow one of the ten best airshows in the world. During the past five decades it has distinguished itself as an event focused on aviation excellence and advancement, and on community participation.

The sponsors of the photographer's event was the Abbotsford Airshow itself plus Black Press Community News Media and London Drugs. Staff from Black Press handled logistics and representatives from both Panasonic and London Drugs were on hand with a range of gear for the photographers to try.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Abbotsford International Airshow Abbotsford International Airshow 2016 Ted Nodwell http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/abbotsford-international-airshow Wed, 17 Aug 2016 04:40:23 GMT
Darkroom Gallery Exhibits "Winter Pool" Image http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/darkroom-gallery-exhibits-winter-pool-image Winter Pool by Evelyn Nodwell; © 2016. 

Winter Pool, an image by Vancouver photographer Evelyn Nodwell has been selected for the Optics Illusioned exhibition at Darkroom Gallery in Vermont USA, opening August 18 2016.
 
Evelyn's photograph shows a swimming pool, seen from the 10th floor, covered in plastic for the winter. The reflection of surrounding trees, and the seemingly miniaturized benches and plants give it a surreal appearance. Even from this height, all the small details can be seen.
 
Darkroom Gallery showcases exhibitions of juror-selected photographic images created by international contemporary photographers.  Each monthly exhibit expresses a single theme. Some of the submitted images for Optics Illusioned can be viewed on Darkroom Gallery's website until the exhibit opening:  http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex85
 
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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Darkroom Gallery Evelyn Nodwell contemporary photographer photography exhibit http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/8/darkroom-gallery-exhibits-winter-pool-image Fri, 05 Aug 2016 21:22:41 GMT
Let Go http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/let-go Sometimes you just have to try something different.

These Mexican dancers were performing on an outdoor stage in bright sunshine.  I could have used a fast shutter speed.  Instead, I opted for the opposite.  My intention was to show the feeling of the dance, to use my camera not as a recording device but as an artistic tool.

I knew that I would have to have my shutter speed slow enough to create just the right amount of movement.  I knew the dancers would have to come into a tight pattern in my frame, so I was watching for that.  And I knew that the photograph would be stronger if one element, in this case the shoe, came sharp.

This image was done at 1/8 second hand-held.  I was jammed in with other spectators and only took four shots.

Sometimes things come together.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Ted Nodwell abstract dancers impressionism http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/7/let-go Thu, 28 Jul 2016 21:35:58 GMT
Pacific NorthWest Art School Hosts Photo Exhibit http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/pacific-northwest-art-school-hosts-photo-exhibit The Pacific NorthWest Art School in Coupeville, Washington was packed on June 4, 2016 for a public lecture by former National Geographic photographer Sam Abell. Sam's talk on his lengthy career with National Geographic and his approach to creating images that "have a life" coincided with an exhibition of photographs by Sam's alumni students from PNAS.  Both Ted Nodwell and Evelyn Nodwell had images in the exhibition, which was a fund-raiser for PNAS's 30th anniversary. Sam Abell has been leading summer workshops at the Pacific NorthWest Art School for 16 years. The exhibition was curated by Vancouver photographer Janice Williams.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Coupeville Evelyn Nodwell Pacific NorthWest Art School Sam Abell Ted Nodwell photography exhibit http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/pacific-northwest-art-school-hosts-photo-exhibit Wed, 22 Jun 2016 20:32:00 GMT
Just Do It http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/just-do-it Cycling Stanley ParkCycling Stanley Park Today Evelyn and I were invited to a seminar sponsored by a leading camera manufacturer.  Instead we opted to take our cameras out and see what images we could create.  This image, which I call Cycling Stanley Park, is a result.

To my mind, we decided to go for learning by doing versus learning by listening.  Photography is an art form that takes a lot of practice. I enjoy a photographic outing. I learn something every time. And when I create an image that speaks to me it is extremely gratifying.

We can all learn from listening to and talking with others.  But in the end the most important thing is to just do it.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Ted Nodwell black and white photography practising photography http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/4/just-do-it Sun, 24 Apr 2016 03:54:15 GMT
Are HDR and Extreme Saturation a Photo Fad? http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/are-hdr-and-extreme-saturation-a-photo-fad On Facebook or Instagram, in photography contests and magazines, I see images that have had large dollops of post-processing cosmetics applied.  Two current favourites are High Dynamic Range (HDR) and pushing the colour saturation to the max.  There is no question that these highly processed images have impact at first glance. But do they have staying power? In a few years most of them will be passé like the "red canoe" photography of the 1960's.

Many photographers create stunning fresh images by using visionary post-processing.  Others however go for over-zealous use of HDR and/or the saturation slider because everyone is doing it these days.  That just adds flash, not substance.  The challenge for us as photographic artists is to create not eye candy, but images that have a life.

Call me a traditionalist but I try to shoot it right in the camera and use post-processing to enhance, not fundamentally change, an image.  That said, I have to admit that I applied both HDR and high saturation to my image in this post.  I thought I should try it.  And I like the result. Heck, it might even win a photo contest where the judges go for over-the-top processing.

Heaven forbid though if you say this is the best image I ever took!

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) HDR Ted Nodwell eye candy post-processing saturation http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/are-hdr-and-extreme-saturation-a-photo-fad Thu, 24 Mar 2016 22:11:29 GMT
International Garden Photographer of the Year competition winners http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/international-garden-photographer-of-the-year-competition-winners Evelyn Nodwell receives a copy of the International Garden Photographer of the Year book that includes two of her images.

 

Winners in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition were revealed at a reception and exhibition held at Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London on February 5, 2016. Vancouver photographer Evelyn Nodwell had three images awarded Commended status with two being published in a book of the stunning winning images. More than 20,000 entries were received. A selection of images can be seen on the International Garden Photographer of the Year website.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Evelyn Nodwell IGPOTY International Garden Photographer of the Year Kew Gardens Royal Botanic Gardens Kew photography competition photography exhibit http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/international-garden-photographer-of-the-year-competition-winners Sat, 27 Feb 2016 00:01:23 GMT
Following the Silk Routes & Beyond in Vancouver http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/following-the-silk-routes-beyond-in-vancouver I made this image at the International Buddhist Temple in Richmond, BC. The International Buddhist Temple delivers the philosophies of Buddhism to the western world through meditation, traditional ceremonies, charitable giving, and the impeccable art of Chinese craftsmanship.  It is well worth a visit and taking the time to discover the serenity to be found there. 

This photograph may be included in Following the Silk Routes & Beyond in Vancouver  exhibit. The purpose of the exhibit is to interest the public in knowing more about the exchange of goods, culture, ideas and philosophies through the ancient Silk Routes and how that has given shape to the world and city we live in now.  The exhibit will run from April 16 to May 31 at the Chinese Cultural Centre in Vancouver. It is being organized by the Vancouver Asian Heritage Society as part of their annual explorASIAN festival.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Chinese Cultural Centre Following the Silk Routes & Beyond in Vancouver International Buddhist Temple Vancouver Asian Heritage Month Society explorASIAN photography exhibit http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/2/following-the-silk-routes-beyond-in-vancouver Mon, 01 Feb 2016 21:00:00 GMT
Evelyn Nodwell Shortlisted in International Photo Competition http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/evelyn-nodwell-shortlisted-in-international-photo-competition Evelyn Nodwell has had three images shortlisted in the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition, the world's premier competition and exhibition specialising in garden, plant, flower and botanical photography. This annual competition is run in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom. The main exhibition is held annually at Kew, with a rolling programme of touring exhibitions in the UK and all over the world. Exhibitions are linked to events such as workshops and lectures on garden photography.

Final judging will take place early in 2016 with the results being made public in February.

For more information on the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition and to see images from prior years winners, please visit http://www.igpoty.com​

NOTE: The photograph in this blog post in NOT one of Evelyn's images that were shortlisted in the competition and is provided only as a sample of her garden photography.  Winning images will be posted on http://www.igpoty.com in February, 2016. Please check back then.

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Evelyn Nodwell International Garden Photographer of the Year competition http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/evelyn-nodwell-shortlisted-in-international-photo-competition Wed, 06 Jan 2016 19:30:32 GMT
Inspiration http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/happy-new-year As we head in to 2016 I think how the message in this image is so important to photographers and to all creatives.  In the digital age we tend to see the latest technology as our road to inspiration.  Really it is about getting out and looking; taking inspiration from whatever we come across. Happy New Year and may 2016 be filled with inspiration!

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(Ted Nodwell & Evelyn Nodwell) Happy New Year Ted Nodwell inspiration http://nodwell.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/1/happy-new-year Wed, 06 Jan 2016 18:10:07 GMT