Photos from CES 2020 January 6-8 2020.
UPDATE: January 16th a quick video from Jon:
Photos from CES 2020 January 6-8 2020.
UPDATE: January 16th a quick video from Jon:
I just had the pleasure of viewing legendary Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky’s Anthropocene exhibition on the very last day. I came away from the exhibition tremendously inspired as a photographer.
Mr Burtynsky’s images look so perfect they almost appear three dimensional. The prints are all very large and incredibly sharp. There is so much detail in every image that you feel magnetically drawn into the work. I felt like a tractor beam was pulling me into each image as I examined each photograph in detail.
Every single image was good enough to stand on it’s own and yet they also somehow worked stunningly well together. I suppose that is a testament to the amount of work put into the curation of the exbition beyond just the work itself…
I think the work will stand the test of time. From the color, to the composition, to the unique subject matter, I mean the entire thing just sings. This work will be top of mind for quite some time for me personally. I actually think these images will stay with me forever.
While strolling through the exhibit I couldn’t help but dream about being 64 and showing my work like this. That is something to aspire to for sure. I have 25 years until I’m Mr Burtynsky’s age so I better get to work! Seriously though, it is highly unlikely that I will ever be able to achieve anything even remotely close to this but it’s good to have goals. Having goals like this is one of the greatest things about photography, you just never stop learning. I suspect My Burtynsky is also on his own path of continuous learning.
Beyond the photographs it was also wonderful to see Mr. Burtynsky (and team) pushing the frontier with their Augmented Reality pieces. I found the AR app itself to be a bit cumbersome but the overall experience was certainly interesting. I suspect all mobile operating systems will just natively support AR triggers in the future. That would make the experience much more seamless.
Now taking my photographer hat off for a moment… I also found the subject matter of the exhibition to be deeply disturbing. Bearing witness to the destruction of spaceship earth was shocking and a bit disheartening. Seeing what we are doing to our planet was hard to take. Especially given that I’m more to blame for my impact than the average person given my affluent western lifestyle. It was a good reminder that I need to do more in my own life to help address these issues. We all have to take responsibility for this place we call home.
Here are a few handheld snapshots from the exhibit.
These images we’re shot on February 24th, 2019 at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
If you ever have the chance to see some Edward Burtynsky’s work DO IT! You won’t regret it!
Learn more about the work here:
After I posted this on my website I tweeted about it and Mr. Burtynsky replied! See below. (I am totally fangirling out over here… He just made my day!)
There are roughly A TRILLION PHOTOS on this page. Some images are NSFW. Please be patient while this bloated bandwidth behemoth of a page loads. Maybe go have a coffee and come back when it’s done loading? Actually maybe go exercise your scroll finger. You’re gonna need it.
Here are my Burning Man 2018 Photos!
All of my Burning Man images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial license. If you share them you must attribute the photographs to me by name and link to Duncan.co You can’t sell them or make money from them in any way whatsoever. That includes advertising on a website.
I tried my best to caption every single image correctly. All 1,111 of them. If you know what the correct caption should be please comment at the very bottom of this post waaaaaay down there or email me directly and I’ll update this post accordingly.
This was first published October 12th, 2018 at 11:11AM EDT. I will be updating this post with the correct captions, typos, and corrections as they come in. If the captions don’t make sense it’s because the image titles aren’t appearing on this post correctly yet. I’m trying to fix that. (If you happen to know how to get image titles to display in a wordpress post contact me!)
Update 1: October 12th Added Flickr and Photo.Duncan.co links.
Update 2: October 12th Added Reddit thread link.
Update 3: October 12th Updated some captions.
Update 4: October 13th Updated captions on 0861, 0619, 0693, 0433, 1077, 0298, 0261, 0275, 0302-0307, 0296, 0214, 1020, 1033, 1056, 1057, 0676, 0118-0123, 0321, 0351, 0385, 0498, 0516, 0577, 0256, 0670.
Update 5: October 17th Updated captions on 0415, 0838, 0180, 0618, 0112, 0264, 0392-0394, 0499, 0500, 0914-0918, 0378, 0379, 0294, 0295, 0518, 0525, 0532, 0685, 0535, 0579.
The images are in chronological order.
Burning Man 2018 was certainly a great burn. People have been saying it may have been one of the greatest burns ever. IMHO every burn is so unique that trying to rank them is a fools errand. Regardless, it was an incredible event. Everything seemed to go right from the weather to all the builds. During the ten days I was on playa I shot 13,323 images in total. That works out to roughly 1,300 photos per day at a rate of 1 photo per minute for 240 hours straight. To give you an idea of how silly that is, if I spend 5 seconds looking at each image it takes 18 hours non-stop. And that’s just to look at them for five seconds each. I had to decide which ones don’t work and which ones might. In other words, the amount of time it has taken me to shoot, cull, process, keyword, and publish this gallery is completely absurd. I’ve gained 10 pounds staring at the computer processing them all. It has taken me every spare moment I’ve had since I left the playa and I love it. It’s how I decompress. It’s just been a lot and I’m spent.
Why do I do this?
When I hear my alarm clocks at 3:30AM every morning at the burn I ask myself that question. Why THE HELL am I doing this? It takes me a couple minutes to remember that it doesn’t even matter why in that moment. I know I have to just do the work right now. I can think about it later. Do the work right now. Do the work right now. Do the work RIGHT NOW. Burning Man is such a fleeting bit of magic that I know I have to get to work right this instant. The complete mental and physical exhaustion is part of it. So if I just do the work right now everything else takes care of itself. So why do I do this? I do it because it makes me happy. I feel present, connected, and happy when I’m out shooting the burn. I’m glad I did the work. I’m pleased to know that maybe you’ll find the photos interesting or useful or delightful. Who knows, if I’m lucky these images will bring a little bit of that wonderful Burning Man feeling wherever you are.
Click on the photo to see it at full resolution. Be gentle please my server is getting absolutely crushed right now… Here is a playlist to listen to while viewing the images.
0003 – …Look at the guy in the RV passing. That is a blind hill pass in an RV. Please calm the fuck down and don’t pass. If you’re on your way to Burning Man you’re not in a rush by definition. I don’t care how late your project is, reckless driving isn’t worth it. Sorry had to rant there a little. My bad.
0005 – Burning Man is exhausting because barrage of stimulation begins long before you even get to the playa. Your brain has to deal with it all. Like what is this lovely man on the roof doing? Setting up to play live music I guess?
0022 – I’ve run into Uncle Ira several times over the years. We had a nice chat. Ira said he might be done Burning. I told him that we would really miss him and that everyone loves him and enjoys his “cheesy tchotchkes”. If you see this Uncle Ira, please come back. We <3 you!
0023 – My brain screams HEY LOOK AT THAT. My brain has caught a glimpse of something out of the corner of my eye. This little process will happen thousands and thousands of times over the next 10 days and it will be so great.
0025 – Burnstreampoint Lighthouse I ran into these guys at the Grand Sierra in Reno while walking the dogs. They had like a fleet of 6 big fifth wheels and a full size semi truck with a forklift, and this scissor lift on it. Some burners really go hard.
0028 – I was going to come back and shoot this properly (an idea I put off until it was too late). If you want to make photographs at Burning Man there is no better time than the present. I learn this lesson the hard way every year. I always say I’ll come back and get a better photo of this later. Then poof, the moment is gone forever.