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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Toronto Internation Film Festival

This week in Toronto is the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). I have an amazing boss who is working this week at TIFF who was awesome enough to give me tickets to a couple shows. The one I saw last night was called Blood Trail and follows a war photographer (Robert King) for 15 years. Let me tell you - I thought it was great. For one it depressed me as a photographer - I take pictures of people and animals (my dog) and things, such inconsequential things... however it did inspire me to have more life in my photos. I may not be going to the front lines of war to find compelling pictures, I just have to make my pictures more compelling.

What's amazing about TIFF if that the people who make the movie are there. They present the film & then stick around afterwards to discuss. What's great about this was the two men that followed & recorded Robert (the war photographer) were there as well as Robert himself - and his wife and child, who were also in the film briefly. There was a questions and answers period afterwards, but I didn't have the guts to ask: If it is so traumatizing for him to go and take these pictures, why does he keep going back? Ah well. I would have had photos to attach of the key players in making this film, but I'm a moron (you read it here first!!!) and forgot my memory card in my computer at home - that's right I screwed up rule number two. Got rule number one down (bring your camera everywhere), I just forgot to pack all the equipment.

I will be going back to Dundas Square this evening to take pictures. I noticed there was a lot of excitement and movement (a pulse if you will) there the last 2 nights. It's something I would at least try to capture. Hopefully I'll be able to get something decent to share with you.

In conclusion, see the film if you can.

:) Roon-bop

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