Some excellent news for photographers in the last few days; Canadian photographers finally own copyright of their images. As the Canadian Association of Professional Image Creators states, “In Canada, all other artists have already owned the copyrights to their work and thanks to this new law, Canadian photographers, albeit the last in the industrialized world, [...] Read more – ‘Big News For Canadian Photographers’.
A few weeks ago I decided to get serious about applying for residencies and met with artist Samantha Mogelonsky to get some advice. For those not familiar with the concept, an artist residency is when you go to a location (a mix of housing and art studios) for a period of time to focus exclusively [...] Read more – ‘A Guide to Art Residencies’.
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about exploring new ground. I’m just beginning to work on several fine-art projects and in the process trying to come up with ways to help me think differently, try new methodologies, new techniques, etc. The last few projects I have done have followed roughly the same formula, sure there [...] Read more – ‘Exploring New Ground’.
Last week I watched 6 Days to Air – a documentary about the making of an episode of South Park. Unlike most animated TV show, which have weeks or months to make a single episode, South Park does it, from initial concept to writing to animating, all in six days. My favourite aspect was getting a [...] Read more – ‘The Creative Process’.
Everyone in the city seems to think that their neighbourhood is the greatest, but I think extra props go to The Junction. A little removed from “the real downtown”, the Junction seems like the little neighbourhood that could. They have a great sense of community, and that community throws great events! This Friday is the [...] Read more – ‘Junction Design Crawl’.
I want to share a fascinating film called Janela Da Alma. It’s a Brazilian documentary that looks at blindness, using it to talk about vision and our perception of the world. What was particularly interesting to me is that most of the interviews are with artists – a blind photographer, a musician, an actress, and [...] Read more – ‘Spotlight: Janela Da Alma (Film)’.
A couple of weeks ago I had coffee with a friend of mine who wants to become a fashion photographer. She has quite an extensive (and very good) portfolio, but is just starting to fully break ground into working professionally in the industry. As our conversation progressed, she casually asked, “what do you think, is [...] Read more – ‘Is It Worth It?’.
As you may know both Erika and I work extensively in architectural photography (her as a studio manager and I as a shooter), so it was particularly interesting when on a recent flight I watched the documentary Visual Acoustics. The film, directed by Eric Bricker, looks at the life of Julius Shulman – “the world’s [...] Read more – ‘Spotlight: Visual Acoustics’.
I was helping a friend of mine move yesterday who is also a freelance photographer and we got to talking about setting up a workspace. For many people this is a simple matter of design or convenience, but for freelancers who work from home, this can have a big effect on productivity. A few weeks [...] Read more – ‘Why Where You Work Matters’.
I’ve been feeling a little burnt-out lately. I think this happens to everyone regardless of your working situation but I find it’s more common with those of us who freelance. From one perspective the work never stops – there is always something to do and someone to email. On the other hand you’re not obliged to do [...] Read more – ‘Dealing with Burnout’.
I’m a typography nerd-in-training. I love they way words look, or, at least, they way they can look – don’t get me started on Curlz, or anything that’s supposed to look like it’s been written by a child! I’m loyal to my fonts of choice, (Century Gothic), and have warmed up to others (Impact). Every [...] Read more – ‘Become A Font Snob: Free Online Fonts’.
This will be the fourth and final part of our series The First Show. In the previous parts we looked at creating an outline and figuring out deadlines for your show. We then wrote an artist statement and edited down the project that you will be showing. And finally produced the physical work and hung [...] Read more – ‘First Show (4/4): Promoting the Show’.
For part three of our First Show series we will be looking at the actual production of the show. By production I mean everything that you have to actually make / do such as printing, framing, hanging, etc. The process for a this is fairly straight forward – in fact you’ll likely have someone else [...] Read more – ‘The First Show (3/4) – Production’.
Back in the days of elementary school, we would often partner up in what was known as the buddy system. During field trips, projects, and other activities you would be assigned a buddy who would be responsible for you and you for him or her. Whether it was getting back to the bus on time [...] Read more – ‘The Buddy System’.
We’ve all seen those posters on office walls. You know the ones; they have a black border, a guy climbing a mountain, and a word like ‘inspiration‘ drifting across the bottom. I don’t love them. But I do understand why they exist: sometimes you just need a little reminder to push yourself (or to go [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Inspirational Posters That Don’t Suck’.
Earlier in the month we released the first part of four posts on putting up your first art show. In part one we talked about creating an outline so that you can juggle all of the elements of a show without anything important slipping through the cracks. With part two, we will dive into the [...] Read more – ‘The First Show (2/4): Editing’.
I recently met with a documentary photographer and had a long discussion about a project she is developing. While trying to figure out how to convey a specific aspect through images, we started talking about what other media could better bring the ideas across. This is something I’ve been thinking about more and more in [...] Read more – ‘What Came First, the Medium or the Message?’.
One of the exciting things about this time of year, is getting to visit various schools’ end of the year shows. It can be a bit overwhelming seeing so much new work in such a short period of time, but there are definitely many gems to be found. Today we’ve got a selection of some [...] Read more – ‘Students to Watch: Image Arts, Ryerson’.
Starting today we’re launching a four part feature on putting on your first show. I’ll be writing this from the perspective of a photography show, but nearly everything applies to any type of art show. I’m going to assume you already have a body of work and a gallery that you’ll be showing at, and [...] Read more – ‘The First Show (1/4): Create an Outline’.
For long, long time I held to the belief that a camera is a camera and a phone is a phone. Then, late last summer, I got an iPhone. I was able to justify it by telling myself that I’m a busy entrepreneur, out and about and needing constant contact with my computer. (All true). [...] Read more – ‘Making Pictures Pretty: The Camera Awesome App’.
Last year we received a lot of great feedback on our CONTACT Walking Guides so we’ve brought them back for this year’s festival! CONTACT is an amazing opportunity to see good photography, but can be overwhelming with so many good shows. There are two guides – one for around Queen & Spadina and the other [...] Read more – ‘Free CONTACT Walking Guides 2012!’.
Until very recently, the thought of Life Drawing conjured images of beret-clad artistes sitting around a classically plump woman, painting canvasses with hand-held palettes. One of the things we feel strongly about at Knock Twice is life long learning, so last week Eugen and I attended the bi-monthly life drawing session at ARTiculations, and there [...] Read more – ‘Try It: Life Drawing’.
Last week it was announced that Facebook bought Instagram for around a billion dollars. Not a moment later, I started seeing articles along the lines of “how to become the next Instagram”. All of us doing creative work, by that I mean creating new things, be it developers or painters, entrepreneurs or designers, have heroes [...] Read more – ‘Ignore the Outliers’.
Remember producer Dan Montgomery from this post a few weeks ago? Well, Montgomery and his business partner, director Kazik Radwanski, have had great success screening their films at prestigious festivals. Their 2008 short film, Princess Margaret Blvd., has generated numerous awards and accolades including the Best International Short Film Award at the 2009 Edinburgh International [...] Read more – ‘Film Festivals and Grants’.
It’s our 200th post! So first off, thank you to all of you for reading Knock Twice, commenting, sharing posts, and attending our events. You’re awesome! One of the things we want to do more of on the blog is share great, inspiring books, and give them away! Both Erika and I are big readers [...] Read more – ‘Steal Like an Artist (Book)’.
I am all about affordable art. (I am also all about somewhat unaffordable art, but it’s nice to have some good things within reach….) I recently attended a talk at RyersonUniversitythat coincided with a group exhibition of student work. Let’s just say that I went in for the lecture and came out having purchased an [...] Read more – ‘Awesome Art Online’.
April is here, and that means that Hot Docs is quickly approaching! For those who’ve never been, Hot Docs is Canada’s International Documentary Film Festival which takes place in Toronto and runs from April 26th to May 6th. It is a great place to see new documentary films from around the world, many of which [...] Read more – ‘Hot Docs is Coming!’.
Today we’re excited to share our second Flightpath Artist Talk with you. Amanda McCavour is a Toronto based textile artist, who creates installations by sewing into water soluble material. She covers a variety of topics such as how she came to her working process, her experience at various residencies, and how she develops projects. Read more – ‘Flightpath Artist Talk: Amanda McCavour’.
I want to thank our readers for all the great feedback about our interview with food photographer Maya Visnyei. We’re excited to keep this feature going and help you discover more of the jobs that exists in and around art. Our second profile is Josh Morden, preparator at Stephen Bulger Gallery. Never heard of a preparator? [...] Read more – ‘That’s A Job! (Preparator)’.
Whether you want to or not, eventually you will have to share your work with the world. It could be with your parents or partner, you class at school, or a potential client – at some point, someone will critique your work, there’s no way around it. Depending on the feedback critiques can leave you [...] Read more – ‘How to Get the Most Out of Critiques’.
We’ve received several emails from readers who are frustrated with approaching galleries and getting their proposals for shows stonewalled. It can be tough to get a show when you don’t have an exhibition history and your work is fairly unknown. Something young artist don’t often consider is finding an event space and curating their own [...] Read more – ‘Laid Bare on Curation (VIDEO)’.
We love to be able to shed light on interesting projects. There are a lot of photographers in the world, so sometimes it’s nice to be able to focus in for a moment on one little project at a time. I came across Theron Humphrey’s ‘This Wild Idea’ recently, and I love it. If it’s [...] Read more – ‘This Wild Idea’.
For both Erika and I, a big surprise upon graduating was the wealth of jobs available to fine arts majors. There is an idea that if you go to art school you should become a capital ‘A’ Artist and be a professional photographer, painter, illustrator or what ever else you majored in. In reality, most [...] Read more – ‘A Wealth of Jobs’.
The more openings and artist talks I attend, the more I’ve come to realize that there are two distinct approaches to presenting one’s work to viewers. On one side, there are artists that talk at length about the meaning of their work and why they made it. On the other, are artists that hold back [...] Read more – ‘The Artist Vs. The Viewer’.
Most well known for her awkward photographs of people on the fringes of society, Diane Arbus is an example of someone who worked hard at her craft, pursuing commercial jobs alongside her personal work. You may recall that we mentioned her last week, with regards to getting permission and support. She photographed some of New [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know…..Diane Arbus’.
I was recently talking to a friend, who is also a fine-art photographer, about print sizes. His prints are quite small (in the 5 x 7in range) and he expressed his annoyance at how the market value of photographic prints, paintings as well I’m sure, is so closely tied to their size (larger works cost [...] Read more – ‘Does Size Matter?’.
It’s not good enough to approach a photo editor and tell them to trust you, that you’re sure you’ll do a great job if they’ll give you an assignment. Good work begets more good work, and you need to be able to show people that you can do the job. Read more – ‘Show The Work You Want To Do’.
You’ve probably heard of photographer collectives or at least seen them pop up online. In a new video post (we’re trying to do a lot more this year), we talk to photographer Jonathan Taggart – a founding member of the Boreal Collective, about what a collective is, why he is a part of one, and [...] Read more – ‘Jonathan Taggart on the Boreal Collective’.
Thank you very much to everyone who has ever read Knock Twice and told others about it! It’s been a really exciting year for us, getting into the flow of things, launching projects, and holding giveaways. As we move into 2012 we have a lot of great things planned. Here is a look at some [...] Read more – ‘The Year in Review / The Year Ahead’.
Today’s post is really more of a question, or poll. I know it’s holiday crunch time, but if you can spare a minute, I’d love to hear what you have to say. A few years ago, I gave one of my friends a photograph for Ghristmas. As he was unwrapping it, another friend piped up [...] Read more – ‘A Holiday Question for Artists…’.
There is a book store called TYPE near me that always has awesome window displays. Over the course of a couple of weeks one book kept catching my eye, it was called Art & Fear: Observations On The Perils (and Rewards) of Art Making. Something about the title resonated with me and after passing it [...] Read more – ‘Art & Fear (Book)’.
Hey, Toronto West-Enders, great news; we’re getting our own art supply centre! Opening December 1st in the Junction, ARTiculations is part art supply store, part workshop, part gallery, and part artist resource centre. I got a sneak peak of the renovated space this week, and, let me tell you, it’s going to be good. In [...] Read more – ‘ARTiculations is coming to The Junction!’.
Both Erika and I recently received honorable mentions in Magenta’s Flash Forward 2011 photography competition and book. I’m a big fan of entering competitions that have multi faceted prizes, such as an award, show, and publication. They let you add several lines to your CV and get your work out to a larger audience than [...] Read more – ‘Magenta’s Flash Forward’.
Contemporary photographer Juergen Teller is an example of blurred boundaries between the worlds of fine-art and commercial photography. His unusual style crosses back and forth, shooting advertising campaigns for major fashion houses, as well as exhibiting work as a gallery-represented artist. Read more – ‘You Should Know… Juergen Teller’.
Knock Twice isn’t quite a year old yet, but we’re getting there. And we want to make sure that we’re growing in the direction that you want. We have a short survey so you can give us your feedback. And, in exchange, we have a Canadian Art prize pack to give away to one lucky [...] Read more – ‘Canadian Art Prize Pack Giveaway’.
When I stumbled on Fraction Magazine, David Bram and Joshua Spees’s online publication dedicated to contemporary photography, I was reminded of what it’s like to look at portfolios of images. While blogs and the likes are great for one-off imagery, there’s something exceptional about viewing a crafted body of work, in it’s entirety, in context, and [...] Read more – ‘Fraction Magazine’.
There seems to be a lot of confusions surrounding gallery representation and what it means to be a gallery represented artist. How involved is the gallery? Do they have any say in your work? What are your responsibilities? What are theirs? Who would benefit from having a gallery rep? Who should avoid it? The artist [...] Read more – ‘The Artist & The Gallery’.
I believe in manners, following the rules, and that there is some kind of ultimate fairness in the world that means cheaters don’t prosper (even if I can’t see it…). So I can be a bit of a wimp sometimes. But have you heard the saying “it’s easier to ask for forgiveness than permission?” It [...] Read more – ‘Do You Do, or Do You Ask?’.
Of course Toronto’s big event this month is Nuit Blanche, the all-night arts festival. But there are lots of other great things going on as well. If you’re a photo nerd (or just someone who’s always wanted to own a daguerreotype), I highly recommend the Photo Historical Society’s fall fair. I found this guy last [...] Read more – ‘Events: October 2011’.
Everyone will eventually find themselves needing to hang art. It’s a must have skill for artists, but it is often the cause of hours confusion and frustration. I’m not sure how many pieces of art I’ve put up for critiques, shows, and in my own home, but it’s probably well over a hundred. Over the last few [...] Read more – ‘Hanging Art, A Guide’.
American photographer Gregory Crewdson is best known for his elaborately staged and lit photographs. Referencing cinema, the vignettes seems as if there were taken right out of a film, depicting twilight moments that often feel supernatural. His work has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at MOMA and The Guggenheim. [Bonus: His Sanctuary project is [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know…Gregory Crewdson’.
Erika and I recently met with an artist who mentioned trying to distance her art work from her commercial work. This is something that I often think about in my own life. Should I have a separate website for my art work? Is my commercial work having a negative impact on my personal work? Will [...] Read more – ‘Drawing the Line’.
This is it, folks: September. Along with muggy rainstorms comes the desire to turn over a new leaf, start new projects, and get serious. I often see September as a mini-new year, and so resolutions abound. How about “try to see more art, and get to more exhibition openings”? Sounds good, eh? Here are some [...] Read more – ‘Events: September 2011’.
As Ryerson Alumni, Eugen and I often feel somewhat biased towards their student work. To be fair, Ryerson fosters some talented photographers (you can see some here), but so do other institutions. Sheridan College has it’s own share of creative talent (and illustrators, and painters…..), and their student magazine, Travis, is amazing! It’s well written, [...] Read more – ‘Roundup: Sheridan College Creatives’.
I’m not going to lie, even though she’s a national treasure, I’m not fond of Margaret Atwood’s fiction. I am, however, a fan of the woman herself (she is very, very bright – do you follow her on twitter?) and I’m a fan of her non-fiction, lecture-style writing. I came to Negotiating With the Dead: [...] Read more – ‘Book Review: Negotiating with the Dead – A Writer on Writing’.
We believe that when you start a business, there is a tool-box of people you should have available to you. (Ok, some people just call them consultants.) A lawyer is a key member of the consultant-team you should build for yourself, and you shouldn’t just wait until you’re in the middle of a legal bind to [...] Read more – ‘Interview With A Lawyer: Jordan Nahmias’.
Husband and wife team Christo and Jeanne-Claude are sculptors of a kind. They have wrapped the German parliament building in aluminium fabric, installed a white nylon fence in California, and covered a Swiss forest in polyester. Through wrapping, some of the most basic features and proportions of the object are revealed, by concealing the actual [...] Read more – ‘You Should Know…..Christo and Jeanne-Claude’.
Today we feature the work of our first non-photographer. However, the work of German artist Gerhard Richter is so technically perfect, one could often mistake his paintings for photographs. Richter’s paintings are based on photographs, and the detail is blurred through his painting technique. Read more – ‘You Should Know… Gerhard Richter’.
So you want to be an artist? Spend your days creating work, live by your own schedule, painting when inspiration hits, and take in life the rest of the time? The plan is to go to art school – where you’ll spend four years in creative bliss? Get a studio when you’re done and then [...] Read more – ‘So You Want to be an Artist?’.
It’s no question that with the current state of the internet, “to creep” is a commonly recognized verb, usually meaning to search out online. But have you creeped yourself recently? It can be an important tool in your own marketing research. Read more – ‘Creep Yourself Out’.
If you have the opportunity, invest in art. especially in these formative years when you are working to network with other emerging creative professionals. Buy, barter, and trade. Art is not just an inspiring thing to have around your home, it can be a serious investment. Read more – ‘Get An Art: Starting Your Collection’.
Interviews are tricky. To be pulled off successfully, the interviewer needs the right balance of knowledge on the subject, connections to get access to the interviewees, and a knack for posing the right questions in a way that elicits deep and honest responses. In her book Image Takers, Image Makers, Anne-Celine Jaeger interviews “leading curators, [...] Read more – ‘Book Review: Image Makers, Image Takers’.
We’ve all got work that we love, but sometimes that one image doesn’t fit in with the rest. Every image you bring into the world is going to be your baby, but just because you shot it doesn’t mean it’s worthy of inclusion, and just because you like it doesn’t mean it’s good. When everyone [...] Read more – ‘Sometimes You Need to Kill Your (Metaphorical) Babies’.
I believe in well-printed promos; something that tells me the person who made it cares about presentation. After all, we are visual people. Business cards, postcards, books, exhibition catalogues, I’m a total sucker for print. Which means I was thrilled when Nicholas Kennedy gave me a tour of his Toronto-based letterpress studio, Trip Print Press. Read more – ‘Trip Print Press’.
Having gone to the Contact Photography Festival for several years, we know firsthand how tricky it can be navigating the largest photographic event in the world. With over 200 venues involved it’s impossible to see everything, so where do you start? Read more – ‘Downloadable CONTACT Walking Guides!’.
If you live in Toronto, the month of May means the CONTACT Photography Festival. This annual event transforms the city into a gigantic showcase of contemporary images. We’re counting down the days until the festival launch, but in the meantime, we feel a brief introduction is in order. Read more – ‘CONTACT is coming!’.
We’re excited to share our first Knock Twice Video with you today. We interviewed National Post photographer Brett Gundlock about his most recent personal project Prisoners, in particular, how he used crowdfunding to finance the exhibition. The idea behind crowdfunding is that you pitch an idea and how much money you need to complete it. [...] Read more – ‘Video: Brett Gundlock on Crowdfunding’.
It can be hard to produce new work, especially if you have tight deadlines and it’s not a project you love. But at the end of the day, the work you make is the work you will have to show. If you rush through a shoot just to get it done, you might miss out [...] Read more – ‘Kick It Up A Notch’.
American music and portrait photographer Zack Arias is pretty funny. He’s really honest. And he’s incredibly generous with what he knows. The OneLight Field Guide is the first issue of Arias’ independent photography magazine, Dedpxl, that focuses on how to use off-camera lighting. Imagine sitting down with a coffee and having a pro explain flat-out [...] Read more – ‘Dedpxl – OneLight Field Guide (Book)’.
If you’re interested in being an artist you will be asked for a CV over and over again. A CV (or curriculum vitae) is similar to a resume, but more detailed and is as much about your achievements as your experience. It’s best to start your CV early on because as time passes you might [...] Read more – ‘The Anatomy of a CV’.
The German husband and wife team are known for their systematic photography of disappearing industrial structures. If you’ve ever shot a project based on typology, or presented in a grid format, you should be aware of their work. (Everyone else knows them, you should too). Read more – ‘You Should Know…The Bechers’.
The biggest problem people have when trying to do personal or fine art work, is focusing in on an idea for their project. This makes sense because when you are without restrictions, it is easy to become overwhelmed and paralyzed with choice. This post will elaborate on some of the points discussed in the Who [...] Read more – ‘The Idea Machine’.
Last May I participated in my first official photography portfolio review. I prepared my work, arrived at the event, and waited nervously for my first session. By the end of the weekend I had met with six very different reviewers, had a notebook full of (sometimes conflicting) feedback, and was excited to move forward with [...] Read more – ‘Portfolio Reviews: The Basics’.
I’m currently in the middle of sending my work to various blogs in preparation of my first solo show next month. I thought it would be good to share the process I use to approach bloggers in hopes of having them feature my work. Getting your work out there is great for many reasons. Your [...] Read more – ‘Getting Your Work Featured Online’.
Having a bio on your site, or blog, or in your submission package, is important because, obviously, not everyone knows you. It can be difficult to write about yourself, but your bio is the only way some people will ever “meet” you, so you want to make sure it leaves a good impression. These are [...] Read more – ‘Writing a Professional Bio’.
It’s important to stay refreshed. There are some exceptions, but most of us don’t create in a vacuum, and I’m a firm believer that you have to see good work to make good work. I’ve had days where everything I see is an inspiration, but I’ve also been burned out and idea-dry. Luckily, the internet [...] Read more – ‘Flak Photo: Daily Inspiration On The Go’.