Francis Vachon Photographe

July 29, 2011

Friday links and news #40

This is some of the stuff you missed this week if you are not following me on Twitter.

July 26, 2011

How does a photographer deal with the sudden death of his parents?

Note: I was planning to write this a long time ago. But each time I was going to, sadness took over. But it is time now.

In 2005, I was a fast-track student in photojournalism at the Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario. All of us but one, a local student, where living in the residence, in two separates apartment side by side.

We where living together, going to school together, shooting together, sharing together, hoping together, and going out together. In those 7 weeks, we formed a bound that will last forever.

Out of the bunch, Ryan Jackson was the youngest. The kid. A great guy that now works staff at the Edmonton Journal.

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It was earlier this year. I was on assignment for The Gazette in Thetford Mines. Between two appointments with people that I add to photograph for a story, I took some time to read my Facebook on my iPhone.

And “bang!” came the news.

Ashley, his wife, updated her status with something like “for those who don’t know yet, Ryan’s parents where killed in car accident yesterday”.

I sat back in my car for many long minutes, shocked.

So how does a photographer cope with the sudden death of his parents? With photography, of course.

Ok, now I know why I was postponing this post. I just re-read Ryan’s blog entry and tears are coming out of my eyes.

Fast trackers reunited in Winnipeg this summer: Francis, Alexandra and Ryan Jackson

July 22, 2011

Friday links and news #39

This is some of the stuff you missed this week if you are not following me on Twitter.

July 20, 2011

Stand Your Ground: Why does street photography make us paranoid?

Why does street photography make people paranoid? Stand Your Ground, a 15 minute documentary made for the London Street Festival, answers this question by getting a group of photographers to stand their ground over a period of time in a public place in London to see the objections raised by local security officials, police and the public.

It is amazing how photography in public space seems to be problematic in big UK cities these days and, to a lesser extend, in the United States. What you can do with your photo might be different in Quebec than the rest of the world, but the rule of “if you are in a public place, you can photograph everything you want” is the same so the video is relevant for photographer, wherever they live.

July 18, 2011

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d’été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

John Fogerty closes the 44th Festival d'été de Québec

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