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The Source Weekly

Bend's alternative newspaper, The Source Weekly has a nice write up about the upcoming, "Faces of Farmers" event hosted by Central Oregon Locavore. The article includes a great interview of Nicolle Timm, founder of Central Oregon Locavore, and features a few of the photos I took for the project. To see and read more pick up a copy of The Source or click http://goo.gl/5FF2Xj.

Aloha,

Ian

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Mr. May

Chris Casad or as his friends have taken to calling him, "Mr. May" is the subject of my most successful image to date. The name, "Mr. May" comes from light-hearted jabs from Chris' friends after this photo was selected for the Oregon Farm Bureau's 2014 calendar for, you guessed it, the month of May. This image has also been featured in, and today it was featured on the front page of The Bulletin. Chris is a first generation farmer and owner of Juniper Jungle Permaculture Farm in Bend, Oregon. I have had the great fortune of knowing Chris and his family for well over a decade, and I can honestly say that you would be hard pressed to find a person with more integrity or a better work ethic. 

A great resource for finding and supporting local farmers in Central Oregon is Central Oregon Locavore where this image is to be featured in their "Faces of Framers" project. COL is a  local non-profit who run a variety of educational programs as well as a local food market in downtown Bend.

Cheers,

Ian

 

Tintype Photography

Tintype Photography

Big news! Well, for me it is. I purchased my first medium format camera a few months ago. I did so in the interest of slowing down the photographic process.  Moving from digital to film wasn't slow enough. My main purpose in buying a 4x5 camera was to learn the art of tintype photography. This process was very popular in the 90's; the 1890's. I decided to travel to Portland at the end of the month to learn the Tintype photography process from the one and onl, Ray Bidegain! I will be looking for volunteers who would like to pose for a tintype portrait as I continue to learn the process. If you're interested please email me at iancsmythe@gmail.com  

Don't know what tintype photography is? Here is a great explanation of the tintype process from the guy's at Tested

-Ian

 

 

 

Where I keep my smile

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My wife and I recently welcomed our first child to our little family. His name is Lochlan and he has brought a level of joy and fulfillment to our lives which we (two very happy people) didn't know existed. For Mother's day, we decided to give our moms a print of Lochlan. This was my first experience photographing a newborn and I found his lack of response to my direction to be quite a challenge! Normally I am not in favor of the "spray and pray" technique, however, it turned out to be very useful during this shoot.

This was a reminder for me to take on new challenges and to not shy away from a learning opportunity. Besides, this kid is friggin' cute, right?  

 -Ian

Faces of Farmers

Today's "Faces of Farmers" portrait is of Sarahlee Lawrence, owner of Rainshadow Organics. It has been a great experience working on this project with Central Oregon Locavore. I have two more farmers to photograph for this project, however, I am going to turn this into an ongoing series. I believe that supporting our local small farmers is of great importance and I am happy to do my small part to support those who feed my family and community.

If you or someone you know would like to be a part of this series please contact me @ iancsmythe@gmail.com.

Cheers,
Ian