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Saturday, February 13, 2021


(Article submitted by Chelsea Jones).

Monday, February 1, 2021

Photography: The Art And Science Of Racial Oppression

(Submitted by Chelsea Jones). Since the invention of the camera, the images we created and the photographic industry has been fraught with issues of inequality, inequity, and oppression that continue to this day. As with the industrial revolution and the current age of technology, with innovations come distinct benefits as well as consequences. Created and developed in the Victorian era by French and English inventors, the camera and the images it produced was as the intersection of art and science. 1 This development of photography took place when positivism was the dominant scientific ontology. 2 This led to a strong faith in machines, known as ‘machine objectivity’, since they were regarded as more objective than individual human perception. 2At that time there was little question that a photograph was an accurate and truthful representation of the subject.1 Photography, like any form of representation, was and is a social practice whose connotations were organized through cultural ideas and contracts, and is inherently problematic with roots in colonialism, government oppression, and racism especially towards the black community. 1

Sunday, January 24, 2021


(Submission by Crystal Mercredi). Are you being intentional with your audience? Many photographers are running sole proprietorships, which means you are the be-all-end-all of every responsibility in running your business. Time not spent intentionally when it comes to marketing is most often time you’re wasting, or worse, potentially even damaging your reach. Stop wasting time trying to market yourself to everyone with a pulse. 

Friday, January 15, 2021


(Submission by Jacquie Matechuk). Love Where you Live (Falling in love with HOME all over again) In a time of global limitations and incapacitated socialization, staying motivated with day-to-day life has been a challenge to say the least. And if you’re a photographic artist, well it’s likely the strain has affected not only your spirits but your pocketbook as well. Even with the tremendous support of organizations such as our beloved PPOC, there’s only so much time behind a keyboard one can handle.

Thursday, December 31, 2020


(Submitted by Stefan Malloch.) Perhaps one of the most important aspect of photography, or anything for that matter, is vision. Without it, one may not even begin what might be a rewarding journey, a bucket list goal, or even a photo that has been floating around in the imagination forever.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Looking For Inspiration

What to do when you are lacking inspiration? Some people find inspiration in taking a bath. Others by going for a run for a few kilometers. Often it's just about letting go and the inspiration comes on its own.

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Acknowledging Artistic Influence – Why Copying is in Bad Taste

Submitted by Tamara Taylor. Steal all you want. Borrow away. Tear delectable tidbits off other’s art and use them to add flavor and flair. Let your audience feast on a buffet of Rembrandt inspired delicacies. Garnish an image with a morsel of Lebovitz-esque lighting. Spice things up with posing nicked from Michelangelo.

Friday, November 13, 2020

The Importance Of Wellness In A Photography Career

Regina is a well established photographer and weight lifting enthusiast. In this article she shares her thoughts about the importance of wellness in artistic career.

Friday, October 16, 2020


(Submission by Heather Friar). I have had the pleasure of working for Shadow’s Gate Charity Haunt in Leduc Alberta for a few years now as their principle photographer. They raise money for the local food bank. Last year we brought several of the characters into my home studio to get some “wicked” shots using strobes. Anyone who has seen my art will know that type of image is right up my alley. I love taking literary characters and bringing them to life and have been heavily influenced by Rembrandt and Film Noir type lighting.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

3 PPOC Members Capture Bronze At World Photographic Cup

A strong performance by Team Canada saw three PPOC photographers on the podium collecting bronze medals and another top performer placing 7th at the award ceremony that was held in Rome, Italy on September 28th, 2020.

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