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The Manxification of John Bagnell

February 25th, 2009

Joy, Havana 2008 — now showing at the Manx

The photo above is one of 13 pictures that my partner-in-crime John currently has on show at the Manx Pub, until March 4th. I encourage all Ottawans and Winterlude-visitors to drop by and take a look-see; besides the wonderful view you’ll get, the food at the Manx is delicious (lamb curry wrap with potato wedges and garlic mayo, anyone??!). The pub is at 370 Elgin Street (at Frank), down a set of stairs.

If you do get to see the images in person, you’ll know what I mean when I say that John has a knack of taking something everyday, and making it iconic. Especially because the prints are so large (11.5″ x 15.5″, then matted and framed), even the most mundane of things gets a second look, extra significance.

Jet, Ottawa 2005 — shown at The Wild Oat last summer

Nate (the son of good friends of ours), Ottawa 2008 — taken last summer

Keys, Ottawa 2008 — now showing at the Manx — Bobby Wiseman’s keyboard at a CBC Fuse taping

John’s also done photoshoots for clients. Here’s a shot he took last year for the National Capital YMCA-YWCA’s 2007 Annual Report Cover:

He recently took the below shot of me, one of the few photos I actually like of myself (this was in prep for a photoshoot; I was helping him do lighting tests):

Drop on by the Manx in the next week, or visit John’s site or blog. He’s great. And his photos are swell too.

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How to ruin a perfectly good picture

January 24th, 2009

John has a box of old camera equipment — lenses, film SLRs, gadgets; the box usually sits untouched in the office closet. John does a lot of reading about different photographic techniques and geekery, then tries them out. Today, he did just that. He pulled out the long-ignored box o’ goodies, dusted of his Contax RTS (circa 1975), and coupled it with his much newer digital point-and-shoot to conduct a very serious experiment:

For the photo-heads out there who want to know what he was up to, John just posted about it in his second-ever blog entry.

And for other photos he’s taken (that I haven’t ruined), click here to see his site.

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How the Ottawa Business Journal made me into a cover girl

January 20th, 2009

Yes, that is indeed my mug on the front of the January 9th issue of the Ottawa Business Journal (OBJ). No clue how a friendly story about a t-shirt designer edges out the Nortel bankruptcy protection story… but I’ll take it!

Last week, I was contacted by Elizabeth Howell from the paper, and then a photoshoot and a phone interview later… ta-daaaa! All this came about because of a friendly family I met at a craft fair I did in November; the Dad of the fam is Jeff Pappone (motorsport correspondent for the Globe & Mail), and he very kindly suggested my t-shirts as a story to Elizabeth. Many many thanks, Jeff :)

I’m writing about this so soon after the journal hit the stands because neither “m chen wears” nor my website was printed with the story… so I’m hoping that if there are any souls out there who read the article and were intrigued, a simple google search will bring them to this blog post.

Another point of note… the photo credit for the shot of sweet Logann on page 11 goes to my partner-in-crime, John Bagnell. Here’s the original pic — lurrrvely:

As an aside (though still related) — my facebook group hit 412 members last week. For being member #400, Bonnie Homewood is getting an m chen wear of her choice. Congrats, Bonnie!

Oh, and one more thing… I thank my stars constantly and deeply appreciate all the support, attention, encouragement, interest and help I’ve gotten from friends, family, new acquaintances and strangers. Merci merci!!! I might be the luckiest person I know.

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