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photography by Kate Wilhelm

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public service announcements

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

I got a nice package in the mail tonight: my new business cards, which I ordered from Moo. They look great. Some of the pictures lost their blacks, probably because of the very matte paper. But most of the images look really good, and the backsides are fantastic. What I like about these cards is that you can import many pictures from flickr, so you have a big selection of images on the front. Designing the layout of text and logos on the back of the card is intuitive and pretty easy, although I was really glad I had my husband on hand to tweak my logo to suit the card. And the price is way more cost-effective for my quantity needs than having cards (with only one image) printed at a local print shop. So if you have any need for business cards, check out Moo.
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Imagekind is about to start a Valentine’s Day promotion. From February 10 to 16 you can get 25 percent off their custom framing.

Attention Americans: Free JPG Subscriptions available

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

I have been offered the opportunity to give away three one-year subscriptions to JPG Magazine. I’ve bought two issues in recent months, and been very impressed with the quality. Sadly, the free subscriptions are only available in the US so I can’t take advantage. So who wants one? Comment here or email me at kate(at)peripheralvision(dot)ca.

Also, I just wanted to notify you that as of January 1, 2009, I’ll be increasing the price of my photo art cards from $3.99 to $4.99. So if you want to take advantage, do so before the end of the year.

25% off custom framing

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Just wanted to let you know that Imagekind has a new promotion: 25% off custom framing until 10 pm PST on November 20, 2008. Just enter the code HOLIDAYART08 when you check out.

20% off frames

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Imagekind has a great new promotion until September 23, 2008: 20 percent off all custom frames. It also just so happens that all my images get free ground shipping in the US until the end of September, so now is a GREAT time for Americans to buy my stuff. Sadly, since my galleries still aren’t working here, you’ll have to browse my images over at my Imagekind gallery.

To take advantage, type promo code FALL2008 in the promotion box at checkout. This from Imagekind: “Promotion expires September 23, 2008 at 10pm PDT and cannot be combined with any other promotion code. Limit one order per person. Promotion code must be used at time of checkout to apply. Your order must be placed during the promotional period to qualify for this special pricing offer. Discount promo applies to custom frames only.”

opportunity to vote

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

One of my photos made the top 10 cut in a contest over at Imagekind with the theme of unity. Now it’s open to voters, and anyone can vote – not just Imagekind members. So if you think my photo represents unity the best, please feel free to vote for it.

after-school-redux

How I believe it fits the theme: Visually, this photo shows four boys unified by their focus on a single book. As well, mosaics are made of disparate fragments unified by art. The photo was made in the courtyard of the Gugu S’thebe Arts and Culture Centre in South Africa, 13 years after the end of apartheid. These boys are younger than the country’s new democracy, the product of years of united, hard work.

And while I’m on the subject, Imagekind just announced a 25% discount on all framing until 10 pm (Pacific time) on August 18, 2008. To take advantage, just enter the promo code PLUNGE25 when you check out.

real estate and other opinions

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

In my last post, before real life blew up with exciting possibilities (within two weeks we’ve bought a house and sold our current one), I was going to write about some of the things I’ve seen online and some of the things I’ve been thinking about. I’ll be honest that this space feels a bit unfriendly, so my posts have been more self-absorbed than I would prefer because it’s felt safer that way. I haven’t wanted to stick my neck out again with a potentially unpopular opinion. But I have lots of opinions and I don’t want to let fear rule me, so I’m gonna jump back on that horse.

Last week, I saw a post at We Can’t Paint about how the author doesn’t like most street photography. As a street photographer myself, I was all set to get up in arms. But then I reread what he wrote and realized it wasn’t so bad. He said:

“This is not to say that I think street photography is bad, it’s simply my opinion that so much of this type of photography seems to only provide answers instead of questions (here comes the hate mail). This is to say that the visual puns as well as the often over done sentimental imagery of the genre keep me from connecting with it in a significant way.”

And then I remembered that I don’t like a lot of street photography either, much as it’s the closest label I can come up with for my work. As much as I enjoy visual puns (and verbal puns for that matter), a photo whose only point of interest is a visual pun more often than not leaves me feeling empty. I’d like to hear more about the author’s take on the “often overdone sentimental imagery of the genre,” because I’m not sure where to draw the line between emotional impact — a characteristic of great photos in my opinion — and sentimentality. I worried to a friend of mine recently that perhaps my photography romantizes poverty, but she was pretty emphatic that it does not. That by not being overwhelmed with pity for those in poverty, by seeing life and joy alongside the poverty, I was doing the opposite.

Last week, I caught up with Tony Fouhse’s blog and saw an older post in which he distinguished between eye photographs and brain photographs. He also raised the possibility of heart photographs, but I’m not sure just what to do with that. I think that the best photographs are both eye and brain photographs. The street photography that leaves me empty are purely eye photographs and the Art (capital A) photographs that I’ve seen a lot of lately are purely brain photographs with not much eye (I may as well just come out and say it: in my opinion a lot of conceptual photographs are just butt ugly). The example that Tony gave as a brain photograph is also very much an eye shot.

Anyways, since I started this blog, I’ve been collecting links to photographers whose work inspires me, whose images are both eye and brain photographs. If you haven’t checked them out, let me highlight a few. Just the other day, I found Edward van Herk, who’s done a great series in Soweto. Although I only spent most of a day in Soweto, I’ve spent a total of six weeks in South Africa, and I fell in love with the people. I love how he’s captured the spirit of the people.

I discovered Hector Mediavilla probably a couple of months ago now. My favourite work of his is of the Congolese sapeurs, people who dress in finery and pride themselves on impeccable manners in the Congo. He’s done three series and I love them all: one, two, and three.

With both of these photographers, I love that they are going beyond the stereotype of poor starving Africans. I think I came across both of those at the New Breed of Documentary Photographers, a great blog for finding new inspiration.

During the frenzied last few weeks, I haven’t shot much of anything, and I haven’t edited much of the backlog either. But I did get my galleries of Cuba and Parking Meters in Lunenburg up here.

Finally, Imagekind is offering 25 percent off frames until July 7, 2008, which applies to all of my images.

special deal

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

Imagekind is offering free ground shipping in the US until June 16, 2008. If you’ve been thinking about buying one of my prints or cards and you live in the US, now might be the time to take advantage. Just make sure to enter the promo code, DAD2008, when you check out.

My Cuba photos are available for sale there now, although I haven’t edited the collection thoroughly enough to put a new gallery up here. I will, however, post a couple of my favourites:

skipping

yellow-polka-dots

proud

I suspect this size doesn’t really do them justice. I’d love to see these printed in the largest size possible on the wall, to really get a sense of the grandeur of Havana’s architecture.

What do you think? Feedback and comments most welcome (although I am human, so please try to keep it constructive).

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