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Art Camp, 1983

Posted 2011.07.09 21.16 in Family/Friends, Photography by Stephanie

Going through my negatives binder recently, I found buried in the middle of it a few strips of negatives that brought me back… way back, to June, 1983.

These were the first two rolls of film I ever shot & developed myself, in the first couple days of the first photography class I ever took. After 28 years, I can still remember many of the details.

It was Art Camp, I had my dad’s 35mm Rangefinder — a Fujica 35-SE, which he bought in 1959. Photography was a popular subject at Art Camp and there were four different classes set up. My instructor’s name was Tom I believe, and he gave each of us a roll of film and told us to come back in an hour or so with the whole roll shot.

Art Camp, by the way, was a 2-week camp experience for students with some skill, aptitude, or interest in the visual arts. Participants selected their major and minor studies from options such as drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, and so forth. It was held in June, towards the end of the school year. If my memories and calculations are correct, I attended in 1982 (majored in sculpture), then in 1983 when I majored in photography.

Here are a collection of shots from those first two rolls, from those first couple days of class, in June 1983.

Click the thumbnails for the full-size images, and for some details & information on each pic. There are likely to be inaccuracies as this is based on my memories from 28 years ago.

For what it’s worth: the negatives are marked as “Kodak Safety Film 5062” which was known as Plus-X Pan film, rated at 125ISO. I have no memory of what chemistry we used to develop it, only that we had dark bags and daylight Patterson tanks like I do now. The dark bags were optional as the classroom was light-tight and could be secured for processing.

We didn’t just do the negatives, there were also enlargers so we could make prints. Somewhere I still have some of my prints from back then filed away, but probably not as carefully as my negs were.

Rage Against the Wireless Machine

Posted 2010.07.14 12.11 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

So this is my latest masterpiece, right?

I call it “Rage Against the Wireless Machine”. See, it’s supposed to symbolize the eternal struggle between network admins and the machines they must work with every day.

Rage Against the Wireless Machine - Click for Full Size

This particular piece is mixed-media, comprised primarily of fibreglass, copper, and plastic. Inspiration came to the artist during a discrepancy over IP addresses. The artist’s vision was realized through the expert use of a 16oz claw hammer. Size, approx. 6″ x 4″, excluding antenna. Currently on exhibition in an IT environment, where it may serve as an inspiration to staff, and a warning to equipment.

Queen West Art Crawl

Posted 2009.09.21 16.49 in Family/Friends, Photography by Stephanie

My friend Lezley Davidson was sharing a table with Ty Dunitz in Toronto over the weekend at an art fair thingy. On Sunday I went to visit and see what it was all about. And I brought my Holga camera.

The Holga had some issues, namely the film counter window had issues (or maybe the film itself had issues) and we ended up with 6×6 pictures all overlapped by about 1cm. I scanned the images as best I could, but there’s lots of overlapping craziness. Out of a roll and a half, there were some shots that were interesting enough to share.

Consolidation Part 2

Posted 2009.07.25 8.16 in Computers/Internet/Technology, iPhone by Stephanie

Recently I folded my Artwork website into my blog/CMS/site here. After some contemplation and thinking it over, I’ve decided to also fold my iPhone Software site into here as well.

There are a few reasons for doing this.

Primarily, it is to get everything into one place with regards to administration and site management. Certainly it’s easier to manage when all the related pages are under one roof so to speak.

Second, is the fact that having everything running under the same CMS / site provides a consistant look / feel / style to all the related content. In other words, instead of each separate site / sub-site having a different style and set-up, they all now share a common appearance, common menu navigation, and common search setup.

Finally, it makes things easier in the sense of not having to remember / maintain a bunch of different domains or sub-directories. The various domains can continue to exist but redirect to the new location under the primary domain, which makes overall navigation and cross-promotion within my various interests much easier, for readers and for myself.


Posted 2009.07.22 9.13 in Computers/Internet/Technology by Stephanie

Things continue to get slowly consolidated, old sites merging with this, my main site.

Just recently, my artwork website was assimilated: has been merged into the PlanetStephanie domain and site. My artwork gallery etc are all available here in WordPress.

It was a lot of aggravating work to get everything in there, but now that it’s in, maintaining it should be fairly simple. It’s not as complete or comprehensive as the old site was, but on the other hand, I’m not that heavily into art / painting at the moment. I might get back into photography again, as I just got a new digital camera that has more functions and power than a Mars lander…

Made for the Happy

Posted 2006.07.07 0.00 in Pointless Blather by Stephanie

Interesting illustrations, animations, et cetera.

And a fun web site too!


Kitty Glasses
Picture by goopymart

Visual Arts – Painting

Posted 2005.09.22 19.12 in Hobbies by Stephanie

Working mainly in Acrylics, my creations are primarily Abstract, Surreal, or Impressionistic. I’ve found inspiration in many places, from philosophy and faith, to nature, my friends and family, and my cats. In addition to painting, I also occasionally work with other mediums, such as woodwork, glass, or metal.

I began painting in 2001, with thanks to two very close friends: Athena, whose paintings encouraged me to first pick up the brush and pallette, and Lezley, who has provided me with invaluable support, instruction, and critique.

Among the artists who have influenced me, or whose work I admire are: Dali, Giger, Goya, Monet, Van Gogh.


To view any picture in full size along with its details, just click the thumbnail.

Cee Vee

Shows & Exhibitions
August – September, 2005: Subject To Change, 3-artist show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
October 2004 – October 2005: Queen’s Park, Toronto; Office of Linda Jeffrey, MPP.
August, 2004: Solo – Brampton Farmers’ Market, One day Display and Demonstration
June 2004: Human Animal Bond Juried Show, Beax-Arts Brampton
January – June 2004: Queen’s Park, Toronto; Office of Linda Jeffrey, MPP.
April 2004: 2nd Anniversary Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
November 2003: Charity Art Auction for the YMCA Community Fund
April 2003: 1st Anniversary Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
February 2003: Bursting Out Show, Beaux-Arts Brampton
Continuing Education / Other
2003 Acrylics Workshop (by Golden)
2003 Acrylics Course (at Currys)
2001 Pewter Casting in Soapstone Workshop (by Darrell Markewitz)
1991 & 1992 Glassblowing (night school at Sheridan College)
1990 Photography & Videography (correspondence – NRI/McGraw-Hill)
Scarborough Board of Education
1988 School Yearbook Photographer
1986 to 1988 Photography Club
1984 to 1988 Visual Arts Theory, Comprehensive, Balanced
1983 Art Camp: photography and drawing
1982 Art Camp: sculpture and drawing