Thursday, September 30, 2010

Surgical Classroom

Today we shot in the brand new Skills and Simulation Center for The University of Ottawa. This is a state of the art, educational lab to help medical students learn surgical skills on special manikins that very accurately simulate a human body in surgery.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010


Busy bee, yes. But so are most of us to not notice the small and close things in life. This super busy bee was doing his work just off a busy sidewalk where folks were quickly passing by. I thought I'd stop and say hello. :)

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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Downtown Drizzle

Here's a quick snap I took while walking back from the game last night. I love what a bit of weather can do to an evening sky.

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A Little Toronto Culture

Last night I was not only lucky enough to take in a little culture (Toronto style), but to also do it with my daughter Claire. And yes I did had the customary cultural baseball meal - a hot dog and beer, with a slice of pizza for dessert. ;)

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Toronto Sentinel

It was a foggy drizzly night last night as we passed under the Toronto CN Tower. The tower - an ever present sentinel. It just looked so cool at it rose beyond the city and higher than the clouds.

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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Creative Classroom

I was shooting last week at Algonquin College for their School of Media and Design, and it was so cool to be in such a creative and dynamic environment and to be surrounded by so many creative students. Probably the most exciting part of all of this, is the College is helping young creative minded students find an applied path to making a living with their creative path!

© Dwayne Brown

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Political Drum Kit

Did a fun project yesterday for Algonquin College, new imagery for the Media and Design Department as well as covering a visit to the college by the Premier. Dalton McGuinty was a pretty cool guy - super with the students and very easy to work with. And I had no idea he played the drums! ;)

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Architectural Illumination

Some days I wonder if we all really consciously or unconsciously get all that the architect intended when they set out to design a space. I'm so glad that my camera allows me to isolate certain architectural compositions of a space to help me appreciate it. I'm sure that most of us at least unconsciously are affected by a space that is well designed. As I sit and work (and take this image) in a public space in the Adobe building on Preston, it makes me think that we're all so lucky that architects continue to design cool inspirational spaces regardless of the degree of our appreciation.

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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Open Data - Open Minds

If you've ever gotten to know someone who does web development, you'll learn that they think on many levels at the same time. And their mind sees digital structure in many over-lapping layers. So when I learned that I had the assignment to photograph Edward Ocampo-Gooding (a young developer who is a strong proponent for the open data movement), I was super excited to try a composition with multiple abstract layers.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Attention To Detail

One of the best parts of what I get to do, is the variety of subject matter and the variety of environments I get to shoot in. As cliché as it is, everyday is a different day.

These architectural images were shot for CYAN Solutions, a new client for me - super nice folks who are kind of under the radar in town, but doing really nice work. The shoot was for one of CYAN's clients, The House of Fine Carpentry. They do awesome custom carpentry - and do it with so much creativity, finesse and attention to detail.

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Canadian Blood Services

I'm lucky today to be shooting for one of my favorite clients, The Canadian Blood Service. Super nice people doing incredibly important work. I'm working with the folks at Parable to create a poster campaign by shooting employees who are being recognized for their exemplary work at CBS. I love photographing everyday people for campaigns - there's just more honesty and authenticity to the imagery.

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Sunday Morning Reflection

Sunday morning's are so good to think and reflect. To ask ourselves the big yet simple questions. Was it a good week? Am I heading in a good direction with this upcoming week? Should I have another cup of coffee?

As a photographer, maybe I think too much. Always looking - always wondering. I observe, I capture, then put it out there. It's super important at times and yes sometimes there's a vulnerability to it. I make commentary with my eyes in a way I guess using pictures to share a voice and perspective.

For me that commentary isn't as profound or as provocative as some, it's mostly to encourage all of us to enjoy and to appreciate what's around us. Life is short and fragile - and we don't always have the freedom to make the choices we want. But we do always have the freedom to open our heart and our eyes - and of course to appreciate. :)

© Dwayne Brown

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Power of A Reliable Energy Market

Electricity is something I think we all take for granted. It's always on and always there. Last night I did an image for the folks that manage Ontario's electricity system and wholesale market (the IESO). It's an image to highlight how electricity helps to power the quality of our city's life - an image of our vibrant and energetic Byward Market. (the hub our our tourism economic engine)

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Tabaret Twist

I spent the morning at The University of Ottawa's lovely Tabaret Hall. And while I was waiting for the students to arrive for our shoot, I grabbed some study snaps of the cool twisting rod iron railing. (how could I resist?)

Such beautiful and graceful shapes!

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Another interesting composition from behind the garage. I have no idea what this hole in the cement was/is for, but I liked it. :)

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Thursday, September 16, 2010


Beauty everywhere - stacks of discarded tires behind a car dealership garage. :)

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Walk In The Park.

I was doing a small shoot at the Dominion Arboretum this afternoon (haven't been there in ages), and I was reminded what a cool park it is. It has a boggling collection of trees from all over the world.

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Monday, September 13, 2010

Engineering the Future - One Student at a Time.

One of the best parts of shooting for a client like Carleton University is definitely meeting the students. We typically get to shoot the cream of the crop - the students that will be helping to shape our future. The students we photographed for Carleton's Engineering program today were definitely those kinds of students. Super smart and cool kids!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

Paul - A Fantastic Face - I'm glad I asked.

As a photographer I've so many times met someone or seen a face I wanted to photograph, but didn't ask to photograph them. Last night I met a friend's father and just loved his face. I'm so glad I had my camera with me and I'm so glad decided to ask him for a quick photo!

© Dwayne Brown