Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Urban Parks - Paris (1)

Paris, Les Jardins du Luxembourg

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Urban Parks - Berlin (3)

What would Berlin parks be without some walls?

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Monday, December 21, 2009

Urban Parks - Berlin (2)

From the Berlin Zoo, which I think is a great inner city park. I will not comment on the treatment of animals however.

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Friday, December 18, 2009

Urban Parks - Berlin (1)

From Tiergarten in Berlin:

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Urban Parks - London (3)

More of Battersea Park

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Urban Parks - London (2)

Garden adjacent to the Tate Modern in London:

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Pond in Battersea Park, London:

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Urban Parks - London (1)

Battersea Park, London
©2009 Daniel Marchand

Monday, December 7, 2009

Parks in Capitals

When we accepted the suggestion of friends to travel to London in November to take in some theatre, I thought of adding a photographic assignment to the journey. We planned a one-week stay in London for which we rented a flat on New Globe Way with this view of St-Paul's Cathedral.

We decided to spend an extra week in Europe and visit Berlin for the first time and end up in Paris for Paris Photo.

For my "photographic assignment" I thought that I should concentrate on landscape and take only a film camera, the new Bessa III 667 by Voigtlander. Actually, I also packed the Holga for the fun of it, and the iPhone for the inevitable snapshots. My goal was to get photos of some urban parks in each of the cities visited and to juxtapose them with photos taken, also in November, in Ottawa. A visual comparison of sort of urban parks in four capitals cities, in the same month of November.

I will be posting some of the photos here over the next few days and weeks and hope to have a complete series ready for my website early in the new year.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New photos soon...

As soon as I have scanned my photos (22 rolls) from London, Berlin and Paris.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009


For Architecture Week (October 2nd-9th, 2009) instructors, alumni and students of the SPAO Portfolio Program will present a selection of architectural photographs examining Ottawa’s urban fabric.

Selected works will be on view in SPAO’s Red Wall Gallery and/or displayed in the NCC Infocentre during Architecture Week. Two of my photos will be shown at the NCC InfoCentre and one at SPAO.

Vernissage at SPAO: October 2nd, 2009, 18:00 – 21:00

October 2nd to October 9th, 2009
Mon-Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 10:00-15:00, Sun and late evenings by appointment or chance.

Red Wall Gallery - School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa
168 Dalhousie Street at Bruyère, Ottawa
National Capital Infocentre
90 Wellington Street at Metcalfe, Ottawa

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

mus-mus @Paris : Results announced

The team at mus-mus has just announced the results of @Paris, their second on-line collaborative show. 122 invited and selected photographers are part of this show.

The members of the jury for this year's competition were Denise Wolff who recently left Phaidon to become Book Editor at the Aperture Foundation, well known photographer and promoter of color photography Stephen Shore, and photographer Gil Blank.

I am happy to say that the photo I submitted is included in the final selection.

I am doubly happy to find myself in the company of photographers whose work I admire such as Magnum photographer Alec Soth, Beth Dow , Brian Ulrich, Shane Lavalette , Stephen Shore and Corinne Vionnet.

Thanks to the mus-mus Team and congratulations to the selected photographers.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Return to film for landscapes

I have neglected using film for my landscape photography recently. I find the 35mm too confining and the 4X5 too cumbersome and too heavy to walk around with. With the arrival of the new Bessa III folding camera, I think I have found a happy medium. Here are some of the first shots I have taken with this medium format camera:

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Mer Bleue Bog, Ottawa

Just because I was looking at these a few days ago:

©2007 Daniel Marchand

©2007 Daniel Marchand
...both taken with Diana+.

Friday, July 17, 2009

L'Express - Hors Série

Last March, I received a message from a Photo Editor of L'Express, the French magazine. She had just seen my website and was interested in commissioning me for a portrait of a French family who had recently immigrated to Canada. On a nice spring day, I went to the village of St-Sixte, Québec to photograph the members of the family surrounded by their three horses.

The Special Issue of L'Express on Immigration to Canada, "S'installer au Canada" has just arrived here and one of my photos has been published to illustrate the article on the National Capital region.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

New portraits

After taking a very interesting portrait lighting workshop at SPAO last weekend, I have added new images to my website. I should concentrate on honing those skills. I am very happy with the results.

© 2009 Daniel Marchand

© 2009 Daniel Marchand

© 2009 Daniel Marchand

Friday, June 26, 2009

Paris - Walk in the park!

I spent some time updating my Flikr account over the past few days and have included some photos taken in Paris in November 2007.

While in Paris for Paris Photo, we took a walking tour of Belleville, one of the working-class neighborhoods of Paris. The walk ended at the Parc des Buttes Chaumont where this photo was taken. I find it particularly idyllic.

©2007 Daniel Marchand

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Sally's portrait

While visiting the Karsh exhibit at the National Archives, I could not resist being inspired to take this portrait of my wife, Sally.

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Sunday, June 14, 2009

The Maple Project (final version)

Further to my earlier post, here is the final version of the month long exercise of shooting the same branch of the same tree, at the same time of day, from mid-April to mid-May. The size of the original print is 36 x 24 inches. Please read the progression clockwise, starting at the lower left hand corner.

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Friday, May 29, 2009

The Maple Project

In early April, I set to take a daily photo of the same branch of a Crimson King Maple we have growing on our front yard, just to see the evolution of nature. I did not know what I would do with those, but I soon became fascinated by the development of the buds into blooms and leaves. This also gave me a summary of what the weather has been from mid-April to mid-May. With all the images in Aperture, I placed one from each day on a light table and assembled them in chronological order. First, I put them on a 6X6 grid going from left to right, but it was not pleasing to the eye. I finally settled on a sort of spiral, starting at the lower left hand corner, that centers on a larger image of the fully developed leaves. Here is the screen shot of what the final product could look like (although I may change the centre image):

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Brian Ulrich

Brian Ulrich's photos are always among my favorite.
This one courtesy of Flack Photo today:
May 26, 2009

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Photos from Pinhole Photography Day (26 April, 2009)

Some of the results I got from a home-made 4X5 pinhole camera. All photos were taken on sunday, 26 April, 2009, Pinhole Photography Day.

Kodak Provia 160 VC, 6 sec., f300, 85mm.

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Monday, April 27, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

From the "Weathered Beauty" series

I have added a new series to my website.

Living in a country where winter lasts for months and where snow is abundant, we often forget about the beauty of our gardens. The flowers that we so enjoyed faded in the fall, were cut and put to compost. A forgotten few remained on bushes and hid under the snow to re-appear in early spring. Can they still show some beauty despite their weathered look? Is beauty still there, only different? With "Weathered Beauty" I show that beauty never disappears completely, it only changes. If we could only look closer!

©2009 Daniel Marchand

© 2009 Daniel Marchand

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

A few shots from a walk in Ottawa during Earth Hour last night.

Some played...

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Some were closed...

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Some just walked around, unseen...

©2009 Daniel Marchand

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Winter is close to an end...

...when the ice starts to break on the Ottawa River.
©2009 Daniel Marchand
©2009 Daniel Marchand

Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday video

Canon is launching its new TS lenses this week; a replacement for the 24mm/3.5 and a new super wide 17mm/4.

This Keith Loutit time lapse video (Bathtub IV) gives a good idea of what can be done with TS lenses. The song "Clementine" by Megan Washington is also very catchy. 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Last weekend was particularly good for the second weekend of this year's Winterlude.

However, skaters had to wait until noon on Saturday to get on the Rideau Canal.

©2009 Daniel Marchand

This gave them time to see some of the artists carving their ice sculptures at Confederation Park. Here are a few pictures of Suguru Kanbayashi, at work carving his prize winning sculpture. 

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

On the Gatineau side of the River, families were enjoying the activities of Jacques Cartier Park.

©2009 Daniel Marchand

©2009 Daniel Marchand

I was particularly attracted by this snow sculpture. Wonder why?

©2009 Daniel Marchand