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« Last post by Cole Burston on January 16, 2018, 10:36 AM »
Just a reminder to those eligible, submissions for The Tom Hanson Photojournalism Award close on January 19, 2018, THIS FRIDAY.

 Get your entries together and submit!

If anyone has any questions or needs help with their entry feel free to reach out! I'm happy to help and any of the previous award winners would be glad to lend a hand.
With Trump's vulgar language over the past 1-1/2 years, it's interesting to see how the news media report on it. Some will bleep the words, some will use euphemisms and others will quote verbatim. A few years ago, these same words would never have been published in print nor spoken on TV newscasts. Apparently some newspapers have now added such words to their style books.

And speaking of Trump:

1) They say that power can not only corrupt but more likely it can also reveal.

2) And also: "When you are promoted, just as you have to learn about the challenges of your new position, you also need to recognize and work on your insecurities, because if you do not, you may unconsciously embrace individualistic power and become authoritarian."

3) The Emperor's New Clothes
I am adding  to the top of this very exciting argument.

With everyday comes  a new controversy from the White House. My fascination is with the ideas , influence and their circular nature. The uproar comes from the pigeon holing of terminology. The many controversial issues expressed is a conflagration of the expression of individual fears and the empowerment to express them.

Word or expression used is the wild card that puts traditional power to the test by rebel populism that has traditionally failed them. The result is a circular argument, that in the end puts the both on the same side.

Democracy is traditional populism through elections that free people grew up understanding. Fifty percent pus one wins. This populism has been turned into a dog whistle word the majority of people do not understand nor accept.

This conflagration of ignored disputes with voters is causing a rebellion against media and government power structures that have for  three decades overplayed to their fears.

Donald Trump,good or bad  is the band-aide ripper, and the pain is quick and dissipates quickly as fore and against find themselves on the same side. The status qua is not an option for the downsized majority ,Black Lives Matter, Idle NO More,Metoo, poverty groups, first Nations water, security,self government, pensions and workers want the stock market to go up to save their pension funds from collapsing and  parents that just want jobs for their kids out of high school and college. Government has not been working for them. In Canada the government is playing to it's base but is never accused,it results in being unable to secure trade deals that would improve lives for all Canadians. Soft wood lumber and wood grained products should be an easy sale to China. China is buidling, wood grain is a selling feature for the bland living structures they creating.They are building entire cities.

The United States and Canada through very different approaches are forced to look at themselves in the mirror and they do not like what they see. Ignoring the issues is no longer an option. I think this is good. The climate, the economy, consumption, the transfer of our waste and pollution to second world countries, pensions and employment and the engagement in hot wars are all linked.
What  appears to “poverty of language” by the White House is the trap that entangles mainstream media into a hair- on-fire reaction ,when clarified and reaching consensus  makes media look “fake”. The “poverty of language” is understood  by the base and others but cannot be official acknowledged so it defaults to racism.

The “poverty of language” is a media trap.

It has been noted that the language of the White House is confusing but when it speaks clearly the language is simple and direct to those it is intended. Trump is saying to Africa  that Western countries  have declared war on, mined for oil, resources and cellphone ore ,DO NOT COME TO AMERICA. The message is very clear and that message alone will move hundreds of thousands to go somewhere else. Canada is sending delegates to do the same but only in a much quieter way. The US is said to be moving to a Canadian selective-ism model that takes skilled immigrants that the country needs.Add family reunification. Americans and Canadians agree, this is not the North America of 100 years ago. The arguments break into immigration, migrants, and refugees break into two groups one being temporary status people who's protection is running out. The feeling is that they cannot go back to these Sh/t Holes because it is too dangerous for them in their home countries. This is where the argument becomes circular and the language gets vulgar but all are on the same side.

President Trumps Vulgar Comments -Another Take

The vulgar term Sh/t Hole  (joining sh/t storm and cratered bottom)is  common  military  slang commonly used by soldiers to describe the
vulgar situations they face fighting their nations battles.

The term describes the situations they are in and mocks the politicians that sent them there.
In the literature of modern wars the soldier is infused with the glory days of WW11 and the gratefulness of the liberated toward the liberators as well as the recruiters who reinforce the  ingrained patriotic sense of honour and purpose ,fighting for those  who cannot fight for themselves. And then there is the ever promise of the two week war, or you'll be back by Christmas. This old glory no longer exits and the generals know it.

The soldier arrives by plane and not by crowded uncomfortable WW11 troop ships.  The discomfort steels them for the coming discomfort of protracted war. Discomfort makes them hate.

Today they see the beautiful country from the air and it looks so beautiful and calm.

The next thing they feel is the heat, dust or humidity of the most uncomfortable places in the world where it seems everyone want to kill the invader. Children and women are used as human shields.

Maiming injury and loss fallow. Victory has a cost, loss is bottomless and dark.

Long deployments and extensions .Everything looked like a sh/thole if you live in fear and without sleep. Hundreds of thousands of soldiers and reservists do their best and come home , “as is.” Young men become old fast.
Sh/t Hole is a military term used by an The Old Man surrounding himself by military people. They are calling bluffs all around the world and traps are being set on both sides. Messages sent in plain language.

When everyone sees the US as withdrawing from the world, the generals see it differently.

Deploying overwhelming force is no longer necessary with special forces , submarines and drones. Satellites make boots on the ground unnecessary. Airspace of nations no longer sacred.

The arrow again replaces the knife.

The influence of generals in the White House has to be felt and this is the out dated language of the last wars. There have been no good answers for the Middle East nor Africa. No more infrastructure damage that takes decades to fix, if ever .No more loss of life or limbs. No more door kicking .The doctrine of Air Power is redefined to the surgical, and the secret. No more mass exodus. No more countries emptying out,moving ,or camps along borders. Hard Power .No more Sh/t Holes. Opinion by Ken Gigliotti
General Discussion / Northern Short Course
« Last post by Blair Gable on January 10, 2018, 01:23 PM »
Anyone thinking of going to the Northern Short Course in VA in March?
General Discussion / Climate Change Denial-A different Take
« Last post by Ken Gigliotti on January 10, 2018, 12:02 PM »
Climate Change Denial-A Different Take
People say the strangest things to photographers. It might have something to do with the soul stealing aspect of the photograph. If that were true I have likely deleted more souls in the last 30 years than anyone has right to.

I was once on a plane with a climate scientist flying north when I asked him point blank, “Is it too late for man?” He answered quickly and directly, “Yes.” He then said as a qualifier that the planet has survived many catastrophic events in it's past , the planet will survive, people not so much. The surprising thing for his and others research was that there was very little “old ice” in the Arctic , new ice forms every year but  old ice that should never melt is no longer present.
With  this conversation in mind the media arguments  regarding climate change and it's scientific supporters and so called unscientific  supporters rages on. The language and tone of media reports I notice have subtle language at the end, usually in a voice of doom that trails off  after a positive lead.It is a dance.

Will humans survive? Will the planet survive? The positive language often supports the planet, but warns of dire, and grave consequences if certain things are not done. One source said the next 75 years are critical in a worldwide effort. Critical. Critical means that both deniers and supporters are saying the same thing.
 Is climate change reversible, will the ice caps refreeze and will the polar bears be saved. The answer seems to be no to the ice caps. Yes to rising sea levels and destructive climatic events, fire, flood and drought.
Television usually flips to polar bears on clean white snow to reinforce the idea that   climate change is reversible although that is never stated. No one want to be a kill joy. Manitoban's and I have a special affection for polar bears and an aversion to BS.

The argument on both sides is flawed. If the right questions are asked, a proper action can be taken. Bad questions that simply create controversy, heat but no light add to the warming of the planet.

Is it too late for man? No one knows the future because a few things are in play. Cooperation on a world wide stage,new technology, likelihood of war. There will likely be less sunlight in the near future. Water will flow ,fires will burn ,land will slide. Here and everywhere.Bad things have alreday happened,the polar caps are melting and breaking up.

If the deniers are simply saying it cannot be changed, and the supporter are presenting a flawed argument that will (1) create good controversy in media, (2) further divide the left now far left and now far right and nothing will get done but increase ratings. (3) blurry arguments and selective science will cause the public to be confused and distrust both sides. This is happening now. (4) The very pressing likelihood is before climate change comes to a sad end game , war would have already sealed the deal.

One of the biggest problems for the public is that the middle has disappeared from all meaningful reporting. There is too much distrust and much lies at the foot of mainstream media refusing to define the climate issue in other than political terms.

People fear war more than climate change and they should. Lets see better information on the news. Seventy five years is not long,which means the likelihood of war is much closer. Check out food price insurrections and how the world is becoming more and more unstable. Opinion by Ken Gigliotti
I told several people in different media about my conversation, it seems no one wants to the only one  quoted about the “too late for man,”thing.
General Discussion / Scrap the Aussie F-18's -There is a new Plane in Town
« Last post by Ken Gigliotti on January 08, 2018, 03:25 PM »
Instead of having the Canadian Armed Forces purchase used F-18s from Australia another option presents itself. New advanced two seat trainers are being built to simulate the design of the advanced 5th generation fighter the F-35.Buying these cheaper versions would be a good investment considering Canada's purchasing time line.

The debate over the rejection of the F-35 held years ago was flawed because Canadian media and politicians could not understand the early version pricing of the F-35. An election issue.Recently the Boeing/Bombardier SNAFU tainted the new F-18  purchase. Canadian media needs to ask pilots and retired generals to get a different perspective on this important issue. US pilots require at least 100 hours flying in these new advance trainers before getting into an F-35 or F-22. Canada currently uses BAE's Hawk II but it's partnership for a “clean slate”plane fell through with Northrop.

Aerospace and defense are strategic industries. At the beginning of WW2 a Toronto factory had a contract to built Hurricane fighters for Britain, when war broke out they just kept building them for our air force. That could never be done again. 

Canadian media should be all over this story. 

Lockheed Martin teamed up with Leonardo (Italy) and South Korean to built the T-50  an F-35 like trainer. The F-35 will need training aircraft and ground simulators to qualify pilots to fly the much more expensive F-35. Lockheed Martin is the maker of the F-35. Since Canada has continued to contribute an annual payments for the development of the F-35 under the former Conservative government it might be in the taxpayers interest to actually buy the plane.
The Liberal government put the breaks on the purchase of the F-35 because of it's high cost. The 5th generation fighter was built in 4 plane lots. The first lots are the most expensive but purchasers get to be involved in their development. NATO allies  like Norway (cold northern flying country), Netherlands plus the US, and Australia have taken part and are now taking delivery of the F-35.
Australia liked the F-35 so much they are basing their entire air force around the plane and retiring F-18's that Canada will be purchasing. The cost of the plane drops as more planes are being produced.

The later lot F-35's cost less and less. Canada's time line is over ten years in the future making the F-35 purchase a likelihood so buying a F-35-like trainer would be a good move into that future investment. The Lockheed Martin /Leonardo/South Korean M-346 (T-100) is currently being flown by Indonesia,Thailand, South Korea, the Philippines and Iraq. It was based on the F-16 design. Interestingly  Leonardo was based on an Italian /Russian collaboration that fell through. The resulting M-346 is being currently being  flown by Italy, Israel, Singapore and Poland. These are two seat trainers and light attack aircraft.

These are small country aircraft analogous to the time when Canada bought CF-5's . The CF-5 was considered a regressive choice , but buying an F-35-like plane could be seen politically as good planning. The light attack aircraft would be in line with the current governments,read between the line policy of staying out of bombing missions and hot wars. The stepping stone to the top line F-35 would be a future governments  option if there is a need. Win ,win. At worst Canada could buy ten year old F-35's from Australia in the next decade instead of their really old , second hand F-18's.

Canada may still buy a Boeing/Saab product if they win the competition. A better choice than buying old CF-18's and the competition would be fair. Boeing has a big plant in Winnipeg.

There are a number of companies involved in this  trainer competition and the Boeing /Saab is “clean slate” contender with a two seat ,twin tail ,single engine like the F-35 and would be built in the US , St. Louis plant. America first.  Short sighted US/Can politics could see Airbus absorb Bombardier and Boeing future projects would pull out of Winnipeg. A far sighted and safe approach  could land a big light fighter contract for both. Notice how  Saab is still building planes and Canada's Avro projects of the  same era died over politics. 
See a story by David Freed ,What Replace a Worn-Out Talon. Opinion by Ken Gigliotti
Swap Shop / FS: Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5x
« Last post by Chad Hipolito on January 07, 2018, 01:36 PM »
Hello, I've used the Z-Finder for a few jobs and it's in excellent working condition with some wear. Paired with my Canon 5D Mark II, it can be used for other dslrs. Check out the link to match up your camera :

There's a small tear on the anti-fog protective film that covers the lens of the viewfinder. No scratches on the lens itself.

Asking $250 with shipping free to anywhere in Canada.


Quote from: Ken Gigliott
... A grimy,noisy place ,the booze,the cigarette smoke ,piles of newsprint, the colorful pants of sports writers coming on shift after a day of golf. The newsroom was a sharp-edged place of humor, wit and irreverence. And swearing.

Remember those smoke-filled newsrooms? And the reporters and editors who had a bottle of booze at their desk?  And the yelling and overall noise level? Today's newsrooms look and sound like an insurance company office.

Quote from: Ken Gigliott
He would say “there is no higher calling than being a photographer,” and “remember this was a good job,” because most people were stuck drearily inside offices or factories doing dull, repetitive tasks. He remaindered us all many times over the years that we had the freedom to leave the office and drive from one adventure to another.

A sample of Wayne's adventures:

2010,   2011,   2012,   2013,   2014,   2015
General Discussion / Re: NPOY Contest
« Last post by Warren Toda on January 06, 2018, 04:27 PM »
Winnipeg Free Press news photographer Wayne Glowacki has retired  after 43 years of  recording images. He started as a young ,lowly and enthusiastic copy-boy. Wayne started ripping copy in 1974, had his first picture in B&W published in 1975. This photographer worked continuously  until retiring healthy and on his own terms mastering with dignity this new digital world.

 The old Free Press newsroom, like most big papers was filled the eccentric ,the colorful and the interesting ,a brass rail street gang of reporters and editors. The newsroom, was the most exciting place to be most of the time. All of the time. A grimy,noisy place ,the booze,the cigarette smoke ,piles of newsprint, the colorful pants of sports writers coming on shift after a day of golf. The newsroom was a sharp-edged place of humor, wit and irreverence. And swearing.

Wayne, Brian, Greg just kids.

One of the things that drew me to Wayne was that he was a true student of photography and all things visual. One of the first things he said to me was to recommended a book ,Pictures On A Page, Photo-journalism,Graphics and Picture Editing  by Harold Evans .( it had to be special ordered) By far Wayne was one of the first people I met that realized the potential of  photographs and imagery in the newspaper business and the Free Press in particular. He lived through the nine column format.

He was a member , and winning monthly awards with NPPA then later WNPA then NPAC and always brought back examples of forward looking visual newspapers from where ever he traveled.

Newspaper photographers and also reporters for that matter  can work their entire lives and not produce a single nationally accepted original work that stands out in an iconic way.
Wayne has two such iconic accomplishments. The first would be his photo of the Gimli Glider an Air Canada Boeing 767 that ran out of gas over Northwester Ontario. The jet glided to a safe landing at the abandoned Gimli Mb. airport turned car race track July 23 1983. (ten injured , none fatal when the nose gear collapsed on the runway)A near tragic tribute to the metric system recently adopted by Canada. Gallons ,gallons ,US gallons, Imperial gallons, liters, smeetres. Fill it till it runs over the captain should have said.

 The second image would be Elijah Harper's eagle feather and no vote ending  the federal governments  Meech Lake Accord in the Manitoba Legislature. (June 19 1990) This would be republished in an anthology ,100 Photos That Changed Canada.

Both were Canadian as well as Manitoba's history making events. In the final test it is a surprising realization seen in hindsight in the clutter of  millions of words and photos.
Many people would report on the events but Wayne had the first or only news pictures.

Wayne is also a good husband, provider, father, traveler, scuba diver, sport fisher,camper, canoeist,mentor, a student of newspapers, art,and photography. Wayne could spell and took the time to write coherent and correct captions. (he worked OT on his last day) He is a nice guy, a good person. He is even tempered but no less bothered by things that cannot be easily changed  as any other. He is a voice of reason , a modern Renaissance monk, quiet, firm, steady and forward thinking. He is an unbiased observer with a camera. A fair dealer.

Wayne could best be described and an all rounded newspaper photographer , a generalist. Even though he worked on major projects, shooting and sending  still and video images from the Amundsen  research ship in the high Arctic , and a major tuberculosis project on First Nations reserves.
He was a person who took the daily work seriously. When ever he covered the Blue Bombers at the Grey Cup they won. (when ever I covered them they lost) He got great pictures of the near riot at Wpg. Airport when overly enthusiastic fans  met their 1988 Championship team.
 News, features, business and entertainment were assignments he took seriously and became and example for others to fallow. A tasteful “nude Yoga”feature pic comes to mind or pelicans in flight at Lockport (2015). Then there were the Manitoba Floods 1979, 96, 97 Flood of the Century and 2009. In non flood years he took his turn with forest fires and droughts.

He photographed this extraordinary scene of one of the first Winnipeg Police Emergency Response Units (SWAT)in action making an arrest while hiding behind a fence. There was no cushy relationship at that time with police,a photog had sneak past police lines to get pictures. It was a clean action filled picture showing police in military camouflage,  a busy take down with a clarity not often witnessed before or since.

Wayne won a prestigious national Firefighters award.

He also won major national horse racing awards for his work at Assinaboia Downs with a night shot of a last place, rain and mud coated jockey crossing the finish line. He got another award for a portrait of a craggy old trainer, playfully  being nudged by a horse. He could find gold anywhere.

He would take thousands of curling pictures all the while remembering when the now sport,then pass time  had ashtrays on the ice and cigarettes dangled from the skips mouths as they released stones. Somethings could not be unseen.

During dark times he would be the one counseling others by saying , the photographer was the highest point of the job. We are a highs and lows people. The highs are short lived and the lows seem longer than they really are. He would say “there is no higher calling than being a photographer,” and  “remember this was a good job” because most people were stuck drearily inside offices or factories doing dull, repetitive tasks. He remaindered us all many times over the years that we had the freedom to leave the office and drive from one adventure to another.

On his last day many photographers and reporters took the time to thank him publicly his for his wisdom and support on the newsroom floor in a circle of friendship at the end of his last shift.

I met my friend Wayne in June of 1979 when I joined the WFP as a staff photographer coming from the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal where I worked for almost three years. We had a lot in common being nearly the same age and both with a passion for the visual. Wayne and I were often confused for each other. He was the tall one often with a mustache. I always took it as a compliment. It seemed that every week either he or I had a story about someone confusing one for the other. It was ironic it happened again on his last day,in the office.
He is the closest person to a brother I ever had.

Wayne Glowacki is a 35mm photographer at heart and a true citizen of the world, a Canon man ,buying into the new, upstart Canon system with it's ergonomic mechanical F-1 body, flange mount, fast lens and  motor and a light and practical 400mm. F4 lens. He rolled film on steel reels,printed on paper, washed pictures in trays, and squeegeed and dried both film and paper prints. Wayne stepped boldly into the future shooting digital and making videos.. He saw change and accepted it.

Happy retirement, congratulations on  forty three years a working photographer.

He will always be one of us, and one of the best ,a Winnipeg Free Press news photographer. By Ken Gigliotti Dec.30 2017
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