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Fraudographer alert!

Posted in Advices/Tips from Others, Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted, Uncategorized on September 16, 2010 by Josan

Beware of Groupon deals like this fraudphotographer, Dana Dawes. :S It’s really disturbing that she has the nerve to rip money off people by creating a fake website and stealing other professional photographers work and claiming it as her own.

More blogs discusses her fraud:

Her site before deleting the stolen images:…

More online info about her ->



Posted in Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted, Uncategorized on September 14, 2010 by Josan

June 10-16, 2010. WE newspaper. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

I came across his article a couple of months ago and kept it, but didnt get the chance to read it until today. In May 2009, I got hooked up by an individual who has a network with BC Transit on their planned anti-grafitti project plan to get ready for the Olympics. As a fresh graduate, I was really excited to work on my 1st out-of school contract. As a naive graduate, I am an easy bait for cheap labor, even from the corporate world. I was really grateful that one of my teachers in Emily Carr stood up to act as my agent, because  BC Transit was working on taking advantage of my fresh graduate status by under paying us on the artist fee. She went to all the board meetings in relation to the project. She would update us on their decisions in the meeting. It sounded like a stressful ordeal in her part, and I was pretty stressed too because while this was all happening I was job-hunting and bill collectors were after me from the unpaid bills I have accumulated after graduation.  My instructor stood her ground backing me up and I got paid the artist fee I deserved, than originally planned. The project was a really good plan of preventing grafiti artists to tamper on empty transit spaces, since it was proven to work in Paris. But that didn’t stop Jerm and his V-Tarp team from expressing out their belief/opinion of advertisements and empty advertisement spaces in transit areas during the Olympics in Vancouver. I found the pretentiousness of such a display unbearable. Jerm’s voice is a point that is a MUST-BE-EXPRESSED in nature. I am glad that we have a brave soul who is willing to go out of his way to even get himself in trouble from authority, though the reaction by BC Transit was exaggerated. It’s so cool that we have a Bansky in the city, I am a fan of Bansky and Jerm’s public art. 🙂 I agree with Jerm “Things like that are some of the things that makes cities cool and vibrant”

References for Underwater Shoot in Cancun

Posted in Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted on June 6, 2010 by Josan


Sam Champion on BP Oilpocalypse

Brian Skerry‘s Underwater photoshoots for National Geographic

Jeremy Jackson on How We Wreck the Ocean


Jason Leopold on How come BP is not under criminal investigation?

Fishing Jones on Bluefin Maul Bait Ball

A spotlight on photographer Drew Gardener and Del Sol duo

Posted in Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted on May 22, 2010 by Josan

A spotlight on photographer Drew Gardener and his use of Ranger elinchrome strobe lights in full day light. I looked up where you can purchase them in Canada and you can only get them in Toronto, none in Vancouver 😦 They are mighty expensive too ranging from $1800-$3000 Canadian. Apparently according to Mr. Strobist, it is a better purchase compared to the Profoto 7B since it has better watts per second when it comes to on-location photo shoots. If I have the money to spend after my underwater photography gear (which I havent purchased yet due to financial budgets), I want to invest on these big guns, the updated Ranger RX Speeds.

Next on the spotlight is the awesome Del Sol husband and wife duo for their underwater wedding coverages. I am in the process of saving up for a Canon 5D Mark II which Im thinking of getting from Leos Camera (unless someon knows of a better location with a better deal to purchase it from while having good warranty access) and an Ikelite housing for the camera. When I have done that I would like to invest on an ultra wide angle lense like the one the Del Sol crew is using for this shoot.

Softboxes I’m looking at: Elemental, Lastolite

Photoshop tutorials to check out: Dustin Snipes, Scott Kelby

Web randoms:

Geeky thing I want for my birthday 😛 lol ~ Imagelab instant slide scanner

Mockery of French Canadians accent ~ Tetes a Claques

Links sent by friends who thought of my photography while web surfing

Posted in Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted on May 13, 2010 by Josan

Thank you for the mentioned below for sending me the links to underwater fashion/art photographers they came across while internet surfing.

  • October 26, 2008. 9:36pm. My fellow  photo major at Emily Carr University, Tiia Mattila sent me this facebook message: “hey, this is an amazing underwater photographer. Just thought you would like it 🙂 Hope your photos are working good!
  • September 20, 2009. 10:38am. A couple of days later, my buddie Craig Lam sent me this: “I don’t know if you’ve seen this but I thought of you when I saw it so here it its…”
  • December 20, 2009. 11:58pm. Lloyd Barnes, a fellow CAPIC member shared with me a flickr link of somebody’s underwater images: “I love this photographer’s underwater work! alberich mathews’ photostream”

I dream of the day I can do this… in Vancouver

Posted in Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted on May 9, 2010 by Josan

I fantasize of my own photography studio with an indoor pool/aquarium and a retractable skylight. I wonder when, where and how thou art the day I actualize this fantasy in the Vancouver fine art photography/fashion scene *sigh* My heart aches for such a desire that seems so unreachable for a beautiful underwater photography skill I have self-taught  myself using limited resources in a city that doesn’t have access to photography gear for such a niche full of opportunities!

Nadia Moro of Milan is considered the trendiest underwater fashion photographer right now.

Here is a look on the main inspiration of my underwater explorations, the phenomenal internationally known Howard Schatz of New York!

And the humble Jolene Monheim whose underwater images exude a spiritual essence to it. My sincere thank you to her for the technical advices, though I’m a stranger to her. She responded to all my questions and emails. I don’t know her personally, but the beautiful images and poetry in her underwater photographs were just pure loveliness and emotions that I resonate with.

Me ache and yearn so bad, it’s funny coz it’s not even funny…

StumbleUpon this crazy awesome quote by Jack Kerouac

Posted in Photographer/Artistz Spotlighted, Uncategorized on May 7, 2009 by Josan

Here’s to the Crazy Ones

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits. The rebels.
The troublemakers. The round
pegs in the square holes – the
ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules and
they have no respect for
the status quo. You can praise
them, disagree with them,
quote them, disbelieve them,
glorify or vilify them.
About the only thing that you
can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.

– Jack Kerouac
quoted in an Apple Computer Ad, 1997