The Peter Carroll Photography 2016 Calendar

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“finds on Fridays” is a weekly project where I share links to various things that have grabbed my attention during the week. My hope is that you will find the odd gem for yourself amongst the things I find thought provoking.

This week’s finds…


1. The Rescued Film Project – Over 70 years ago, an American WWII soldier filled 31 rolls of film with pictures. The film was never developed. In 2014, The Rescued Film Project recovered all 31 rolls.

2. Photographer Tony Luciani creates rehabilitative portraits of his elderley mother.

3. A Time article titled, The Next Revolution in Photography is coming.

4. 100 cameras were given to the homeless in London. Here’s what they captured.

5. The 4 phases of developing your creative voice.

6. The latest holiday accessory is a professional photographer. Good grief!

Non Photography

1. A pre-school opened inside a nursing home. What can the very young and the very old offer each other, if given the chance? 

2. The Little League World Series is on right now. Last year Rhode Island Little League coach Dave Belisle delivered a meaningful speech to his players after their loss.

3. A short lesson in perspective. Does your life pass The Overnight Test?

4. This video, Baz Luhrmann’s Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen, came up in conversation this week.

5. Do you think profound things in the shower? I don’t know if this list is 20 of the MOST profound things people thought of in the the shower but it is a pretty amusing list.


When I was in Toronto recently to teach a lighting workshop I took an afternoon to stroll around the downtown core. My Canadian friends might remember a popular CBC children’s television program from days long ago called The Friendly Giant. At the start of every show, Friendly, played by Bob Homme, would put out miniature furniture for his viewers and say, “One little chair for one of you, and a bigger chair for two more to curl up in, and for someone who likes to rock, a rocking chair in the middle.” Then the camera would pan up and he’d say, “Look up, waaaaaay up.” This one’s for Bob, Rusty and Jerome…

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I love Santiago Calatrava’s designs. The Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin and the Peace Bridge in Calgary are two I have had the pleasure of photographing. I made sure when in Toronto to take the time to enjoy and photograph the Allen Lambert Galleria in Brookefield Place which was also designed by Calatrava. This image is of the entrance to Brookfield Place looking out across Bay Street…


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“finds on Fridays” is a weekly project where I share links to various things that have grabbed my attention during the week. My hope is that you will find the odd gem for yourself amongst the things I find thought provoking.

This week’s finds…


1 It’s summertime, and people and animals everywhere are looking for ways to escape the heat. From backyard fun to huge theme parks, photographers around the world captured this seasonal pastime.

2. Silver and Light by Ian Ruhter. “I didn’t just build a camera. I created a time machine.”

3. In Camera Work, Alfred Stieglitz sought to promote photography as fine art.


1. This is a little slice of awesome! People of all ages offer words of wisdom to their younger counterparts in this WireTap farewell video, from CBC Radio One.

2. Here’s a little conversation starter for your next dinner party… Tim Minchin’s University of Western Australia 2013 address.

3. Funny Irish rally car video.

4. Video of the ‘Breathtaking Death’ That Is a Meteor Shower

Portrait Lighting Essentials Workshop – Thank You Kitchener!


This past Sunday myself and Wayne Simpson ran our Portrait Lighting Essentials workshop in Kitchener, Ontario. It was a wonderful experience!

I feel there is no greater feedback that I, as a workshop instructor, can get than to hear from a photographer that my workshop inspired and energized them to create new personal work. During the workshop Wayne and I shared ideas, techniques and some of our own personal experiences and we stressed that in the end it’s about telling the world your story… not someone else’s. I’m excited now to follow my new workshop friends and see where they take their portrait photography.

Thanks go out to Taylar Dobbie and Ralf Wall for being wonderful models.

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This week’s finds…


1. Sebastião Salgado’s advice for young photographers today.

2. Gregory Heisler whiteboards his Rudy Giuliani Time Magazine cover.

3. Famous photographers pose with their most iconic images.

4. While flying to Toronto on Tuesday for a lighting workshop I am teaching with Wayne Simpson I watched an excellent documentary on the Air Canada in flight entertainment system about photographer Dorothea Lange. If you are in the US I think you can watch the full film at this PBS link. In Canada and the rest of the world copyright bars us from watching the film on that site but you can watch the trailer and get information about the documentary at the official film website.


1. A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’. What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?

2. Letters of Note is a blog-based archive of fascinating correspondence put together by Shaun Usher. One day during a search for information on Richard Feyman, the great physicist, I linked to the Letters of Note website and came across the following letter Feynman wrote to his dead wife.

3. A brief history of everything featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson.

4. When you get knocked down, get back up.

5. 60 years ago, in 1955, the prototype of the Boeing 707 was unveiled.marking the company’s entry into the commercial jet age. On August 7, 1955, over a crowd of 250,000 attending the Gold Cup hydro races, Tex Johnston executed a barrel roll at 490 miles an hour!

6. We’re in the midst of a Canadian vowel shift.

A Day at the Paul Howard Studio

A week ago I got to participate in a fantastic day of creative collaboration at Paul Howard‘s studio in Red Deer. Paul is quite simply a great guy. His love of photography and life is wonderfully infectious. There was no set plan for the day. Paul just opened his studio and let the mix of photographers, models and ideas play out. The shoots which I find the most enjoyable are the ones where everybody brings something to the mix. The final images are a team effort. Somebody plants the seed of an idea. Then someone else adds a twist. Someone shares equipment to make it happen and so on. The final product is a layering of ideas. Thanks Paul for a great day!

Model: Sacha Warder

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Model: Jennalee Maundrell

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Model: Whitney Shayne Lobreau

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Photo shoots should be fun!

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This week’s finds…


1. A short film by Eli Sinkus inspired by Henri Cartier-Bresson’s interview with Cornell Capa in 1973…

2. CBC News’ the week in pictures July 25-31

3. Guy Tal’s thoughts on how “the” shot is still a low bar…

4. National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2015…


1. Playing for Change is a multimedia music project, created by the American producer and sound engineer Mark Johnson with his Timeless Media Group, that seeks to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. Playing For Change also created a separate non-profit organization called the Playing For Change Foundation, which builds music schools for children around the world. The link below connects you to a wonderful version of the Rolling Stones’ Gimme Shelter performed by musicians around the world…

2. There are currently twelve master penmen in the entire world. Jake Weidmann is the youngest…

3. The power of music… witness the passion and effort of 1000 musicians in Italy who played Learning To Fly by the Foo Fighters in the hope of getting Dave Grohl and the band to play in Cesena.

What was the result? Dave’s answer…

4. Portrait of Lotte – 0 to 14 years in 4 min. Dutch artist Frans Hofmeester has filmed his now teenage daughter portrait for 15 seconds every week from the day she was born. Over a time-lapse video, you are witness to one of the most mysterious, profound processes of human life – growing up – accelerated into four minutes.

5. Jon Stewart and The Daily Show: A Behind the Scenes Look at 9 Essential Moments

Thanks Jon! You will be dearly missed.

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This week’s finds…


1. As part of a series called My Big Break, All Things Considered is collecting stories of triumph, big and small. These are the moments when everything seems to click, and people leap forward into their careers. The link below connects you with the story of Steve McCurry’s iconic photograph “The Afghan Girl” — one of National Geographic’s most popular covers.

2.  It’s been said that photography is the art of exclusion. It’s as important, in making a compelling photograph, to exclude what we do not want within the frame of our image, as it is to include what we want. David duChemin shares a couple significant ways you can begin to isolate your subject, and give it greater power within the frame, undiluted by the noise of elements that do nothing to help you tell the story.

3. Yeehaw! National Geographic shares a gallery of images for National Day of the Cowboy

4. Zack Arias’ Tranform video



1. What does it mean to be human?

2. Here’s a website I stumbled across which might be interesting to follow. A person you should know…

3. You may have heard their music on a Jeep ad on TV. Here’s the official video with a great message. Long live the pioneers, rebels and mutineers…

4. When the Glen Canyon Dam was approved in April 1956, a group of archeologists and river runners set out to document more than 250 culturally significant sites and 125 side canyons that would be flooded by the project.

5. This one made me smile…


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This post is the launch of a new project I am starting here on the blog. I am calling it “finds on Friday”. On Fridays I will share links to various things that have grabbed my attention during the week. I will divide the items I share into two sections: photography and non-photography. My hope is that you will find the odd gem for yourself amongst the things I find thought provoking, or amusing.

I offer you the following “finds on Friday”…


1. Sally Mann interview

2. The Big Picture – Looking Skyward

3. At Joe McNally’s seminar in Calgary last week there was a table in the lobby with books for sale. I picked up Jay Maisel’s book It’s Not About The F-Stop, flipped to a random place in the book, read a paragraph and immediately reached for my wallet. I definitely suggest adding this book to your photography library. I will suggest other books in future finds on Friday posts. Stay tuned.

4. Viewing Earth From Above

5.  Prisoners gain new focus though pinhole photography



1. The disease of being busy

2. Charlie Rose – Warren Buffet, Bill Gates and Melinda Gates discuss philanthropy and their work with The Giving Pledge.

3. Bloom County is back

4. Funny meme about Keith Richards