The People You Meet While Traveling Cross Country on a Greyhound Bus

Ian Willms has always had a bit of wanderlust. His desire to see the world has informed his photography, whether he is taking a literal journey retracing Mennonite ancestors around Europe or an emotional one with his ailing father.

It’s unsurprising then that the Canadian photographer is also a fan of Jack Kerouac and the Beat poets. Inspired by the writings and philosophy of the Beats, as well as the bus travel found in the songs of the Delta blues musicians, Willms decided to work on cross-country project. In 2013, coincidentally on the eve of the 100th anniversary of Greyhound, Willms and a friend traveled from New York to Los Angeles, taking pictures and recording audio along the route.

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I went to a candle-lit vigil the other night for a man who was beaten to death in my neighbourhood. There have been a string of vicious attacks in the Parkdale area of Toronto over the past couple months, all of which are suspected to have been committed by the same person.

Parkdale is a pretty rough neighbourhood and moments like these when the community comes together feel special to me. I felt lucky to have stumbled upon this event. I only wish that I could have been there for more than ten minutes. It ended shortly after I arrived.


CONTEST: Win a limited-edition "The Present" show catalogue

“The Present: We will worry about tomorrow, tomorrow” is just two days away, featuring new work from Brett, Ian and Aaron.

We’re giving away one of the limited-edition, 44-page show catalogues featuring the work of 20 Canadian documentary photographers. Starting today, post your Instagram, Instamatic or Twitter photos representing the theme “The Present” using the hashtag #Present2012 for a chance to win. Deadline is Tuesday, June 26 at 10am, with the winner announced shortly after.

“Originating with and tied to time and place, the photographs show much that transcends time and place: waiting and watchfulness, intimacy and isolation, closeness and solitude, public gesture and private reflection, celebration and loss; abandonment, departure, expectation or apprehension. Most images are full of light, and the catalogue has a remarkable unity: like any good documentary work, it engages with what is seen, and constantly reflects a concern for the human condition.”
- Don Snyder

Link: Facebook event page

anonymous asked:

your top 5 german books?

Don’t have many actually, no novels at least. I’m not that much into german literature, neither modern or classic. I’m more into british epics, such as Dracula, Frankenstein etc. Does it count if I list my fave biographies by german authors here though?

  1. Napoleon, Eine Biographie - Johannes Willms
  2. Elisabeth - Johannes Thiele
  3. Goebbles - Peter Longerich
  4. also the books by my fave german comedian Dieter Nuhr: Der ultimative Ratgeber für alles
  5. & Nuhr auf Sendung
APPLY: 2013 Emerging Photographer Fund

Photo by Matt Lutton.

BURN Magazine is now accepting entries to the 2013 Emerging Photographer Fund. From their website:

“These grants are designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either a journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperative. It was initiated by David Alan Harvey in 2008 and is awarded by the Magnum Foundation.

We offer this to support emerging photographers in our craft. All types of photographers. This is not a photojournalism grant, nor an art photographers grant, but could be garnered by either or both. We just want to support committed authored photography of any ilk.”

Deadline is May 5, 2013. For full details, visit burnmagazine.org.

Ian Willms was chosen as one of 10 finalists in last year’s awards, for his continuing work in Fort Chipewyan. View the latest version of this essay here.

Boreal interviewed Matt Lutton, the winner of last year’s grant, about his work “Only Unity.” View his images and read the interview here.

June 23rd: "The Present" Exhibition

Brett, Ian and Aaron have new work displayed in an exhibition this Saturday, June 23rd in Toronto.

“The Present: We will worry about tomorrow, tomorrow.”

New work from:
Christopher Wahl
Tony Fouhse
Jordan Roberts
Andrew Williamson
Aaron Vincent Elkaim
Dominic Nahr
Eamon Mac Mahon
John Densky
Daniel Neuhaus
Josh McDonald
Alexi Hobbs
Brett Gundlock
Chloe Ellingson
Edward Terry
Eugen Sakhnenko
Guillaume Simoneau
Chris Dale
Ryan Walker
Ian Willms
Johan Hallberg Campbell

Mid-May, a group of documentary photographers were challenged to create new work related to the theme “The Present.” Photographs in this show were created between May 27 and June 10, 2012 and will be displayed at OZ Studios, 134 Ossington Ave. Toronto, from June 23 to the 30th, 2012.

Please join us for the opening June 23, 9 pm till late.

A variety of refreshments will be available for a small donation including: Muskoka Brewery Cream Ale, Lager, and Mad Tom IPA

A show catalogue (edition of 100) will be available for purchase at the gallery. Introduction written by Don Snyder.

This exhibition has been coordinated and curated by Andrew Williamson and Brett Gundlock.

Tunes by Liam Crockard.

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