Photochromic Eye Glasses

Here's a shot from a recent family reunion shoot I did.  It was lots of fun and the pictures turned out well, but I had a challenge I've been having a lot lately - a subject (the girl on the left hand side of the bench) wearing photochromic (or self-tinting) eye glasses.  These are quite popular these days, as they give the wearer visual comfort when the sun is bright, and eliminate the need for separate sunglasses. 

Not invented by a photographer, I'd wager, these glasses present a challenge when shooting in any amount of light. Most times, the easiest solution is for the subject to take them off, but if that isn't feasible one can hide them in the dark until just before the photo is taken and try to get some shots before they tint up again.  According to Wikipedia, the lenses darken in less than one minute and begin to clear in darkness in 5 about minutes.  You can see how this is challenging in a photo shoot.  I'm a bit curious to know the future of this technology.  This too shall pass?  (Fingers crossed.)

Elder Activists

Great news!  I have received grant funding from the London Arts Council for my Elder Activists documentary project. This is a huge step in bringing this project to life and I am extremely grateful for it. The project will focus on seniors in Ontario who have been social and political activists at any point in their lives. Attached is a photo of Joanne Young (for Dandyhorse magazine), who inspired me. 

Joanne Young of Toronto

Joanne Young of Toronto