Personal blog of Derek and Margaret, now living in Dominica, W.I., founders of Ozone Zone – an Independent Canadian book publisher specializing in coffee table books of architectural treasures and lush gardens. We also promote fine artistic photography. This blog contains unofficial reports and comments from our various trips, photo sessions and jobs – an unofficial scrapbook of our travels, explorations and photo-related work. See “about” for more.

Archive for August, 2011

Our Photos Featured Again…

Just a brief update from the last minute. Once again, our Caribbean photos were used by a fancy magazine. This time it is Caribbean Property Investor – a British in-flight magazine offered in business class of Virgin Airlines.  This, after two main features in Zing – also published in Britain and distributed on all Caribbean LIAT flights,  makes it yet another fine in-flight magazine to use our contribution work.

When you add recently published editions of RealLife Magazine from Cayman Islands (with three separate features using Derek’s pics), famous PinUp from New York, Observer in Jamaica, and Luxury Home Quarterly – among other ones – it makes it for dozens of Derek Galon’s photographs picked as best-suited to present the beauty of the Caribbean Region.
As always – we are glad to be of assistance, and  already preparing more  (watch for the next edition of  Zing magazine!) As said during TV interview in Barbados this summer – we have real passion for the Caribbean, and it is good to see that Caribbean starts to have a passion about our work!
On top of our regular book publishing work, photography exhibiting, etc.  we also offer location photography for the most discriminate clients who appreciate the difference our photographs can do – including spectacular panoramas for print and Web.

Tile Tales

Last week I had real pleasure of working again with my favourite model from Victoria – Koko.
I hope to use some of these images for my next photo exhibition, and of course in my portfolio, to add more different angles to it.

I called the series Tile Tales, and you can see why. I wanted for a long time to create almost psychedelic effect of black and white geometry with a human model adding to it. Koko’s idea to use Oreo cookies worked as a great addition to it.

Here are a few pics for your enjoyment…
Until next time (and yes – we still work on our next Caribbean book, more news about that later on).

Cheers! Derek

the last one I call – end of the Tale…

Took a break and enjoyed Chosin Pottery – studio and gardens

We wanted to go there for years. But as it often happens – it was so close, so easy to go (perhaps too close and too easy) – that we postponed it over and over, always travelling and going places far away.
At last, this weekend we went to see the gardens and studio of Chosin Pottery Studio (Metchosin Road, greater Victoria). I really had to take a break from editing my Caribbean photographs from our recent trip and I really needed something fresh and new. So, we went and had an enchanting morning – so close to home, but did feel like we were exploring unknown lands.

  The gardens are open to public by donation, and welcomed us with some surprising accents, reminding us that the owners, artists – are masters of pottery and ceramic works.

Here and there you’ll find some ceramic mushrooms, imaginary faces or masks, zen inspired finishings of hand rails or fences, and other intriguing, fine decorations. There are many Japanese touches which are clearly connected to the style of studio’s pottery heavily influenced by best Japanese traditions.

Chosin Pottery garden has lots of charm and is definitely a great spot for photographers. Perhaps it is past its finest years and would do with some TLC, but it’s current state has also lots of character and lots to offer.

We spent a good hour enjoying this fine place, and I really recommend it to fellow photographers – it is an excellent location. Surely, I recommend it to anyone who wants to relax in fine surroundings, and enjoy a great garden with a fine gallery experience.

At the end, we stepped into the studio located in one of simple but attractive pavilions, and were greeted by really charming Ms. Judi Dyelle – owner and artist.

Her ceramic works are absolutely fabulous. If you like zen inspired Japanese arts, you will love her creations. Also her husband’s works were worth seeing, and we consider purchasing some of these fine pieces.

We returned home happy and refreshed, and would like to thank  Ms. Dyelle and Mr. Robin Hopper for a really fine weekend morning.

You should go there too, you owe it to yourself…

Here is link to their site I found on line:
Until next time. Cheers!

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