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Donald Leon Farrow
Attended School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa
Lived in 722 Granville St., Vancouver, BC V62 IE4, Canada
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So what is it about photos of people enjoying a classy dining experience? I think these images have a calming effect on us - and can transport us to back to similar experiences we've had. Think about it. Perhaps its connected to a wedding or some other auspicious event. For certain many times we are relaxed and enjoying ourselves, we are not working (well, the photographer is...), the food is great, the setting relaxed, and its a moment to file under joy.
Perhaps its a memorable dinner for two. At any rate, capturing these events and going back to remember, can have a cathartic effect as we go back to these photos to remember. Where we choose to dine I believe is as important as the events. Here are images from left to right taken from; Kiratiana's Guide to Black Paris + Waly Fay Restaurant, The Xicato Dining Experience, and 626 Rood, Grand Junction. 
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Photographer Amanda Jones really captured nuance of this wonderful dog's personality in this photo....
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So there are good photos and there are great photos. This is only my opinion but the picture of your child or your friend is special because, well, its your child or your friend. And the value of the photo is based primarily on the subject with a little credit given to the customary level of quality delivered by the photographer.
Imagine if you had a really extraordinary photo of your child or friend based on the talent of the photographer. This would in effect double the value of the image. This quality is not based on altering the subject of the photo in any way to achieve prominence. Rather the fundamental skill through expertise and creativity that the photographer brings to the table.
For example, you can google dog portraits, and most of the photos will look the same, with the primary difference being with the sentimental value of the subject to the dog owner.
So why not make the quality of the photo, through the photographer's skill, extraordinary. Here's an example of a dog photo taken from animalwall.xyz that is powerful. I'm sure the dog's owner is sentimental about their dog, and at the same time thrilled to have an art-gallery-level quality artist provide the result shown below.

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More on Civil Rights Photography....
How Gordon Parks made the camera his weapon, changing America forever.
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When I first saw photos from this article, I thought "1950, 1965 at the latest".  I went to t he article to read it and the date was 2012. 
It really is stunning to realize that in our current time, with cell phones technology, grocery stores with isles lined with food, we still have multitudes of poor people. 
Although I give to charities to help people, and I am aware of segments of society that are impoverished, but the true face of poverty and desolation is stark and shocking. 
If these images cause us to ask ourselves what more can we do, then the effort has been effective.
These are the haunting pictures shot by photojournalists attempting to alleviate poverty in the U.S. by exposing the epic struggle for survival of 50 million impoverished Americans.
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Fine dining - many times dark outdoors, usually a dark relaxed mood in the restaurant. Dark walls, muted light, maybe candle light, set to create a relaxing environment to engage or just ease the senses.
Here's a different take on what I would consider an intimate dining experience from ElAbundio.
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Dogs like people have personality. Just look closely at these photos from Ella Sherman Photography. Its a trait of the better photographers to capture this nuance. 
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Okay I couldn't help it....This photo is just really clever and adorable too...
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More on poor whites....
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Its a class issue......
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Photographers can be brave.  Perhaps there's no better example of this than those who dared to capture behavior of the fulminating racists who set upon black people who dared to demand equal treatment as human beings.
Incidentally, these are the same black people who were good enough to cook meals for white folks, take care of their kids, clean their houses, work their yards and fields, and suffer the abuses, indignities, all kinds of torture and death at the hands of insane racists, yet not good enough to walk through the front door of a restaurant let alone eat there, or live where they could afford. 
Whats for certain is that what is recorded does not begin to scrape the surface of the cruelty, inhumanity and barbaric behavior that these people suffered.
In the aftermath as we consider events in the United States - we understand that mad fire of racism was never snuffed out.  It only smoldered and has once again erupted and threatens the existence of all of us.
For certain, Blacks and Latinos, and Native Americans suffer most under the sickness of racism.  But don't think for a minute that you and I are safe.  These same forces are removing the very sustenance of all of us in every consideration from human rights to jobs, to environment.  We must all come together to fight this.
Brave photographers captured and published images that shocked the world only a few decades ago.  And today cameras and cell phones capture the gruesome events, only to have the highest levels of government level no accountability to the perpetrators.  The same grotesque behavior that takes place by cowardly people and cowardly governments has arrived on our shores.
One other item to remember that is hidden in the media, is that more whites than blacks are shot and killed by police.  One day, we may realize this as a class issue and not a race issue.
The iconic imagery surrounding the civil rights movement, while problematic for some, is unquestionably powerful, especially for those of us who weren’t around to witness this important chapt…
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Donald Leon Farrow is a freelance photographer, who finances his passion through is work as a traveling nurse anesthetist
Introduction

Donald Leon Farrow saw the world through a true photographer's eyes as long as he can remember.  There are so many beautiful landscapes and images when Donald Leon Farrow was younger - that he could not capture with a camera, as Don did not have one.  But these images were etched into his memory, and Donald Leon Farrow was the only one who could see them. When Donald Leon Farrow was 7 years old, his dad brought Don a camera.  Donald Leon Farrow's dad was a doctor - but also a magnificent photographer.  His dad was usually called upon to photograph family weddings.  Donald Leon Farrow was taught by his dad the art of composition and lighting, and how to develop film pictures in the old fashioned dark room.  Donald Leon Farrow attended photography fairs, lectures and club events with his dad.  Those were some of the best memories of Don's life - and he knew that he was hooked on photography.  Later, Donald Leon Farrow his dad's passion for medical science and became an Nurse Anesthetist with dad's help.  With a good income and generous time and travel - Donald Leon Farrow can pursue his primary passion of photography.

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Donald Leon Farrow has no bragging rghts for himself - but for the many wonderful people I have met along my journey. To them I say thank you.
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  • School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa
    Photographic Arts and Production
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