So this blog may have slowed to a trickle but that’s okay, I’m still plenty busy with photography and related hijinks. Hijinks, that’s a good word, a keeper. Thought I’d scan through the year’s photos and share a few keepers along with a note or two about how, when, why, or where they were taken. Enjoy.
Hot pots and octopi. Ambitious chefs stealing secrets and sharpening blades. Finding peace in the bustle of a morning commute through a maze of trains and subways. Building a nest in Northwest BC. This all makes sense, right? No? Well head over to the Smithers Art Gallery from August to September and take in ITAMAE – an exhibit of photos and text from a creative project that might be succinctly described as a Japanese-foodie-culture-shock-getting lost and then finding oneself story. You know […]
Finally got another batch of film processed. A little let down with the results, but there’s a few good ones in there. A few weeks ago we were out on Haida Gwaii and I took an evening stroll out to the log sort near Queen Charlotte City. A couple old tugs, rusting away with the sun going down, made for some good shots. At one point there was this burst of crows overhead, cawing out from the silhouette of one […]
Another composition using programmed instruments, loops, and some audio from a radio recording of a British churchman’s sermon. The minister’s voice itself – as much as the message in the sermon – sounded both unsettling and comforting in a weird way. The photo comes from a day last year when the dry grass was being burned down. Also cremation day, I should mention.
A departure from the photos stuff, mostly. Some years back I got lost in Garageband and spent many hours putting together collages of looped audio clips, from preset loops in the software, adding my own, and getting as creative as I could with the composing software and oodles of instruments and effects. Lotsa fun. I’m also a fan of old radio shows, catchy hooks from tv series, and general kitsch and weirdness. This has resulted in a small batch of […]
A few more shots from the Skeena at low tide. The groaning of sea lions echoes across the valley but I can’t quite make out the source. Somewhere upstream, by the dogs’ attitudes. They go back to foraging up scraps of eulachon, which they’ll hoark out later, in the car. Lately I’ve been enjoying composing in black and white – something I never used to do. No colour to soothe and delight, just the raw bones. So maybe “enjoy” isn’t the right word here. Digesting.