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 […]
A few shots from this Fall’s trip to the hometown. Fall Fair time, the curling rink all abuzz with friendly competition. The guilds and the leagues and loyal orders and the fellowships all flock and mingle and children run amok and the pumpkins astound and the quilts mesmerize the children’s mud sculptures puzzle and confuse. There are categories for every entry it seems, enough to ensure that everyone wins some recognition. Though I did see one piece, in the lego / scene […]
So. In the ferry behind us, there’s this couple with backpacks and they’re looking a bit bewildered and bedraggled, like how couples with backpacks do that look so well. How do you describe the thrumming shudder of ferryboat movement? Like some lumbering water mammal. Hm, shippopotamus? And so we dig in. November can make for a somewhat dull palette in the Northwest. The month of hunkering down. Everything starts to blend together after a while. The formula is simple. Wake, forage, rest. Repeat. […]
I’ve been slow in shooting film for almost a year now… yikes, that’s not good. We film dinosaurs must keep up with the times. Extinction is not an option I fancy… not just yet. Still, I recently sold my much-coveted yet seldom used panoramic medium format film camera, or as I called her, “Fiona“. The guy who bought it on eBay sent a message saying he was looking forward to getting out with it, so that’s good. Better to be […]
So a fire guts a building downtown and as usual I have a photo of it back in my archives. It’s not a conscious thing, but sooner or later everything has to go, right? Maybe the shutter finger is drawn by some subtle sense of decline. Or not so subtle in some cases. Some close, some are torn down. For some reason I keep looking for a gentler word. Passed.
Point Hope Shipyards, Victoria, B.C. Three years I lived in Victoria, on two separate occasions. I never considered shipyards interesting back then (maybe I’ve lowered the bar of what piques my interest?). Or maybe time and other years have gotten me used to seeing more ships afloat. So that when I see one propped aloft it seems a bit absurd – all that below-the-waterline underbelly, nothing to do. The yard was empty this Friday afternoon, but I was able to snap a few shots […]
My blog postings are few and far between these days but perhaps I just needed some imagery to soak a while, like a winter stew. The months of February and March can be a bit suspect where I live. Time seems to slow down even as you remark the changes from dawn to dawn, inching longer by minutes every day. Lately I’ve been out haunting the Skeena River, awakening now with the usual squeals and grunts and cries. Above it all, there’s this […]
I’ve found myself swimming through old photos (Japan, here) in muted tones and monochromes. Closer to memory, curiously enough, because I can’t seem to recall the colours of those days. Something about greens, and blues, browns. And back-lit neon, coca-cola reds, and yellows, yellows like some fruit you can’t get at home. What do you lose when you drop the colour from your memories? What do you gain? A land of a thousand greys, is what someone told me about […]
A flashback to summer camping in Northwest BC and the Yukon. Inspiring region, nice views, do bring a map. Stick around long enough, and the place imposes a certain humility on you. A taste for the abandoned, all ye who enter. And a penchant to instil a little pick-yourself-up-by-your-bootstrap-ness. Do it yourself. Yes, those are trees “planted” upside down. This is a thing in Atlin, BC.