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 […]
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. […]
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.
Big announcement time for the thoughtful drivel blog… The book project I’ve been working on for the past year is now published! It’s called Itamae: My Life in Front of the Cutting Board and it’s a unique blend of personal diary, cookbook, and photo essay. The author is a chef friend of mine named Avi Sternberg, and last January he asked me if I could help tell his story through photos. As the back cover tells it: “After a life-altering motorcycle accident […]
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So I’ve got these 5 little shot cups. I like ’em. They say things in Russian, I think it is. I have no idea. I picked them up from a dishware store in Nara, Japan. Five little metal Russians vessels nestled in a neat padded box, surrounded by lacquer ware and pottery. I wonder how they got there. But I know what they’re waiting for. They’re waiting for sake. In Japan last March, I had the opportunity to tour a […]
Long time, no blog. No excuses, only good reasons. Life intervened, delivered up curious adventures and mishaps, misplaced wallets, road trip shenanigans, a dangerously full moon, happy campers, tired dogs, one tasty chicken burger and a bee sting. Much of this took place on route in the Cariboo and on the Chilcotin Plateau… now, if you count yourself among those who’ve reconnoitred this particular stretch of Canada, then you’ll be conjuring images of a lonely long road under a hot […]