Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Shades of Stan Douglas' Hogan's Alley. But everything is derivative, right? And his is a computer generated 3D model, a photograph of something that never existed, with such exquisite detail and perfect exposure. Every black is just perfectly black, every highlight is a tenth of a percent away from being blown out. The file is mammoth, as in, I've stood in front of the original and it's bigger than a sheet of plywood. And you can stand with your nose touching the surface and not see any fall off in the details. I might be exaggerating, but that's how I remember seeing it.

This image isn't computer generated, though I guess it is, since it's digital through and through.

There's something disturbing about the Douglas "photo" in that it's just a little too perfect. The other aspect of it that's off is there is nothing living in the photo. No people, no trees, no grass. The ground is smudged dirt with blobs of different coloured dirt on them. There are no weeds growing up along the fences. It is lifeless. I don't know if that was intentional or if they just forgot to add them in, or if just wasn't possible to do as effectively as everything else.

Sunday, August 13, 2017


Like blackheads, Vancouver is obsessed with scraping bits of itself off of itself. Relentless, this city is, in the effort to destroy itself. It's insane. Sold in 1976 for $75000, and again in 1995 for $760000. Twenty years later, 2015, and it's worth $3370000. 2 years later and it's assessed at $4121000 by the city.

No, this photo isn't of the house in the article. They don't let hooligans like me into those neighborhoods. My house has gone up in value by about a million dollars in the 8 or 9 years I've owned, give or take. I don't understand it. I don't know if I want to understand it.

Saturday, August 12, 2017


 The forest fire smoke let up enough to show Vancouver some clouds. It was lovely to see clouds. If one cared to look north the mountains revealed themselves again for the first time in over a week.


Homes. In various states of decay.


Colour. Digital.


Mr. Weeds. I have a few more pictures from this day but they are still in the camera, and I'm back onto digital for a bit. I might change this photograph one day, depending on what's on the roll of film still in the camera. Or I might not.



Port Mann Bridge. Wow. What an incredible structure.


We hiked up Skyline trail. Steeper than the Grouse Grind, though not as long. We at a sandwich at the top, saw the remains of a jet engine from a fighter plane that crashed on the mountain in the 50s. It was harder to walk down than up. But it was a good day.


Sourdough. From scratch. Naturally leavened. Very, very good.


There's a 60s Mustang under that tarp. It's been there for 5 years. I've never seen it move.


Friday, August 11, 2017

Elliot Erwitt

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”   - Elliot Erwitt

The little Fuji digital has returned, repaired for less than they said it might cost. I've developed another roll of film tonight. In another day or two we'll be call caught up. But, going to be honest, I've liked shooting film. There will likely be digital for a bit. I have a Mamiya 645 that's underutilized. 15 images per roll of film. Maybe I'll do a 7 day, 2 images per day experiment with that stupid thing. And a bonus picture at the end. 

Photographs again tomorrow. Day after at the latest. 

Friday, August 4, 2017


Progress. Probably.




This punk just got home from a month of travelling with her mother. Spaghetti on the back deck. Lovely.



Where ever he laid his hat was his home...





Rarely these tracks are without trains.



A day in the shop. It's like therapy.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Simone de Beauvoir

Two quotes, for the price of one, which was free, if you're keeping track.

"If you live long enough, you'll see that every victory turns into a defeat."

"One's life has value, so long as one attributes value to the life of others, by ways of love, friendship, indignation and compassion"

- Simone de Beauvoir

More film. The roll should be finished tomorrow. And then another update.

Sunday, July 23, 2017


The green ivy clinging to the grey of a dead cherry tree, in black and white.




Big who? In other news, adult video stores still exist.



So there was a camera with film in it, and the ISO was set to 160 and the only 160 film I've ever bought is Portra, so I assumed colour 160 film and shot as such. When the roll was done I rewound it to find TMAX400 black and white film in the camera. These are beautiful blue hydrangeas, in black and white, shot on fast film at a slow ISO. As are the next few days of photos. For all the flexibility that digital affords you, film is surprisingly forgiving.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Alberto Moravia

"The truth is that one easily forgets what one does not want to remember."

         - Alberto Moravia. 

And yet, there is little I want to forget... though there are things I want to forget, I wish I could forget.

Shooting film again. I think. I don't remember what I loaded into the camera but when I thumb the lever the canister side turns like there must be film in there. I think it might be colour. I'll know for sure in a day or two...

Monday, July 17, 2017


I took 2000 photographs over the last 2 days at Vancouver's Folk Fest. It's a daunting task to even begin to filter through all that crap. But this guy, Leif Vollebekk, damn, that kid could play a song.

Sunday, July 16, 2017


Marlon Williams was quite good at Folk Fest today. Quite good.

Friday, July 14, 2017


Digital. Guess that means I'm off film for a bit. Or maybe I start with film again tomorrow.

That mountain. This photograph wouldn't have happened if I was shooting film today.


Oregon coast. Love it.


Astoria, OR. One of my favourite places on this planet.


 Finally getting around to fixing this bike. Reworking some cable stops, and new paint.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017



Lake Chilliwack.


 This is the first time I really wish I was shooting digital lately. The light was low, the details got really muddy really quickly, but there's so much going on in this picture. Some sharpness and colour would have helped a lot. But still, I'm liking film.