Catching Up on Flickr.
Just before life went all bonkers at the end of March, I was fortunate enough to be able to shoot Compaigni V’ni Dansi performing as part of the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival at the Museum of Anthropology.
It was a great show and, finally, life has settled down to a dull roar and I was able to actually get the shots edited.
Pavillion on Flickr.
Now, I don’t get out to UBC much so am always stumbling across interesting buildings when I do. On Sunday, I was on my way to the Museum of Anthropology to shoot a performance in the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival when this marvellous structure caught my eye. How could I have missed such a stunning (and large) modernist installation as this for almost 25 years? I took note and stopped to investigate further after the show.
Well, imagine my surprise when google revealed that I missed this previously because it’s relatively new!
Pavillion is a remodelling of the courtyard of the Buchanan Block that was just completed recently (looks like just last year from the article). What a splendid thing!
Skinning the White Whale on Flickr.
Work is already well underway on the massive remodelling of the former Eaton’s building at Georgia and Granville.
While spared the dynamiting that this life sucking behemoth most definitely deserves, the finished project will be a great improvement over the famous ‘toilet’ with all of it’s white cladding replaced with glass. Once completed, it will be home to a Nordstrom’s.
Just two wild and crazy guys at a swing party. Despite appearances, they were actually having a grand old time. Trajan’s mate Tycho is part of our exclusive club of toddlers named for significant but not particularly well known figures in history. Their good friend Linnaeus wasn’t along on this day.
Introducing Fred on Flickr.
Nyana goes way back. The Emperor’s oldest friend, they even had a date on their first Christmas, the first time either of them had seen another kid.
Here she is, introducing her new baby brother Fred, just seven days old at this point. They’re already pretty tight.
Limbs of the Stars on Flickr.
Renaissance man and good friend Stephen Lyons belts one out at the CD Release for the debut album of his combo ‘Limbs of the Stars’: heartwarmongering at the Rickshaw last Friday evening.
It was, as they say, one hell of a show. They’re one hell of a band, 40% or so of the Juno Award winning ‘Fond of Tigers’ with Shanto Acharia on bass, and Skye Brooks on drums.
Check it out: limbsofthestars.bandcamp.com
Autumn Looks Best Backlit on Flickr.
Making it such a shame that we usually get so little sun during Autumn on the coast.
Also, I had forgotten what lovely stuff Fuji Reala is. Fortunately, it’s still available in 120. Straight scan with just a wee bit of sharpening.
Luddite Wars on Flickr.
Owing to the unfortunate rush hour incident at the corner of Georgia and Burrard involving the mules I hired to pull my darkroom, I must in this instance concede the match to Bill (nsfw) with his 6x9 Speed Graphic.
Touché Bill. I’ll be along to reclaim my title soon.
Twenty Four Months Plus a Day on Flickr.
And, now we bring this little series to it’s logical conclusion. Trajan is no longer a baby. Monthly updates are no longer relevant.
I’ve tried to duplicate our first entry in this series but, well, a 34” and 33lb toddler is nowhere near as easy to catch lying down as a 2 lb infant born 13 weeks before he was supposed to. He certainly does love his Mom though!
For some additional perspective, the first of this series was taken from approximately 18” away. This shot was taken with me standing on tip toes on a chair with my head brushing the ceiling!
Komagata Maru Memorial on Flickr.
Last week a new memorial in Harbour Green was dedicated to the Komagata Maru Incident, one of Canada’s more shameful moments in history.
In 1914, a ship (the Komagata Maru) arrived from India via Hong Kong, Shanghai and Yokohama, Japan carrying 356 Indian Nationals, mostly Sikhs, looking to settle in Canada. Canada invoked the then standing ‘continuous passage’ law which required immigrants to have travelled continuously from their home country to Canada, something not really possible at the time from India and China given the distances involved.
Interestingly, the immigration officer to first meet the ship in Vancouver was local hockey legend Fred “Cyclone” Taylor, the Wayne Gretzky of his day who, despite being the best paid hockey player in Canada at the time, worked as an immigration officer in the off season.
Eventually, only 20 passengers were admitted to Canada with the rest being sent back to India. Upon arrival in India, they were immediately detained by the British, 19 were killed in the Budge Budge riots, some were sent back to their villages and many were imprisoned until the first world war ended.
According to wikipedia, a plaque commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Kimagata Maru incident was placed ‘in Vancouver Harbour’ in 1994. I’ve not seen this and do not know if it remains or not.