Around the stage of my life when I was just getting to becoming exposed to local bands, a friend of mine stuck his mini-disc player’s headphones on my head with the band Fordirelifesake playing. My initial impression was that there was too much going on but I quickly figured it out to become quite a big fan. After each member and had become involved in other projects and they had somewhat fading away, the band decided to do a proper last show in their hometown of Detroit. Myself and some friends went down to breathe in more second hand smoke than I had ever previously inhaled thanks to Michigan still letting people smoke in bars and the temperature freezing moist lips shut outside. Either way, the show was great, they played just about every song I could have wanted them to. They then got asked to play a bunch of shows in Japan and I sent them my photos to use for promotion of that. I never really did anything else with them. It was a year and a week ago today so what better time to post a few randoms from then.
Yesterday I changed up where I work. Took out my binders and binders of slides to put in storage since those seem to be a relic of the past. Replaced them with my modest collection of photo books for inspiration. Feels good to glance over from my monitor and see something cool to pick up and flip through.
I spent about two weeks in BC, largely with my pal Jamie Tanner. The main mission of the trip was to get out in the water and experiment with surf photography. As a complete novice and someone largely ignorant of the sport, I had my share of difficulties. All said and done, it was a great experience (even the almost dying part in retrospect) and lots was accomplished. My modus operandi was photography but I did film a few random clips whenever I would somehow remember. Here is a little taste of things to come in the distant future.
At my friend’s apartment yesterday, I spotted some of his new art. Turns out he painted a couple of my photos and I’m so stoked on them! One is of my friend Andrea’s grandma and the other is of Colin from Circa Survive (who is a fine painter himself). We also shot a portrait of him to put with his work here.
A friend recently pointed this out to me. Jordan of Every Time I Die created an interpretation of a portrait I took of his band’s front man Kieth Buckley for the liner notes in their latest album. When I took the photo, Keith wasn’t quite as bearded or wearing such a classy helmet but it is certainly my photo (found in my portfolio if you want to go looking for it).
Like the link below says the Everlea video is on Much Music’s site and I would appreciate you showing it some plays to get on air. Here is one of the last and more obscure shots from a recent shoot with my friends.
That music video I did earlier this year is up on Much Music’s page! If you’re Canadian and want to go check that there, please do! LINK
In other news, I’m home from Vancouver/Victoria and working on catching up! Very cool trip out that way! Intense and enjoyable all at the same time. Thanks to Jamie Tanner for saving my life! I’ll get new pics and all the jazz going on here real soon. Sorry about the header not working right now, it may be ruining your blogging experience but we’re on it!
The last acoustic video from Justin and I for a little bit. Here is him covering Damien Rice’s Volcano on top of a baseball diamond on Queen St. Be sure to go see Everlea play at the Mod Club in Toronto this coming Saturday! Unfortunately I’m still in Victoria getting tossed around by the ocean but have a good time in my place and I’ll keep trying to make photos out this way.
As promised, not too long ago, here are some portraits from Vancouver. I am aware of many unfufilled promises on this blog and upon my return to Ontario I will get on those but alas, I can only show you these for now. Hopefully some cool updates as I continue to work out here. All edited on my laptop so no promises of fidelity as I’m not quite adjusted to it.
First up, my friend Mark Cohene and I went up to Whistler and in an effort to kill sometime at one point. We shot eachother’s portrait. I think I nearly died of hypothermia while shooting this.
Second, is Harrison from Defgrip. Shot in extremely low light at Vancouver’s art gallery.
And lastly, my friend of years Matt Goud AKA Matt Means AKA Northcote