Jul 1st 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

…And I’m behind as usual to get the iPhone dump up on the site. Looking back, March was another good snow month, so lots of time out on the snowboard. Let’s take a look at these photos starting at the top left – walk with me…

  • I must have either have been excited that it was BBQ season, or was just psyched on how good that flank stank was looking when I shot this photo. This reminds me, gotta have flank steak again really soon (there’s some in the fridge)
  • I was working on some graphic concepts for a book at work, and couldn’t quite figure out what felt familiar, or ‘right’ about the layout. A couple days later when I was working on it again, it clicked. The layout, the type and the colours were reminiscent of The Police’s Synchronicity cover (shown just off to the right). Wow. That was random. Even the colours were in the same order. Blown away.
  • A light-drenched tower at a mall in Surrey, BC.
  • Typesetting Korean text – another work picture of something in progress… I designed a 60-page booklet for the forestry industry, and it was being produced in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. Or rather, I should say I was producing it in all those languages. Sure the text came in translated, but it was no easy feat to lay all the text in place, and stay on top of it all. All I can say is InDesign makes working with foreign languages a breeze nowadays.
  • Bunny at Jericho Park. You know it’s Spring when the bunnies make their appearance by the dozens down in Jericho Park.
  • P.K. Ripper bike hanging up at Ride On Bikes on West Broadway – I love the turquoise colour of these bikes, and they’ve kept the graphics pretty close to how they were two decades ago right down to the vintage-style pad set.
  • Swapping hard drives in the new iMacs is no easy feat… I took out the original 250GB drive and dropped in a new 2TB drive. I’ll admit I was scared, there’s a lot going on in there.
  • Sunset looking across the Burrard Inlet from the pier at Jericho Beach.
  • Katie resting in the snow after a gnarly run down ‘Top Gun’, the double black diamond run at Cypress Mountain. When it’s good, it’s incredible. When it’s not good, it’s a brutal leg burning run that will have your knees bouncing into your chest if you’re flying down it. On this day, it was the latter, so we took a much-needed break on the hike out.


Listening to:
Primal Scream – Screamadelica (20th Anniversary Reissue)
Glasvegas – Euphoric Heartbreak
The Raveonettes – Raven in the Grave
The Jesus Lizard – Peel Sessions
Rival Schools – Pedals
Propagandhi – Supporting Caste


About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.


Jun 9th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Pygmy Goat at Maplewood Farm

Just a goofy photo of a Pygmy Goat striking a pose at Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver. When he scratched his head on the fence, he’d stop and hold this position each time I pointed the camera at him. You’re allowed to go right into their pen and walk around with them – just watch out for the ones that like to eat your shoelaces, or anything they can get near their mouths.

Maplewood Farm in North Vancouver. If you have young kids, or you just like animals, it’s a must see – Katie and I go there at least a couple times each year. Aim to visit the farm early May if you want to see any of the new babies at the farm.


Mar 24th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Another round of pics off the iPhone… I had a quick trip to New Brunswick in February for a wedding. As you might expect, flying to the east coast in the middle of winter might test your patience. 39 hours of travel for a 48 trip. Perfect. See the pictures of snow up there ^^^. That’s New Brunswick. In a word? Snow. Oh, and cold.

  • If you’ve ever seen the Epic Meal Time videos, this is the cake version of that. Chocolate cake, chocolate baked in the cake, chocolate cupcakes, Oreos, donuts and more. More in stuff in the cake. Lots of more. Lots of chocolate. James at work is responsible for this beast. And making sure everybody at the studio is up to date with the latest Epic Meal Time videos.
  • Flowers… Some mums I picked up for Katie for Valentine’s Day. Did you know that mums are poisonous to cats? The cat is fine… Just, now we all know.
  • At the wedding reception (in NB), looking out the window at the latest dump of snow. The lights looked really cool through the snow and lining the path.
  • Cool tiles in the lobby of a friend’s building. All the different reds look pretty cool with the mint green tiles. I’m really into tiles right now.
  • I’ve been re-ripping all of my music CD’s to a super-high bitrate, and I’m getting rid of all but a couple boxes of them. I’ve been storing a bunch of boxes full of CD’s for years, and it’s time for them to go. I haven’t played a CD in about 7 years (or whenever the iPod was invented). I’m saving only my favourite CD’s – rare imports, neat artwork, or just the best of the best. It’s pretty hard to whittle your babies down like that, and I was ruthless. Good riddance.
  • The hotel room that Air Canada put me in for my unexpected overnight stay in Toronto. Nothing memorable about it other than it was good to lay down here – it was a long day. The view just before the lights went out.
  • We stopped at the ‘Big Stop truck stop’ in Rothesay, New Brunswick for breakfast – which is where the locals eat. It was super busy. People of all ages filled the place, and we had to wait a little while to get a table. And, it was worth it.
  • Looking out the back window at Katie’s dad’s place just outside of Saint John, New Brunswick. Tons of snow. They still get snowfalls like we used to get when we were kids back in Ontario. Vancouver has me acclimatized, that’s for damn sure.
  • Cool detail of a painting… I really like the teal/black/yellow/green colour combo, and the texture was amazing. All things you can’t capture on my iPhone camera.

Unrelated – Google just launched Google Recipes… Pretty cool.


Listening to:
J. Mascis – Several Shades Of Why
Rabbits – Lower Forms
Explosions In The Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Buffalo Tom – Skins
Twilight Singers – Dynamite Steps


About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.


Feb 4th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

It’s time once again for another dump of photos off the iPhone – starting at the top left…

  • One Friday night, we made a stop at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Yaletown for some VSBC business. The PuSh Festival exhibit was taking place in the main performance centre, so we took a half hour and checked it out. There was some cool art on display, and there’s a few pics from the exhibit here in the photos.
  • It’s amazing what can be found in the aisles of Winners. Katie models the treasure she found. Gold boots with neon pink laces. [update: no, she didn’t buy them]
  • Pantone chips on the desk, that’s a lot of pink.
  • Another piece from the PuSh Festival
  • Looking in the window at Antisocial Skateboard Shop
  • Another piece from the PuSh Festival – a small video camera was mounted up at the top of this umbrella.
  • Hospital ER visit. Photo shot at 6:15AM after being at VGH for a little over an hour wondering if any doctors were coming to see me.
  • This is little Felix from the Granville Island Pet Hospital. If you’ve ever been to this vet before, Felix has been welcoming 2 and 4-legged visitors at the front counter for 17 years. I shot this photo of Felix sleeping on our way out the door – and on our next visit just a few weeks later, we discovered Felix had died. Felix looks exactly like our cat, Nik.
  • Glass tile wall at some restaurant – I really like the colours. Note to self: do something incorporating these colours.


About the iPhone photo dump: I shoot a lot of photos in the average month, whether it be on my iPhone (or any of my other cameras). Sadly, most of these photos never see the light of day, and sit buried somewhere on a hard-drive. I’m using this monthly feature to set some of those photos free. You can see my full archive of iPhone Photo dumps here.



Jan 12th 2011 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

December’s photos have a bit of a Christmas theme of course… Meet the craziest Santa you’ve ever seen – from the top left…

  • Shot from the Raven Ridge chairlift on Cypress Mountain.
  • Another shot on the chairlift – only this one’s looking down.
  • Okay everybody, meet Johnny Claus… Wild evening of Christmas carols that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. I’m not a caroller…
  • One of the twin beagles, can’t remember either of their names.
  • Another toilet photo? Really? The phone makes this washroom setup complete.
  • A United Bikes finger bikes at some toy store – and it actually looks really good.
  • Noisemakers from the Christmas party, and some noise making fuel.
  • I totally don’t remember taking this photo, and have no idea where it’s from, but I can see why I would have shot it. Maybe it was painted on velvet or something?
  • Maudite beer… Hate the beer, but love their evil looking graphics on all their packaging.

Dec 6th 2010 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

November’s best of photos off the iPhone – from the top left…

  • It’s not often you have carpet in the washroom… Let alone bright red carpet. It felt like I was in Elton John’s washroom. I would imagine he’s got bright red plush carpet in his washroom – can anybody confirm this?
  • Still life – I had a collection of apples on my desk that were marked with their variety names (from a CBC media visit/tasting).
  • Some rough sketches for a website design I was working on.
  • Anthem II DVD and limited edition package. I’ve probably watched the video 25 times since.
  • Scrabble – I was pretty stoked when I got to use the word ‘wheelie’ in a scrabble game. Not many points for it unfortunately, just check out all those 1’s.
  • GDC ‘Practivism’ poster on the corkboard at work. It was a pretty cool poster with really prominent layers of overprinting techniques, printed at Rhino.
  • Cupcakes at Safeway – they look good, but don’t taste good at all.
  • More randomness on the corkboard at work.
  • These ‘food objects’ were in the glass counter beside those cupcakes, on the left. You know what doesn’t look good beside really bright cupcakes? Food that looks like shit.
Nov 12th 2010 | Posted in: Blog, Photography 0

Here’s the latest round of photos off the iPhone – from the top left…

  • Soap from Escents. Katie’s been making soap at home lately, so this is a reminder to make some of this kind – it smelled sweet.
  • James at work made a hamburger and fries cake for his snack day. The fries were actually cookies.
  • Went to see Stewart Brand, author of The Whole Earth Catalog speak at a UBC evening lecture. This is a (blurry) shot of him talking to the audience after his presentation.
  • Random 10-speed with a sweet old/new Gap branded bag covering the seat (shot a few days after the bungled Gap re-brand launch).
  • View from the studio boardroom/deck at work.
  • I had to tear apart an external hard drive to see what was going on, just another dead drive in my life. This time it was my music drive. It was backed up, but it had been a while. So that took about the next 6 weeks of my life to get that back up and running again.
  • The washroom at Antisocial Skateboard shop… I guess I wasn’t the only one that thought this looked cool – almost the exact same photo ran as an ad for Concrete Skateboarding magazine. (edit: link is now dead)
  • Like I’d need a reminder to watch Dexter.
  • Chinese restaurant table, waiting for our take-out order to be ready. While Rick Springfield blared out on the radio. Nice.
Oct 30th 2010 | Posted in: Blog 0

South Carolina vacation

It’s taken me a while to go through all these South Carolina pictures. I really over shot on the second half of this trip, shooting over 1000 photos. That’s a lot to break down and sort through. There’s just something about palm trees; I can never seem to shoot enough of them. This was the first ‘real’ vacation I’ve taken in a while. For many years, most of my vacations have been ‘work vacations’, where I’d get to go somewhere exotic, or at least warm, but there would be an event to put on first, then I’d stay and chill after the event and wind down.

You can see the full gallery on my Flickr page here, and just my favourites here. Again, if you’re connected to me as a friend (or family) on Flickr, you actually get to photos with people in them.


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