Here’s a little rundown of What I’ve Been Up to in the last few months… Since Instagram and Twitter have pretty much knocked my iPhone Photo Dump series out of commission, I want to bring back some form of a journal… Something I can look back at to see what I was doing and/or working on at that time. I shoot a ton of photos every month and barely any of them see the light of day, so I want to start sharing more of them out whether it be here, or maybe fire them over to my Tumblr page.
VANCOUVER AQUARIUM EXPANSION GRAND OPENING | Katie and I went to the Vancouver Aquarium’s expansion grand opening party the night before we left for California. The new entrance with the high-tech 360° wrap around video screens is pretty wild; all the new stuff looks great. We also took in the Planet Earth: Shallow Seas 4-D Experience, which is very well done. I won’t spoil how awesome the 4-D experience is, but I will say it’s better than the ‘Bugs Life’ one at Disneyland.
CALIFORNIA TRIP | A good friend of mine was getting married in LA in early June, so we flew down for that and extended our stay for a much-needed vacation. We hung out in Venice Beach, made a stop in Santa Maria to photograph an interior design job I did, drove up the coast through Big Sur, and then flew home from San Francisco… An amazing trip, and you can see more about the trip here.
Speaking of work, I’ve been busy adding projects to my portfolio — some of these have been finished for a little while, and maybe you’ve already seen some of these things on the shelves of your local grocery store.
- Windset Farms Office Environmental and Wayfinding Design
- Windset Farms Packaging Design
- Jind Fruit Co. Packaging
- Jind Fruit Co. Buyer’s Guide
- Jamieson-Hilts Insurance Website
- Jamieson-Hilts Insurance Identity
CAMPING AT WEAVER LAKE | We like to get out and do as much camping as we can, so we rounded up a couple other friends, Derek and Matt and they joined us at Weaver Lake. It’s a pretty convenient spot to hit because it’s only a couple of hours outside of the city, but it feels like you are in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Lots of canoeing, swimming, floating, hiking around and good times. Here’s a few photos that round out the weekend.
BUNTZEN LAKE SWIMMING & HIKING | Buntzen Lake is our go-to hang place because it’s not too far away, and it really does put you in the middle of nowhere with very little effort. So even if we only have a few hours, we can either hike around the lake; or if we have a bit more time we’ll take our canoe up, paddle over to the far side to get away from the crowded beach.
Listening to: (according to my Last.fm stats for June/July)
Mastodon – Once More ‘Round The Sun
Collapse Under the Empire – Sacrifice & Isolation
Long Distance Calling – Nighthawk
Sleepmakeswaves – Love of Cartography
The Raveonettes – Pe’ahi
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Neon
Rival Schools – Found
Killing Joke – In Dub
Whirr – Around
Black Lung – Black Lung s/t
The Whigs – Modern Creation
Torche – Songs For Singles
Afghan Whigs – Do to the Beast
Floor – Oblation
Dwarves – The Dwarves Invented Rock & Roll
A Sunny Day in Glascow – Sea When Absent
Red Fang – Whales and Leeches
PHOTO GALLERY | This gallery has all the images from the above article, and plenty more; scroll through them with your ‘right arrow’ key.