Monday, December 21, 2009


A1 - Angel's First Ceramics Piece
November 2009

My girlfriend started her first-ever work in ceramics this fall. This was her first piece. I love the color and the slight spiral of the little marks, like little fish swimming into the bowl. I accentuated that spiral by using available light and placement on a chair to create a spiral of light and dark around the bowl.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


Canyon road between Pasto and Buesaco
Nariño, Colombia, April 2009

I spent five weeks in Colombia, working with a coffee farming cooperative to develop agro-tourism for their villages. It was an incredible opportunity, to be with genuine people living and really enjoying rural agricultural lives, and also to capture the incredible scenery, faces, and sustainable farming practices. I met several who, after spending some time in Colombia's cities, moved back to the tiny pueblo of San José de Alban because they much preferred that lifestyle. And unlike a great number of agricultural areas, there's a thriving economy that means young people have livelihoods to look forward to. Not only is there coffee trading, well organized by small-farm cooperative and taking steps towards organic and fair-trade certification, there's also artisan-made textiles from a locally grown and processed fiber called cabuya. While coffee and cabuya allow San Jose to tap into international markets, there's plenty of land used to grow locally consumed food crops, as well as livestock, supporting the community and several restaurants in the town center. I'm sure there's problems there, but to an outsider, it sure seemed like paradise.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sufi Music at its finest

Ustad Ghulam Farid Nizami held it down for three hours
last Saturday night. Check out the full set of photos
on Flickr here
This music takes one deep into the soul. The editing of these photos reflects that, I've dramatized each picture and emphasized the dark blues. Visually at first the photos, and the setting, did not seem too deep. Fairly bright indoor lighting, off-white carpeting and window shades, and the stillness inherent in the photograph all contribute to not really expressing the feeling of being in the presence of this inspiring human performance. My hope is that through selection and editing, this photo set does convey some of the magic of what it was like to be there.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Kwai-yin Necklace by Heyoka Merrifield

This is a unique piece by Heyoka Merrifield, who makes sacred art jewelry. This photo is from a series I took with the intent to help my mom sell this piece. You can see the whole series here. It's a beautiful piece. :)

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Winter Front/Back Doors

Terrasse de Neige

As a Texan, winters in Montreal make me feel so alive and excited sometimes. The briskness of the cold and the shortness of the days feed an energy of quick movements that both keep me warm and get as much as possible accomplished during the few hours of daylight. However, the dominant feeling of winter is a time of hibernation, when the snow piles up all around you like a soft blanket, muffling sounds and assuaging the guilt of the lazy. These photos hopefully capture that feeling, the mercy of being able to sit at home and rest with friends and lovers. Good for warm-weather homes that feel too much excited windy energy flowing through, the low point of view helps reinforce an earthy, grounded feeling.


I like them best side by side. I think a white matte around and between them would work great, though a milk chocolate or sky blue on a bright yellow wall would also be nice.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

New Camera! Pentax Optio W10

Bought this camera at B & H last week in prep for a trip to Brazil. Waterproof, dustproof, and wide angle. (Though here I'm actually shooting into the blind spot mirror on a cargo van, while waiting at the border to get back into Canada :)
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Sunday, July 8, 2007

China: Goat Stowage

This is from the flight from Chicago to Shanghai. I spent a lot of time standing around in the back, annoying the flight attendants and pouring myself more orange juice. After awhile I noticed someone had tampered with this sign. Jake, was that you?