Mike Clark, the talented owner of Mikey's Juke Joint in Sunalta, opened a new live music venue on 12th Ave named Mikey's in May of this year. He's also releasing a new album with his group, The Mike Clark Band called Forever People.Read More
One of the many incredible things about being a photographer, and especially a photojournalist, is you never really know what each day is going to give you. One moment...Read More
This week I went to a field across from Calgary's only amusement park (Calaway Park for the uninitiated) to find and photograph the Rocky Mountain Flying Trapeze.
Did you know there's Botanical Gardens in Silver Springs? Cause I didn't. But thanks to this assignment for Swerve we both know about it, and after having walked up and down the length of it, I can confidentally recommend a visit.
Also, there's one thousand tulips on display at the north western most point of the gardens (here) that make a Canadian flag. You're probably looking at my photos and pointing out there is no flag, that's because sometimes magazine deadlines don't align with nature and you get what you get. But it should be fully in bloom in the next three weeks!
You can read more about the tulip flag and it's upcoming "launch" on Swerve's site here.
"Chef's battle, musicians jam but artists rumble" I was told during my Wednesday evening at the Rumble House (formerly known as Gorilla House on 15th Ave SW) in downtown Calgary. From 7:00pm - 9:00pm every Wednesday, a collection of artists from every walk of life and artistic medium, spend two seemingly frantic but surprisingly calm hours putting skill and imagination into finished works.
It can be a little overwhelming standing in the tight halls while artists are coming and going, creating and talking. Each room full of friends, new and old, all gingerly making and painting and carrying on.
At the end of the night, those who wish can place their creations up for auction with the proceeds being split between the artist and helping fund Rumble House itself. As the deadline drew near, the public poured through the front door and gathered around to see the offerings from that nights rumble.
Cecil Hotel (2014-2016) is an exploration of the recently demolished site of hospitality known as The Cecil Hotel, opened in 1912, ordered to close by Calgary’s city officials in 2008, and purchased by the city for nearly $11 million in 2009. The hotel has been considered an “epicentre of prostitution, drugs, murder, and desperation…” by some, and its erasure has since been both contested and praised. This project includes a large-scale modified replica of the hotel’s neon sign and an edition of custom-made pint glasses.
- From the Truck Gallery Page
Everything beyond the Karman Line is considered outer space.
A place where all of known life bows away to the dark, ceaseless expanse of airless vacuum. A place full of untold wonders, incredible beauty and nearly unfathomable distances and ages.
James Durbano is helping the next generation understand how neat space is using his giant mobile and inflatable planetarium
There is a shared pact among the creatives I know that despite the overwhelming convenience of digital, there is an obvious lack of reality to our creations. Everything is shot, processed, laid out, margined, justified, reshot, recropped and rexported numerous times until it's final form is achieved.
But no matter how far we've come, there is that yearning at times to draw back from the endlessly perturbed pixels and get down to the film, paper, canvas or grain. To see a print form under the red light of a darkroom or to fling the last drops of paint and finish a work.
And in the case of Janin Vangool (creator, designer and publisher of Uppercase media), her draw is the Typewriter. She likes them so much she made an overwhelmingly exhaustive and extremely lovely book about them.
There was a time when the extent of my adult drinking life was restrained to beer and wine.
Then I saw a man named Don Draper whirling around whiskey and something called bitters with muddled cherries and guzzling it down like orange juice in the morning. Once I tried my first real cocktail it became clear what the fuss was about.
Cyclocross is a cycling sport that involves short courses and lots of obstacles, some of which are on fire.
It's designed to challenge the rider in more ways than just racing often requiring them to dismount and jog their bikes over stretches of the course. I got to photograph Calgary's annual Dark Knight Cross for this weeks Swerve Magazine.
Photos from Inglewood's newest store dedicated to soap.Read More
This week I had the lovely opportunity to meet and with Kristin Poch and photograph her burgeoning business the Beatnik Bus, the first mobile vinyl store in Calgary/ Canada, for this weeks Swerve Magazine.
Check out the article in today's Swerve or online here. Also you can drop by the bus tomorrow for National Record Store Day down at Containr in Sunnyside.
Once again I had the wonderful opportunity to team up with Gillian and Chris over at Good Company in Inglewood to help produce the 2015 edition of Catalyst Magazine for the Alberta College of Art and Design.
Last years edition was centered on portraits of the locally based grads, faculty and students in places they feel most inspired and this year continued the exploration of spaces with a new crop of artists.
Once again, this edition can be picked up at ACAD through out 2015.
Huge thanks to all of the subjects involved for making time out of their busy schedules and Vera for all her help.
Some Frames from this weeks Our Town feature in Swerve Magazine about a really neat community chalkboard set up in Ramsay. You can read the story online here and check out the project in Calgary between 18th and 19th Ave. on 9th Street SE.