Tuesday, March 31, 2015

_haphazard patterns of organic disarray_

There's something about the urban decay of forgotten and neglected spaces that I find so interesting. This set was shot on Sunday from an old outdoor farmer's market that has been abandoned and left for nature to reclaim. The sound of broken glass crunching beneath your feet, and doors/ tarps slapping in the wind, mixed in with the occasional (and startling) sounds of movement around you (courtesy of the numerous rabbits that had taken over) made for a surreal and eerie walk through the remaining structures of the market. The piles of random belongings left behind by the previous tenants lay in haphazard patterns of organic disarray, with some newer signs that people had recently inhabited the space - a mattress strewn with dirty broken glass inexplicably had a very new looking comforter on top. I suppose to transient folks, parts of this space could be considered decent temporary shelter.


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Because why shouldn't there be a toilet in the middle of a hallway?

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Poor little forgotten stuffed teddy bear.

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Barbed wire and a hula hoop. An unlikely combination.

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Closed for the... ever?

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All photos taken with the Hasselblad 500CM and Planar 80mm f/2.8, on Kodak Tri-X 400. Developed in Ilfosol 3, 1+9 for 7:30min.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Budgets and Bill Murray

It's post budget Friday in Alberta. Hope you stocked up on beer and gasoline, cause the MAN is coming to take his share. And speaking of the MAN, I spent my Friday off sketching (very poorly, I will readily admit) a picture of Bill Murray I found online. It looked good when it was just pencils, but once I started laying down inks, markers, and conte, it didn't look like him anymore. This is what happens when you suck at art.

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3H pencil, Pentel Pocket Brush pen, Copic Markers, and conte.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The Kociszewski Brewing Co.

What better way to celebrate spring than to bottle some home-brew? The Kociszewski Brewing Co was in full swing this weekend, as we bottled up about 22 litres of beer. Don't ask what kind of beer, cause the head brewer, Tytus forgot what he started with (a sure sign he's been sampling too much product)...

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The finished product, stored in custom built wood crates.

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A drying rack for 45 bottles, post sanitizer.

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It's like a beer Christmas tree. A thing of beauty!

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The eponymous head brewer, Tytus Kociszewski.

Colour photos taken with the Fuji X-T1 and Fujinon 35mm f/1.4. B&W shots taken with the Hasselblad 500CM and Zeiss T* Planar 80 f/2.8 on Kodak T-Max 400. Developed in Ilfosol 3, 1+9 for 6:00min.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Throwback Thursdays - Family Birthdays Edition

It was mom's b-day last week, and my bro's tonight. So time for some family photos. Old school film ones.

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Mom celebrating my b-day with me, a billion years ago.

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Mom, earlier this year.

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Pops, earlier this year.

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My bro.

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In colour!

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Lucky, my pop's chihuahua.

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The parents' helper/ maid.

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Another throwback - my parent's from a billion years ago. Who knew mom was so stylish at one point in her life.

Square photos taken recently with the Kiev88CM on Kodak T-Max 400 & Portra 400.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

The Sriracha Life

Things I can't get enough of: Cameras. Beer. And Sriracha. I LOVE SRIRACHA. When Rogue brewery released the Sriracha Stout late last year, I was like a kid discovering naked people on the internet for the first time - eyes wide open, mouth agape, and desperate to get my hands on it. (ノ゚0゚)ノ~ But by that time I tried ordering a bottle for myself, they were out of stock. (╯°□°)╯ So you can imagine how excited I am to have found a bottle at a local liquor store!

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A few of the Sriracha themed items I currently own: the sauce, the stout, and Sriracha popcorn.

You may also remember, I dressed up as Sriracha for Halloween last year.

See my previous rant about Sriracha here, after which I went out and bought 3 litres of it, just in case...

While we're on the topic of delicious tasting stuff, here are some shots from our meal at Downtown Food last weekend, as part of Big Taste Calgary 2015.

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Beet tartare with cumin cracker

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Steelhead trout

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Wild boar with wasabi polenta

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Tequil-ime pie

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Peanut butter macaroon

#iHeartSriracha #FoodiesUnite #BigtasteYYC

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Things that irk me far more than they should

Things that irk me far more than they should: people that get on a busy elevator to go up one floor. I've stopped trying to hide my disdain, instead opting to grunt audibly and impatiently when these people hit the button ONE.FLOOR.UP. Today though, I discovered an even more irritating group of elevator jockeys. As I was rushing to an appointment, I was miffed when two able bodied ladies got on to go DOWN one floor. Are you KIDDING ME?! You won't even walk down a flight of steps?! I checked - they weren't using crutches, limping, or otherwise invalid. They were just FAACKING LAZY.

As I said, 'Things that irk me far more than they should'.

Moving on - check out some photos I shot this weekend, including a gigantic treated cow skull, portraits of Wayne and Sharon, and their two dogs Riley and Moe.








All photos shot with a Hasselblad 500CM and CF Zeiss Planar 80mm lens, on Kodak Tri-X 400. Souped in Rodinal 1+24, at 68 def. F for 7:30min.