Category Archives: Photos + Snaps

photo essays, stitched panorama, and other (often analog) photo-centric projects

Hey now Chicago!

In honour of Chicago Cubs baseball winning the World Series in dramatic fashion just a year after the Grateful Dead rocked Soldier field for 3 nights, i shared this snap of a visit to Wrigley Field from about 1988.

Double Elvis for Julian

This double #Elvis goes out to one of the few dudes who can *easily* kick my ass at the “… Yeah I saw that band back in…” Julian Hannabuss
Photos by Robert Scales
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Moab, Timp and other sundry Utah — Photo Collection

Ahoy! Rarely shared artifacts from wonderful times rambling the mountains and canyons and parties and dumps of Utah circa 1987-8.

1) Me and Dane Christensen at the Moab dump which is clearly the world’s most scenic (note this may be my most popular photo on Flickr and been invited to join all sorts of *interesting* groups)

At Moab, Utah landfill, world's most scenic

2) Me, barely 17 at the Fat Tire Festival in Moab (was this the first year?) Halloween Party dressed as Santa Claus. At that ti     me i did not have an awsum beard so i though the disguise would let me wrangle beers. Totally worked. Note the Nun and Priest in the background blessing my effort and the fact that this is a film selfie taken before many of your were born. ‪#‎oldskoool‬

Halloween at Moab Fat Tire Festival circa 1988

3) Next is “Scenic Tours VWs” – a personal fave remixed over the year starting with a shot of Lin Ottinger’s infamous fleet of split-window/23 window VWs which would roam the Canyonlands long before the thrings of motorhomes, lycra-clad knuckleheads and 2 storey buildings came to Moab. Tis surrounded with other buses i’ve loved, admired, drove and encountered.

Collage of VW featuring Lin Ottinger's Canyonlands Tour buses

4) Back to Fat Tire Fest and Halloween where Brandon G Kiggins and I did the very bare minimum for costumes with drugstore purchases of Mr. T and, i dunno, some space warlord of some kind. I don’t recall bringing a bicycle that year, just a fake ID and a desire for chaos.

Halloween at Moab Fat Tire Fest

5) Mt. Timpanogos towers over Utah Valley (AKA Happy Valley) and is famous for it’s caves, a perpetual ice field, wild mountain goats and is a relatively easy day climb to the summit for hearty folks. Me and pals and brother Bob  rambled up this peak from every direction, season and circumstance. Amazed and taken by the splendour at the top, i posed in naught but my tan hide and gazed at the valley below.

Free and nekkid atop Timanogos

6) I wasn’t always nekkid atop Mt. Timp, on a windy day, brother Bob and I captured the successful summit attempt in front of the surveying shack which allows theodolites to calibrate Boyd Christensen correct me if i’m wrong here). Either way, a windy day but two ruggedly attired (exclusively from Deseret Industries thrift stores) disciples of Smoke Blanchard posed for a pic to send to our Dad (RIP).

Atop Timanogos Mountain, Utah circa 1987

PS Dane, Eli Morrison or Brandon Kiggins – do any of you have a recording of the Devil Lives in Moab by The (infamous) Trees?

UW40 Pig Roast Party Round-up

Dave Olson's 40th Birthday Party Invitation

Dave's front door/party invite #uw40

John Biehler’s photostream / Tags / uw40

More from @uncleweed-stock #uw40

Here Piggy Piggy #uw40

Me and the birthday boy, @uncleweed #uw40

Dave at "UncleWeedStock" aka UW40 :-) ! 20100814_044.jpg

Dave Olson's 40th Birthday Bash

Operation Birthday Pig - Dave Olson

Operation Birthday Pig - Dave Olson

Operation Birthday Pig - Dave Olson

Operation Birthday Pig - Dave Olson

Owly Images

Dave Olson's 40th Birthday Party Invitation

@UncleWeed's bash, there's @kk and sun and fun on Twitpic

Douglas Coupland mixed-media exhibit (with Varley) at VAG

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – especially enjoyed seeing his journals/notebooks/etc from student days and the wide-array of mediums he works with/in.

Museum blurb below slideshow:

“Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything” is the first major museum exhibition of the artist’s work and will be presented at the Vancouver Art Gallery from May 31 – September 1, 2014. Deftly capturing the spirit of the age—or, as the artist refers to it, “the 21st century condition”—Douglas Coupland’s ideas are often encountered on the written page. But the themes he explores in his writing have appeared in his artwork as early as the 1980s when he was a student at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design. In this survey of Coupland’s work, we encounter his incisive social analysis in a variety of forms including installation, painting, photography, prints, sculpture, quilts and wallpaper. His synthesis of contemporary events, popular culture, new technologies and art historical references―that range from the paintings of Emily Carr and the Group of Seven to the Pop sensibility of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein―resists an identifiable style. By incorporating everyday materials and objects and referencing images that have become culturally iconic, he probes the way that things, images and processes of contemporary life affect our understanding of the world around us.

 

THE BACKSTAGE RIDER- PHOTOS/WORDS: Mike Watt and the Missingmen

Posted by Mikala   @   27 April 2011

“I’m not even sure how you describe that,” said Dave, aka Uncle Weed, after Mike Watt had ripped through one of his songs so quickly we were certain his fingers had turned to butter and his bass strings melted along with ‘em. And that’s sayin’ something. Uncle Weed is a MAHOOSIVE Watt fan.

Raul and Mike Watt, Mikala Taylor/BackstageRider.com

So, Mike Watt an’ his Missingmen (who are drummer Raul Morales and guitar wizard Tom Watson – last seen also backing up a solo Lou Barlow) were in town. They played at lightnin’ fast speeds through the third part of Watt’s life opera (and latest album) Hyphenated Man, thanked the city of Vancouver fer comin’ out on a weeknight during a tense Game 7 of a hawkey game (‘Nucks v. Hawks), and made a poignant dedication to Poly Styrene who passed away the other day.

Source: THE BACKSTAGE RIDER- PHOTOS/WORDS: Mike Watt and the Missingmen

Train to Brighton – a gallery on Flickr

Train to Brighton – a gallery on Flickr

Canadian Fireworks in Vancouver

Night 2 of the 2007 Celebration of Light – this time Canada was a go and we viewed from the beach in Dundarave, a village area in West Vancouver on the North Shore.

Here are a few highlights with a full set on Flickr – Canada Fireworks in Vancouver.

Canadian Fireworks from Dundarave

Canadian Fireworks from Dundarave

Canadian Fireworks from Dundarave

Canadian Fireworks from Dundarave

Vancouver Fireworks Pics as per Northern Voice spiel

With my semi-useful blurb in Scoble’s vidcast of KK’s Northern Voice photography schtick yesterday, thought i’d point you to my kick-a$$ fireworks pics in case you missed ’em. The shots are from three separate shows – the Chinese, Mexicans and Czechs. Be sure to stay tuned for this year’s performances which are now a go due to the largess of some corporation or other.

czech fireworks from cypress

Here are a few more faves to get you started … plenty more to enjoy. View the details to get the shutter speed and aperture settings.