Category Archives: Photos + Snaps

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

Books: Canoe Bookshelf in Nusa Ceningan (Summer 2019)

Books are my pals, even since a kid  – and sometimes books (by circumstance or convenience) are stashed at mysterious locales around the world.

Sometimes, i snap pics of the cache for future reference, sometimes they go to little /free libraries, sometimes into my “Liberated Literature” program. 

Regardless, sometimes, the bookcases and/or contents are captured for memory of spending time with friends in a still-life of sorts. As such, this dossier of evidence.

In this case, a case from Nusa Ceningan (made from an old canoe) from Summer 2019 reading, including usual assortment of Tolstoy Kerouac, plus an assortment of Vancouver-centric treats by Eve Lazarus, George Garrett and Grant Lawrence, a few Bali-specifics, Rumi’s romantic poetry, Ginsberg’s India Journal (1st edition, 1970) etc.

Note the canoe bookshelf is decorated with various insta-photos and travel / hotel luggage tags and a few paintings.

Floating lots of kites…

Floating lots of kites up to the sky to see which one the lightning strikes.

Note: taken in Arches National Park, 1991 with Alpa 35mm camera, film lost in a van for years and then developed by hand.

Danger is everywhere, not always warned so plainly.

Danger is everywhere, not always warned so plainly.

Note: For the record, I took this photograph with a Lomo “sardine can” cork-covered camera with expired black-and-white film in India

Books: Variety stack of gems / atop a piano

Another stack brought in from the kura barn to spark some goodness / Gary Snyder, Poets on Peaks, field guide to Cascadian trees, Douglas Coupland, David Byrne, Wes Anderson, Dr Suess, and Hergé (including some rare Tintin) / + snippets of paintings on our self-made wooden wall > all atop a piano on handmade cloth from island of Yap.

Baby Jar: unsure of price

as seen in Okayama shop window. no further details available 

Books: War and Peace / original and erstwhile “fan fiction”

Have you read “War and Peace”? Now is a pretty good time.

It’s rather enjoyable, but if you find Tolstoy’s original *too long*, both Lenin and I did “remix” or maybe “fanfiction” of the classic.

It’s one of the only things we have in common.

PS May I interest you in my “Letters from Russia” mixed media project? It was inspired by Tolstoy and written in the form of letters from someone in Napoleon’s army going into Russia in 1812 back home to his lady friend – All associated artifacts are within this archive.

Momo tree, intrepid tree blooms for the first time in our yard

Momo is Peach, a fruit for which Okayama is well-noted (including folktale Momtaro, the peach boy with his sidekicks – a pheasant and a monkey), anyhow, received the tree as a wedding perk from the city government. With chaos in the world, the intrepid tree blooms for the first time in our yard. Splendid. 

Vancouver culture trio / art snaps from the kura barn

Vancouver culture trio (as found in situ while sort-ganizing the kura barn at Tsuchida Cottage):

Seabus etching (gift from Jason Vanderhill)
Vancouver collage (by me) – so many easter eggs
(me in BTO t-shirt) and The Spores at Bumpers, Surrey, 1983 (by Bev Davies who gifted me print)

Diary: Recycling and Styling

After unpacking a load of stuff, had a heap of cardboard and packing paper to haul to the recycling station. So with my adorable pregnant wife in her “Miyazaki Poppins” hat and me in my newly found track suit loaded up in the K-truck (under 650cc mini pickup) and headed out in the “outside world”, ergo: 

I am the “K-truck gangster”, just being a boss at the recycling station.

Note: Yes, I am rather excited that the black/tartan Adidas Firebird track suit and Tam o’ shanter arrived in the shipping container, thank you for asking. Continue reading Diary: Recycling and Styling

Dial-up Pandemic

Well, the pandemic didn’t happen in the time of dial-up Internet so, there is that in the plus column.