Category Archives: Photos + Snaps

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

Collection: Currency (variety, in action), vol. 2

Sri Lanka: rupee (variety, with Ayurvedic items)
Sri Lanka: Rupee (variety, with Ayurvedic items)

Once upon a time… humans moved away from bartering things and services on an ad hoc basis and came up with a default transaction medium which became known as money. First coins (well, maybe something before, likely made of clay) denominated by an arbitrary, yet commonly agreed-upon, value – often made of metals which were deemed to be rare/shiny/valuable.

Then after (perhaps admitting the arcane value of metals and needing something handier to tote around) eventually created paper bank notes – first with value attached to aforementioned shiny metals, then again arbitrarily assigned a transactional value by central banks and governments.

To me, this is neither here nor there, i really don’t have an opinion about the “importance” of money. Indeed, if you value such “wealth” so much, go forth and acquire in exchange for your time, talents or conniving – or simply create your own currency, print it and rally folks to desire it as a means of exchange. This is commonly done in form of community notes, “virtual” currencies (often managed by Blockchain tech), or even various commercial operations making notes, coupons or points systems.

Thai baht (20) with coins (various)
Thai baht (20) with coins (various)

My point in sharing this is: Very often, these banknotes – both contemporary or deprecated – are lovely specimens of design art and printing technology (granted the reason is usually to thwart counterfeit versions polluting the general population’s trust in the monetary system). I very much enjoy the loveliness of printing “things on substrates” – the values to me are non-important (aside when i need to purchase eggs and bacon) but rather the artistic-ness and the totems decided by a society to represent their culture/country (often historical figures of various repute, significant events, important buildings or cultural motifs) are a source of endless curiosity. Additionally, the stories the bills imbue, often soaked quite literally into the fibres, as well as the journey the note took to your hand or pocket and/or the travel one undertook to acquire… are what sparks my interest.

As such, i gather these notes, photograph for the historical record and my own amusement and, evidently, to share with you.

Thai baht (50) and USA dollar (1) and coins (various) - as shown with key (room 204) and Do Not Disturb sign (used)
Thai baht (50) and USA dollar (1) and coins (various) – as shown with key (room 204) and Do Not Disturb sign (used) – as photographed by Lomo

This is Volume Two of several in an on-going series, this round featuring notes in situ as it were in Sri Lanka, Thailand as well as a variety of banknotes in common use in USA, European Union and Indonesia.

Singapore: Dollar (5, 10, 50 – front)
Singapore: Dollar (5, 10, 50 – front)

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Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 7 (paintings, remix’d / G7)

Notes about Group of 7 and Coupland
here, this blurb tells all about DC and the G7 (which was a treat for me as i’d just published my mixed-media piece about Varley) – note to self: i need to get him a copy of the essays

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 7, Painting, remix’d/G7 (my title, not his). Note: some of these paintings were “technically only sorta” part the Coupland exhibit as i recall. I don’t know really.

G7 painting (Varley?)
“don’t take photo on the 2nd floor” i was instructed – but Varley never told me that, so…

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Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 6 (substrates)

QR code for the head
Coupland, “I wait and I wait and I wait for God to appear.”

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 6, Substrates (my title, not his).

Ziggy Stardust
ziggy played with blocks, building towers for the hulk and all of his friends

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Artifacts (youngtime): Bankbooks

Savings accounts, just for the bankbook…

I wasn’t a lad who obsessed over money by any means but kept a savings account from when I was a wee little dude primarily to receive a cute little notebook (and for a mandated reason for saving i shan’t discuss here). Then I discovered punk rock and removed all the money to buy records…

Here are two examples, one shiny gold and magnificent, the other similar aside from the horizontal layout and displayed in b&w for reasons unknown. There are others somewhere. I still love little notebooks and have little interest in banks (pun ha!).

Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 5 (cityscapes)

Cityscape of blocks
this project was crowd-sourced where folks built disparate parts, and DC assembled into a common aesthetic of a familiar architecture language

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 5, Cityscapes (my title, not his).

Rather dystopian cityscape
this dystopian cityscape look idyllic at first until you see catastrophe and impending danger everywhere

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Artifacts (youngtime): Ribbons from fairs, various

Ribbons: Science Fair, Prince Charles Elementary, various awards
Ribbons: Science Fair, Prince Charles Elementary, various awards

Somehow, these artifacts have survived through dozens of moves, various countries, storage lockers and culling of items. As such, they are now rather proudly displayed here for the historical record. At risk of presenting evidence of peaking early, i see these as polishing skills and preparing for future acts, including impending/current act  3 (but who’s counting?).

These are ribbons (obv) form various events (duh) including science fairs (detailed elsewhere in this archive), plus from collections and art displayed at NW Washington Fair in Lynden (our kin lived there and, as such we spent a lot of time there and participated in the fair).

Ribbons: N.W. Washington (Whatcom County) Fair, variety of awards
Ribbons: N.W. Washington (Whatcom County) Fair, variety of awards

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Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 4 (Canadiana)

Old school goalie mask
the kid who had one of these, played goal, whether he was good or not

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 4, Canadiana (my title, not his).

B&W TV showing parliament
CBC coverage of parliament – a communal experience for so many (and kinda like the TV we watched the World Cup on in Jamaica)

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Artifacts (youngtime): Athletic endeavours / various

What follows are various certificates and photos for sports-related activities from youngtime in Surrey, BC, Canada. Shared for no reason other than these items exist and survived, so must want to be shared. This is all.

Certificate: Run for Fun, Participation, 75km
Certificate: Run for Fun, Participation, 75km
Certificate: Physical Fitness Program, Gold Award (Fun n Fitness) - context otherwise unknown
Certificate: Physical Fitness Program, Gold Award (Fun n Fitness) – context otherwise unknown
Artifact: T-ball team photo, Surrey, 1977 (i’m bottom row, 2nd from right with specs and smile, ready to field ground balls)
Artifact: Dave as a young T-ball player (a short-lived activity due to lack of depth perception which made actual baseball ummm challenging)

Exhibit: Douglas Coupland mixed-media at VAG, vol. 3 (slogans)

Slogan, no longer remember my pre-internet brain
i recall the moment when my brain changed though

Evidence from mixed-media master Douglas Coupland’s exhibit at Vancouver Art Gallery – the assortment of items i captured from the wide-array of mediums he works with/in, are arranged into 7 volumes for convenience. This is volume 3, Slogans (my title, not his).

What if there was a drug that made you feel more like yourself?
would you have time to take it?

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Typewriter (etc) Variety Pack – Last Word Books, OlyWa

Stopped by the delightful Last Word Books in OlyWa (Olympia, Washington) – one of my faves in the world and holds loads of memories for me, as well as curates the “Uncle Weed Collection of Cannabis Books” (unofficial name). The location is onto the 4th in downtown Oly and is laden with both trad lit and all sorts of grassroots publications including from their in-house Last Word Press. Oh years ago they purchased the inventory of famed Port Townsend anarchistic publisher Loompanics iirc.

The proprietor Sky Cosby is as eclectic and energetic as they come running bookshop, publishing imprint/press, also circus activities, perma-culture homesteading and other renegade community activities and initiatives. Rather remarkable fella indeed.

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