Category Archives: Portraits of the Artiste

snaps of me (dave) in/at various disguises, ages, situation and circumstances – here for posterity (vanity only sorta)

Gold & Silver, Silver & Gold / daveo at Kyoto temples (years apart)

daveo / A few years apart Kyoto Temples in Japan Kinkaku-ji Ginkaku-ji

“Stake my future on a hell of a past
Looks like tomorrow is coming on fast
Ain’t complaining ’bout what I got
Seen better times, but who has not?

Silvio
Silver and gold
Won’t buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio
I gotta go
Find out something only… {snip’d}”

R. Hunter, B. Dylan

Family at Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto

Your Olson pals at Ginkaku-ji, Kyoto (wiki / map / inside kyoto) on a trip in April 2022.

Blurb: Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺, lit. “Temple of the Silver Pavilion”), officially named Jishō-ji (慈照寺, lit. “Temple of Shining Mercy”), is a Zen temple in the Sakyo ward of Kyoto, Japan. It is one of the constructions that represents the Higashiyama Culture of the Muromachi period.

Your Olson pals at Ginkaku-ji 

Note: I might start making this year’s festive holiday cards just because there is a great photo (taken by a stranger on an iPhone 5) *except i look a little bit chubby, Ichiro just woke up, Ryoko is perfect.

Jackpot! Pals in Vegas, 1992

Jackpot! I’m not gonna bother with any kind of explanation about this photo any further (except this was between a Grateful Dead show and a wedding – in between there were hot springs, at least 1 911 call, dodgy taxis, a few conundrums, and hi-jinks galore). i mean keep it classy fellas, this *is* Vegas after all.

tainting the reputation of the fair & decent city of Las Vegas, breaking the sedate harmony & understated charm. They shan’t be welcomed back i suspect.

Note: not available as an NFT or signed glossy prints at this time :) Fanny packs mandatory.

“Do you send postcards to yourself?” asked from Gion post office

Kyoto Gion Post Office, sending postcards (including to myself)

Do you ever send postcards to yourself? It’s a really good idea.

You can remember bits and pieces of your travel along the way and when you return, you have memories ready made for archiving in a scrapbook, shoebox or other collage.

Anyhow, i do. In this instance from Kyoto Gion Post Office, sending several cards – including to myself – as well as buying a few commemorative postcards and special stamps.

Also in this case, ensuring the franking cancellation from this historic location was a curiosity.

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Memento: Sex Pistols air-band / Surrey, 1984

In “honour of“ Sex Pistols bio flick directed by Danny Boyle coming out on Disney+ (without the “blessing” of Johnny Rotten), may I present:

Me [R] in 1984 at a Surrey, BC, Canada church air band contest performing Sex Pistols’ Anarchy & God Save the Q with:

  • Kamel Gill, rip (vox) – later singer for AOT
  • Brad Rees (guitar) – best pal, irl multi-instrumentalist
  • Frank Baker (drums) – who went on to be a professional drummer and pilot

{C/Would’ve actually been a really good band ha ha}

We had a strobe light, some real drums & mic, cut guitars with a jigsaw out of real estate sign plywood >> spray painted and then smashed, kicked in the bass drum (made from a laundry basket obv), wore Vans & cut up jackets + tiger prints – did take the time to edit out a couple of the curse words #goodboy.

We did not win/

PS became a Clash fan

PPS Used this photo in an issue of VOM fanzine as a concert review calling the band the “Ultimate Trendies”

Brother Dan notes: I thought the guitars you smashed were styrofoam. Like you had a 2nd set you swapped to at the end. I was there but didn’t make the photo…

Reply: You might be correct brother… If that’s the case, I wish I still had those plywood guitars, they were pretty sweet

VW Suana, Hot Tub, Prayer Flags (also daveo)

just settle in and everything will be alright…

Handy when the psychedelic VW bus sauna, hot tub, and other time travel portals are all conveniently next to each other with the prayer flags.

As seen at Mangy Moose / Scraggly Squirrel ski cabins, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. Thanks Honi and Dave!

{loads more from this visit to come in another post but in the meanwhile, check out the Lomo photo pictogram cards}

photo: Adam Burningham

 

Diary: Dialing in Specs, more or less…

Took a few tries but getting fresh specs dialed in for my curious eyes.

Thanks to Kenji Nishida-san and his tiny optical boutique. Noting: he dresses exclusively in black like some kind of spectacle superhero

And one more (because I am a relentless cornball), this one here at the gallery with a cut out of the architect at this building which was once the prefectural office and now endless white corridors and the hum of fluorescent lights and ventilators

Memo: 7 year with this green Mavili cap

Posing at Lonsdale Quay with appropriate sign behind

Celebrating seven years with this fine handmade Mavili hat. Alas the scarf is lost along the way, busted this jacket out recently though. Oh and those glasses got smashed in a crash.

I’m a sucker for quality hats and was happy to score another beauty from the old master himself.

Collection: Hats, etc. – Mavili (Georgia via Canada), green, flat
Collection: Hats, etc. – Mavili (Georgia via Canada), green, flat

Since then, I’ve purchased a bunch of his hats and scarves and found them to be well-made, durable, stylish and warm when needed.

Other evidence no doubt contained in this archive. Though I doubt he’s still working and making at his humble booth at Lonsdale Quay, North Van.

Same hat & face, different specs & scarf

Healing Journal: 7 years, so much between

As it goes, a photo from 2013 popped into rotation today: me as usual with beard, specs and art in the background so… I snapped another quick similar pose and noted that despite the hard miles of these last seven years – all the hospitals, all the treatments, all the medication, all the stopping medications, all the loss (name it), so many dear ones passing, at least four concussion level falls & crashes (Vancouver, Adelaide, Pacifica, Chiang Mai), so much being gone gone gone lost (not wanting to be found), finding myself in harms way intentionally and otherwise, some terrible decisions, some great decisions, looking anywhere for home, not wanting to be home, forgetting about home – so many > too many places – and then somehow found – with all of “that”, I don’t look all that worse for wear.

The Buddha is quoted as saying, “to gain anything, first you must lose everything” I did and then found out that Buddha never said that – (dang *experts*). Regardless, some of what I lost, I picked back up, other parts I left behind.

Seven years which felt like 17, and i’m only scratched & dented gently & mostly on the inside. It’s good for poetry if nothing else.

70 more to go. Still. At least.

PS Noting that there was a lot of damage and a lot less smiling in “the between years”. Might share at some point, but just came here to say thanks for all your kind words and support. Almost convinced I’m worth it 🙂

#daveo50 ~ 16.8.2020 (4 variations) #fini

#daveo50 ~ 16.8.2020 / solo / with hat, 1

#daveo50 ~ 16.8.2020 /solo /  with hat, 2

Project: Upon turning 50 years old on August 16, 2020, Dave Olson (me, hello) is posting a photo (or maybe photos) a day / per year – starting with 1970 and ending with this dispatch.

Thank you for your perceived interest and erstwhile support.

Fondly, dvo/UW, Tsuchida Cottage. 

#daveo50 ~ 16.8.2020 / family / with spectacles

#daveo50 ~ 16.8.2020 / family / no spectacles