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Pictograms: Earthship (Lomo photo + watercolour)

Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (with annotations)
Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (1, with annotations)

Snapped with Lomo La Sardina (sardine can) camera – some pics by Jamielee Eldridge – of my old VW bus (dubbed “The Earthship”) which is now a bus sauna at Mangy Moose Lodge in Big Cottonwood Canyon, Utah. Pics stuck to watercoloured paper, annotated or otherwise embellished and mailed to folks.

Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (2)
Pictogram: EarthShip VW bus (2)

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Healing: Story of a bath in Chiang Mai, Thailand

a view of bathtub at Rainforest Boutique hotel in Chiang Mai, Thailand – this time phot’d with a slice of papaya

Along my healing journey, I’ve traveled to many countries seeking treatment and relief. In my condition with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis, my energy is very low and I’m easily overwhelmed by the lights, sounds, commotion… and then i crash and am stuck in bed with pain and delirious exhaustion (which depletes neuro-transmitters leading to mood ummm swings).

me, bathmode

All of these conundrums make travel by conventional means very difficult. As such, I strategically rely on quiet calm rooms with bathtubs for recovery after long periods of travel. I travel with various items to make myself care more affective and pleasurable, particularly during these hot, therapeutic baths.

These items (can/often) include:

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Remembrance Day 2016 in Fort Kochi / Cochin, Kerala – B&W Lomo photos

Bicycle and tree at park foreshore of Mahatma Gandhi beach
Bicycle and tree at park foreshore of Mahatma Gandhi beach

Visual observations on Remembrance Day in Fort Kochi / Cochin, Kerala, including: St. Francis Church (India’s first European church built in the 15th century by Catholic Portuguese and later re-consecrated by Protestant Dutch); a Cenoptah commemorating Armistice of “Great War” in 1918; and, an historic Dutch cemetery. Inside church is where remains of Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gamma were interred for several years before being repatriated by his son. Also captured are a nearby former armoury and parade ground, as well as Mahatma Gandhi Beach with myriad fishing boats and Chinese fishing nets. All of which i found to be contemplative metaphors for Remembrance Day.

Note: Snapped Lomo cork-covered, “sardine can” camera with expired b&w film (posted with very minor corrections).

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Journal: Initiate’s Journey for Scrounge Lounge (for Pete in Austin)

Greetings from Elsewhere: Created for Pete Word who provided safe haven in time of turmoil for a lost healing battered confused version.

Journal: Initiate's Journey for Scrounge Lounge 
Journal: Initiate’s Journey for Scrounge Lounge 

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Guest book at Ceningan Resort on Nusa Cenengan, Bali, Indonesia

No secret that I love to make scrapbooks – both building them and filling them – and sometimes even encourage my friends to do so. In this case, Robert Scales made one as a guestbook for his resort in Bali.

I gave it a little tuneup and encouragement and then, it lived at the bar and was filled with wonderful words until… One day, the bar burned down and sadly, the book with it (plus all kinds of great ephemera he had collected from world travels including loads from his home province in Quebec, unlike the booze, irreplaceable objects d’ art). I’m glad some of these comments are preserved digitally as well as the Curious George cover and board-game backboard.

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Memory Photo Book for Senpai Mac Kobayashi

From Mac Kobayashi, Okayama, Japan

今日、Daveより嬉しい手紙と贈り物が届きました。23年前に、ここで一緒に過ごした時の写真がなく、記憶だけの思い出だと思っていたけれど、彼が古いBOXの中から見つけたくれた。そしてアルバムにして送ってくれました。ありがとう、Dave。若かりし頃の僕達、亡き妻と1歳前の娘。はぁ~、泣けてくるじゃないか(T_T)

Just arrived a wonderful letter & gift from Dave. Maybe I think I lost or wasn’t taken the photos of our good old days that we having time together 23 years ago. But he found it in his old box. Thank you Dave. You and me, my wife and daughter 1-year-old before. So nostalgic feeling.

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Tragically Hip: Man Machine Poem tour kickoff, Victoria / artifacts, setlist

Dave with Tragically Hip “Man, Machine, Poem” tour kick-off ticket
Pal Julian (L) finds his kindred doppleganger (hockey sweater speaking anyhow)

 

Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 1
Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 1 – with annotations
Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 2 – with annotations
Tragically Hip, Victoria, BC, July 22nd, 2016 setlist, part 3 – with annotations

Collection: Photo booth dress-up fun at Social Media Camp (Victoria, 2016)

Photo booth fun: I'm looking everywhere for you
Photo booth fun: I’m looking everywhere for you

I’m a sucker for fun photos with costumes. As such, while presenting at Social Media Camp in Victoria in 2016, I availed myself of the promotional photo booth and dug into the provided tickle trunk, plus added a few items I had on hand, to create this series of photos to craft characters and story.

Photo booth fun: bags packed, on a safari to find you
Photo booth fun: bags packed, on a safari to find you

Presented individually, then as they appeared in strips for the record  (in case you want to print and trade with your friends).

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Collection: Assembled binders, journals, notebooks etc.

Assembled stacks of journals, notebooks, binders and so on, documented before stashing in suitcases and putting in a storage locker to be explored another time.

Collection: Scrapbooks, Journals and Notebooks (view 1)
Collection: Scrapbooks, Journals and Notebooks (view 1)
Collection: Details of items stored in binders, e.g.: personal ephemera, i.e. certificates, awards, news clippings, misc artifacts
Collection: Details of items stored in binders, e.g.: personal ephemera, i.e. certificates, awards, news clippings, misc artifacts

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Scrapjournal: “lost west coast” / medical notes, mantras, survival tips, ephemera

Compiled during a lost period, the memories of which are as foggy and blurry as the snaps as i wandered places as cursively sloppy as the scribbles within. Remnants of medical appointments, medications schedules, mail ordered items, lists, journals, poetry, dreams, nightmares and talismans of hoping for peace and healing or just rest or maybe contentment. 

The book itself is my “usual style” of a board game backer board, calendar paper front cover (Audrey Hepburn obv) and a variety of heavy stock sewn within using a Japanese sidebinding style. 

Also coasters, cards, travel/ticket stubs and oddments to help retrace steps like paper breadcrumbs. Seems a wander from Washington to Oregon to Pacifica (CA) with sojourns to Logan (UT) and Austin (TX). I recall fleeting snippets and folks whom i am grateful to. 

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