Poster for Ryan Furlong’s film Dead Flowers.
Is it possible to have digital nostalgia? Had a chance to revisit my first foray into digital photography, using a 3 megapixel (!) Nikon Coolpix. This small photo essay represents a 3 week road trip through California, and also touching upon Nevada and Arizona. I saw the most beautiful landscapes I have ever witnessed, as well the the most harrowing and honest art in the form of the Vietnam War Memorial in Sacramento. It is this juxtaposition that makes California such a vivid environment for photography. It feels like a long lost home to me. Every camera has a character, a tonality, and sometimes you can use it’s imperfections to your benefit.
I’ve been designing a suite of projects for west coast company Overinteractive Media Inc. They are launching a gaming/video/social networking site entitled dimeRocker. We started with branding for both the company and the site, utilizing the touchstones of vibrant colour, convergence, movement and youth, with nods to both retro and futurism.
These photos were published in the winter edition of Brick, a Literary Journal. Brick is a fantastic read, and this isssue has an interview from one of my favorite film directors, Werner Herzog. The photos are from a series of 120 photos which will accompany a new record entitled Healthy Distance, coming out this year. They come from my cycling reconnaissance of the local 100 kilometer radius. I was preyed upon by multiple farm dogs and strange weather patterns, so these are almost like war photos to me. Expect news soon on the Healthy Distance project .
Catching up with posts after some weary travels. Here is an illustration I did for my favourite monthly music mag Exclaim! The article was about the yearly Red Bull Music Academy sessions, this year in Barcelona, Spain. It brings together musicians young and old and encourages their worlds to collide in discussion and creation. And get amped up on free Red Bull . . .
If you are in the Greater Golden Horseshoe area on Friday September 12th, please come out to the Glued Music Poster Retrospective hosted by The Assembly. Prints will be available for order, and rock and roll fun will be had. It runs from 7-11pm, with an afterparty hosted at The Casbah (306 King St West).
Had the pleasure of designing a site for Penguin Publishing and it’s release of Lee Henderson’s novel The Man Game. Lee also wrote the fantastic collection of stories The Broken Record Technique. It is an ode to rescued documents, Vaudeville era graphics and undiscovered sports.
And now, the continued journey through Thailand in Part Two of the Asia Bureau photography series.
This is part one of a two part photo essay comprised of film photography shot in Asia. Starting electric and vibrant in Japan, then shifting and saturated into Thailand, this series is a colour rich exploration in the cultures of the east. Both trips were taken at the end of the 20th century, with friends graphic designer Megan Oldfield (Japan) and director Chris Grismer (Thailand). Asia Bureau Part Two to appear soon.
Chroma is defined as the intensity of distinctive hue. This is a series, as expressed in the gallery above, about the exploration and widening of the colour spectrum within my work. I am greatly intrigued by the power of colour, how it draws attention and emotional response. The gallery above shows a technique of transforming photography, and the shifting of spectrums, to which colour palettes are born to be used within possible projects. These in particular have the feel of colour by numbers paintings. Some images stand on their own, abstracted and filtered to reveal multiple possibilities within a photo, like digitally micro-waving a tree to expose a totem inside.
I lived in the Little Korea area of Toronto for a few years, and these photos are from a 24 hour period during the 2002 World Cup. It was hosted by Korea and Japan, and I had never been witness to such immense national pride and joy. Korea did quite well in the World Cup, even toppling the mighty Italy team. This is the aftermath of that epic battle. A sea of red.
Predictaments is a series of 50 prints that exhibited in Toronto and Montreal. The idea was to decay images enough to reveal new imagery within their destruction, and push the colours in both attractive and nauseating ways. An example of using software the wrong way for desired results.
Follow the Golden Cow . . .
Some photos from my trip to Havana, Cuba. An extremely vibrant city with the purest colours in the poorest places. While we were there a massive hurricane hit and stranded us there without power for days. Fantastic architecture in Old Havana, with remnants of 1950s America decaying through time. Viva Fidel.
Part of a larger series exploring colour combinations with organic mechanical shapes and lines.