Vancouver / Canada · 2019 winter murder
I've given Canada years, and it's given me some of the most worthwhile things one can do with years. It was an accident at first, then home, then heart. A big heart and one I want to come back to, tiny me, a vessel traveling the veins of the larger body, a body with many hearts.
glimpse: PRIDE | Who better to judge whom not to judge than those who don’t judge?
glimpse: HONEST | Retail is the last link in the supply chain, where merchandise meets consumer. Its history in brief: markets (outdoor, indoor ~ 10,000 years) → stores / shopping centers (specialty, warehouse, discount, department / mall, arcade, precinct ~ 2,000 years) → mail order (catalogue, TV, online ~ 180 years). Evidently, the major transformations of retail have been few over the millennia and none of its channels are extinct as of today. Still, there are rapid transitions in the details and what’s inventive today will be old hat tomorrow. Iconic discount store Honest Ed’s (1948 – 2016) in Toronto could no longer keep up with the pace of Walmart, Amazon & Co; but no matter how long their day in the sun, eventually it will come to an end as well – history says so and history is honest.
glimpse: 3.6√h | To me, no distance on earth is greater and yet more tangible than an ocean’s horizon. Without obstructions, the eyes seem to wander endlessly far, yet, without obstructions, endlessly far is just a beeline away. No turns, no zigzagging – New York vis-à-vis Lisbon if it wasn’t for atmospheric distortion and this little formula acknowledging the globe’s bulged belly: 3.6√h. Put in your eye level for h and you’ll see how little you actually see: at sea level, your horizon will be less that 5 km away, unless you are a giant. A person of 1.70 m, standing on a 10 m cliff, will be looking at 12 km. Even climbing an ocean front Everest wouldn’t get you past the 340 km mark. On the bright sight, if you ever wondered what’s beyond the horizon, your answer might be nearer than you think. And, on the very bright sight, the stars on any clear night are witnesses to your eyes’ phenomenal vision: after all, you’re able to see something that is light-years away – trillions of kilometers – as long as the light source is big or strong enough.
glimpse: FOOL | Yesterday, I was only a fool. Today, I'm a fool who learned that he was a fool yesterday. Maybe tomorrow I'll be a fool who learns that he's still a fool. And, if I can help it at all, the day after tomorrow I'll be a fool who’ll learn that he'll still be a fool the day after.
Climate March, Montreal / Canada · 2019 activism in motion
Montreal / Canada · 2019 tulip tricks
places / stories
Quebec / Its Own Canada
Quebec City / Canada · 2016 clutter
Half of Quebec wants Quebec to be its own place because it is its own place. The other half wants it to be Canada because it is Canada.
Mont-Tremblant / Canada · 2016 fair enough
Lusk Caves / Canada · 2016 cave crew
Montreal / Canada · 2016 dystopia now
Montreal / Canada · 2019 the messages that were
Climate March, Montreal / Canada · 2019 WORST HOUSEWARMING EVER
In Montreal I can be myself, whoever that may be at a given time. I can live any sort of life there and most days I live a few. A culture life, a nature life, a love life. Grazing on this rainbow of neighborhoods, I've lived in nine different apartments, from Point St Charles to the Mile End, and my feet have touched many more, always with a big smile from toe to toe. I could live in Montreal for some centuries without getting bored, but of course Montrealese winters are excessive. Having only ever pinched the rest of the country, my Canada is Montreal.
Montreal / Canada · 2019 Special Olympics, Samuel Center for Social Connectedness
Montreal / Canada · 2019 Welcome Session for Refugees, Samuel Center for Social Connectedness
Montreal / Canada · 2019 Welcome Hive for Refugees, Samuel Center for Social Connectedness
BLACK LIVES MATTER
NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE
"PLEASE I CAN’T BREATHE.” Who polices the police? ONE RACE HUMAN RACE. HUMAN RIGHTS AREN’T DEBATABLE. I WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND BUT I STAND! USE YOUR WHITE PRIVILEGE TO END WHITE PRIVILEGE. SILENCE IS VIOLENCE. see more
Montreal / Canada · 2016 bleeding trees
Ontario / A Little Faster
Toronto seemed a little faster than Montreal, a little busier and frigider. Wasn't for me per se, but wasn't not for me either. Good memories of Korea town and its surroundings.
Toronto / Canada · 2016 smeared shadow
Toronto / Canada · 2016 scooty
When you added all these goofballs wrapped in ponchos, Niagara Falls were a bit too silly to be majestic, but A for effort.
Niagara Falls / Canada · 2016 misty drapes
Niagara Falls / Canada · 2016 yellow goofballs
BC / You Gotta B to C
Vancouver / Canada · 2019 downtown mirror
If Montreal is the heart and Toronto the mind, then Vancouver is whatever comes out when you put those two in a blender.
Vancouver / Canada · 2019 changing dresses
Newfoundland / Idle Idyll
Port Rexton / Only Passing Through: Unsung Towns of Unknown Dreams
the welcome delusion of scratching a place's surface without digging deeper
For it is in the unknown where imagination lives and in the foreigner’s head any town can tell any story.
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016 hiking highway
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016 passing through a town or two
St. John's / Canada · 2016 ever so blue
That accent worked. It sounded as far off as its place. "Newfinland" they'd pronounce it. Its own thing but without trying. I ordered the cod tongues, not taking that literally either, until they served me cod tongues. Very coastal, very fishermany – an idle idyll.
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016 rough rock
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016 sea for one
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016 fire sea
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016 cliffs dressed in shrubs
Nova Scotia / Canada's Coastal Suburb
Nova Scotia / Canada · 2016 that kind of town
Nova Scotia / Canada · 2016 that kind of home
Nova Scotia felt like a place where you'd want to start a family. Canada's coastal suburb. It made sense to experience it through the eyes and ties of someone who grew up there and who took us on a journey through her childhood home, where she caressed her memories, and we caressed her cats.
PEI / About that
PEI / Canada · 2016 color-coded
Can't say that I know much or feel much about PEI – can I offer you some pictures?
PEI / Canada · 2016 a restaurant if you can afford it
Office Prison Symmetry
behind bars: office or prison?
Looking at it from the outside, I can’t help seeing bars in the symmetry that comes with the sterile and institutional blueprints of office buildings around the world. see more
allures of the dark side
...for the daring nocturnal creatures among us, there is a deserted, silent world waiting after hours; and like moths we flutter towards its discoveries, wherever a speck of light flecks the darkness. see more
from the back alleys to the avenues and back
From across the pond a child had dreamt what are memories now. What the books and films and songs had suggested was all true – the cities were as vast as they were tall and their lights always a million more than fathomable, and all the expected unusual cars were parked in all the right alleys. see more