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Vancouver / Canada · 2019   winter murder
 

 

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   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.

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a glimpse

Pride parade in Montreal, Canada

 
glimpse: PRIDE | Who better to judge whom not to judge than those who don’t judge, who see what is, not what ought to be in the eyes of those who judge?


 

Honest Ed discount store Toronto

 

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 strike in Montreal, Canada
Tulips at the Botanical Garden in Montreal, Canada

 
Climate March, Montreal / Canada · 2019   activism in motion

 
Montreal / Canada · 2019   tulip tricks

 

 

 

 

 

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places / stories

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Quebec / Its Own Canada

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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.



 

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Mont-Tremblant / Canada · 2016   fair enough



 

 
Lusk Caves / Canada · 2016   cave crew



 

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Montreal / Canada · 2016   living in boxes



 

Wooden pole in Montreal, Canada

 
Montreal / Canada · 2019   the messages that were



 

climate protest in Montreal, Canada

 
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.



 

Special Olympics for differently abled kids

 
Montreal / Canada · 2019   Special Olympics, Samuel Center for Social Connectedness



 

Welcome Session for refugees in Canada
Welcoming refugees in Canada

 
Montreal / Canada · 2019   Welcome Session for Refugees, Samuel Center for Social Connectedness



 

 
Montreal / Canada · 2019   Welcome Hive for Refugees, Samuel Center for Social Connectedness



 

photos | essays

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 VIOLENCEsee more

Autumn foliage at the Old Port of Montreal, Canada

 
Montreal / Canada · 2016   bleeding trees



 

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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.


 

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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.



 

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Niagara Falls / Canada · 2016   misty drapes



 

 
Niagara Falls / Canada · 2016   yellow goofballs



 

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BC / You Gotta B to C

Downtown Vancouver Skyline, British Colombia

 
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.



 

autumn foliage in Vancouver, Canada

 
Vancouver / Canada · 2019   changing dresses



 

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Newfoundland / Idle Idyll

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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.

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Newfoundland / Canada · 2016   hiking highway



 

Fishing town in Newfoundland, Canada

 
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016   passing through a town or two



 

Blue wooden house in St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada

 
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.



 

Coast at dusk in Newfoundland, Canada

 
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016   rough rock



 

A woman standing on cliffs in Newfoundland, Canada

 
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016   sea for one



 

Sunset in Newfoundland, Canada

 
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016   fire sea



 

Cliffs and the sea in Newfoundland, Canada

 
Newfoundland / Canada · 2016   cliffs dressed in shrubs



 

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Nova Scotia / Canada's Coastal Suburb

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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.



 

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PEI / About that

Flowers and forest in PEI, Canada

 
PEI / Canada · 2016   color-coded



 

Can't say that I know much or feel much about PEI - can I offer you some pictures?



 

Historic house in PEI, Canada

 
PEI / Canada · 2016   a restaurant if you can afford it

 

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