Mar 31, 2015

31 Today

In one of the few traditions that I've maintained since launching this site in 2007, I figured it was necessary to announce in a blog post (once again) that today is my birthday - my 31st. Wow, I'm an adult! If I'm honest, the celebrations have mellowed over the years, however it's always nice having an excuse for get-togethers. I've enjoyed a bunch of small hangouts leading up to my birthday, which has been fun and relaxed.  

The trip to Hawaii this month was a nice celebration with my family, so I didn't put a whole lot of thought into my birthday once I got back. My birthday present to myself was renting that Bentley in Oahu anyway. A few drinks, a few dinners, a few friends, and that's all I really need. I did get a birthday slurpee - although if you know anything about me, finding time for a slurpee is part of my daily routine. The candles were a nice touch though.

Mar 30, 2015

Stephanie Jonsson's Medalta Residency

I recently had the opportunity to shoot a video with Stephanie Jonsson who is currently doing a residency at Medalta here in Medicine Hat, Alberta. She showed me her studio, some of her latest work, and discussed her plans for an upcoming exhibition. Check out the new video below, and show some support for Stephanie's new Indiegogo campaign to help her with her exhibition and residency. You can also see more of her work by exploring her website here.

Mar 27, 2015

Inside the Cabazon Dinosaurs

The novelty of two large dinosaurs along the California interstate is made even better when you realize that you can go inside both of them. On my recent road trip through Southern California I thought I'd explore the Cabazon Dinosaurs again (more thoroughly this time) and capture a few more images from inside the iconic Apatasaurus and T-Rex next to the former Wheel Inn Restaurant. Read more about why I made the return trip here. 

Gift shop inside "Dinny" the Apatosaurus. 

The small lookout inside the T-Rex head.

Mar 26, 2015

Aloha Hawaii (2015)

This month I enjoyed a dream vacation with my family to Oahu, Hawaii. It's been years since I've traveled abroad with my parents and siblings, hence we decided to really make this trip count. We all stayed at the same hotel on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, and from there enjoyed a full week of wining, dining, and unforgettable adventures. 

I didn't film too much, but I wanted to capture enough to create a brief promo for the photo series I'll be sharing in the weeks ahead. From sailing on the ocean to a beachfront luau, we made time for all of the classic Hawaiian activities. On a day away from the family I arranged to rent myself a $200K Bentley Continental GTC to road trip around Oahu. All things combined, it was an amazing week with my family that I won't soon forget.

Stay tuned for the new photo series in the weeks ahead, and in the meantime check out my new video featuring sunset sails, hula and fire dancers, and winding coastal roads through paradise.

Mar 24, 2015

Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles: Part 1

I find Hollywood Boulevard to be one of the most fascinating places in Los Angeles. It's a clash of everything tacky and glamorous, rich and poor, old and new. Here you'll find links to the golden age of Hollywood, where landmarks have been re-imagined, transformed, and squeezed for any drop of relevance they may or may not actually have. It's a visual smorgasbord of pop culture where the fantasy of the movies collides with the real world of those trying to get a taste. 

I spent the night wandering, chatting with strangers, and tasting craft beers at the various bars that caught my attention. I explored the Chinese Theatre and the Dolby at Hollywood and Highland. In the end I was just playing in the fantasy too. The first picture I snapped was of this musician walking across Alfred Hitchcock's star on the Walk of Fame. He was just a few paces in front me. It was a great snap, but I found myself so caught up in what I was doing that I didn't realize until I got home and looked at the image again that the friend he was walking with was actually homeless and had no shoes on. To me, that's Hollywood Boulevard in a nutshell. Iconic, but so full of distractions that sometimes the obvious just kind of blends in.