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Crab Island Has No Crabs

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June 8th, 2014 Permalink

These are from last year. The place is called Crab Island. There are no crabs.

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These are from last year. The place is called Crab Island. There are no crabs.

A break from travel photos

August 18th, 2013 Permalink

Time for a break from the travel photos. Here is a selection from a kindergarten graduation ceremony that I photographed in July. I did my standard edit on these, but the eagle-eyed will notice a few of these have some major scratches on them. I pulled a bone head move when I was drying the […]

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Time for a break from the travel photos. Here is a selection from a kindergarten graduation ceremony that I photographed in July. I did my standard edit on these, but the eagle-eyed will notice a few of these have some major scratches on them. I pulled a bone head move when I was drying the negatives and managed to put some decent scratches in about six frames on two rolls. It was because I was rushing. Something that I *know* I can’t do with film. That is not why I shoot film. Live and learn.

Germany and Laos.

August 4th, 2013 Permalink

No words this time. Just two from Laos and two from Germany.

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No words this time. Just two from Laos and two from Germany.

Hanoi Vietnam.

July 9th, 2013 Permalink

Welcome to Hanoi Vietnam. A great city to hang out in for a week while winding down the trip. I want to talk about my grandpa. I am not sure why, but he has been on my mind for a few days. Charles Gowen is a guy that I deeply respect and admire. He was […]

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Welcome to Hanoi Vietnam. A great city to hang out in for a week while winding down the trip.

I want to talk about my grandpa. I am not sure why, but he has been on my mind for a few days. Charles Gowen is a guy that I deeply respect and admire. He was a Navy man, fighting in the Korean war. His unit was part of the “Train Busters” who destroyed the supply train line on the mainland. He was stationed on the HMCS Crusader which had the highest number of “busts”. In 1977 while working a heavy equipment in Saskatoon, he discovered the oldest Saskatchewan Native site that happened to be 6,000 years old (Now called the Gowen Site). For years he was a pro-level golfer, winning tournaments as far back as I can remember (even having a dedicated trophy room in his house).

When I was young, in the winter, he’d take me out ice fishing. It was more fishing for him as I am pretty sure that I would just spend most of my time playing in the snow. In the summer, he’d take me out golfing at Foam Lake Golf and Country Club. I have fond memories of that place. My sister, cousins and I would spend practically all summer there. It was the first time that I had tonic water. My grandpa told me to get a drink out of the cooler and I thought the tonic water looked good. He asked if I was sure that I wanted that. I was adamant. I recall the initial taste was alike to old rubber bands and I am pretty sure most of it was poured on the fairway off of the golf cart than into my mouth.

Now that I am older and living across the world from him, I don’t get to spend the time with him that I would like. Every time I go home I revel in the fact that I get to spend time with him, listening to his old stories that I have heard many times, that I would gladly listen to thousands more. Tales of traveling to Hong Kong with the Navy, going on shore leave and other adventures that only come from living a full life. I even love listening to what many would call mundane, the birds that have appeared at his feeder, the state of the harvest around Elfros, and who was doing what in a town of less than 100 people.

I can’t wait to get back to Elfros again.

Castles and Snow

June 27th, 2013 Permalink

These shots were taken at Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen German, minus the photo of the people walking by the river, that was in Prague. It was a perfect day to go traipsing along a forest path to a castle. Fresh show, a partially cloudy day with big pillow-like soft clouds. This was also the day […]

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These shots were taken at Neuschwanstein Castle near Fussen German, minus the photo of the people walking by the river, that was in Prague. It was a perfect day to go traipsing along a forest path to a castle. Fresh show, a partially cloudy day with big pillow-like soft clouds. This was also the day that I learned not all cars on a German train go to the same place. For instance, the first car breaks off at one of the stops and then goes to a place that you were no intending to go, while cars two through seven go where you wanted to go. I got hopelessly confused and lost trying to get back to Munich. But the best part of not having a plan when you travel is that it really doesn’t matter if you get lost. Just roll with the tide and see what you can find. I eventually made it back to my hostel and celebrated with a cold pint of German beer. A fine day indeed.

All of these were shot with my ever-faithful companion, the Leica M2 with a voigtlander 35 1.4 on Arista Premium 400 film. Sorry for the bad scans. My scanner has some temperamental issues at times.

Island Paradise in Cambodia

June 5th, 2013 Permalink

I went to Cambodia with no real idea of what I wanted to do there. I had taken a flight from Vientiane Laos to Phnom Penh. All I knew is that I wanted to stay at a place called Eighty8 hostel and hang out at the Foreign Correspondents Club. I quickly heard of a place […]

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I went to Cambodia with no real idea of what I wanted to do there. I had taken a flight from Vientiane Laos to Phnom Penh. All I knew is that I wanted to stay at a place called Eighty8 hostel and hang out at the Foreign Correspondents Club. I quickly heard of a place called Koh Rong. I was told that it was an island paradise like Thailand, but how the Thai islands were 5 to 10 years ago; quiet, clean and undeveloped. I was sold. I got the Phnom Penh sights out of the way and a few days later I was on a bus headed to what would turn out to be one of the best parts of my trip.

A little background of my time is South East Asia. I had met some fantastic people at the start in Thailand. We traveled much of the North and into Laos together. One quickly realizes that there are only so many places to go and see in the compact area that is S.E. Asia and you end up running into the same travelers quite often. I ended up keeping in touch with a handful of the people I had met. Graham, a Canadian, was one of those people. He was a fantastic traveling partner. Adventurous, fun and entertaining.

I had traveled to the island alone and spent six days taking in the sun, surf and food. I would wake up and swim, eat breakfast, and read. The nights consisted of chatting with other travelers, and drinking beer while eating BBQ by the fire. After six days, I was getting ready to leave when I got a message that Graham, Brittany and Nadja were on their way to the island. It was settled, I had to stay.

Graham, an avid scuba diver, waxed poetic about the places that he had dived and the ocean life that he had seen. It sounded magical. The four of us were suntanning on the beach when we spotted a sign and a couple of suntanned beachheads. Try Scuba for free. It was a done deal. The girls and I gave it a shot and as soon as my 15 minute dive was finished, I knew that I would not be leaving the island until I was certified…

Poland, humble beginnings of a journey

June 2nd, 2013 Permalink

These photos are from Warsaw Poland. I had just left Canada after spending Christmas and New Years there (with a brief jump to the Dominican Republic for Amie and Clayton’s wedding) This was really what I considered the start of my trip even though I had been on the road for six weeks already. Despite […]

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These photos are from Warsaw Poland. I had just left Canada after spending Christmas and New Years there (with a brief jump to the Dominican Republic for Amie and Clayton’s wedding) This was really what I considered the start of my trip even though I had been on the road for six weeks already. Despite the repeated jet lag of long term travel, I had no problems getting motivated to go out and shoot. After all, the temperature was a good 25’C warmer than Saskatoon. The snow in the photos should be a good indication of just how cold Saskatoon was while I was there.

I feel that it takes a special kind of person to travel long-term. Packing away everything and living out of a backpack is both liberating and scary. This was not my first time doing it, not my second, not my third. It is something that I quickly became addicted to. I love the feeling of being on the road with no destination or plan in mind. For this trip, the furthest that I planned was booking a ticket to Warsaw, after that I let current situations and feelings dictate the course that my trip would take.

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The details. All shot with a Leica M2 with either a Voigtlander 35 1.4 or a nikkor 50 1.4 on Kodak Tri-X, developed in D76 1:1.