A very pretty and well-kept home in the Village of Arishiyama on the edge of Kyoto. Once again we have a bicycle left unattended with just a flimsy lock on the back wheel. Not the 40lb chain and a telephone pole that you need to keep your bike safe in Vancouver (and then they’d still […]
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I saw a lot of beautiful places on my most recent trip across Canada. But my jaw dropped open and stayed open as we drove into the storybook town of Peggy’s Cove, Nova Scotia. This is absolutely one of the most stunning and unique places on the planet.
Just a small piece of one of the many beautiful temples in Kyoto, Japan. At the risk of sounding sappy and dramatic, My heart longs to visit this country again. Japan is one of the most modern countries in the world, and yet it has a wonderful reverence for its culture and history that I […]
Despite knowing ahead of time that it was a cheesy tourist trap, I did visit the famous Tokyo Tower while in Japan. I did not pay to go up it, nor did I find it particularly photogenic up close. Just my opinion, but I found this bicycle in a nearby parking lot much more interesting. […]
This is one of my favourite shots from my time in Kyoto. The sunlight was landing in just the right way. I was so happy to have my super-wide lens which allowed me to stand right in front and still get everything in the frame. That was important because there were so many people around […]
Sometimes it feels like someone set up a shot just for me to find. This was one of those occasions. Yeah, I’m gonna get all artsy fartsy about it. I just love the trio of textures on the walls and ground, all converging with the bicycle all alone in the foreground. If you don’t like […]
There are actually hundreds of statues at Zojo-ji Temple. I wrote a bit about them in my previous post. I am unsure what this one represents, but I’m a sucker for complementary colours.
Zojo-ji Temple on Tokyo is the family temple of the Tokugawa Shoguns that ruled Japan from 1600 until 1868. If you’re like me, you know them better as the fictionalized Toranaga Shoguns in James Clavell’s novels Shogun and Gaijin (amazing books, read them!). The Garden of Unborn Children lines one side of the temple. The […]
There are so many cities that are completely dead at night. The office workers go home to the suburbs and there’s no one left. Tokyo is definitely not one of those cities. All through the night it’s bright and full of activity. Like this restaurant in the Shibuya neighbourhood. Of course, that’s really a generalization. […]
I don’t know if it’s a universal tendency, or if it’s just me, but when I travel to a new city I can’t help but relate it to cities I have been to before. So while wandering Tokyo, I was always catching myself saying things like, “this is like the ________ of ________”. And that’s […]
Yes, it’s true. I was completely fascinated with all the vending machines in Japan. My wife was alternately amused and annoyed because I couldn’t resist trying something new almost every time we encountered one (or, more usually, a group of them). This habit probably has something do with how I managed to stay fat in […]
I only got to spend a single evening in Madison, Wisconsin, but from what I saw it was a very charming little city. If Wikipedia is to be believed (and it often isn’t), Madison is one of the safest cities in America, with almost Canadian levels of crime and murder. It also has a very […]
Taking a break once again from all my Japan photos to post this one from New York City. This is, of course, the centrepiece of Strawberry Fields in Central Park.
Pokemon is quite popular in Japan. I know, surprising, right? This particular scene was just across the street from a Yodobashi Camera store. Oh how I miss Yodobashi Camera. A big box store that has actually has everything, not just the baseline consumer models that can be easily sold to the masses (with an extended […]
I don’t think I could ever get tired of photographing this beautiful woman. Sometimes she’s a reluctant model, but she always humours me and my photographer ways. Just another day at Granville Island, Vancouver, BC.
The photos that illustrate this post are bad. I’ll explain exactly why at the end. It’s no secret that film photography is experiencing a resurgence over the past few years. It’s moved beyond just the hipster “Lomographer” crowd, more and more photographers are rediscovering film or, in some cases, discovering it for the first time. […]
One thing that is rare (as far as I saw) in Tokyo compared to western cities is grime and graffiti. The most common form of vandalism seems to be stickers, which are mostly funny and entertaining rather than obnoxious and crude. So slightly grimy places like this really stand out, especially compared to places like […]
This is one of my favourite sightings in Tokyo. I just can’t figure out if the joke is intentional or not. But I love it. I really love it.
Here’s another shot of Hatagaya, our home in Tokyo. am actually very conflicted about this image. One the one hand I love that I got the dry-cleaner himself in the shot. On the other hand, The chaos of it kind of makes my brain hurt; I just wish those banners weren’t there. But, on the […]
While shooting portraits and headshots with Malcolm and Cassandra, I spotted this conveniently located paint splatter and I couldn’t resist having a little fun.