Friday, May 20, 2022

The moon is made of cheese

Hungry?
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Finally, we have irrefutable proof that the moon is made of cheese. And in three glorious flavors!

Wallace and Gromit would be so proud.

Alas, they were asking $6.49 for a 57g packet. I love designer cheese as much as anyone else, but this just didn’t feel right. If I’m going to virtue-signal in a lame consumerist attempt to convince total strangers that I’m somehow worthy of their attention because I buy the right stuff, it won’t be with uber-fancy dairy products.

I’ll stick with the laughing cows and wax-wrapped mini-Pac-people for now.

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Thursday, May 19, 2022

Long after the sun sets

Do not go gentle into that good night
London, ON
May 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


40 minutes after the sun slips beneath the horizon, we come across a single tree at the edge of a massive park.

It frames a sky that’s still alive, still filled with color and texture, still has a story to tell.

I’m reminded that the dividing line between day and night - or any other polar-opposite state of being we can think of - isn’t as clear-cut as we think it is. That there are huge swaths of shades in between the blacks and whites that typically define how we view the world.

Tonight the shades are tinted in vibrant colors that will soon fade from view. But even as darkness takes over, I imagine the sky will continue to resonate with tone and texture. Will still be alive. And have a story to tell.

We just have to look for it.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Where the sidewalk ends

Shades of Shel Silverstein
London, ON
May 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


I call these turnaround photos, and I’ll often take them halfway through an out-and-back bike ride.

I’ll stop to rest up, down a snack, and let my wife know I’m headed back.

Most of the time the photos are meh, boring placeholders of some random street corner or pathway or parking lot far from home.

But sometimes the scene offers up a little more fun before I pack everything back up and set off once more.

This time, the geometry on this dead-end road at the end of a still-new subdivision spoke to me. I couldn’t resist a little playtime.

Thanks for coming along for the ride. Where should I go next?

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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

The mystery of Building 15

Shhh, not so loud!
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


I’ve always wondered what goes on in Building 15.

I’m sure I could easily figure it out with a quick Google search. Or Siri query. Or Wikipedia lookup. Or maybe even a Hail Mary question on Reddit or Twitter or Facebook.

Because we live in an age where answers are always close at hand.

But just because every question potentially has a corresponding answer doesn’t necessarily mean that we should always seek it out.

Mystery, like this delightfully curved-roofed relic of London’s largely forgotten past, still has its place in the so-called Information Age.

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Blink before the pink disappears

Scattered
London, ON
May 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


When the glorious pink blooms begin to fall off the tree that protects the sidewalk near our home, we have two choices:
  1. be sad
  2. capture them in some way before they’re gone for good
I vote for what’s behind door #2, because while beauty like this may indeed be fleeting, the feeling we get from having experienced it lasts a lot longer.

Maybe even forever if we play our cards right.

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Our historic architectural jumble

Tightly connected
London, ON
May 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


This jumble of buildings in London’s downtown core spans well over a century of design, architecture, engineering, and life.

In many ways, it’s the story of too many generations to count, of the people who built this city and made it come alive. Who lived and worked behind these windows and walls.

It’s also a story that continues to play out, with the jumble continuing to evolve as the city reshapes itself yet again. With new stories being told in the shadows of the old.

It reminds me to look up every once in a while. Because there’s history happening just above our heads.

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Saturday, May 14, 2022

Finding beauty in an ugly world

In the western sky
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Chase the sun, even if you’re stuck in a suburban mall parking lot.

Because in a world where innocent Ukrainians are slaughtered for being Ukrainian, and innocent Buffalo residents are gunned down because they dared shop for groceries, we need random acts of storytelling beauty more than we ever have.

Please go find them. And share them.

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Steps to another world

Tread carefully
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


This staircase is both special and not.

It’s one of many in the area, and it connects the suburban streets above with the valley below, an easy way to escape the thrum of the city in a few easy steps.

Okay, maybe more than a few. It’s a steep valley, and there are lots of stairs.

The dog and I are here all the time, as it’s a regular part of our wanders through the neighborhood. Yet I’m usually so focused on not tripping on the crumbling concrete that I miss out on how it looks and feels.

So I decide to take a rare solo walk, one without a bouncy dog pulling the other end of the leash and ruining the shot. I even bring the camera-camera this time.

The well-worn steps haven’t only been badly maintained: they haven’t been maintained at all, the concrete slowly deteriorating in the deep shadows that settle over this quiet place.

Which I’m guessing is an accident waiting to happen. So I walk slowly, deliberately. All the better to notice the little things I’d otherwise miss, the textures, the soft, gloomy light, the sound of the whispering trees overhead.

While these steps may not be special enough to merit proper attention from the folks who run this town, they’re special enough to me for the quiet way they underpin the simple rituals of day-to-day life in an otherwise forgettable corner of the city.

As I tuck the camera away and begin the long climb to the house, I quietly resolve to shoot more scenes like this. They may be invisible to most, forgotten even. But they still deserve to have their stories told.

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Chewing on the flowers

She doesn't think they're weeds, either
London, ON
May 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


I’ll take Dogs Who Lick Dandelions for $200, Alex.

Seriously, we discover something new and weird about this little lady pretty much every day.

Which, on reflection, is exactly as it should be.

Enjoy the fields of yellow, sweet Calli. We’ll always be there to clean off your beard when you’re done.

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Peppers in all colors

Pick a side
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


They say there are two sides to every story.

Whoever “they” are, I’ll choose to believe them.

This time.

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Chaos in the woods

Unfettered growth
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


This scene reminds me of life itself.

Where we stare into a messy landscape and try to make sense out of the chaos, to find the one thing that stands out, that’s worth focusing on.

It isn’t always easy.

But still, we try. To make sense of that which seemingly makes no sense.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Uprooted

Anchored
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


On the footpath that twists and turns beside the meandering brook that shaped this valley, an impossible knot of roots dominates a particularly steep slope.

If you step carefully, they’re like stairs. But they can just as easily trip you up if you aren’t paying attention.

Nature can be harsh, after all.

And strong.

These roots have been anchors for longer than we’ve been around, and will probably still be here long after we’re gone.

I can’t help but think there’s a story in them, somehow, a lesson in tenacity and teamwork we’d all do well to heed.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Emptiness at the edge of suburbia

Patience is everything
London, ON
December 2021
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Flashback to one of the last days of the year, to a tired old storefront waiting for a new chapter to begin.

It’s often said that everyone has a place, and maybe this place is simply waiting for its everyone - or anyone - to discover it and make it come alive once again.

As I take the picture of this dimly lit strip mall in the middle of a dark, wintry landscape on the border between suburbia and farmland, I wonder who that anyone might be, and what this place could look like the next time I find myself here.

From the outside looking in, it may look ordinary, even a little run-down. Okay, a lot run-down. But it’s still worthy of having its story told. Every place is. So is every person.

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Monday, May 09, 2022

Calli at 5

Tired birthday girl
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


This little one turns 5 today.

It feels weird to even write the number, because in the same breath it feels both as if she’s been a part of us forever, and that it was yesterday when we first met her.

That’s the duality of having a dog in the family. They expand to fill every fibre of our being, yet they’re never around long enough. That time thing, again.

At 5, Calli is every bit the bonkers Schnauzer she was when we first brought her home, the one who guards us with limitless energy and noise.

She’s also the same cuddly girl who shadows us when we’re not feeling 100%, who curls up in a ball in our lap, and brushes us with her paw when she thinks we aren’t giving her enough attention.

She’s my loyal little buddy, always up for a long walk through the neighborhood, always pointing me in the right direction with her sad brown eyes and heart-melting whine.

My favorite thing about her is how she’s changed us. I love watching our kids with her. She’s taught them so much about kindness, empathy, and selflessness. They are better people because we’ve had her - and before her, Frasier - in our family.

People who have dogs and cats and other pets get it. They understand how pet ownership defies logic, yet becomes a blessing they can’t imagine living without. They know how much they give us, and how life just seems to have a little more color because they’re in it.

So while we can’t stop the relentless passage of time - for ourselves, for our pups, for anyone - we can certainly appreciate the tiny little moments that these four-legged beings bring to us.

And while this one doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak dog, that look and that paw telegraph as clear as day that we communicate with each other just fine.

That extra treat in her bowl tonight isn’t just because today is a special day. It’s because every day is a special day, thanks to her.

Woof!

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Sunday, May 08, 2022

Celebration squared

Pretty woman
London, ON
March 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


It’s Mother’s Day today. It’s also my birthday. So we’ve got lots to celebrate.

I’d rather focus on the former, as my completing another trip around the Sun is hardly relevant to the masses.

My wife, on the other hand, is highly relevant to all of us, and to so many others. Like the Sun, she is the very foundation of our orbits, the source of the gravity that grounds us.

My hackneyed space metaphors notwithstanding, she is the quintessential mom, the kind of mother anyone would love to have. And we’re blessed that she’s ours.

This will be just as true tomorrow as it is today, so don’t mind if I fail to buy into the Hallmarkian commercialism of this day. She matters on any day, as do all mothers who spend days and years being there for others before being there for themselves.

Still, we’ll make any excuse for cake and singing and happiness. We should all celebrate each other more than we do. Today. Every day. Because life, and the moms who create and nurture it, should be treasured.

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Saturday, May 07, 2022

Bus stop moment

Where travel begins
London, ON
May 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


Waiting. Together.

#ldnont #london #ontario #canada #suburban #street #photography #walkabout #bus #transit #apple #iphone #shotoniphone #photooftheday #instagood #nofilter #nofilterneeded #lifeinthemargins

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Parking lot playtime

Whenever creativity hits
London, ON
April 2022
This photo originally shared on Instagram


I call this playtime.

It’s the kind of random, spontaneous photographic exploration that happens when you don’t have time for a dedicated shoot.

It’s what you do when you have a few free minutes and a surplus of synapses firing in your brain.

It’s what happens when the little voices of inspiration start reaching out, begging for you to pay attention to the neat little things that always seem to happen during these so-called in-between or in-the-margins moments.

It’s what happens when life gets too busy for words, but that itch still needs to be scratched.

And so it was in a downtown parking lot long after the sun had gone down, and long after I should have been home. The sight of time-worn concrete under harsh streetlights felt mournful, but I couldn’t look away. Soon enough, the smartphone came out and I started to play with angles, textures, and light.

The entire thing lasted a few minutes, if that much. But it was just enough to scratch that itch and get me back into that place, that zone where it was just me and a flash of an idea.

Because sometimes you need some adult playtime. And even if this doesn’t look like much, it turns out to be just the escape I’ve been needing.

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