Itty bitty…

Come into my web...

Come into my web…

Itty bitty?

Itty bitty?

On those rare days when I don’t have camera gear on my person, I’ve learned to sigh and smile when I encounter a lovely scene.” This wasn’t one of those days: as an improviser friend and I walked along to a session, she encountered this little one enticing creatures into its web.

A warm, sunny/cloudy Vancouver day, the green of life and vibrancy of flowers, and the predator’s presence.

Beautiful.

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Event Full

Spending much of my summer months dedicated to volunteering and event photography has been wonderful. In addition to the Summer Movie Series and Make Music Festival, I’ve been a regular attendee and photographer for Instant Theatre events, and the Vancouver International Improv Festival. I’ve also been one of several photographers for the BC SPCA’s Paws for a cause and the 6th Annual AIDS Vancouver Celebrity Dim Sum.

I’ve been volunteering with one organization more regularly, assisting in the data entry and maintenance of their Raiser’s Edge Donor relationship database. It’s the kind of data analysis I still enjoy – how to get the most effective information in to, and back out of, a database with both flexibility and data controls in place – and an accomplishment I’ll relish. I’m planning to continue event photography for Instant, the BC SPCA, and AIDS Vancouver as much as I can.

My own photography has slowed during this busy stretch, with my photo trips becoming nearer to the next event or activity on my schedule. Even a few minutes examining a wire fence can prove a respite from running. The cameras are nearly always with me, to catch those moments, and help balance my hour-long commute. My second group show is winding up, and I’m in the planning for my solo show late this year. It’s been – again – fun.

Recent event photos can be seen on Flickr, though I’ll be sharing some here as well in the next few days.  Time to catch up a bit.

Chevron Summer Movie Series

One of the most wonderful aspects of this past summer has been the opportunity to volunteer at a number of public events: Make Music Vancouver Festival, BC SPCA’s Paws for a Cause, and the Chevron Summer Movie Series. The movie series benefits a number of organizations over the weeks it runs, including the Firefighter’s and Police foundations: I volunteered at these events for the Police Foundation, collecting donations, helping with games, site teardown and clean up, and of course, some photography.

I’ve selected just a few photos of the event August 20, where the movie playing was “Austin Powers”. I’d never seen it before. More of the event on Flickr.

On the street where you live

On the street where you live

A quick walkabout as the second ankle injury in four months is slowly healing. Looking up, I saw beautiful blue skies marked by wisps of cloud through the trees. Taking this photo quickly, I looked down again before moving on, because, foot placement is sometimes an important thing.

On the street where you live

On the street where you live

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Early bird

I’m an early bird.

Except for first thing in the morning, I like to arrive at my destinations with a few minutes to spare. It ensures that I have time to perform any last-minute necessaries, and can relax both in transit and at my destination. It’s part of my preparation process, you might say.

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Local gallery

One of the most beneficial things about arriving a bit early is simply that it allows me to look around my destination. Looking south of a gallery I attended on Friday last showed me some street art I’d not previously noted.

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Local gallery

Naturally I had to take a moment or five and walk closer. Much of the alley way has been marked, including the power pole.  None might call it brilliant perhaps, but it’s got an energy to it that kept me examining the works until I needed to get to the gallery.

And I like John Cusack

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Local gallery