GOING WEST 2016: PT 2. VICTORIA

The weather was perfect when I caught the ferry to Vancouver Island this passed September. Cruising through the masses of rock and trees that comprise the Gulf Islands in the Strait of Georgia was pure magic. Here are some photos taken from the deck of the ferry, along with places I visited in Victoria, BC. 

I was smoking outside some shops on Fisgard Street in Chinatown, while these fine folks were yelling compliments at passersby, myself included. After having a conversation with them from the sidewalk, they invited me upstairs to check out the view.

Camera Traders in Market Square is not much bigger than my bedroom. They're the only camera store I've ever been to that sells C-41 process chemicals, so I stocked up. 

GOING WEST 2016: PT 1. THE DRIVE

Just as the leaves began to change in mid September, I drove the approximately 2800kms from Winnipeg to Vancouver. The route that I took wasn't by any means the most direct and definitely took longer than it typically should, but it was worth the adventure. I saw Jasper National Park, many a grain elevator, and a very creepy clown hiding in some trees in Hope, BC. The drive was considerably less grueling than I thought it would be. Here's a little photo essay illustrating the drive from here to there. 

                                Jasper National Park.

WALL TO WALL 2016 - UNTIL NEXT TIME, CLANDESTINOS

Smoky & Shalak Attack at work on 782 Main Street.

My last visit to 782 Main Street was bittersweet. Typically, I would be around to document the completion of this mural by Clandestinos. However, life has taken me on a roadtrip across the country; I'm currently in Saskatoon at a hotel I got lost trying to find. My destination is Victoria, BC. I'm hoping to take as many photos as I can along the way.  Here are some shots from my last day hanging around 782 before our artists leave Winnipeg. By the time I get home, Mending will be finished. 

LONG WEEKEND RECAP: WALL TO WALL 2016

Rain kept me away from stopping by 782 Main for a visit on Sunday, so I made up for lost time yesterday. The PA System is almost finished their mural! 

Visual artist duo Clandestinos began principal outlines for their piece at 782 Main. "We don't do projections", Smoky tells me. Shalak gets in the lift and Smoky gives her direction from the ground, while both reference a crude mock-up of their piece. 

The woman herself is meant to be Indigenous of South America. Shalak and I spoke with elders here in Winnipeg, and they gave us direction as to what symbolism we should use on her poncho and jewelry. Combining symbolism from the south and north is a beautiful thing - Indigenous people standing together.
— Bruno, AKA Smoky
"Mending" by Clandestinos combinines elements from both Americas' Indigenous cultures. 

"Mending" by Clandestinos combinines elements from both Americas' Indigenous cultures.