Archive for July 2011

Day 182 – Whatever Happened To All The Merry-Go-Rounds?   11 comments

Testing out the iPhone Hipstamatic app at speed for this merry-go-round shot. Have you ever noticed that you just don’t find merry-go-rounds anymore? Has someone declared them too risky for the latest generation of kids being that we seem to be raising with our ever increasingly risk-removed world?

We recently visited a park that we haven’t been to in nearly 8 years. Last time there was a merry-go-round and a couple of those spinning swing setups with four swings on chains that spin around a centre hub. They’ve been removed a replaced with more modern and, I’m guessing, safer equipment – much to the kids’ disappointment. Those old things were a tonne of fun.

Based on my extensive one-week survey of some remote rural areas of British Columbia, I’ve learned that if you like the old playground equipment, you need to find some nice rural playgrounds that haven’t been discovered by the big city safety regulators. Based on my kids reaction, they’d still prefer to have a merry-go-round any day of the week!

This parent, on the other hand, can only handle so much time on the merry-go-round before he starts feeling decidedly green.

For Hipstamatic fans, this was shot with the Watts lens and Big Up film.


Day 181 – Revisiting Elvis   2 comments

From a triptic yesterday to a diptic today and I’m back to Silver Elvis. Both photos are untouched other than a square crop. Elvis has done all the work for me!

Day 180 – Young Love   Leave a comment

A little triptic today featuring a young couple who were paying way more attention to each other than they were to the performers at the International Street Performers Festival in Edmonton.

Day 179 – Don’t Be So Surprised!   1 comment

Chairman Jim hamming it up for my camera at the International Street Performers Festival in Edmonton.

Day 178 – Looking Down From On High   6 comments

I hope someone out there is still enjoying my portrait series from the International Street Performers Festival. I know I’m enjoying going through the photos.┬áToday’s portrait features the other half of the Kamikaze Fireflies, Casey Martin. In this photo, Casey is looking down on the crowd from atop a jaunty pair of bright yellow stilts.


Day 177 – Jazz Hands!   Leave a comment

My portrait series continues from the International Street Performers Festival. Today features the Rob Williams half of the duo called the Kamikaze Fireflies. They entertained the crowd with stilt walking, flaming hoola hoops, fire-breathing, cube spinning, acrobatics, and whipping. Yes, whipping. That’s tricks with a whip as opposed to tricks with cream.

Day 176 – Elvis the Pelvis!   1 comment

Peter Jarvis is Silver Elvis, at least, this time he was. It seems like Pete Jarvis has a very broad repertoire of characters and performances that he includes in his shows. In his Silver Elvis persona at the International Street Performers Festival in Edmonton, he’s not so much an Elvis impersonator as he is an Elvis simulator!