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complexities

In Sightings, Thinkings on June 28, 2010 at 3:09 PM

Growing up, there was an overt presence of clear-cut landscapes. They’re such dramatic, violent things that you really can’t get around feeling angry about them. I kind of wanted to challenge my preconceived ideas.

In Sawdust Mountain, Eirik Johnson has captured the rainy yet vibrant coastal communities and industries of his home, the Pacific Northwest. Nicole Pasulka interviewed Johnson for The Morning News.

I highly recommend checking out their slideshow of some of his photographs. They really capture the rainy-hazy, lush contrasts of the Pacific Northwest.

What I like about this project is Johnson’s honest desire to show how complex the connection is between our natural industries and the communities which have developed because of them. We can yell and protest about all the environmental degradation that is happening because of irresponsible logging and salmon farming, but these employ real people and sustain real lives — and I mean sustain as in meeting needs; not making profits.

When so many Canadian communities are built on natural industries, works like Sawdust Mountain really make one think about the tricky transitions local governments must navigate with their constituents. Nothing is straightforward, is it?

pond in the city

In Sightings on June 16, 2010 at 9:00 AM

If you’re downtown Vancouver, having been stuffed up in an office for the whole morning and knowing that the sun is at its finest, I recommend heading to Cathedral Square and eating your lunch by this little man-made body of water.

Choose a sunny spot on the grass or a nice perch in the shade from the trees. I personally like the company of the 110-year old Holy Rosary Cathedral across Dunsmuir Street.

The park is a haven for socializing ESL students and the corporate suit-type seeking some quiet fresh air. Oh, and these cheeky buggers.

sunshine weekend

In Eatings, Makings, Sightings on June 13, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Mother Nature reminded Vancouverites this weekend why we love our city — sunshine. Joined by my best companions, I felt like I had boarded the chill train to holiday town. Complete with…

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the first beer-on-balcony evening of the summer,

a cover of “Oleander” by Steph Macpherson and Zachary Lucky at Cafe Deux Soleil,

happy faces at the Trout Lake farmers market,

mimosas, prime rib hash and World Cup footy at The Hub,

Kiera and her conch at English Bay,

making our chili cook-off contribution (while Kiera monitored),

fresh laundry smell,

mini samosas from the Granville Island food market,

grass conversation with my sister (and wishes that our other sister could join us),

new recommendations from my personal loan library (Lisa),

and the smell of sunscreen on sun-kissed skin.

Mount Pleasant, Vancouver

In Sightings on June 11, 2010 at 12:13 PM

On mornings when the sun fills my apartment, I can hardly stay in bed.

I had been inspired by a recent post by Color Me Katie, so I took my camera out for a walk around my neighbourhood and saw…

a handmade reminder,

a Porta-tree,

yesterday’s thirst quencher,

a colourful wardrobe,

a Canadian address,

a fellow pedestrian,

a quiet warning,

residential geometry,

a weathered perch,

and a pimpled house!

I spy…

In Sightings on June 10, 2010 at 4:10 PM

…With my little typesetting eye, something that is RED. For WRONG.