still in egypt

I am still posting old shots from Egypt - have to get out and take some more up-to-date shots soon.

escape to egypt

With the word out that there was a newborn king in town Herod came looking. Not knowing who this king was Herod decided to take no chances – kill all the boys under the age of two was his command – that ought to do it! It would have if Jesus’ family had not escaped to Egypt.

magi

The wise men, or Magi, did not really arrive for the birth of Jesus, it was much later when they arrived from the east. I am not sure they were that wise either because they spread news around Herod’s Jerusalem that they were looking for the king, and this king was not Herod! Well that was going to start trouble for sure!

Oh - and happy Christmas!

while shepherds watch

Historically the birth of Jesus never was this time of year, but if the Queen of England can have an “official birthday” on a date other than the date she was born, why not the "King of Kings." And besides, for me it is a nice time of year to think on those events. So in keeping with that tradition very soon some shepherds are in for a very big surprise. Oh and I took this shot in Egypt a couple of years back.

toronto traffic lights

Ah I am back - still swamped with work - but today I took this photo! Not sure if I will have time to shoot for a while but I will get back to posting from the archives.

happy birthday

Have one of these for me Daniel! Will be sharing one with you soon.

bad wolf

I attended convocation today in downtown Hamilton. After the ceremony at the reception I was talking to “R” (a faculty member and fellow photographer) when I looked out of the window and saw this scene. Immediately I knew what it meant. I did not have my camera so I asked to R to borrow hers.

“What is it?” R asked as she handed me the camera.

“A message from the future,” I said, “and also a message from the past; the phrase “bad wolf” is a warning that has been scattered through time and through the universe.”

“Should we go?” R asked.

“Yes,” I said, “and quickly.”

We managed to get out of the building and we are safe for now, but the Daleks are close behind!

[to be cont...']

time

A one-hundred-year silver watch given to me by my mom. I like to look at it and wonder about the history these hands have wiped away.

morning dew

So busy grading papers I have had no time to post for the last few days. I took this shot a while ago - morning dew on a springtime leaf.

remembering spring

I took this shot last spring and post it because this morning I felt a chill in the air – and the other morning I noticed a white touch of frost had come down from the north to stain the pre-dawn roofs and car windows. The icy shroud sparkled and turned to mist as the rising sun wrested away its cold morning embrace. But it will come back soon to bite and will not let go until we are liberated by another spring.

halloween lecture

A self-portrait shot on auto before giving a Halloween lecture, which went something like:

"Good evening, McMaster. Allow me first to apologize for this interruption. I do, like many of you, appreciate the comforts of the everyday routine, the security of the familiar, the tranquility of repetition. I enjoy them as much as any bloke. But in the spirit of AOP whereby we disrupt the discourses that keep us static in the same old bloody struggle - I thought we could mark this Halloween by taking some time to sit down and have a little chat.

There are, of course, those who do not want us to speak. I suspect even now orders are being shouted into telephones in Ottawa, and regulators with approved curricula and lists of evidence based practice standards will be on their way. Why? Because, while statistics and numbers may be used in lieu of conversation, words will always retain their power. Words offer the means to meaning and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth. And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there?

Cruelty and injustice...intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors, regulators and systems of surveillance, coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission. How did this happen? Who's to blame? Well certainly there are those who are more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable. But again, truth be told... if you're looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.

I know why you did it. I know you were afraid. Who wouldn't be? War. Terror. Disease. The need for a good social work or labour dispute resolutions job. There were a myriad of pressures which conspired to corrupt your reason and rob you of your common sense. Fear got the best of you and in your panic, you turned to the security of a social science job in a neo-liberal state where there will always be problems or labour disputes someone will pay you good money to repress.

But if you see what I see, if you feel as I feel, and if you would seek as I seek... then I ask you to stand beside me. And say that we have had enough of the same old same old, and as a part of a new generation, let’s give the world a message about anti-oppression that will never, ever, be forgot!"

(PS you have to see the movie the costume comes from to get the significance of the text)

use your voice

Norman Tebbit, one of Thatcher's ministers, once told the millions he helped make unemployed in the UK to "get on your bike." I do not think he had this in mind though!

ganikwiyo

Not sure who this guy was – but he was standing with a group of Mohawk Warriors – so I assume he was one of them. You can count on such warriors to turn out for social justice issues, it comes from a good mind.

ready for trouble

Given the police response on Wall Street some at “Occupy Toronto” came ready for trouble.

good idea


forgotten warrior

Having been a solder (Marine) for a short while in my younger years I have the greatest respect for the military. Because of the nature of soldiering the government controls what the military does – but they can’t always appropriate their voices – this guy was speaking up for justice at “Occupy Toronto.”

expect us

Another shot from "Occupy Toronto." And if you have never watched the movie this mask comes from - get it - watch it!

airborne


US military help out in "Occupy Toronto."

occupy toronto (video)



Video I shot at "Occupy Toronto," This movement is a part of something that is happening on a global scale which represents ordinary people saying "enough is enough." And that is something I agree with so I went to not only take pictures but to show solidarity!

occupy toronto

taking a rest

I have posted an image a day for almost eight-years now - so it is time to take a rest - but don't worry I will be back.