greenman tears

I am slowly copying photos over from to here and posting them backdated to their original dates - a process that is going to take weeks! Because I like this shot so much though, when copying it over I decided to post today rather than its original date of June 20, 2005. Taken at the University of Toronto. Enjoy!

catholic but not roman

I took this shot in one of the small side chapels in St. Paul’s Cathedral on a trip back to the UK in 1997. Today in the Guardian I found the answer to a mystery that arose for me about St. Paul’s many years before I took this photo.

Growing up on a council estate on the outskirts of London, my younger sister and I would travel alone into the City to visit St. Paul’s during the summer holidays (entrance was free in those days). Sometimes we would sit through the services, and on one such occasion when we were about 8 and 10-years old, the person leading the service said in prayer. “ this Your Holy Catholic Church.”
I nudged my sister, “Hey, he said catholic.” (which I pronounced “caflick” at the time).

“So?” my sister rebutted.

“We’re not catholic” I explained, “we’re Church of England, we ought to go!”

“Maybe he never said it - ask the lady in front” My sister suggested.

“Excuse me lady” I whispered while gently nudging the back of the large lady sitting in the pew before us, “did he say this church is catholic?”

“Yes,” the lady snapped obviously (and appropriately) annoyed at the two scruffy unsupervised children disturbing her worship.

“But I thought this was Church of England” I persisted, “is this Church of England?”

“I don’t know,” the lady snapped, and her retort was followed by a chorus of shushing and very stern looks from those around.

“Blimey,” I whispered to my sister, “maybe this is catholic.”
Anyway, thanks to Giles Fraser, the mystery is solved and I now know – and perhaps the large lady sitting in front now knows too.

Link to article: Catholic but not Roman

more shaking

More of the Harlem Shake from McMaster.

harlem shake

Ah those people the other night - they were doing the Harlem Shake - McMaster Style. Found the video below on YouTube - nice!

strange happening

Not sure what was happening tonight at McMaster - but I took pictures of the happening - anyone know what it was about? Whatever it was it looked like fun!

tom thompson lake

Another digital painting. I took a old photo, in this case a not very good one I had taken of Tom Thompson Lake at night some years ago, I then add colour and use a "smudge" tool to brush the new and existing colour into shapes and literally "paint" a scene over the photo. I don't try to make the scene look real or replicate my photo, but I try to "paint" something that feels real and replicates the way the scene seemed at the time. Given that this is Tom Thompson Lake, for me, this is the only way it could feel at the time.

still experimenting

More experiments with painting and photos. The original photo was taken in 2008 of the barbed wire in Ausczhwitz.

paint and photography

Experimenting with a mix of painting and photography. Let me know what you think.