A Sunday Kind of Love - Etta James
"You see things vacationing on a motorcycle in a way that is completely different from any other. In a car you’re always in a compartment, and because you’re used to it you don’t realize that through the car window everything you see is just more TV. You’re a passive observer and it is all moving by you boringly in a frame. On a cycle the frame is gone. You’re completely in contact with it all. You’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming. That concrete whizzing by five inches below your foot is the real thing, the same stuff you walk on, it’s right there, so blurred you can’t focus on it, yet you can put your foot down and touch it anytime, and the whole thing, the whole experience, is never removed from immediate consciousness."
- from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 1974
I was sitting on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere, reading a book and waiting for my bike to cool down. A silver haired man on a blue motorcycle pulled up out of nowhere and we had the most amazing conversation about motorcycles, the environment, a salmon run near his cabin, bird extinction in South America, and he told me about a secret valley nearby where I should go to experience some incredible riding, which I thanked him for and agreed to check out. He put out his cigarette, hopped on his bike and rode off and I will probably never see him again.
I photographed Bahamas for his new album “Bahamas is Afie” out in August. Go see him when he comes to your town, he is one extremely talented musician. www.bahamasmusic.net
Some of my favourite outtakes from a shoot I did for The Grid’s amazing cover story on LGBT Refugees in Toronto.
I shot portraits for The Grid’s feature about how Toronto has become a refuge for LGBT people fleeing persecution in their home countries. Really powerful and touching stories. I’m honored to have photographed these brave, beautiful people. Out today in #Toronto or online at thegridto.com
I recently photographed Tim McCready for The Grid. He throws the epic 159 Manning parties at his house, which has become an official NXNE event, spanning 2 days, 3 stages (including the backyard, the basement and his living room) and 26 acts(!!). Really interesting dude and definitely one of my favourite shoots I’ve done in a while..
Chandelier - Sia
I just watched this video 10 times in a row. This girl is so mesmerizing. Epic song, too.