Shop Wrong features local and repurposed fashion, jewellery and accessories. Located in a vintage building in Strathacona, it’s a very cool shop, decorated with antique signs and native art, with a definite East Van vibe. To celebrate their opening, Shop Wrong hosted a fashion show on Friday, March 22, 2013, featuring the designs of Okalani Style. If you want to support local business in East Vancouver, check out Shop Wrong!
Here are some photos from the show (click thumbnails to see larger size).
Click the photo to go to the Facebook gallery with many more shots!
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In the previous post, I showed some photographs of plastic waste from a local Vancouver park. This time I went to Spanish Banks, a beautiful natural beach on English Bay. Here’s a photo that I took while I was there:
At first it was difficult to spot any plastic – the beach looked pristine. However, after a few minutes, I spotted many pieces of plastic waste. The tide was going out, and I found most of the plastic in the high tide line, mixed in with seaweed and driftwood. I found plastic bags, wrappers, bottles, a cap from a ballpoint pen, styrofoam, food containers and coffee lids. I even found some AstroTurf!
The most interesting waste plastic that I found was a package labeled North Star Brand Wieners by Intercontinental Packers, Vancouver. Although it was made in Canada, it had no French labeling and the weight was in Imperial Units (one pound). Canada introduced bilingual packaging in 1974 and metric weights in the mid-seventies. After a little research, I learned that the company existed in Vancouver from 1964-1994. Incredibly, this package dates from c.1964 – 1974, showing how long plastic persists in the environment. After 40 to 50 years it is still around! It will remain in the environment for another 50 years or much longer, along with all other plastic waste. Unfortunately, much of this waste gets into the ocean, where it is eaten by marine life, often injuring and killing fish, birds, turtles and dolphins. Check out the documentary “Addicted to Plastic” for more information about the problems caused by plastic waste in the environment, along with solutions that will need to be implemented to correct the problem. In the meantime, if you care about the environment, don’t litter with plastic waste!
Ballpoint Pen Cap
Here’s another photo from beautiful Spanish Banks:
I recently watched the documentary Addicted to Plastic, which explores how plastic has contaminated the environment. Plastic is cheap and much of it gets thrown away. It doesn’t biodegrade, so every piece of plastic ever thrown out still exits in the environment. It may take hundreds of years to break down. Although increasingly more plastic is being recycled, much goes to landfills, and some eventually makes its way to the oceans. Tons of plastic are now floating in the oceans. Seals, dolphins, sea turtles, fish and birds consume the plastic because it resembles food. The plastic is often lethal because it cannot be digested and just accumulates in the animals’ digestive systems preventing them from getting their normal diets.
I took a walk in Vancouver’s John Hendry Park (Trout Lake) to see what plastic garbage I could find lying around. It was not hard to find. At first glance the park looks clean and well cared for. But on closer inspection, there are many bits and pieces of plastic. Here is a small sampling of the typical plastic waste that was lying on the ground. There were plastic bags, 6 pack rings, fast food containers, disposable lighters, plastic cutlery, old toys, bottles, cups, coffee lids and cigarette package wrappers. This might be surprising since Vancouver is well known as a clean city, where most people are concerned for the environment, taking care to throw out waste in the numerous containers provided by the city. In the next few weeks, I’ll be checking out some other public areas in Greater Vancouver to see how they compare.
Plastic is incredibly useful and is everywhere, although it has been around for less than 100 years. Because it is so cheap, we tend to regard it as disposable. But we will need to change how we use and dispose of plastic. There are many options – use other materials when possible, reuse plastics, recycle them, and dispose of them properly. Already biodegradable plastics are available and many more types of plastic can be recycled than are currently handled in most municipal recycling programs.
Here’s a short documentary about plastic in the oceans:
Video about the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch”
This video shows what types of plastic were collected in dead albatrosses:
It’s not every day that you have an extravagant picnic in the park! But if you do, be sure to bring the antique furniture, vintage china and a selection of cute and delicate pastries. And don’t forget to wear fancy dresses and get your hair and makeup done professionally for the occasion. It’s also a good idea to bring along a photographer to capture the memories. Here are some of them:
Here are some photos from a recent Valentine’s Day pin-up photoshoot with burlesque performer Pocket Venus. We used a vintage pinup poster by Gil Elvgren for inspiration:
We also did a few other looks and poses as you can see below (click thumbnails to expand). I used a fog machine backlit with a light covered with a red gel to create the smoky effects. It was a lot of fun and great to work with model Pocket Venus Josan and makeup and hair artist Ashley of Blood & Beauty.
Here’s a series of photos that I shot using light painting combined with strobes. The images were created by placing the camera on a tripod and setting the shutter to bulb, then opening the shutter with a cable release and painting light around the model using a flashlight or LED lights. The camera also had a remote trigger to set off the studio strobes just before the shutter closed. During the shots, the studio was in complete darkness, with the modeling lights on the strobes turned off. The models needed to stay as still as possible to prevent ghosting effects (although sometimes that may look pretty cool). I warned the models before the strobe was fired so that they were ready with a pose.
It’s a lot of fun coming up with the poses and trying different types of light painting tools. The tools are very simple and easy to make. If you are interested in trying it out, check out some of the many tutorials available online. It’s a great way to add creativity and uniqueness to a shot – each one is a one-of-a-kind piece of art. It’s simple to do, but very difficult to master!
The first two images below feature model Tracy with makeup & hair by Carole Methot.
Red & White
Shazmin Hussein modeled in the next two shots. For one of them, I did the light painting separately and combined them in Photoshop afterwards. I normally prefer to do the entire shot in camera, but I liked the light painting shot so decided to use it in the final image. I also used a fig leaf that I lit with a flashlight to create the green leafy glow.
The last two images were done with Pocket Venus Josan, who was the first model who I worked with in this series. She was super patient as I was using her as the guinea pig while I experimented with light painting!
I’m very excited to have three of my underwater photographs included in an exhibition called creation-Observation, which is showing January 29 – February 4, 2013, with an artists’ reception on February 1, 7-9 pm. The exhibition features 15 photographers with three photographs each and is showing at Gallery 295, 295 E. 2nd Ave, Vancouver, BC. If you are in the area, check out the photographs. The photos were beautifully printed and mounted by The Lab.
Here are some behind-the-scenes photos taken while hanging the show. It was my first time hanging photos in a gallery, so it was a great learning experience and fun too!
Here are some photos from a recent photoshoot with personal trainer Maggie. A couple of days earlier Maggie had competed in the 2012 Sandra Wickham Fall Classic fitness competition and came in 3rd in the bikini category, so she was in great physical shape! She had amazing discipline and dedication to achieve this level of fitness and plans to resume training and enter more competitions in 2013.