One Thousand Reasons To Ride

I've owned a Ducati Sport Classic GT 1000 since 2008. It's been a cafe cruiser, it's been to California and back. It's a bike that always attracts compliments and is a joy to ride.

I wanted to capture a few details of the bike without it being washed and shiny. The bike is ridden, it gets grubby. It's how it's supposed to be. Come what may, the Ducati always gives me one thousand reasons to ride.

Seattle weekender

Seattle has been a bit of a fixture for me over the last couple of months. Following Amerivespa in July I visited the Flying Heritage Collection earlier in August. Last weekend I was back in town for a short weekend break. The focal point of the trip was another visit to MoPop (formerly EMP) as there was a gallery of Mick Rock's early Bowie photographs. This was Bowie on the verge of superstardom. 

I didn't give myself a photography brief for the visit so the shots below are really a few tourist captures with a sprinkling of 'street' thrown in. Space Needle was looking particularly impressive with the sun peeking behind the saucer before 10am. It was also fun watching adults and kids play at the International Fountain. Water, enthralling young and old. The street shots near the Gum Wall were of people heading away from the area and I tried to capture those simply going about their day rather than visit the gum. Back in MoPop I went for a couple of Sci-Fi images that reflect humans as emotionless machines. Chilling yet captivating.

Rock Seen

I'm so pleased that I got to view Bob Gruen's collection that was being displayed by Liss Gallery in Vancouver during August.

The photographs on display supported his book Rock Seen and span some 40 years of capturing some of rock musics most notable performers. The bulk of the work displayed was from the 70's and 80's and to be honest, those decades resonate so much with me. Having travelled the road from glam to punk, I spent my viewing time reliving times and places that now seem so distant yet full of life.

As my photographic journey starts (or continues following a long delay) I wanted to look past the memories and the artist to think about what it was that made the image memorable for me. The mix of on and off-stage shots provided a glimpse of the transition from real life to entertainer/commentator. My biggest smile? The image of John Lydon in his Rotten guise on board an airliner with a rather bewildered child in the seat in front. My favourite image? It would be easy to go with one of John Lennon and yet I was transfixed by the power of The Clash on stage. This shot summed up "The Only Band That Matters". Energy and attitude partnered with authenticity and astute commentary. 

It was a real privilege to view this small part of the Gruen collection. An artist capturing musicians that are likely the true beneficiaries of the image as it freezes them in time and certainly prompts me to dive in to the vinyl collection again.




Sunshine Coast Getaway

It was a few days or total relaxation.

BC's Sunshine Coast is simply breathtaking and offers a significant change of pace. I recently spent four days in the area being actively relaxed which for me meant taking simple hikes and breathing in nature. 

Home was Tuckers Inn, B&B, a great find with friendly hosts, immaculate rooms and home baking for breakfast. Laying just north of Sechelt, Tuckers Inn was a great base for the short break, I couldn't have asked for anything more.

Over the years of being in Canada, it's become clear that 'hike' is applied to any off road walk and it doesn't matter if it takes minutes or days, so take the word with a reasonable pinch of salt. The two main hikes were Smuggler Cove and Francis Point. Smuggler Cove is the easier of the two as it's flatter. The trail is simple to follow, the initial boardwalks across the wetlands helpful and the views cannot fail to render one horizontal. It's a shady trail and that helped as the temperatures were in the late 20's. The video opposite gives a good flavour of the experience. 

Francis Point was more challenging in that it was mostly in the open so be prepared for the heat on sunny days. There was also more clambering over rocks as the bulk of the hike to the lighthouse (beacon on a pole) is along the cliff coastline. The adventure is worthwhile, the views, once again, are stunning. 

I only scratched the surface and there's much more to the Sunshine Coast. The area is well worth a visit.

Photography wise, my aim was to capture a mix of tourist shots and other images that caught my attention. I chose video on the Smuggler Cove hike as the route was shaded with sunlight breaking through the canopy making for difficult shooting. Other shots were taken in the garden of the B&B and at the Sechelt Inlet. Manual mode predominated and I only flicked to Program when wanting to capture a moving boat when I didn't have the time to dial in the manual settings.