One of my favourite local events to shoot is the annual Bon Soo Winter Carnival Polar Bear Swim. It’s entertaining and funny and the facial expressions captured are often priceless. See image above…
The young gentleman pictured was part of a group of Japanese students who bravely (or stupidly, depending on how you look at it) jumped into the icy St. Marys River for the event. In Northern Ontario. In February. On his chest is written: “Japanese do not feel cold.” Based on his facial expression, I’d wager his pants are on fire. However, he and his cohorts took pause to pose for photographers with a frozen flag of Japan before heading to warm themselves in the hot tub. Good on ya, fellas.
A gallery of this year’s brave and/or crazy jumpers can be seen here.
Back in June of 2013, I was asked to shoot some pictures for a local musician’s upcoming album cover. I don’t do a lot of that sort of thing, but this one intrigued me. I was told it was to take place at the musician’s old school traditional barber shop and there would be farm animals involved.
Danny Trevisanut is the barber/musician, and he owns and operates a tiny hair joint that’s plastered with his influences — Lennon, Hunter Thompson, Bukowski, etc., etc., etc. And there were indeed farm animals present during the photo shoot. In the tiny barber shop. With about 10 people. On a SUPER hot day without air conditioning.
There were some laughs and challenges. And some poop…
This has nothing to do with music or photography, but it’s mighty entertaining nonetheless. It’s also sometimes disturbing.
It seems that conditions in Sochi, Russia are less than favourable for more than just the obvious and highly publicized reasons. At least for journalists and visiting spectators, anyway. If you’re a resident of the Twitterverse, I highly recommend following @SochiProblems.
— Donna Hopper (@slackhopper) February 6, 2014
I’ve gushed on numerous occasions on social media over A Tribe Called Red. Because I love A Tribe Called Red. I love what they do and what they represent. I love everything about it. That’s no secret and I had every digit crossed during last year’s Polaris Music Prize presentation ceremony that these three fine young men would take home the big prize and big money. They didn’t (*sad face*) BUT the buzz they created went beyond the prize. The video above is from the aforementioned Polaris Music Prize gala event in Toronto.
Now, thanks to the fine folks at the Sault Community Career Centre, A Tribe Called Red will perform in Sault Ste. Marie this coming May as part of the three-day Passport to Unity Multicultural Festival. I’m beyond excited for this and will wrestle any of my co-workers who attempt to pilfer this assignment away from me. Fair warning.
The lads will be on hand for an artist talk meet and greet thingy at 2 p.m. Then, it’s dance ’til you drop time as they perform live at 8 p.m. Both events take place on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Sault College in the brand spankin’ new Health and Wellness facility. Saturday, May 3, 2014 will likely be the best day of the year for many here, I’d wager.
…like a wagon wheel.
For absolutely no reason at all, here’s a picture of a wagon on Farmer Bob’s property out at Mockingbird Hill Farm. Snapped this last fall. It’s actually an HDR image.
Not sure why I’m sharing this now. Maybe I’m just pining for warmer days. Warmer days out at Farmer Bob’s strolling amongst the wildflowers, chasing the pigs, and petting the goats. I love Farmer Bob’s.