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Instagram

September 16, 2011

About a month ago I downloaded the free Instagram app onto my iPhone. It allows you to take pictures with your phone and then add filters with names like X-Pro II, Earlybird, Poprocket and 1977. You can then choose to share those images with a world of like minded photo narcissists. I’ve become quite addicted myself, the following images chronicle things I felt compelled to photograph in my life over the past 30 days or so. I currently have only two followers myself so if you have the app look me up under the moniker “jevanshead”. The images look better if you click on them.

Pancake breakfast at Deacon's Corner in Gastown.

Shopping with the girls in Gastown.

Fence shadows on the seawall.

James pures one at the 12th hole at Westwood Plateau.

Cheese smokies from Oyama at my house.

Kristina on the Pinnacle cruising the seawall.

Carrots in the Granville Island Public Market.

Kristina's catch at her house.

Things that are orange.

Hiking on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver.

Joe's garage in Burnaby at dusk.

Bowen Island beer coaster at Mahoney's.

Hibatchi in a Chinatown window.

The best beer ever made at Nicli Antica Pizzeria in Gastown.

Forest flora in the Seymour Demonstration forest.

Empty cup at La Casita in Powell River.

Dawne-O's peach and sour cherry pie in the West End.

The last sip of black cherry Pop Shop at Acme Cafe in Gastown.

Friendly staff at Save-On-Meats in Gastown.

Local summer berry lunch.

Creepy heads on Main St in East Van.

James view at sunset in Gastown.

The Picnic Board at Nelson the Seagull in Gastown.

Coffee making process at Revolver in Gastown.

Michelle's night cap in Crosstown.

Love cross on Granville Island.

Sake tasting on Granville Island.

Sunset tennis in East Van.

Recycling in the alley, Crosstown.

Under the Lions Gate bridge on the seawall.

Third Beach, Vancouver.

Rock balancing near the seawall.

The Sylvia hotel in the West End.

My shadow on the seawall.

Helicopter photo shoot over the West End.

Sara's spiral staircase.

Water fountain in West Vancouver.

Book changing room in Gastown.

Lone kayaker under the Cambie bridge in False Creek.

Dawne-O's new shoes.

Flowers on the seawall in West Vancouver.

Summer camp fire in Powell River.

Michelle's coffee at Acme cafe in Gastown.

Track Lighting

September 10, 2010

My friend Tyler and I made a last minute decision to go out and shoot a few nights back. We decided Parker Street studios and the neighbouring railroad tracks in east van would be interesting subject matter. If you have ever been to the Eastside Culture Crawl you will recognize this studio. If you haven’t been to the culture crawl be sure to check it out this November.

In other news, I sold a print today. I always enjoy selling a print. I vote for more people buying prints!

I won’t get into detail explaining any of these except to say that the pigeons where annoyed with us and that I like number’s 7 and 9 the best. You?

Beets and Feets

September 8, 2010

This past Sunday my friends Dawne-O and James invited me to help jar/can/pickle vegetables. It was a perfect fallish day for canning, you know the kind of day where you are with good friends, the house is warm with the smell of the pork butt (“high roasted with spices and sea salt and pepper at 450 for about an hour, then covered and cooked for another 4+ hours at about 300”) your friend so thoughtfully prepared in advance for dinner. The kind where one or two of the friends has had stayed up partying until 4 am a little to much to drink the night before but are happy and safe knowing their other friends will comfort them if they burst into tears from vodka depression. The kind where your playlist spans The Little River Band to Vampire Weekend.

James arrived with 20lbs of green beans and enough beets and other vegetables to feed that family of 30 kids on TLC for a week.

Dawne-O made the brines both for the beans and the beets. I emailed her for the recipe and she sent me the following instructions – “Beans, which I doubled, quintupled, etc., started out as 4 cups white pickling vinegar to 4 cups water, scant half cup pickling salt, 1/3 cup sugar, 2 tablespoons dried chili pepper, 2 tablespoons black peppercorns, 2 tablespoons mustard seed, 2 tablespoons coriander and 2 bay leaves. Bring to rolling boil and then ladle over prepared (sterilized and filled) jars and leave 1/2″ head space. Process for ten minutes.”

The brine for the beets is slightly different – “Beets – 2 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar to 1 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon pickling salt, 1 tablespoon mustard seed, star anise, cloves cardamom. These are processed for 30 minutes. Again, this was multiplied.”

Both the beans and beets require blanching before they are canned.

Pouring the brine into the jars.

Into the canner for processing.

And there you have it, winter rations for all.

You have all heard me talk about my friend Dawne-O before, she’s kind of amazing when it comes to food. She announced that she was going to make us a peach tarte tatin for dessert promptly blanching and disrobing a half a dozen freshly picked Okanagan peaches of their skins. FYI, according to Dawne she used pate brisee for the pastry, not puff, which is classic. Delish!

Naked peach alert!

While waiting for our pork butt to warm I began complaining about my sore feet. Mike mentioned that we should call the nice people at Golden Feet to see if they could accommodate all four of us at the same time for foot rubs. Mike and Dawne have been going to Golden Feet for some time now and have invited me to join them on a number of occasions. I was skeptical and a little weirded out about having my feet and especially my vulnerable pinky toes handled by a complete stranger. It was amazing!!! Seriously make an appointment today, it will change your life.

The only things I found odd about the whole experience where the cost (only $37 for an hour!), the soccer ball light fixture in the room which in the end we chalked up to feet = soccer, and the fact that the song What Child Is This played at least three times.

Abbotsford Airshow 2010

August 18, 2010

My friend Kristina invited me to the Abbotsford Airshow again this year. We had a great time with record breaking temperatures. Here are a few of the images I made throughout the day.

Thanks Kristina.


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