Anthropology of Love @ Backstage Lounge

This past Sunday, Anthropology of Love played the Backstage Lounge on Granville Island and I photographed most of their set. Other bands that played: Blake Acoustic, The Ponderosas, and Mercy Years. All were great in their own way so check them out.

Although I wasn’t feeling that well, and although my camera and film scanner were acting hellish, the photos turned out pretty decent. With the Konica c35, I used one roll of expired film [2008] and one roll of Fujifilm. Editing through Photoshop was pretty time intensive. Scanning left a lot of dust which I removed with the Filter->Noise option and the Clone Stamp tool. Other than that, the only changes I made were with cropping and a bit of Color Balance, Image->Auto Tone/Contrast/Color, and Adjustment->Brightness/Contrast and Levels. Also, some of the photos didn’t turn out that great in color, but changing them to grayscale improved the picture vastly.

I know some photographers don’t like Photoshop, but if it can improve the photo without removing its integrity, then why not? Photos were and are constantly touched-up and changed so I see no real problem with this. Besides, Cindy Sherman says its ok!

Anyway, this was my first time photographing a small venue with stage lights aka no flash. Beforehand I had googled how to do this and read tips on concert photography, but really all y’all have to do is get in there and try to see what works.

The following are more panoramic, so please click on them to enlarge!



Here are the outtakes from “The Ballad of Kim Campbell.” I will never ‘sing’ again – it is hell! Guess I will have to stick to lip-synching….

So many ideas are running through my head for videos but I need people to film me. IT’S ALL ABOUT ME. ME ME ME


Also, why did this blog get so many hits on 9/11? What the hell….

GSWS 320 – Final Volunteer Hours

For my volunteer hours, with the help of my friend Vaughn, I wrote a song and also made a video for it. It’s about Kim Campbell, Canada’s first woman Prime Minister, and her experiences as a member of the boys-only Progressive Conservative party. After viewing the documentary called “Kim Campbell, Through the Looking Glass” I was inspiried to do something creative and to push my comfort level. Obviously I am not a good singer, but it was a challenging experience that was very rewarding both on a personal and professional level.

Here are the editorial cartoons I drew focusing on how women politicians are percieved.

Adobe Master Suite

Amazing software!! I have barely had time to play around on it but I am already in love. I got the whole collection on sale for about $345 or so. Marked down from 2 grand eh? Anyway, I created a video for my friend’s band Anthropology of Love. All footage is creative commons and from – amazing website. Don’t know what I would have done without it.

More videos to come in the future but I have been busy procrastinating from doing anything. Creativity comes in sharp flashes and if I don’t act on it, it is never realized. The video itself is really amateur, but I just wanted to put something out there. Made purely in Premire – haven’t touched the After Effects yet. Can’t wait!!!