Thursday, May 21, 2009

Fishing tested, Mother approved

Where I'm from the May long weekend usually brings to mind one thing. Fishing.

Opening weekend for pickerel (walleye) has always been one of my favorite occasions; the weeks (and months) before hand spent planning and buying new hooks and line to make sure that dinner is put on the table.
This May long was no different as we headed out to one of our favorite local hot spots to try our luck. As luck would have it, we made out good and I spent 4 our of 5 nights out on the lake until the early morning hours.

When there's a lull in the fishing I always make sure the camera is handy too. Here's a few shots from the opening weekend for pickerel season in Northwestern Ontario... enjoy!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Just what the tattoo ordered

This post is purely to attract some attention to another art form that I love - the art of tattooing.

Meghan did a fantastic job on my wife's ankle yesterday (our son's initials, cherry blossoms and vine around the leg). If you've got a second, take a look at Meg's flickr photostream and if you live in the Thunder Bay area and would like an appointment with Meg, don't forget to look her up at Underground Ink on St. Paul St.

Candice couldn't be happier with the work. Now some careful aftercare, healing and this beautiful piece will last a lifetime.

Me myself, I booked me another appointment for my birthday.
Can't wait. Will post results later.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Stop. Go. Art.

There was a thread on our local Flickr group that had mentioned that people should get out and document some of the artwork at the site of a demolished grain elevator down at the waterfront.
The Pool 6 property, as it's know locally was demolished a number of years ago and since then, local grassroots artists have taken it upon themselves to brighten up what would otherwise be just another industrial eyesore.

Hundreds of monolithic pieces of concrete, the remnants of the old grain elevator, litter the site and many have been turned into fantastic art pieces by local spray paint artists.
Some may call it vandalism. Some like to call it graffiti, both terms conveying a rather negative image.

I like to call it art because to me, that's what it is. It's art. The people behind these works have taken nothing and turned it into something far greater, that's what art is all about.
Too bad that within a number of years it will be gone. Waterfront development dictates that the site eventually be "cleaned up" and from what I hear, these artworks will be bulldozed into Lake Superior in an attempt to reclaim land for Thunder Bay's ever expanding waterfront development initiative.

So that's why I decided to head down and shoot a few shots because sooner or later it will be gone and all that remains are these images.

Just because, here's another from last year...