shine on you crazy diamond

One good thing about living in an urban centre like Toronto is that every day can bring new possibilities and opportunities. You never know who you could meet or what they could say.

Example. I met a girl a while back who is an aspiring photographer. We became friends on Facebook, had a quick back and forth and that was that. Another connection made in this wonderful world of eccentrics and avant-gardes.

Fast forward to 6-months later. After posting a profile picture on Facebook of myself and my sweetheart, she got in touch and asked if we’d be interested in doing a professional photo shoot for an upcoming Valentines Day promo that her studio (Next Top Model Studios) was looking to do.

I asked my lady, she said heck yes, so off we went. It was a great opportunity and we got some great pictures out of it. Have a look. And remember, cherish all connections you make in this wild journey we call life, who knows what you could get out of them.

the harmony collective – monkey fingers/gentle robber

a little princess

uncle kyle what is this on your face?

i’m cute.

my uncle kyle is crazy, but i love him.

the beautiful Audrey Alexis

I had the honour of shooting Audrey Alexis last week as we strolled through High Park. This girl is beautiful, naturally.

Makeup by Maya Adivi. Shot with a Nikon D90, 18-55mm.

want it but don’t want to buy it? why not make it?

I had a friend over the other night and we got into a friendly debate over who was better with words. I, of course, used my English Degree to back my stance and she credited herself as a wordsmith from the hundreds of books read growing up. Both valid arguments, but we needed something to settle the score once and for all. So, we decided to let Scrabble act as mediator to the quarrel. The only problem was that I didn’t own the game. I did, however, have a few pieces of cardboard lying around and thought it wouldn’t be too difficult to make our very own cardboard version of the famous word game.

Out came the cardboard, scissors and markers and we were off. We marked out a 15×15 grid, cut out 100 little squares for the tiles, wrote the letters and points on the tiles and marked the double and triple word and letter scores. We even made little holders to shield our tiles from each other’s eyes.

A half hour later we kicked off an epic battle of words. Five minutes into the game we seemed to forget that we were playing on something that was once deemed just a few sheets of cardboard. So now I own a Scrabble game, and it was free!

This sort of mindset can go far beyond a simple game of Scrabble if only you allow it. It all comes down to what we choose to consume, and whether or not it is necessary. What other classic games could be reproduced with materials you have lying around the house? What else can you upcycle around the house?

Oh, and for the record, she won, by a meagre 11 points.

acorns, mushrooms and a mill street tankhouse

get outside