farm city!

the bearded ones.

April 29, 2010
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Los Barbudos Baseball Club. 1959.

Camilo Cienfuegos and Fidel Castro.
(My man Fidel pitched two strikeouts over two innings in an exhibition match on 24 July 1959).

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city-kids.

April 29, 2010
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Vivian Maier. French-Born American. Photographer. Chicago. 1926-2009.

I cam across Vivian Maier’s photos in a roundabout, blogabout way. She was an amateur photographer who took thousands of photos of her neighborhoods in Chicago and New York, most of the medium-format film and slides went undiscovered until John Maloof purchased her estate at an auction a few years ago.
Since then, he’s been developing the photos and posting them to this blog.. I’m really into these photos of kids playing, but there are hundreds more, most of them have caught my eye. I’ll certainly explore her work further, post more here.

(The final photo in the series is a self-portrait).


mini-city.

April 26, 2010
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EVOL. Graffiti. Art. Berlin, Germany.

EVOL is a Berlin-based street-artist who transforms everyday urban objects – electric boxes, concrete planters, ATM machines – into miniature buildings. Ordinary apartment buildings for people like you and I.
The burned-out-looking cityscape is in Dresden, in a giant hole at the site of a former meat-packing facility, using concrete foundations and platforms left from the site’s industrial past.
I can’t get enough of EVOL’s work – he combines two of my favourite things (architectural-drawings and urban-space) brilliantly. You can see more at his website, evoltaste.com.


ministry of communes.

April 23, 2010
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Caracas, Venezuela.

“Our gallery is the street, and that means we have to hope our images spur passers-by to think a little before they disappear.”

These photos are of Venezuelan street artists, taken by Meridith Kohut for the New York Times. The Times has an interesting article + accompanying slide show about the Chavez government’s support for street art and its usefulness as a propaganda tool. The Ministry of Communes has assembled a number of street art brigades to spray paint, wheat paste and otherwise reclaim urban space for art + politics.
Interesting photos and more cool shit sure to come out of Caracas if the government keeps buying kids paint and letting them run wild in the street…


cultural landscape.

April 20, 2010
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Šentjošt, Slovenija.

Recently a few friends and I were speaking of landscapes – and our connections to them. It began with a discussion of Canada. One friend said she felt an immense connection with the foothills of Waterton, Alberta. Another said she was most at home at a rocky Ontario lake, like from a Group of Seven painting or something. For me, Canada is home. But I don’t feel super-connected to any one place here. I love it for its diversity, I guess.
But I do feel (or, felt, when I visited) a connection with Šentjošt, a little village of a few hundred people, where my grandfather was born and lived until he emigrated to Toronto. I don’t know why. I’ve been to plenty of ‘beautiful’ places, places too beautiful to describe, but for me, this little hillside village feels right.
It’s been a few years since I was last in Slovenija, but I constantly dream of a return.
Here’s a few photos of Šentjošt from further up the hill and a bit of printed ephemera from the village’s mountaineering club.


postal service.

April 19, 2010
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Britain, Canada, Mexico, United States, Cuba, Slovenija.


cool dudes.

April 16, 2010
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Man Style.


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canadian cultural landscapes.

April 15, 2010
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Canada Wheat Board Trains.

Canadian Wheat Board design is pretty solid – a modern logo combined with traditional typeface. I’m happy to see these train-cars grace the rails of this great land.


the sum of its parts.

April 12, 2010
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Napoli Pizza.

Dough, Olive Oil, Tomatoes, Basil, Buffalo Mozzarella, Wood Fire / Brick Oven.
Fucking Gorgeous.


the cause.

April 10, 2010
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I.R.A. Murals – for a United Ireland.

I support street art, political spirit and a united Ireland.


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