Glasgow gallery exhibition

I was lucky enough to have one of my street portraits hung in a gallery exhibition across the pond at The Glasgow Gallery of Photography. The portrait called “Talk is cheap” was of a young lad with a heavily tattooed face that I met outside the court buildings in Calgary, Alberta. To my knowledge he hadn’t been appearing before the…

Stop and say hello

If you work downtown and walk along Stephen Ave you would have passed Shaun as you crossed by Hudson Bay. Shaun is currently enjoying a slower pace of life working as the crossing guy at this, one of the main DT intersections. He’s always smiling at, and chatting with, people as they cross the road so it was only natural…

Drums, hockey and Robin Hood

I had a great conversation today with a guy called Graham who’s a drummer. He’s also still playing a bit of street hockey even at the ripe old age of 73 as it helps loosen up his back before he plays drums. He told me he’d been playing drums for over 55 years and was inspired by Keith Moon of…

It came good in the end

I got chatting to “D” while waiting to cross the road. As we chatted I asked him how he’d lost his leg; he told that he’d brought bad drugs from someone he shouldn’t have. He knew the guy was known for selling rough cut stuff, but he needed a fix. I then asked him if his leg had become infected…

Friday’s for future Calgary

The school strike for the climate, also known variously as Fridays for Future, Youth for Climate, Climate Strike or Youth Strike for Climate, is an international movement of school students who take time off from class to participate in demonstrations to demand action to prevent further global warming and climate change. Publicity and widespread organising began after Swedish schoolgirl Greta…

Pac-man and banjos

Two of Downtowns more colourful characters, Banjo Andy (left) and Court Agent Michael in one of his more reserved suits. Banjo Andy can often be found up on 17th Ave SW playing his Banjo and singing his heart out. One thing is certain he’s one of Calgary’s most popular characters and it’s always worth stopping for a chat if you…

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