Aidan Knight - St. Andrews - 06/10/12

Many great things were happening on Friday night. Besides the Canucks winning game five against the Bruins, Aidan Knight and the Friendly Friends were playing at St. Andrews. Funny thing was, even being at the concert, you didn't really miss out on any of the hockey game's action. Occasionally, when the songs got soft, we could hear the cheer in the streets. Opening the concert was Julia Wakal, AKA Spectacles, and also one of the Friendly Friends. She has a remarkable voice; incredibly mesmerizing. I'm looking forward to seeing her more on the scene. Matt Lockhart of Treelines came on next and rocked us with that booming voice of his. During the intermission, I stepped out for some fresh cheer. The streets were crazy. Finally it was Aidan Knight's turn to take the stage. Not much to say about him that you shouldn't already know, because really, you should know about him. It's a group like this that keeps reminding me how much talent we have in Victoria. Fortunately it didn't end there. I got treated to a free show today outside the BC Museum - That's where the last four pictures are coming from. I've been trying some new editing styles that emulate the old film look - let me know what you think of it!

The end of Kodachrome.

By the time the news hit me, I knew practically nothing about Kodachrome and it's history. I had heard and seen its name everywhere and come to the conclusion that, in fact, it was a very important thing. Immediately I deduced that it was vital for me to shoot my own roll before it was too late to do so and I would never be able to relate to an experience that pretty much every photographer to this day has had. So the game was on. Find Kodachrome. Shoot. Find Lab. Process. Done. Well... it wasn't so simple. No stores were selling Kodachrome anymore, and pretty much every last roll whispered of in clandestine fashion to me had mysteriously disappeared. Furthermore, only one lab in the world had the chemicals to process Kodachrome, and they were in Kansas. I continued my search, until a friend told me of this top secret organization, (shhh.. eBay), where I could find the goods. The merchants were kind enough to ship the film all the way from Kansas, where I would later ship it back to, only for it to be shipped back again. I shot it very quickly. I had to - there were only a few days left before the lab would reject all kodachrome...forever. Finaly, I got notice that my package had been recieved a day before they would have rejected it. I could now rest and go back to South Africa for two months knowing that, by the time I returned, I would have some slides to look at. Surely enough, they arrived in my absense a month and a half late, but this didn't not matter. I finally had some time to scan them into a computer at Camera Traders today. I shot two expired rolls of 36 exposure, 25 ISO slide film. The blue wash is due to the age of the film, but I quite like what I got out of it. Enjoy this series of random events, they all occured within 3 days. On December 31st 2010, Kodachrome died.

The Dodos - Sugar Night Club - 04/01/11

Ah! What a great week is has been. I got to shoot Mother Mother and The Dodos, both of which are some of my favourite bands. On the same token, both are incredibly different. What I've always loved about The Dodos, was their edge. They have this alternative thing going on that I can't describe. It adds so much to their genre of music.

It was definitely a good time. If you're familiar with the songs "Fools" and "The Season," you would have rocked your soul out last night. At least, that's what happened during the encore. After Meric told the audience not to mosh, the opposite transpired ofcourse, much to the bands delight. For a while, things got a little crazy. But that's The Dodos for you.

The first four are of Reading Rainbow who opened for the Dodos. They put on quite a show too.