All posts tagged: Photo Diary

Record: Tobermory

I went for an AirBnB vacation weekend to Tobermory with some friends in late July, and we were blessed with amazing weather, and a really good time. Despite being quite sick for the entirety of the trip, I had enough Tylenol to keep me present enough to enjoy the sights, and even do a little bit of hiking. Ontario is a beautiful province, and many of its sights are hidden away out of public consciousness. I’m finally starting to explore these surrounding areas more intentionally, and with perfect summer weather, Canada is actually pretty awesome. Hiking to the Inglis Falls The Falls Visiting the shoreline of a local lake. Beautiful in a very quiet sort of way. Sunset at Sauble Beach Wildflowers always have my heart. The bluest lake we ever did see. Gorgeous, pristine, and freezing. The beach, with contrast of white rock and gradient lake. Fields as far as the eye can see. The land next to our AirBnB. The skies on the way home. As a group of mid-twentiers (haha), I find …

Record: April 13th, 2015

There is a set of stairs in the building where I worked that isn’t used very often, and has this lovely sandy, rusty vibe to it. I really like to sit there, eat lunch and enjoy good weather. Spring making its comeback in all its loveliness. The yellow is almost too bright to look at for long. I’m quite partial to the smell of decay and growth happening at the same time. It’s also really nice to see leaves again after so much winter and snow. Sometimes the universe and I just happen to think alike. These will be named my sky jeans from now on. I went for a little trek in the park, which has a huge pit for unleashed dogs to bound around in. It was the most joyful thing, dogs just running amok everywhere within that green.

Record: February 25th 2015

City space is my favourite space. As much as I love the open country, star-filled skies, mountain tops and the shorelines, I always find my heart most enraptured when walking in the city. Even in its dirtiest, ugliest, and stinkiest, I find that there is so much for me to absorb and know, so much I can turn over and take apart, so many layers of time and space just haunting, just hovering. Recently I have been forced to take longer walks in the city in this deathly cold, and although I detest the cold, I do think that a cold city has its own flavor. I think a lot about Michael Ondaatje’s Toronto, and Michael Redhill’s Toronto. Then I think about Dionne Brand’s Toronto and I sometimes feel like if I looked around I might see them walk by, ghostly inhabitants of this city rising out of words on words.   Sometimes, days happen to take you to roads you haven’t walked before, neighbourhoods you’ve never seen, and you might just catch a glimpse …

Record: February 3rd, 2015

This is a bit of a cheat post, as I’m cobbling together photos from the last week and a bit to create something like a mood board for my current state of being. These days are full of necessary action. I work four jobs, therefore, I work those jobs. I have to eat to have energy, therefore, I eat. I have to sleep in order to work, therefore, I sleep. Necessity is one of those forces so wonderfully perverse. It has an unstoppable motivational power, but it is also such a greedy, demanding thing. Necessity doesn’t stop until you’ve laid everything at the altar. I guess the trick around all of this is to try to reimagine most of what we conceive as necessary into something else. There are many nuances to this process, but I think the interrogation is the fruitful bit. Having to spend time mulling over my pursuits, my actions, my decisions in the light of whether or not I really have to makes me more conscious about how I am living …

Record: January 20th, 2015

Lately I haven’t had as much time as I would like to do posts for this blog. As someone who works in social media, there is a constant pressure to be consistent and to generate content in order to build a strong online presence. I am supposed to have a strategy, optimize, use analytics and streamline based on traffic. I should be looking for ways to make content relevant, to make it highly engaging, to make it easily accessible and less time-consuming. Life isn’t social media though. I find myself looking in many different directions, taking on different types of challenges, and having to make decisions on a rolling basis: What shall I do? Why should I do this? How shall I continue? Can I do everything? More importantly, must I? When time becomes something you get to exert some semblance of control over, the questions take on more weight, and clarity becomes more elusive. I find that these days often fall into the same series of decisions I make, yet yielding different results each …