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25 Years of Guitar

Friday, July 15, 2011

Today marks the 25th anniversary of my first guitar lesson! Despite starting on the guitar at a young age, I remember that lesson like it was yesterday. My teacher gave me four basic chords to learn and sent me on my way. At the time, I was more interested in the concept of playing guitar than being a guitarist, but soon enough, I was introduced to the guitar wizardry of Eddie Van Halen's solo piece Eruption and it was all over.

Lee's Palace in 2003 with Colour of Each

I eventually outpaced the theory and guitar playing my teacher was capable of sharing, so after a year of lessons I delved into numerous guitar magazines and pursued the self-taught approach. If I had to choose one an artistic pursuit out of all of the creative outlets I pursue, playing guitar would be favourite. However, it's been sorely underrepresented in the public eye. I plan to change this in the next 12 months.

I'm marking the anniversary by finally getting down to business and completing a couple of guitar-oriented albums I've been slowly working on in the past ten years. I figured it was best to finish them before the world ended, so stay tuned for some Motionblur Music in 2011 and 2012.

10-22mm, 1/5 second, f/5.6, ISO 800, Photoshopping


Zydeco Zinger

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Zydeco Zinger is a derelict wave swinger ride located in at the abandoned Six Flags New Orleans amusement park. It is on the opposite side of the park from the ferris wheel (seen in the background).

10-22mm, 1/160 second, f/8.0, ISO 100, HDR


Crack the Surface

Monday, July 11, 2011

Hot on the heels of yesterday's post about urban exploration documentaries, here's Crack the Surface. This video takes a slightly different twist than Steps in that it features slightly more extreme explorations, including active subway tunnels, urban spelunking and draining. For Canadians, watch for a mention (starting at 8:55) of an explorer that nearly drowned in Edmonton.


Regina Sy

Sunday, July 10, 2011

I had the opportunity on Saturday to do another photo shoot with the super fun and beautiful Regina Sy. We shot in two locations; a set of abandoned phone booths north east of Toronto and in front of the Guild Inn. These shots mark the beginning of a project I'm working on that will be launched in a few months.

85mm, 1/3200 second, f/1.8, ISO 100



Sunday, July 10, 2011

I'm often asked what it's like to do urban exploration. Steps, a short documentary by Scott Oller and filmed in Europe, is the most realistic example of urban exploration I've seen to date. This documentary is an exact reflection of how we experience urban exploration in the Toronto Exploration Society.



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