Buffalo Beautiful

Although it’s December and the it’s dark by 4:30pm the call of Buffalo was too much to resist until the weather cleared next Spring. And so we picked the gloomiest day to play tourists (last Saturday) and went to Buffalo to see what we could photograph.

Although the sun never came out, the rain subsided for a few hours in the afternoon so we could photograph the former Otis, Curtiss-Wright, and Niagara Tool & Machine site, attempt to access the Houdaille Industries site down the street, drive by the very boarded-shut Transfiguration Roman Catholic Church and wander some of the perimeter of the Buffalo Central Terminal.

Buffalo is a magical playground for photographers.

Below are my iPhone snapshots, photos from the Rolleiflex pending/at the lab…hopefully then I’ll have learned something about the former Otis, Curtiss-Wright, and Niagara Tool & Machine site. Right now the building is shrouded in mystery…

Goodbye to the Lake Shore Motel Strip

Last year, on a rainy Sunday afternoon,  by chance the TLR CLub and I photographed what was left of Casa Mendoza, the Beach and Shore Breeze Motels on Lake Shore Blvd. It turns out it was the only weekend to photograph the motel strips’ infamous Casa Mendoza because on the Monday it was literally gone. The Shore Breeze and Beach Motels were sealed up for another demolition day(s) and now they too have come and finally gone.  Today the Beach Motel, the last of the Lakeshore Motel Strip was razed for condos.


The Beach Motel
The Beach Motel
The Beach Motel
I Feel Empty Without Someone Inside Me


Casa Mendoza
Casa Mendoza

my first photo zine – a sneak preview before Canzine

I’m not new to the zine world, I co- published with great irregularity the zine Katalogue with Andrew Awesome and Ed Sinclair between 2004/2006. We usually held a ridiculous party with fortune tellers, bands, fashion shows, a celebrity museum, visual art and even once, about 100 stuffed animals wrapped in electrical tape (not our best idea).  Our mission  statement (compliments of the Vendart website):

“Katalogue is a zine devoted to the liberation and independence of the burgeoning underground art scene worldwide. Featuring illustration, text-based art, photography, theory, and fiction, Katalogue puts the concerned public in contact with the sympatico creative renegades who live to produce culture, not just to accept it. Not relying on a corporate obsessed curatorial committee, Katalogue functions as a manual, a gallery, a community, an experiment and a dialogue.

We support the right of every artist to put the meaning of their work before the concerns of monetary gain that many large outlets will make their primary motive to show or print. This is pirate radio for the page.”

In the Spring of 2006, we published an issue exploring the havoc Myspace wreaked on peoples lives and stopped publishing.

Fast forward to 2012 and my camera collective, The TLR Club and I are sitting on the remaining 200 copies of our self-published coffee table photo book (a run of 500 thank-you very much!) Modern Canadian Interiors and I remembered the wondrous world of Canzine. An annual event, Canzine is a festival of zine and independent art culture. It’s low-fi couture, it’s sexy buttons, on-of-a-kind art objects, indie publishing, t-shirts, art posters and a lot of unusual.

It’s enough to take a few books and mini-prints to Canzine, but I feel empty handed without a zine at my table and I’ve always wanted to make a photo zine, a high-key, photocopied booklet of images strung together by a suggestive narrative to be specific. I had just finished the 3rd chapter of Susan Sontag’s, Regarding the Pain of Others and couldn’t get Goya’s The Disasters of War out of my head. And so I appropriated several translated titles of Giya’s posthumously printed plates, mixed and matched my work with images from a roll of film I found (and devel0ped) in an abandoned house a few years ago and voila!: Archive Issue #1,  The Disasters Within.

Here is an out of context sneak peak inside. These two images are not paired inside (this is how they were booklet printed by InDesign), but I like the pairing. Now I just have to get to Kinkos/FEDex and crank-up the contrast and make it a zine!

Come get a copy on Sunday!

Canzine 2012
12-7pm, $5
918 Bathurst Centre, (918 Bathurst St., just north of Bloor St)


Group of Seven Roosters – FR-CP at De Luca Fine Art

In a few short weeks my first exhibition with Flying Rooster Contemporary Projects will open at De Luca Fine Art Gallery. The exhibition features seven Flying Rooster  artists: Manuel Bujold the co- founder of Make Art Public, award-winning sculptor Scott Eunson, architect and photographer Dieter Janssen, Montreal artists Jessica Wee, Michelle Bui and Scott Harber and me!

I am exhibiting several pieces from the Urban Remains/Modern Canadian Interiors series I’ve been working on for the last couple years that has expanded into the Rust Belt of the USA including the image pictured above on the invite (cropped) from the St. Agnes / Martyrs of Uganda Parish Church.

The pieces I am showing will only be available through De Luca Fine Art | Gallery. Check back in October for a sneak preview of the show on my blog!

Group of Seven Roosters
Michelle Bui, Manuel Bujold, Scott Eunson, Richelle Forsey, Scott Harber, Dieter Janssen & Jessica Wee
UPDATE: Oct 6 – 31, 2012 Extended to Nov. 17!
De Luca Fine Art | Gallery
217 Avenue Rd (at Davenport), Toronto, ON

Opening Reception: Saturday Oct. 13th from 2-6pm

An Inventory of Local Ruins

Next week, the group exhibition An Inventory of Local Ruins, photography by The TLR Club: Richelle Forsey, Kevin McBride, Martin Helmut Reis, Colin Savage and Alejandro Valencia opens at 3030 Dundas St. W.

The opening reception on Sept. 8, 2012, 7pm-late is also also 3030’s “Bring Your Own Vinyl Night” with DJ Nick Bandit and DJ Oh Sixteen.

I’ll be showing new work and we’ll have will have mini prints ($20) & copies of Modern Canadian Interiors ($35) for sale.

So bring a record or 2 and join us for pint!


An Inventory of Local Ruins
3030 Dundas St. W
Sept. 8 – Oct. 11
Hours: Mon-Fri. 5pm – late, Sat & Sun 10am – 3pm, 6pm – late
Opening Reception: Sept. 8, 7pm – late