Some portraits! Along with shooting weddings, I (Mike) spend a lot of time shooting events like Market Collective. This time I decided to do something a little bit different, by doing portraits of the artists and all the folk who make Market Collective happen. What an amazing community of creatives we have here in Calgary. To all the artists, thanks for humouring me :)
Film used: Fuji Instax and Impossible Project.
Occasionally I (Mike) will get some odd requests to photograph some odd things. ‘Odd’ for some people, but really to me, things that are ‘odd’ are very very ‘rad’. Such as this. The Late Late Breakfast Show — a sketch comedy troupe based in Calgary, they create very hilarious, and sometimes/often/mostly offensive sketches. One very delicious thing is that they heavily incorporate live music/song in their sketches which is a treat for the the ears and the funny bone. Anyhoo, this is from a show from way back in February called ‘Power Ballad.’ I had the pleasure to see the show and it was immensely entertaining (and was sold out every night). Really the pictures don’t do these guys justice, you really have to go check ’em out here: www.latelatebreakfastshow.com and on their facebook page ;)
Last weekend Mike rushed over to check out the final day of a incredible public art project — probably one of, if not the THE largest of it’s kind in Calgary’s history. Installations were all-encompassing, where throngs of public could openly meander through living rooms and exposed foundations, travel across carpet-clad hanging bridge structures, aaaaaand experience a CAMERA OBSCURA! The soon-to-be demolished residential block became a blur of art gallery/amusement park.
Please check out their website, definitely read the ABOUT page because the scale of the project was too grand to cover in one day!
WRECK CITY: An Epilogue for 809 is a community-based art experiment transforming 9 houses, 3 garages, and a greenhouse scheduled for demolition into temporary art, installation, and performance spaces. The biggest project of its type in the history of Calgary (perhaps even all of Canada), Eight Artist-Curators have invited 100+ Artists, Musicians, and Performers to participate. Artist participants were free to radically alter the architecture of entire houses, re-shaping the homes using materials from the houses themselves, without need for repair at the end of the project. This newly formed community of artists produced a neighbourhood of magical and critically-engaging spaces, made possible only by the freedom of working inside houses soon to be destroyed. You can see some of the finished works here.
Instigated as an epilogue for 809 Gallery, one of Calgary’s influential garage galleries (scheduled for demolition with the rest of the homes), WRECK CITY is a swan song for the history of the neighbourhood, a playful comment on Calgary’s demolition addiction, and an opportunity to cultivate a new community of Artists amidst the rubble of an entire block of houses.