An Industrial Vibe

And and little bit of History;

I’ve been walking about the train tracks near my apartment. I collect little bits of the nuts & bolts, the broken bones of aging tracks. Right now some of my findings are a bit more interesting than the average railway spike.

Here in Dartmouth I live just under an 50+ Yr old bridge that is going through a major facelift. The Big Lift is the first ever in history undertaking of completely refurbishing a bridge while it is still open (Hit the link for more information). Some of the parts jammed into this vase are original parts shed from the bridge construction.

Photo Op; PURE Reflection

Title; PURE Reflection, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Title; PURE Reflection, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Sundown in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Walking past the Historical Properties on the waterfront I see an abandoned building. The building once housed the Dragon King Buffet, a nightclub for a short time and some startup for LAN Gaming very very briefly. The signage on the building is a sort of sheet brass or polished steel and holds a near perfect reflection of the adjacent lamp post.

I like that the brass/polish gives it the impression of an aged photo, with maybe some artifacts that came forward during exposure, or perhaps water damage. A favorite picture trapped in the pages of those old photo albums with the adhesive film. The lantern’s light seems to be trapped perfectly, a glowing ember in. By far one of my favorite photos yet. I only had to tweak the brightness a little & crop it.

Photo Op; Bike’s Eye View

Title; Bike's Eye View, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Title; Bike’s Eye View, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Heading off to work on a predicted to be rainy day but… Far off in the distance there is blue sky. I snapped this picture while on my way up to the bridge bikeway. Not actually on the bikeway cause well, its not the most favorable place to stand and try to snap a photo. Normally to get this shot I’d lay facedown on the ground. Instead I just peaked my head through the guard rail.

Pretty soon with upcoming bridge construction I won’t be able to ride across here anymore. Well, for 18 Months at least. This might be one of the last photos to be captured of the old bikeway. I pray they improve the entry and exit ramps!

Photo Op; Captain America was here

Title; Captain America was here, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Title; Captain America was here, Photography by Ross W ©2015

I was on my way to work Saturday morning, just after seeing Avengers: Age of Ultron the night before and… While sitting at a red light I looked down. There is a tiny Captain America shield lodged under a small stone. I couldn’t help but laugh a little and I snapped a few quick shots with my cell. I was able to clean it up a little and pop the colors on the shield a bit. I love how it’s a little scratched up. Like it has seen combat. And as always, I wonder how it got here. Enjoy!

Aries; making waves…

When my Life & the Stars collide (Pt. 26)

horoscope-aries-tattoo-designSource; Metro | May 7 / 2015 | IT’S ALL IN THE STARS by Sally Brompton

You may enjoy upsetting the odds but don’t get carried away. The planets warn if you make too many waves between now and the weekend it could be you who ends up in the water.

Hah! Rock the boat is what I do. Often only when I know the odds are in my favor though lol. I make a lot of waves, most of the time just shoot’n the shit and maybe I say a little too much, or take that joke a little too far. But all in good fun.

Rocking the boat over some serious shit, I do that to. And yeah sometimes it fucks me but when I do it, its for just cause. I might not make any friends over it but I’ve never been super big on making a lot of friends. To much drama.

An example; I just started getting more hours at one of my jobs and liability is a big issue in the industry. I work the shop alone and at the end of the day I tell the owner when I see shit thats a potential problem. I take my job seriously, I come from a shop with a background of excellence. And things need to be done right.

I’m not out to throw anyone under the bus. I’m out to make sure everyone is safe.

Source; Flying Cow | May 2015 Vol. 14:8 | Signs For Bovines

Your creative powers are flowing back to you right now after a brief hiatus – and you should be able to make great progress on pursuing your artistic vision. That could be as simple as rearranging your desk.

The Bovine Sign is right on the mark. I took a break, for almost two weeks just to clear my mind. Put my art on pause and took care of a few small personal things. Mostly trying to ramp up my hours at work and maintain a good balance in my routine. I’m ready to hit the pavement running now. Creatively, I’ve been asked to create some illustrations for a children’s book and I’ll talk more about that in the near future.

And lastly, here is a picture of my desk lol. It NEEDS to be rearranged hahaha.

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There is not an inch of space to really work on anything…

Photo Op; memories of Juan the 2nd

Title; memories of Juan the 2nd, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Title; memories of Juan the 2nd, Photography by Ross W ©2015

Winter has finally moved on here in Halifax NS, Canada. In a period of 5 Weeks we saw over 200 Cm of snow. This rivaled the historic weather event dubbed “White Juan” named after a hurricane the previous season named Juan. The hurricane was underestimated and shut down the city and essential services for weeks. Much like hurricane Juan, White Juan the 2nd also left the city crippled. More than 10 Thousand truckloads of snow had to be transported out of the city.

This is a snap of the sidewalk outside my place of employ. As you can see the snow is piled up to the traffic lights. It is over now and the temperature is rising. Goodbye snow, Hello dust lol. The city used three times the amount of gravel on the roads this winter than any other average winter since White Juan. Now instead of fresh green grass peeking through all you see is crushed rock & litter.

Aries; LIFE – STAR COLLISION!

When my Life & the Stars collide (Pt. 25)

horoscope-aries-tattoo-designSource; Metro | May 6 / 2015 | IT’S ALL IN THE STARS by Sally Brompton

Meet up with friends and do things together today. And don’t limit yourself to social activities. Make the world a better place

So, yesterday I cheated and read my horoscope before the very end of the day. The result… A most canny life – star collision. I was already planning to go on an outing with Connections Halifax to the All Nations Church for a music jam. And jam I did with a group of people I consider to be great friends. I got to sing, smile, laugh and I felt like it was a little more than just hanging out with friends. I met new people and we learned to play new instruments and new songs. I figured this experience was in the stars and maybe Sally nailed it?

That was just the beginning…

At around 8 Pm I started to wander home, I zig zagged and explored the North end of Halifax and at a certain point I found myself standing in an empty intersection. I felt a presence familiar to me in life, I have written about it before. I call it the “Chi” … 

I heard the rattle of accessories and the light thumping of weighted feet moving across the pavement. Turning around I lay eyes on life long friend Deacon Day. He’s carrying a bass guitar and on his way to a show at the Company House, a local venue I’ve never laid eyes on.

Deacon and I walked together to the bar and upon arrival, sitting on the sidewalking is Jont Whittington a facilitator from The Spot and career singer, songwriter. Also a man I consider to be a friend.

And at this point I began to recount the reading from earlier in the day. 

Meeting Deacon & Jont lifted my spirit. Deacon was able to get me in the door as a guest and while I was sitting, thinking about how this was all coming together… Another friend of mine, Mike Nahirnak (also member of the band Zulkamoon) stepped in the door. Then followed Averil, Deacon’s wife and long time friend of mine. (Also saviour, thanks to Deacon and Averil I was set on the path to recovery. It was tough love but necessary and I will always be thankful).

The rest of the evening was exactly as Sally had written. Jont and the band proceeded to make the world a better place. Jont carries soo much energy and charisma! The Company House came alive and in that moment I was smiling like a fool marveling in how happy I was to be among friends. Experiencing a better place.