Ahem, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

NoGraffito found in gastown during my Once I was a Camera class.
this was taken during a recent photo walk with Vancouver Photo Workshops.

Last Kind Words

The alley behind the school where I teach has been getting cleaned up lately. The tenants are changing and the alley is looking a whole lot different.
Tonight, as I was riding down the alley before class, I encountered a new tenant telling the old ‘tenants’ that they could no longer sleep in the entrance way to the building.

The man under the blanket grumbled something at the man.
I don’t think his words were so kind, nore do I think they were his last. 
His choice sleeping area is just left of this, now covered, NoGraffito.

But I still love you.

This is a photograph of a cinder brick wall with the words "But I still love you" written in oil stick. The brick wall and words are shadowed by the fence that is in the foreground. The shadow of the fence runs at an angle up from the bottom left corner. The barbed wire at the top of the fence is visible in the shadows and adds its own comment to the writing. - NoGraffito 

But I still love you., originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

Sometimes people don’t say the things they mean.
Truth lies in the shadows.

Did they know how the shadow of the fence and the barbed wire would comment back?

“I feel trapped, But I still love you.”

I love moments when random words and light play together nicely.

Accounts Payable Dept.

This is a photograph of graffiti written on a modern outhouse door. The outhouse is located in a open wooded area. The words "Accounts Payable Dept." are written in marker. The words are small in proportion to the outhouse door they are written on.
Account Payable Dept.
, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

Danger Bay 10 took place during the long weekend in May, which also happens to coincide with my birthday, May 24th. This a longboarding race that my friend Bricin has hosted in Pender Harbour for the last 10 years.

I raced the first few years. I hurdled myself downhill with minimal equipment on, standing side by side with 3 others making high-speed 90 degree turns while trying not to lose my shit.
This is on the top of one of the more infamous roads on the Sunshine Coast that the riders call “Jake’s Rash”. It’s broken its fair share of bones and shaved off plenty of skin!
This is the last shot I took that weekend. I was just showing my photo partner Loren the wicked road when at the top there were these porta johns or outhouses.

I never would have expected to find a NoGraffito at the top of Jake’s Rash, but I’m happy I did, in more ways than one.

Happy Birth May!

This is a photograph of a cream coloured wall with the words "Happy Birth May" written in spray paint capitol letters along the right side of the frame. The words are balanced by the texture of the wall and the discolouration caused by the rusted top railing. A long rust drip and paint peeling up along the left side balances the whole photograph. 

Happy Birth May!, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

This one is for my daughter, and a little bit for me. Hanna & I share the Month of May for Birthdays. Hanna was born on mother’s day, May 10th, 2009. It changed our lives.

I was born May 24th & I married Taryn who’s birthday is April 30, almost May day. We wed on Friday the 13th of last year. We found out around valentines day of this year that we are expecting our second around Halloween.

I guess I have a thing for Holidays.
Happy birth May to all you other May babies out there. It’s a great month for a bithday.

just like music

This is a photograph of the words "just like music" written on the side of a platform in an alley in Vancouver, Canada. The surface that the words are written on runs horizontally in the center of the frame with the top and bottom of the platform being balanced with railings and pipelines.affito of writing on a wall that says "Just Like Music" 

just like music, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

My ideas are just like music, there are a lot them that I don’t like the sound of. On the other hand, when good ideas start flowing it’s like good music, and I can’t get enough!
Currently, the music is on loud, and it sounds great!

What sound track do your pictures have?
My ideas are just like music, there are a lot them that I don’t like the sound of. On the other hand, when good ideas start flowing it’s like good music, and I can’t get enough!
Currently, the music is on loud, and it sounds great!

What sound track do your pictures have?

Half way to crazy

Graffiti of writing on a wall that says "1/2 way II crazy -->" - NoGraffito. The words are spray painted on a painted cinder block wall located on the left 1/3 of the image. This is balanced by a red brick wall of the attached building on the right 1/3 of the image. The different textures of the brick walls creates a nice asymmetrical balance. 

Half way to crazy, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

Well, in case you readers haven’t read through other social networks…

Taryn & I are expecting our second child.
We seem to be getting a lot of snickers from our friends that currently have two kids. Is this meant to be some sort of hidden warning?

(for Taryn’s full discloser of this news, www.fetuspanda.com)


This photograph of a brick wall with the work "OLD" written on it. The Brick wall is off white with black grout. "OLD" is written in all capitals and is placed in the upper right of center. The negative space of the photograph is nicely balanced with brick pattern and is contrasted by the single word being just off center, creative a little visual tension. 

OLD, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

I knew that it would eventually happen. Time after all doesn’t slow down or change direction. The other day I was singing into on of my many online accounts and I was welcomed with my age… 37. Then I was going to submit some photos for a competition, however the cut off was 35. Ouch.


This photograph of a wall has the words "Go Humping" written in tape. This tape graffiti photograph has uses the other details of the wall to frame the words. A door on the left side of the frame, a pipe that runs along the top of the frame and takes a 90 degree downturn to meet two white plastic PVC pipes that create focus on the right side of the frame. 

GO HUMPING, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

I don’t usually photograph anything but writing for this project, however, this needed to be shot. I took it on Tuesday. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.


This is a photograph of a stucco wall of a garage found in an alley near Broadway & Fraser in Vancouver, Canada. The texture of the wall is strongly contrasted by the mattress that takes up the lower left portion of the frame. The word "TODAY!" is written in marker and is placed in the upper right of the frame to balance the mattress. 

Today!, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

I think if there are any parents out there with younger children, the irony of the matress in the alley and the plea written above really sums up parenthood. Maybe a ? instead of an ! would be more appropriate

Think 2wice

This is a photograph of a slat board wall in an alley in Vancouver, Canada with the words "think 2wice" painted on it in messy capital letters. The wood of the wall is aged and has a lot of texture. 

Think 2wice, originally uploaded by blackframesyx.

I was out shooting this morning, I had a totally different goal in mind, a totally different path I was going to travel until I hesitated at the end of an alley. I thought for a few moments, a noticeable few moments and decided to turn left into this alley I have walked down before. I guess my guts/intuition was awake on this fine Monday morning.