Fly Your Flag High

It's been about a week since I got home from my vacation, and I feel like I'm just getting back into the swing of normal life. 

California is an exciting place. In the last two years it has been where I've gained inspiration, solidified friendships, and it's where I reflect on the future. Despite having a traffic induced anxiety attack once or twice in LA it was an amazing trip. I saw lots of art, architecture, and I took hundreds of photos of both.  Vacation photos.

The contemporary architecture of California seems almost futuristic. Our contemporary architecture up here in the Pacific Northwest is similar, but relies heavily on organic accenting such as heavily stained cedar and rock. California seems to use more whites accented with more whites. Smooth lines and unnaturally finishes. There is something about it that makes me want to become an architect. 

During my vacation I went to MaxFunCon, and had an amazing time. I knew I would. I saw old friends and made new ones. John Vanderslice gave an amazing talk during one of my class sessions. Monetizing Tour Creativity. You can check out notes from his talk on the MaxFun Forum. 

It's hard to not be inspired every time I talk or see John. He's an amazingly welcoming person, and one of my favourite people. Speaking of which his album Dagger Beach came out today. You should buy it. 

I've got a week or so off from any serious concert gigs, but I'll be back in full swing later this month for V.I.C. Fest. It's a little local music, food, and art festival my friends started three years ago. I'm honoured to have been asked to shoot it for them since the beginning. It's awesome seeing your friends really succeed at something they are passionate about. 

Speaking of success. The first Point Shoot Ship camera made it's way back to me on the weekend. I started this little project over night last October. I put a point and shoot camera in the mail with a notebook, and sent it all around North America through a network of internet friends. I'm stoked to see what people came up with. Some photos didn't turn out, but that's okay. It was still an amazing way to create art with a bunch of people I've never met. 

The second camera is out there in the world right now. It's been to Australia and everything. If you'd like to sign up for the third Point Shoot Ship camera just leave me your name and mailing address here. 

Next week I'll be hopefully releasing some details on a little project I'm working on. It's called "Festival Season."