Writer Yasuko Thanh, Victoria, British Columbia 2017

September 2, 2017 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, British Columbia writer, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Literary Photographer, Music, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Portrait, Punk Rock, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Writer, Writing, Yasuko Thanh | Leave a Comment 

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Yasuko Thanh is both an award-winning writer with a short story collection and a novel published (and a new publication on the way) and a musician who performs in a number of bands. I’ve photographed her singing and at a book reading/signing before but this was our first shot at a portrait. Her site is here. A review of her novel in the Globe and Mail is here.



Ruby Karinto, Victoria, British Columbia 2017

August 27, 2017 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Historical, History, Music, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Punk Rock, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

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Much of my photography centres around landscapes, natural and manmade and how that shapes us and our culture and/or how we and our cultures shapes our constructed and social landscapes. I like how the local makes us all unique to our own parts of the world.

I haven’t concentrated so much on people who shape our culture especially artists, be they writers, musicians, painters etc.

Local Victoria band Ruby Karinto are unique certainly. The foursome, lead vocalist and electronics, Ai Ito, Soma Morse, electronics and vocals, Damon Henry, bass and Jason Flower, percussion are unique. Lead vocalist Ai Ito performs in a mask.The lyrics to the band’s songs are at  least 50% in Japanese. Their lyrics are, according to drummer Jason Flower “based on cryptic Japanese folk tales and bizarre western pop culture references”.

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The images here are from a recent outdoor performance in Victoria. You can check out the band here.

I’ve written previously about drummer Jason Flower’s other musical endeavours, his used record shop Supreme Echo and his record label of the same name (here). Flower tracks down forgotten, neglected and  overlooked bands and their work and puts out vinyl records of their music along with supporting written and visual material providing not only entertainment but archiving music for the future

 



Local Bands Live, Victoria, BC 2015

October 9, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, History, Music, Music Archive, Pacific Northwest, Photographers, Photography, Punk Rock, Vancouver Island, Victoria | 2 Comments 

Recently I’ve managed to get out and photograph a few local bands playing live, something that at the beginning of my career I did a lot. It’s still fun and there’s nothing like a live performance in a small venue. I’d never photographed any of the three bands, pictured below, before and they were photographed on different nights. What I found most interesting was how the bands shared members.

The first band I photographed was Line Traps, I went to see them as I knew their guitarist Tiemen Kuipers.

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The second band was 12 Gauge Facial  (love that name) as I’d met the vocalist Yasuko Thanh (who is also a novelist) at the Line Traps gig. The Line Traps’ drummer was also 12 Gauge Facial’s drummer.

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The final band was Hank Angel and his Island Devils. Hank is the bassist for 12 Gauge Facial but I didn’t realize that the guitarist from 12 Gauge was also in Hank’s band.

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Some people follow their history through their cultural interests, movies, books and music.



Joe Keithley – DOA farewell tour / BC Legislature visit

January 28, 2013 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Entertainment, Fine Art, Music, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Portrait, Punk Rock, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vancouver Punk, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

DOA front man Joe Keithley was in town playing a gig during the band’s farewell tour. Joe has decided to seek the NDP nomination in Coquitlam – Burke Mountain in order to run in the upcoming May provincial election. We decided to take a few portraits in front of the BC Legislature building in the afternoon. Here’s a few images from that shoot and one from the show.

 

 



The Ramones and The Avengers in Vancouver

April 6, 2011 | Filed Under Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Music, Photography, Punk Rock, Vancouver, Vancouver Punk | Leave a Comment 

I have a new show of my early Vancouver punk photos opening at the Talk Is Cheap Gallery on Pandora Street in Victoria this coming Saturday. I’ve been sorting through my negs yet again and had a couple news ones scanned. It’s interesting what I keep finding.

I came across this group shot of the Ramones posing for me before their gig at the Commodore.  I did notice the guy standing at left looking on but just figured he was a roadie or something and I’d just crop him out. However after seeing the scan I’m pretty certain that’s  it’s Gerry Hannah from the Subhumans.

This is The Avengers, with Penelope Houston at right. I photographed them twice when they played in Vancouver.



Dave Bidini – Orion Lecture

January 20, 2010 | Filed Under Literary Photographer, Music, Portrait, Sports | Leave a Comment 

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The great Dave Bidini was in Victoria last night giving the annual Orion lecture. He talked about his travel for his books and TV documentaries and afterwards took questions from the audience. He’ll be around for a few more days talking to various writing classes at UVIC. I’m sure it’s not always so but Dave’s life seems so seamless, travel and music and writing and family and hockey all melding together magically. Plus he’s a cool stylish guy. Just look at the images from last night.web Dave Bidini 2



The Dishrags – More Images From Vancouver Punk’s Early Years

January 15, 2010 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Music, Photography, Photos, Punk Rock, Vancouver Punk | Leave a Comment 

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Can’t ID Bands

January 2, 2010 | Filed Under Music, Photography | 3 Comments 

Postimg for ID help -anyone know? First two pix, same band, no idea. Second band. Dimwit on bass but doesn’t look like Subhumans.

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Tom Hawthorn – Sudden Death Records & Joe Keithley

December 30, 2009 | Filed Under From the Newspapers, Music | Leave a Comment 

In keeping with the recent punk theme, check out Tom Hawthorn‘s story on Joe Keithley’s Sudden Death Records in the Globe and Mail. Check out Sudden Death Records yourself.

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Bev Davies – 13 Photographs of DOA – Exhibition & Calendar

December 29, 2009 | Filed Under Music, Photography | 1 Comment 

The opening reception for Bev Davies’ latest exhibition and calendar will be at Vancouver’s Jem Cordova gallery (#36-22 East Cordova Street) on January 2, 1PM-5Pm. Show runs until January 13.

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