The crumbs you thew,
SHAM SHUI PO, HK
So proud to present a project that Isabel & I did as Limes & Lemons just before the new year to wrap up 2016 and give thanks to the universe for the positivity and light that have gotten us, and everybody else, through darker days year after year. We took this as an opportunity to get together with our dearest friends over the course of the week leading up to Christmas to hang out, light up a couple sparklers, climb into restricted areas, share laughs and share stories. All too often, we take our time together for granted. More than anything, though a reminder to all, it was a great reminder to myself that it is this time we spend together, the people we choose to surround ourselves with, that guide the way for us through our trials and tribulations. We all have our own stories, our own problems and our own weaknesses, but often unknowingly it is through coming together and leaning on each other that we become stronger and it is in each other we find hope.
Many thanks to all the beautiful strangers who took part in the public engagement portion of our project - despite the alarmingly cold weather in Vancouver, it was incredibly heartwarming to see and experience so much love, passion and kindness on the streets. My biggest gratitude is to the friends who took time out of their days to come out and brave the cold, reflect and get raw and emotional with us. My heart is so full.
Not too far from home was this winter wonderland. five photographers, a little hydroplaning, potentially a near death experience, some favorite winter tunes on repeat and fresh coffee under tiny umbrellas on the bridge made for an unforgettable winter morning.
Sometimes we'll have conversations about where we derive our happiness. We'll talk about the value of simplicity, how often we forget about it as we lose ourselves in our digitally driven, ever evolving, consumer societies, and all the times we've removed ourselves and felt high on life. This was one of those times. So what's that like?
Maybe it's in the crisp winter air - the way the chill expands my lungs, or maybe it's in the comfort of being snug in my 52 layers of clothing. But something about being in the snow whether its atop a mountain 6000ft above ground, walking on the streets below my apartment, or standing right here on this bridge, makes me want to check in with my body - take deep breaths, close my eyes and just feel. And in those moments, I am overwhelmed with joy and with gratitude.
THIS IS KENTA
The past week has been a brutal one for what you would expect for early December in Vancouver. We saw as much snow in the city as we would typically see in a whole year. While I spent most of my week bundled up in a blanket with a hot beverage and a candle lit in my living room, Kenta was doing something admirable, camping out in a small tent outside the Vancouver Art Gallery.
The tent is a part of his art installation, "Tent-In for Peace" inspired by John and Yoko, to examine and raise awareness about homelessness and displacement in Vancouver.
YOU WERE A VISION IN THE MORNING WHEN THE LIGHT CAME THROUGH
I KNOW I'VE ONLY FELT RELIGION WHEN I'M LYING WITH YOU
I can't help but drive away from all the mess you made
You sent this hurricane but it won't go away