Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

What Are We Becoming?



There is so much about this commercial that pisses me off.
Lets start with her comment of "only $100."
Since when is $100 followed by the word only.
Especially for a pair of jeans?
Are they the world's greatest pair of fucking jeans?
I highly doubt it.

Now let's assume this girl is say, 12 years old.
When I was 12, $10 was a big wad of cash.
$100 was like being a millionaire.
Yet to her, pfffft, $100?
Petty cash.
$100, to me, is still now a large chunk of change, that really needs validation to spend.

The next part is her attitude to wearing a second-hand pair of jeans.
The disgrace, shock and horror of it all!
Imagine, having to wear a perfectly good pair of jeans, with no defects whatsoever, that have been worn by one other person!
Blasphemy I say!!!
I can remember wearing clothes that were worn by no less than 5 of my cousins before they got passed down to me, before being passed on to my brother.
But no, not this girl.
What was her mother thinking when she washed that stain out?
Doesn't she know the economy needs stimulating?

Now I'm fully aware I have aimed this rant at that little girl.
I'm equally aware she's reading a script.
But what does it say when marketers are targeting a young audience with this type of attitude towards consumerism?
What kind of pretentious, greedy and morally corrupt generation are we raising?

It's this kind of shit that really makes me feel sorry for humanity heading forward.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Broken.


It doesn't matter to me that I'm somewhat drunk as I write this.
It doesn't matter to me that someone might be reading this.

I feel broken.
Like the best of me is lost.
Gone for no one to find.
Embrace.
Love.

Fucking broken.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

FB = Fucking Bye!

My grasp on dates is a little fuzzy,
but I think it has now been 9 days.
I made the decision to deactivate my FB account.

And while, yes, I have gone through the expected withdrawal symptoms
(e.g: wondering whats happening that I dont know about, even though it doesn't concern me),
I am slowly pushing past it.
I find myself actively pursuing social interactions that don't happen in front of a screen.
For the first time in months I went and took photos yesterday,
and am going again today.
Ditto next weekend on Sunday and Monday.

Deleting Facebook may turn out to be one of the smartest decisions I ever made.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Clueless.

These days are as troubling as any I've experienced.
Work is as stressful as ever, if not more so.
Just when I thought my learning curve was beginning to level out,
new twists and turns, curves and bends are in front of me.

And it's not that I'm afraid of the possibilities and responsibilities that await me.
I've learned I can handle most anything put in front of me.
My drive and determination will see me through even the toughest of spots.

No, what my problem is right now, is trying to figure out exactly what I want.
Do I want to end up like an uncle who has absolutely no life outside of work?
Worse yet, end up with no life and no family of my own?
Fuck no.

Do I want to give up control of something with such astounding potential to generate for the future because I don't want the burden?
Hell no.

So how the hell do I find the middle ground?
For someone who has never been good at balance,
how do I achieve it?
I haven't been out to take pictures in forever.
And it makes me feel ill.
To know that I devote so much time and energy to a job I love,
but that takes away from my ability to lead a truly fulfilled life.

Without my constant attention time and money will be wasted,
and I lose sleep knowing that.
Yet I feel just as physically ill not being able to have any time to myself.

How do I approach the road ahead?
With so many variables,
I simply don't know which way I want to go.
Today can be one way, tomorrow another.

For as great as it is to have so many doors open to you,
it only provides constant mental fatigue.

I was born into a tough family.
I have been forged in the crucible of the construction industry.

Yet even I am starting to crack.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Down To One.

Far as I'm concerned,
there is only one.

One.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Done And Done.

With such an appalling track record following me,
I have decided I'm finished.

Most of you
(if anyone is still left here)
will read this, and say I'm being melodramatic.
I assure you this is not the case.

I'm done with dating.
I only seem to cause more hurt and anger than anything else.

So fuck it.
I'm done.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Change Of Scenery.

In two weeks time it will be exactly one year since I came back from my 1 month hunting sojourn.
In that one year I have not taken any time off work.
None whatsoever.
And I can feel it catching up to me.
All the stress from the job site follows me home.
My ability to leave work at work is cracking.
I need a vacation.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Best Of The Best.

Apparently this shot here made Explore's "Most Interesting Shots" page.

Not too damn shabby!

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Appreciation.

I work in a cut-throat industry.
It comes with a "what have you done for me lately" approach.
Developers, general contractors, supervisors all abide by this philosophy.
To show appreciation is to lose control and power.
It's a sign of weakness and emotion.

In 7+ years I have only heard the words "thank you" a few times.
And they weren't always genuine.

Today I received a forwarded email from my dad, that came from one of the owners of the general contrator we are working for at the Richmond Automall.
We are building the new Open Road Lexus dealership.
It read:
"Just wanted to let you know that your making us look good out there…..thanks."
A simple message.
But one that comes with such power for me.
I busted my ass, as did my guys, putting that building together on a very very tight schedule.
For an owner to say that means the world to me.
Because it is exceedingly rare to feel appreciated in this business.

And for once I do.

Sunday, September 05, 2010

Revival.

Like the sun setting on a finished day.
It's story long since drawn to a close.
The final chapter read and played out.
The characters voices silenced forever.

The end.


Yet the sun will rise anew.
A story just waiting to be written.
Fogged in, the characters cannot see far ahead.
But the sun is ready to light the pages.

Once upon a time...

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Direction.

I've noticed a lot of people seem to have themes to their blogs lately.
It made me realize mine is no different.
I seem to go on about photography lately.
Which is fitting I suppose.

So this morning I finally made the trip I'd been wanting to make out to Bridal Veil Falls.
I'd seen shots a while back and really wanted to go.
I'm telling you these falls are incredible.
They'll take your breath away, almost literally.
I recommend everyone make the drive out there.
I know it's in Chilliwack, but they're so worth it.

Stay tuned to my Flickr for more.

Sunday, August 08, 2010

The Cure.

I have discovered a hangover cure.

It's better than greasy food (though not more delicious).

I got up this morning after the party we had here last night with a pretty good hangover.

Surprising since I didn't think I was that drunk.

So I got off my ass and went hiking at Buntzen Lake.

And hiked up to Swan Falls.

I knew we were having a dry summer,

but my God the water was damned low!

Either way, the fog and mist gave the shots an awesome mood.


More to come on Flikr.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Beautiful British Columbia.

Happy British Columbia Day.


The Best Place On Earth.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Quality Over Quantity.

It seems to be a spreading epidemic.
Infiltrating our daily lives like a virus.
The need to do, have and see more.
We value quantity over quality.
It's rather sad to know this and still fall victim to it.

For the longest time I took this approach to my photography.
More must mean better right?
I couldn't have been more wrong.
It took me almost 2 years to shake the habit.
And now that I have my learning curve is taking off.

Where before I would rush a single shot to move on to the next one,
I now spend 10-15 minutes taking multiple shots of the same scene.
The difference it has made is astounding.
In 2 years I didn't see a single bit of growth.
And now in 4 months the quality of my images has shot straight up.

It's exciting to see this growth.
And it's now starting to spread into my daily life.
Its a very satisfying feeling to say the least.

From now on its all about quality.
Quantity is a thing of the past.


Sunday, July 11, 2010

Break Down The Walls.

Did the Grouse Grind for the first time today.
I rolled into the parking lot at 6:50.
It was packed.
Apparently Chad, I'm not the only fucked-in-the-head person in Vancouver.
Suck it.

Hit the trail at precisely 7:00.
Stopped 3 times for less than 20 seconds up to the 1/4 mark.
From there I didn't stop again until the 3/4 mark.
I kept a pace that had me inhaling and exhaling for 3 seconds at a time.
So a very do-able pace.
Stopped 2 more times from 3/4 to the finish.
7:55 I walked off the trail.

Not bad considering I thought I was way more out of shape than that.
I passed more people than I was passed by.

It's all part of the process of me breaking down the walls that hold me back.

No more waiting for someone or something to find me.

Now I'm going after life.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

See The Light?

It's hell of a world we live in.
Anyone who says otherwise is a liar.
Or just incredibly dumb.

Life comes at you at 100 miles an hour.
And you need to have atleast some ability to make choices.
If you can't, you're lost.

Lost in the dust of the crowd ahead.
Lost in your own failures and broken dreams.
Simply lost.

At some point you need to take a stand.
Choose to believe in who you are, and what you stand for.
And know that no one can take that away from you.

The choice is yours alone.
To do what is right by you.

But you need to decide.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Parting Is Such Shitty Sorrow.

The last 5 weeks have been great.

The family of 6 had been reunited.

With 1 special new addition.

And today reality has set back in.

Ciao Sabrina.

Ciao Alex.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

James And Dolores- June 19, 2010.

A smattering of some of the better shots:




















Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Wedding Magic.

So my cousin Dolores has asked me to be a photographer for their wedding.

And I couldn't be more honoured.

The only problem is when it comes to shooting nautral scenes,

I can hold my own.

Shooting people... well let's just say I'm not exactly well practiced.

So I looked back at the photos I took at a wedding last year.

And I have to admit I didn't do too badly.

Maybe it's just the pressure of knowing the shots aren't just for myself.

But, I think I'll do ok.

Monday, June 07, 2010

Good Times Roll.


Scored this awesome shot with Pat on our way to the lower falls of Gold Creek.

Pretty damn rad.

Just want to say this past weekend rocked.

A single guy who works too much could not ask for a better or more enjoyable group of friends.

Thanks guys.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Van Dusen Botanical Gardens.

I took my sisters and nephew Alex to Van Dusen Botanical Gardens today.

That is seriously a gorgeous place to spend a day.

In only a short time in which I hurried through so as not to get Alex cranky,

I still managed to get some awesome shots.

Needless to say I will be going back when I can go through slowly at my leisure.

I'll be posting the shots onto my flickr page one by one over time.

I pretty happy that I can say I can see steady improvement in my photos.

If anyone has any critiques for me though, please lay it on me.

I'm far from a professional, and any advice is constructive.

Hope you enjoy.

Monday, May 24, 2010

New Beginnings.

May 22nd, 2010.
The Night That Wasn't.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Play The Game.

There are times when you think you have it under control.
That you've finally beat it.

Won.

And then it rears it's ugly head.
Revealing once more why you can't let your guard down.
Take a moments pause.

I lost.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

For The Record.

Ok, I feel the need to share.

I just finished talking to an ex of mine.
We were never too serious, but she was a nice girl.
Apparently she's getting another tattoo.
........

"When the hell did you get the first one?"
"A few years ago."

Now I don't know why.
I don't care to sit there and figure out why either.
But for whatever reason,
I don't find ink on girls to be attractive.

Those of you who know me are probably asking yourselves,
"But Dario, didn't Marlee have ink?"
Yes she did.
But it worked, and after time I got used to it.

Seriously, you want to lose my attention?
Have ink done.

See ya.


Thursday, April 29, 2010

Ugh.

Ugh.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Dos.


So as I was taking care of some morning business I realized something.
It may or may not shock some of you,
I know personally, I was flabbergasted.
(Great word I know)

Its been 2 months since I moved out.
In that time I have used exactly 3 rolls of toilet paper.
Talk about pinching every.......

Penny.

Bet you didn't see that one coming.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Moving In The Right Direction.

It seems I have recaptured my drive for photography.

I went through a spell when I didn't really want to try anymore.

But the only way to get better is to study and try new things.

And if last weeks shots are any indication,

I'm getting better.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Oblivious.

If the modern sports era has taught us nothing,
it is that cheating in sports abounds.

Most of the time it requires blood tests.

Some times not (looking at you Barry Bonds).

But how can you not question tennis' Williams sisters?

If Caster Semenya had to undergo gender testing,

I'm saying so should Venus.

It's all too obvious what her name rhymes with.