Updates on the OnLights!


This is where I got to write all last week — breeze, sun, outside. Peaceful!

Laura and I are on the move this week!  We spent the last week with Laura’s mom and stepdad at their cool house in Durham, Ontario — there is something completely different about Canada when you get away from the city centers.  Toronto is not representative of Ontario, or even Canada really — it’s like a mix of the nationalities you would get by sticking LA, Chicago, and NYC all into a huge cauldron and stirring it up.  Rural Ontario is amazing — the people are friendly, the towns are quaint, and there’s lots of road to be driven.

Tuesday morning we begin the next leg of the trip:  Durham, Ontario to Peoria, Illinois.  In about 10 hours we’ll stop driving and get out of the car to go to sleep!

We’re officially on the way to making Laura a permanent resident in the US, but in the mean time, we know we’re going to have to spend some time apart based on the residency maximums for a Canadian in the US.  It’s ok though, we’re ready for it, and Skype is an amazing thing.  This week is Illinois and my sister’s house in Peoria, IL.  If you’re within an half-hour of Peoria over the next week, send me an email or get ahold of me through the contact form and we’ll Tweet it up!

Our final destination is Dallas, Texas.  We’re heading there to set up camp and start promoting Lumen Buddha Studios, rock the full-time, and get back to the warm Dallas sun!

Now we return you to your regularly scheduled lighting adoration!  Have a great Monday, everybody!


Random Light – A Trip to Durham, Ontario with My Camera and My Wife


Laura and I went to Durham, Ontario to see her mom and stepdad a few days ago, and it was cold and snowy — just what I’ve come to expect of Canada!

The light was so overcast and diffuse because of the weather that it created some great conditions for capturing detail.  Check out some photos I posted of our little journey in the snow:

The Saugeen River, Durham, Ontario

Toothy Gears

Happy Laura!

the Ghost of Disbelief

the founder of Durham, ON carved into a log


"Use NEW-LIFE Seeds!"

It's a Lil' Cannon!

Our Heroic Dead

the dam


louver machine in blue

beautiful house on our trip


Louver Machine

the bridge

Like I said… it was a short trip! We still had a blast walking around through the snowy and cold town of Durham!  It’s been so long since I’ve had any time to actually take and appreciate photography that this little adventure set off a storm of creativity in my head.  Thanks, baby!

Editor’s note:
I got an email a few weeks ago asking about what I use to shoot lately.  When I was teaching in Oklahoma, during The House of Atreus, some asshole came into the theatre and stole my DSLR, two lenses, and a big bottle of post-surgery Percocets.  After that, I didn’t want to invest any money in something that was just going to get stolen too — until I saw Martin Kuhn’s Sony NEX-5N at NAB 2012.  So I got one!  I also use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 as my management suite, and Adobe Photoshop CS6 if I’m doing anything funky or out of the ordinary.

LEDs, Lady Gaga Smell-Well, and Projections at Nuit Blanche 2012

Did you go to Nuit Blanche 2012 in Toronto in October?  Laura and I did, and we took some photos that I’m just now able to get to after the trade show season.  I spoke with lots of people on the street at Nuit Blanche this year, and everyone seemed to have a great time — the only thing that was a bit hard to manage was the influx of people that were present downtown for this event.  There were some awesome exhibits and light installations — but anything interactive was pretty much mobbed with people and hard to really get a sense of the artists’ messages.  Regardless, it was a lot of fun!  Check out some photos below, and experience my entire trip with the photo gallery at the bottom!

There were some fun words at the top of this post that describe how f*cked up some of the Nuit Blanche-goers got, it’s worth a quick peek.  It’s totally true — lack of organization, and a real lack of general community.  Read the post.

As we walked by the Hudson’s Bay Company in Toronto we noticed this freaky storefront window scene that we had to stop and check out — and it was Lady Gaga’s perfume on display.  That’s some pretty crazy perfume marketing, huh!  I definitely liked the design enough to take photos…

Lady Gaga's Smellwell


Apparently this perfume makes you smell like a psycho mad scientist:

Lady Gaga Does Window Displays

Oh, officially of course Lady Gaga had nothing to do with Nuit Blanche, but her display was part of MY Nuit Blanche, so that’s why it’s here!

Something that we saw but didn’t really get a chance to experience was Beam of Underground Sun by Arezoo Talebzadeh and Kaveh Ashourinia — ostensibly, they had taken some very bright LED sources and put them down under the street at several meters down.  Arezoo and Kaveh also added some powerful fans and some silk cloth under the street to give the effect of waves of light being cast up through the grate they chose in the street.  Check this one out, it is beautiful, especially with the photos of no people around it:


This, however, is what the real Nuit Blanche Beam of Underground Sun experience was, which was different than intended I assume but had its own jua de vive, if you will:

It was still beautiful, just mobbed with people standing directly in the way of the beam and the overall everything of the piece.




You can kind of see down into the shaft with the fan, the fabric, and the LED units:


It was pretty cool to be standing in an intersection of Bloor Street with no one trying to honk at me or run me down!



Probably one of the coolest things I saw this year at Nuit Blanche was the installation called Planes by Tricia Brown Dance Company — and it was awesome!




…and behind the walls you can see a little behind-the-scenes action!  I almost didn’t want to see this — the movement of the dancers and the projections themselves were so riveting that seeing the how-to took away from it for me.  Ah, the life of making mystery for the audience!


Check out the Gallery View below of the Nuit Blanche event in Toronto — and check out the official Scotiabank page on Nuit Blanche so you can see the intended (and actual) views of the art from this year’s show!