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jiro dreams of sushi

JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage. This film looks like an adorable story about passion, determination and excellence – rent it on iTunes!

juro dreams of sushi

layered portrait

It’s cool when a portrait can become fine art, as in this image by Parisian photographer Valérie Belin.
I really love the layers of this image, but also the darkroom solarization of the photograph. Très beau!

Valérie Belin

© Valérie Belin

inni – sigur rós

Inni is a beautiful short film by the famed Icelandic band Sigur Rós. The film’s atmosphere is enhanced by the film maker Morisset’s re-filming of the original digital footage on 16mm, which was then re-filmed again, sometimes through prisms and other found objects, allowing Inni to look and feel like something recovered from the past. Interspersed with this is archival footage drawn from the band’s previous decade, dating back as far as 1998. This juxtaposition gives viewers the full scope of Sigur Rós’ origins, evolution, originality and influence.

© Sigur Rós

gold and silver

A lovely street capture of the tail end of autumn by French photographer Michele Guieu who now lives in the Bay are of California, more of her imagery can be followed on Instagram at: @MicheleGuieu

Michele Guieu

© Michele Guieu

calming beauty in her words

One of my favorite photographers to follow on Instagram is Robin May – not just because her images are so beautiful, but because her words and her poetic life observations are just so calming and nice! Please enjoy following her on your Instagram at @robinmay

Robin May

© Robin May

Water Sculptures

These high speed captures by Markus Reugels of water droplets are so amazing – So randomly sculptural! Any Internet search will produce a dizzying number of bursting and rippling liquid surfaces. Yet in the right hands, even the familiar can be extraordinary. Markus Reugels, a German amateur photographer who has perfected the theme, has produced an exhaustive catalog of his favorite subject captured in every conceivable, fleeting pose. So cool!

© Markus Reugels – Article Source (FASTCOMPANY)

beauty and iphones (and passionate commitment)

For as long as I can remember Greg Gerla’s been the guy to go to in Calgary to have beautiful woman photographed – and also to have just about anyone photographed! He has a humble approach with a passionate eye, which I believe allows his subjects and clients to put their trust in his hands (a vital quality to success in the commercial photography world). The reason I wanted to mention Greg on this blog, isn’t just for his cool commercial and fashion photography, but also for his ferocious capturing of iPhone photography. To a passionate photographer, the iPhone is a creative extension of the eye and heart – and this is totally what I see with Greg’s constant and committed Instagram feed! More of Greg’s commercial work can be see at and his iPhone imagery on Instagram at @leggomygreggo and you can follow him on twitter at @leggomagreggo


(and of course there’s Chico!)
© Greg Gerla

everyday beauty

Finding beauty in the ‘everyday’ may seem easy – and I believe it is easy for some. I think its easier for those who keep their eyes and hearts open to it. Although I also believe its more than just being open to it, it’s being prepared to capture and share it – and to capture the everyday in a way that highlights the beauty. Edinburgh photographer Elise does just that, she captures with an open heart and with a unique perspective to highlight beauty. The really cool thing about Elise is, is that she does all of this with a humbleness which is just so nice! :) Follow Elise on Instagram and Twitter via @Bizka


© Elise – @Bizka

make it count

As photographers I think we’re always trying to ‘make it count’, trying our best to capture, experience and get the most out life. This is a fun little movie about doing just that – ‘making it count’!

© Casey Neistat

eyes and heart wide open

Photography for most, is fun and something people do from time to time – for an artist it’s a passionate obsession (something they can’t turn off). One of my favorite photographers who I follow on Instagram is Julya (obscuralucida), she’s definitely one of these photography obsessed artists. She posts several images each and every day, and she consistently creates such clever and cool images – her eyes and heart are always wide open! Her work can be followed on either Twitter or Instagram via @obscuralucida

julya obsuralucida

© Julya @obscuralucida

theXposed project

Giving photography away might not be the fasted way to get rich, but sharing imagery randomly to strangers sure is a fun way to put a smile on someone’s face you don’t know! :) The Exposed Project is using Twitter and Instagram to help share the project – and taping envelopes in public spaces with a small singed archival print enclosed. The project is a little odd and quirky, but very cool!


 © theXposedProject

kids – ferocious photographers

I had a fun day this past Thursday, putting on a small photo camp day at a cool place called The Art Table. We worked on stuff like creativity, composition, content and opening their hearts and eyes to their world – they were all so open and hungry to shoot! A big part of teaching anyone about photography is to actually get them to break rules as opposed to teaching them, and the cool thing about kids is that they don’t know any rules even exist! ;) Another fun aspect of teaching kids photography, is that they are very in-tuned to the world around themselves and they pay really close attention to it – so it’s a natural next step for them to pick up a camera and capture it!

© Dwayne Brown


For those who know me, they know that I love shooting all the time – with all kinds of cameras, including now my iPhone. For those who know me, they know that I love shooting flowers – all kinds, they’re all so beautiful. For those who know me, they know that I love people who are generous, respectful, selfless and nice – all such important and graceful qualities. This evening as I post this beautiful flower that I shot recently with my iPhone, I can only think of one word – GRACE. I’d like to dedicate this post and this photograph to my best friend Deborah, who faces all of the challenges in her life with the utmost and selfless GRACE.

Dwayne Brown - Grace
© Dwayne Brown

canada day creative

This image isn’t about crowds or opulent celebration – but more about the selfless creative generosity of an artist. My son and I were downtown and we fortunately ran across this fellow who was painting on the sidewalk on the bridge that goes over the locks by the Chateau Laurie. Yes he was collecting cash for his hat, but our observation was that he was doing his art more as a gift for those visiting Ottawa for the big day today. We definitely gave him some money to say thanks, but he seems to smile more when we sincerely said a simple thanks – “thanks for your art!” :)

©Dwayne Brown

roadside drama – free download

Yesterday I was lucky enough to ‘back-road’ it on my scooter to a couple of tourism shoots that I’m working on. Its so cool when you change your method of getting to a place, how it can have unexpected gifts for you – like this amazingly dramatic and painterly sky. I’d like to share it as this Weekend’s Free Download. :)

© Dwayne Brown

Please use this ‘link to download the file’. Feel free to print it, frame it and enjoy it – just please don’t use it for any commercial applications without written permission.

a community of artists

Admittedly like many, I’m a little obsessed with Instagram. It’s an amazing community of great artists capturing, affecting and sharing their unique perspective of their world. I know that the purists might disagree that iphoneography should be considered an art-form – but the cool thing is, the people participating in it are way way too busy creating cool imagery to care about the argument! Here’s an example of one such photographer, Nikki, who is having fun capturing and using apps to make her images look so beautiful and almost painterly. More of Nikki’s work can be see on her Statigram stream.

nillack nikki
© Nikki/@nillack