Reflecting on Highline West.

So my attempt at a 365 project failed miserably. It wasn’t the fact that I stopped taking photos (I’ve actually continued to snap various shutters of all forms with a gusto), it’s that I have neglected my responsibility to post the images to this blog. While the shame of that deficiency is not lost on me, I can proudly say (and segway away from) that my time has otherwise been occupied in other constructive endeavours. My headshot company Highline West has been expanding and feeling out its niche. Not only do we currently offer headshot services all over Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, but we have carved out a place for ourselves in the architectural and real estate photography business. Working with local development company heavyweight Onni Group, we have delivered (I am proud to say) stunning images for several of their recently and currently completing projects. You can find some of that work on our new architectural photography page.

I suppose what prompted me to blog this post was my penchant for over thinking and reflecting. Those thoughts usually well up whilst I’m sitting in studio. Without tooting my own horn too hard, it’s difficult to not admire all that we’ve been through. Highline West had a very humble beginning just under a year ago and I’m overjoyed with the progress my partners Nhi Le (of Noyo Creative), Vince Chow (of www.vincechow.ca) have made. The trials and tribulations of owning a business, the logistics and countless hours spent running and maintaining the venture and even building our studio space from the ground up are now all notches in our collective belts and I couldn’t be happier about the entire experience so far. If this were a toast, I would raise my glass and congratulate ourselves thus far. I can’t wait to see where Highline West goes next and the infinite possibilities there in.

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MoMA purposely OOF (76:365)

Purposely OOF at MoMA. _MG_9002



Amy Ruth’s Chicken & Waffles (365:75)

I had the distinct pleasure of visiting Amy Ruth’s Chicken & Waffles joint while in New York. The service was exceptionally friendly and the food delivered on it’s promise of southern down home comfort. My only regret was not getting a chance to eat there again.  _MG_9577 _MG_9578 _MG_9581 _MG_9583



Happy Easter! (365:74)

Having returned to Vancouver early this morning I am reminded that it is the Easter long weekend. One week ago today I was attending the Palm Sunday mass at the Brooklyn Tabernacle. It was a powerful experience that I won’t soon forget. _MG_9863 _MG_9865 _MG_9866



More images from our first night in NYC (365:73)

Our smallish accommodations. Kat’s Deli. Learning about the Metro.  Times Square. Late night photo walking. _MG_8584 _MG_8587 _MG_8591 _MG_8594 _MG_8596 _MG_8597 _MG_8599 _MG_8608 _MG_8609 _MG_8631 _MG_8685



The flight into NYC (365:72)

So these blog posts aren’t really in chronological order (which I’m sure you’ve gathered). I’ve been enjoying the freedom of editing whichever images strike my fancy and/or time permits. After scanning back to the images from the flight into NYC, a few caught my eye. Especially the odd and ethereal lights coming from the sky around the plane wing and some of the city light images.

I now have a new found love for the window seat. _MG_8557 _MG_8566 _MG_8570 _MG_8574



Momofuku Noodle Bar (365:71)

Living only 1.5 blocks away from David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar made it too irresistible to not try. It was good in that the execution was spot on. Their operation is a well oiled machine. All of the kitchen staff know what needs to be done and how to execute in an efficient way. And that opinion is helped by the fact that I was sitting not 3 feet away from all of the hustle and bustle of the kitchen at the bar. My only qualms over the meal was that it didn’t “wow” me. Being from Vancouver has spoiled my palate and this shows with foods like sushi and dim sum. In my own humble opinion authenticity has nothing to do with how tasty a dish is and how enjoyable the meal experience is. With that said, I found the momofuku ramen broth to be a bit on the salty side. The pickled vegetables were a great contrast though and the noodles themselves were firm and held up great through out the meal. The spicy cold noodles also had the nice contrast between fiery bites and the sweet crunchy texture of candied cashews. Service was fast, knowledgeable and friendly. When all is said and done, Momofuku Noodle Bar was a solid dining experience, but you will only be disappointed if you think it will blow your mind after having had good ramen elsewhere in the world. I take the meal for what it was: a fun and satisfying pitstop in NYC. _MG_9921 _MG_9922 _MG_9924 _MG_9926 _MG_9928 _MG_9929



Brooklyn Bridge life & culture (365:70)

We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge on foot and soaked in the great views with vigor. The sun was out and there were plenty of other tourists taking advantage of it. It was nice to see a few bikers crossing the bridge as well. Some looked like couriers and others just looked like they were taking their daily commute. I felt a little bad for them because almost nobody realized that the bridge is divided equally for bike and pedestrian traffic. This set of photos is inspired by many influences: from Lincoln Clarkes more recent photo exploration of people riding bikes throughout major cities, to my friend Tomasz Wagner‘s mother (of all people) who took some similar architectural photos of the bridge which were then edited by Tomasz himself. Please enjoy! _MG_9764 _MG_9765 _MG_9782 _MG_9786 _MG_9797 _MG_9803 _MG_9804 _MG_9805 _MG_9806 _MG_9807 _MG_9808 _MG_9811 _MG_9814 _MG_9815 _MG_9816 _MG_9820



The Met & Jimmy Fallon (365:69)

Today we visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and it’s just as expansive and diverse as one could possibly imagine. We spent hours combing the halls and exhibits and I don’t think we even got through half of it. I’m certain I didn’t absorb or appreciate the works there nearly enough. Carnegie deli was also on the plate and we enjoyed our food there immensely.

Later that day we beat all odds and managed to get into Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. I have a new found respect for that show and can’t say enough good things about my experience there. It was great!

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American Natural History Museum & hot dogs (365:68)

Yes that’s right. The American Natural History Museum & hot dogs. One was enlightening and the other was uplifting. I kid you not.

The Grey’s Papaya frankfurters were like an oasis in a barren desert of hunger.

This also marks the first time I’ve ever had to use an ISO setting higher than 3200. Scrolling the the wheel all the way to 5000 I was still only able to manage a 1/10th of a second shutter speed on my wide angle lens (which isn’t all that fast at f/3.5 at the wide end). The image is grainy to say the least, but I think it still gets the message across. And if you can’t tell which image it’s suppose to be then all the better! _MG_9572 _MG_9623 _MG_9701 _MG_9702 _MG_9718The last image in this set is just an image of the street our NYC apartment is on. It will be sorely missed once this trip ends.



A couple of snaps from Wall Street (365:67)

Just a few shots from Wall Street. And from the subway below.  _MG_9434 _MG_9413 _MG_9409



9/11 Memorial (365:66)

We visited the 9/11 Memorial today and it was a somber experience. Security was understandably tight and it seemed like the area was a bit over crowded with people who were more so there to say they were there rather than to pay their respects to those who lost their lives in the tragic event. Undeterred we made our way around the fountains and took a moment to reflect on the memories of that day all those years ago. I still remember hearing about it on the news before school. _MG_9367 _MG_9360 _MG_9355 _MG_9341



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