I was under the illusion that this year I had stopped doing so much photography in favour of painting.
But as I went through my photos I discovered that I had only slowed down on post-processing and blogging – there were still a mass of photos to go through!
January. Golden fish floating in a jade pool in the Sun Yet Sen Garden in Vancouver’s Chinatown. February. I had a lot of choices from the Chinese New Year’s Parade but on February 22 it snowed, so this shot of palm trees in the snow is my favourite. March. Data problems with downloading my camera card cause these blue stripes on fish scales but I kind of like it! April. A surprise trip to Mexico and tons of memories: the night we went to a masked wrestling match (Luchas Libres), the crazy ride down Xochimilco that we shared with a wonderful Mexican family, not to mention a dozen memorable meals. But my favourite photo was this one of feminist graffiti on the old stone posts the line the sidewalks of the city. It reads: ‘Mi vida tiene valour, mi cuerpo no tiene precio’.May. A basement pub window with glass bottles in Copenhagen on our trip to Denmark. (Picking one photo from a month-long trip is almost impossible – not to mention all the wonderful memories of meeting family and friends throughout the country!)June. The trip continued into Sweden where we viewed the petroglyphs that bronze age people had chipped out of the granite at Tanum, a UNESCO World Heritage Rock Art Centre. This one is of a bull (or possibly an extinct auroch) and the people appear to be dancing with it.July. Mussels and green water under the pier at Granville Island back in Vancouver. August. A wall of chalk graffiti at the Mural Fest in Vancouver.September. The province caught on fire in late August and carried on into a hot September. The air quality in Vancouver was worse than in Beijing. I didn’t go out much. October. A mossy rock glows in a stream at the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.November. The city steam works was not officially part of the Lumière show, but was one of the more interactive pieces. And I see strange shadows in the steam…December 21, 2018. A star-shaped lantern floats above the torches at the Winter Solstice Festival on Granville Island in Vancouver. Next year I will bring a tripod to this event where the Morris Dancers performed an eerie dance with clacking antlers. My brother described it as the stuff of nightmares but it was too dark to take photos. This image precedes the moment that the King of the Norse people arrived and lit the hill on fire!More of the Lens-Artist’s Photo Challenge: Photographic Review of 2018.