Late Autumn on the Island


Wow, it has been some time since I posted on this blog. Summer happened, great times were had, then it was autumn and work resumed in earnest, trips were taken and assignments wrapped. In the New Year I’ll be able to sort the backlog and get back to regular posts. Til then, and because the seasons change tomorrow, here are some autumnal scenes from around Nanoose Bay, across the Salish Sea from here.

Vancouver Island, BC, 2015.

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2015 – pt. II


Here we go with part two of my photo series from the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival. I hope you enjoyed part one! Today’s selections (pared down from a few hundred final images) features a range of artists from Mali’s Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba (first photographed at the 2010 festival, and now above), Venezuela’s La Gallera Social Club, North America’s Rising Appalachia, Strumbellas, Parsonsfield, Russell Green & Lurrie Bell, and The Sadies. As always, the pics are off to the Festival team to prepare for next year, something I’m already looking forward to. If you have a chance to see any of the musicians pictured, my stamp of approval is all over these artists, so seek them out and enjoy!

Jericho Beach, Vancouver, 2015.

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Vancouver Folk Music Festival 2015 – pt. I

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Last weekend, on the hot, dusty shores of Jericho Beach, the 38th annual Vancouver Folk Music Festival went off with the sound of strings, reeds, brass and voice. Not a spot of rain, just great vibes all weekend long as Vancouver welcomed the likes of Frazey Ford (above), Pokey LaFarge, Richard Thompson and the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, all captured in this first batch of images. This was my 12th time shooting the festival, starting in 2003 with a half dozen rolls of slide film to capture Ani Difranco, Billy Bragg, Utah Phillips and many others. Oh the memories, and at least one artist each year that opened my ears to a whole new way of sound! Check past blog posts for more from recent years, with a small archive right here on flickr, too. Part two, coming up soon!

Jericho Beach, Vancouver, 2015.

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Walkin’ the Heirloom Line


Walkin’ the heirloom tomato line with Sandra at Parsons Farm Market in the Similkameen Valley, Keremeos, BC, 2015.

Hiking the Helm Creek Trail in Garibaldi Park

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The view from the Helm Creek Trail, approaching the Black Tusk (far right) and the Cinder Cone (far left). Water is scarce in these parts, the sunshine is unforgiving and the cinder flats spread out in all directions. The hike is about 20km return, with a lot of vertical ascent to get you up onto these volcanic cinder flats when approaching from Cheakamus Lake (trail report). The scenery is absolutely amazing up here and this is one of the few hikes where I’ve spotted a wolf in the wild, too.

This image is available as a print, so please get in touch if you are interested. I have a canvas edition in my hallway, serving as daily inspiration to get out into that wilderness as much as I can.

Helm Creek / Cinder Flats, Garibaldi Provincial Park, BC.

Riding Bikes: The Rivendell Cheviot


Keeping up with my ongoing assignment/job perk of test riding and reviewing city bikes for Momentum Mag, I’ve tried lots of different bikes varying in style, quality and design. Late last August an incredibly enticing box arrived for us in Vancouver. Inside was an orange bike. Happens to be my favourite colour for a bike, I noted. But this was not just any orange bike, it was a Rivendell and their brand new ‘mixte’ model, at that. We brought it over to our friends at The Standard, and shortly thereafter the shiny new Cheviot was ready to ride.

Rivendell is a company I have long admired. I reviewed founder Grant Petersen’s book ‘Just Ride’ for Momentum a few years back and since we profiled him on our cover and learned about S24O and his philosophy some years before that, I have been following their work. Trouble was, I hadn’t been able to actually ride a Rivendell! There just aren’t too many here in Vancouver, at least from the ‘can I borrow’ perspective and stock was rare. I knew this was my chance, and I managed to get in on the first test rides. Soon after the bike was taking me to work and back, then out on the trails, then, well, pretty much everywhere. After three months (now going on 10), I had enough for my review and I was falling into bike love.

My first time on the Cheviot immediately felt different. In a really good way. Further riding affirmed my suspicions: the bike seemed to have everything in its place… The Cheviot’s purpose appears to be one of enhancement, comfort, and usefulness for your cycling life. It is evident that every part of this bike has been carefully chosen and expertly specified and that the entire bicycle has been lovingly built. If there is a legendary Rivendell fit, I understand the appeal now and completely get the reverence for their products. I highly recommend giving the Cheviot – and Rivendell – a spin if you have the chance.

In print, the review accompanied this feature on Rivendell, and I would also recommend a read through their Blug blog for more info. Lots of interesting stuff in there. Enjoy the pics below, and if you see me out on the bike paths around town give a ring and a wave! I’d even stop for a test ride of your own.

Vancouver, 2015.

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Walking The High Line Urban Park in New York City


The High Line in New York is one of the world’s finest urban parks. Aside from the rainforest that is Stanley Park in my backyard, it’s my favourite city park, no lie. But the High Line is gritty, industrial and very urban. It was born of an incredible story of local action, community support and urban reclamation. Last time I visited back in 2011, I strolled the Line at dusk as the city seemed to wake up for the evening. Artists mixed with the business set after work, tourists strolled alongside photographers, there was a ninja ready for action, all while hanging with this guy. This time round, I walked it alone from the middle to the top and all the way back down to the bottom on Gansevoort Street.

It was the start of May, the beginning of the blossoms and reawakening of the gardens and patches of forest that make up the Line. I was impressed with how much longer this urban park is now than in 2011 – some one and a half miles (2.3 km) in total, stretching towards the Hudson River where it will continue as more phases come online. Residential and business developments are building up alongside, underneath and towering above. One massive development, seen below, will actually be based at 30-feet off the ground, like the High Line itself. Total integration. And to think, not long ago this right of way was unused, covered in self-seeding trees and plants (much of the plant life is still natural) and a rusty old eyesore to many. Today, it’s almost impossible to think of Manhattan without it.

As a top NYC attraction, it is good time well spent walking or reclining on the High Line in New York.

New York City, 2015

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A Visit to Sustainable Bicycle Company Roetz Bikes in The Netherlands

davidniddrie_roetz-6900 Last year on my visit to The Netherlands, I was taken on a multi-day media tour of the country’s bicycle facilities and industry. One highlight (and there were many) was visiting the Roetz Bikes headquarters and workshop. I had not heard of them before, but their unique business model to source, build and brand their bicycles with the utmost attention to sustainability was a story I had to tell. Momentum Mag published a shorter version to coincide with a larger feature looking at the environmental impact of bicycle manufacturing. Below, you’ll find my original piece that takes in the full scope of what they are all about. The fellow you see building the green bike? His name is Seyfettin, and he was recently profiled by Roetz on their site here. A charming man who loves what he does! Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2014. Photo gallery and full article below. (more…)

Delft Reflections


Delft’s 400-year-old City Hall is reflected in the window of a cheese shop in the city’s main square. Gouda, bicycles and incredible architecture — some of the best parts of the Netherlands all in one. Published in a recent edition of Momentum Mag, along with this great quote our editor found:

“One’s destination is never a place, but rather a new way of looking at things” – Henry Miller.

Delft, The Netherlands, 2014.

Amsterdam at Night


On my last night in Amsterdam, I stayed out and walked the streets to soak it all up before a morning flight back home. This spot was close to my hotel, and I couldn’t help but think it looked like an empty sound stage… with just the right amount of gritty.

Amsterdam, 2014.