Author Archives: Laouik

Waddesdon Manor

In mid-September (I know, I know, I’ve been lazy) I visited Waddesdon Manor. It’s a mansion built by the Rotshchilds (who made their money as bankers to various royal figures) in the last quarter of the 19th century. Ferdinand de Rothschild basically wanted a party house near-ish London, found land, built a Renaissance-style château. I mean, what’s one to do in one’s spare time? And chicks love mansions. On this little outing I was trying to get my mind back into photography, and as it happens it’s only after that I realise what would have been ideal images. But it’s all part of the process.



Posted by on December 26, 2015 in General, Photography

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New Adventures

Just a sign of life.

Well, it’s been two months now. Two months since I grabbed three suitcases, donating/selling everything else, and moving to England. I’ve not been posting on here but will start doing so.


Posted by on September 8, 2015 in General

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Toronto FanExpo Pictures (2014)

So decided to take a stroll into the Totonto FanExpo today with a couple of friends. Decided to take some pictures along the way. It was… uncomfortably busy. Everything was a fight and the main building’s HVAC couldn’t handle the volume of people walking in drenched from a torrential downpour. Not good.


Was a worthwhile experience, though.


Naturally, if anyone wants any of these pictures, just send me an e-mail.



Posted by on August 30, 2014 in General, Photography

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People as Music

As we plot our way through life, our perspective changes. When we first experience something, it’s like seeing a building for the first time. We see one side as we approach. Over time, seeing its four faces and learning its corridors gives us a different perspective. Depth. Where the building once only mattered because of its coffee shop on the ground floor, it now also hosts the doctor’s office and that person you hope to run into. On first seeing the building there’s no way you could ever grasp its reality. You can only grasp what you perceive. But over time you might get a chance to gain a better appreciation. Or you might never see it again.

What was previously dissociated datum becomes a constellation, constellations a universe. In the same way, as we get to know people, each encounter fills in a point on an axis. Kindness, humour, intelligence, anger, selfishness, wit, efficiency. The more encounters, the more depth to the perception. When I get to know someone well and consider them friends, it means that the occasional encounter that provides an “our of character” experience can be dismissed as an anomaly. Unfortunately, if my first encounter is of an anomaly in that person’s character, it may lead me to keep my distance. It’s a tricky thing.

In a similar way, as I come to appreciate a piece of music I might listen to it very frequently at first. Sometimes it’s the only thing I want to hear for days, weeks even months. Eventually, though, I move on. It’s rare that I make a conscious decision to not listen to something. Often, I just drift away and towards other things. Years later, however, I’ll stumble across a song. With it will come memories. Places, people, situations, emotions. Things which really have nothing to do with that song. They were experienced when that song was prominent in my daily life. Good memories lead to a smile, painful ones lead to changing the station. These personal memories which are technically unrelated to the aesthetic appreciation of a song can create a sort of cage around the aesthetic response to the music. That whole combined experience of the memory and the song itself, however, can be very powerful and not something I could ever have planned or expected. A song that was peremptorily dismissed as a silly pop number years ago can now bring nostalgia and, in tow, strong emotions.

People can be seen as a song, or better, an artist. I might go through a period where an artist’s works fall our of favour. I often don’t stop to analyse why that music doesn’t do it for me any longer; I just move on. Years later when I stumble across a certain album again, a rush of memories and emotions accompany the encounter and creates a singular synergy. Unexpected. Powerful. Unplanned.

What’s rarest, though, are artists whose works stay with me uninterrupted. Songs which never leave my playlists, music I consistently approach when in certain moods. They’re as precious as they are rare. It’s not often that I realize that I’ve been listening to one song for over twenty years and its power continues unabated.

The main difference between music and a person, however, is that music does not walk away of its own accord to leave me staring helplessly in the middle distance.



Posted by on October 13, 2013 in General, Personal, Story

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Review: Ameritage Custom Guitar Case

Disclaimer: This customer guitar case was paid for at full retail price as a regular customer using the regular sales channel/process. 

I’ve just received my Ameritage custom guitar case. Huzzah!

I had been using a the mini-jumbo Tric case, which was the closest to my guitar’s size. It was a little too tight at the width of the lower bout and too long, but it provided some protection. After poking about online, I decided to take a chance on the Ameritage case.

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Posted by on March 6, 2013 in General, Guitar, Music


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Guitar: Progress After Four Months

Oh hello.

Yeah, I’m around. No, not posting much. Yeah, I’m well. Yup, keeping busy.

So after roughly four months of lessons and practice, this is where I am in terms of learning the guitar. I’ve had a couple of people wanting to hear what it is I’m learning, so here’s one of four pieces which I’m currently engaging.

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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in Guitar, Music


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Visiting L.A.

More pictures. Enjoy.

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Posted by on October 27, 2012 in General

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New Photo Blog!

Hello! Just a quick note that I’ve put up a photo blog on my freelancing website:

There’ll be new pictures at least five days a week between now and January – guaranteed!


Posted by on October 21, 2012 in General

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Visiting Chicago

Oh, hello.

For those who asked, the Labrador post is coming. Things are busy.

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Posted by on October 1, 2012 in Personal, Photography

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Trans-Labrador Highway on Motorcycle

So, it’s done. This is my “there and back again” post. I did this trip between August 17 and August 30, 2012. My motorcycle is a 2008 Honda XL1000VA Varadero. A 6000km solo trip.

Note, I had a lot of trouble with my regular picture service/program when posting the images. As a result they’re just straight pictures, I apologize for the clumsy layout. Where applicable the mouse-over on a picture will bring up some thoughts on the picture.

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Posted by on September 2, 2012 in Motorcycle, Personal, Photography