Crosswords While Walking

Kind of a funny street shot I took this summer. I’m not sure how stoked this guy was I was taking his picture haha. He couldn’t have cared too much thought, because he didn’t say anything to me :).

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I was walking across the Centre Street Bridge here in Calgary the other day and I saw this guy walking up the bridge doing a crossword puzzle while walking! I put my camera up to my face and kept walking in his direction waiting for him to put his face up to see where he was going like a whale in the sea bobbing up for air haha. As soon as that face popped up, CLICK! Gotchya! And I just kept on walking haha. His facial expression is hilarious, because he seems to be confused as to why there is a camera in his face rather than another zombie faced pedestrian haha. I love these little street photography interactions with people :).

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Thanks for stopping by, Rob

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Jeremy – Neighbour to the Stars!

Ok, so maybe “stars” is a bit of a stretch, like how my muscles are exactly like that of a professional wrestler’s haha. Alright, so maybe Jeremy isn’t the neighbour to any stars, but the neighbour of a hyper active photographer who walks up to strangers on the street, asks them to take their picture and to answer a bunch of his silly questions haha. Yes, Jeremy is MY neighbour and dare I say my friend.

Now the thing with interviewing Jeremy is I know him, so while conducting the interview I might not have asked him the follow up questions I normally would have. So I will tell you a bit about him. Jeremy is a writer for the Metro Newspaper and I don’t mind saying he is a very good one. He is also a father and by my calculations a freewheeling hipster of dad at that haha. This sleeve tattoo having, bearded baseball fanatic, bike riding in a suit dude is one cool guy and one of the best neighbours I have had the pleasure of living beside. Here is what Jeremy had to say :).

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1. Where are you from?
A small town north of Edmonton.

Rob: What’s it called?

Jeremy: Morinville, Alberta.

2. So how did you end up in Calgary?
I came for journalism school in 2002, and just ended up staying.

Rob: Nice!

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
Ya I love it here, I love the people, the communities, the vibe of the city is good and ya, it’s an easy place, , or I shouldn’t say it’s an easy place, but it’s a good place to do creative work I find. 

4. What do you like to do for fun?
Ahh, good question. I like photography, I like cycling and Calgary is getting better cycling infrastructure, so that’s good. 

Rob: Even in the winter?

Jeremy: Ya! In the winter I get studded tires.

Rob: Nice! You get chains on the tires? (tongue in cheek 😉 )

Jeremy: No chains, (laughter) but studded tires.

Rob: So your a Calgary Stud basically? 

Jeremy: Ya I guess so. (laughter)

Rob: You ride around town, “Check out the stud!” (laughter)

Jeremy: Well actually I shouldn’t say I have studded tires, I used to have them. The ones I have now don’t have studs, but they’re winter tires basically. Like you get winter tires for your car, these are winter tires for your bike.

Rob: Nice.

5. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
It’s an energetic city, a young city and a changing city. 

6. Have you ever ridden a horse?
I have ridden a horse, just a few times, but not very well I don’t think and not for a long time! (laughter)

7. Anything you’d like to add?
I love Calgary, but wish it had a pro baseball team! I’d love to see that happen again one day.

Thanks for taking the time to talk to me Jeremy! See ya around the hood 😉

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

* I was in a bit of rush when I was talking to Jeremy and I totally forgot to get a body shot of him! I’ll get him in a street shot another day ;).

* * You can follow Jeremy on Twitter at @klaszus.

Around The Bridge Shooting Mobile

Here are a couple Calgary pictures I took with my Sony QX100. A funny little camera that produces good results :).

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Last week I decided to dig out my Sony QX100 and snap a couple of photos with it when I was walking downtown one day. In the first shot, I was crouching on the grassy hill by the street waiting for a biker to come by, when this guy came zooming I got the shot I was after :). In the 2nd shot I was perched on this little bridge look out and just took the shot when I had a few interesting people in the shot to hold down the bottom edge of the shot.

If you’re not familiar with the Sony QX100, it attaches (or not) to your phone via wifi and uses your phone as the view finder. It then saves a 18mp shot to a micro SD and a 2mp shot to your phone for sharing (there are many other saving options). The images are pretty…

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Ramah – Sudan to Calgary

I met this fellow on a popular pathway by the river near Edwothy Park. I had just arrived, got my stuff ready and he was the first person to walk in my direction. While he was walking towards me I noticed he was wearing headphones, so my first thought was to just let him pass by, but I made the split second decision to just walk over to him, get his attention and then tell him what I was up to. Right when I stopped him and he took off his head phones I could tell he was a nice guy. I told him what was up and he happily agreed to participate. Here is what Ramah had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
I’m from Sudan.

2. Sudan! Awesome, wow. So how did you end up in Calgary?
We came here because my brother was born disabled, so we had to move to Canada for his surgery.

3. Oh wow! So why Calgary of all places?
We have family here.

4. Do you like living in Calgary?
Ya it’s a quite place. Lots of nice views and stuff. 

5. Is there anything in particular you like about the city?
I just like walking through downtown, meeting new people and stuff.

Rob: I’m the same way, I enjoy the same thing :). 

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6. What do you like to do for fun?
Well I’m here to do cross-country at Edworthy Park. 

Rob: Oh is that right? Ok cool, like cross-crounty, , , ahhh

Ramah: Cross-country running.

Rob: Oh awesome, good for you.

7. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
You have to see the scenes. 

8. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Yes.

9. Anything you’d like to add?
Calgary’s a great place to meet new people and, , , ya that’s it. 

Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Ramah and I wish all the best for you and your family in Canada.

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

A Seat By The Pond

This is a pretty recent shot I took and is one of my favourite from recently 🙂

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This spot is a particular favourite of mine in Calgary. The pond is in Princes Island Park and is a nice place to grab a seat and relax. I think theses 2 people would agree that this is the place to be :).

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That Shaw TV Calgary Thing

Hey guys (& gals), here is that Shaw TV thing I mentioned in the last couple posts! It was produced by Shiva Jahanshah (@ShivaJahanshah). We filmed this at the Core shopping centre downtown in Calgary. For people who have never been here, it is just what it sounds like, the major shopping centre in the downtown core :). We started off with a little interview and then they had do my thing and talk to some strangers. I think I sound a little weird in the very beginning, but what are ya gonna do haha.

Thank you so much for putting that together Shiva! We gotta get you on here one of these days ;).

Thanks for stopping by, Rob

Matthew – Loves Diverse Calgary

I met Matthew the same day I met the last guy, Joe. In fact I talked to 3 people that day :). When I approached Matthew he was with a friend. I had asked both of them if they wanted to be interviewd, but only Matthew was up for it. 1 is better than none! Here is what Matthew had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
Originally from Calgary. You want to know my ancestors?

Rob: Sure!

Matthew: My mom’s Romanian and my dads Italian, so we have that ethnic background which is why I love Calgary, a lot. And I speak Italian.

Rob: Cool! So are you the first born Canadian in your family? 

Matthew: Ya, my mom is from Romania and my dad is from Northern Italy, so ya it’s a cool mix. They love Calgary as well.

Rob: Ya it’s a good spot. So you’ve lived there all your life then? 

Matthew: Yes I have, well actually I lived in Florida for a bit, it’s totally different. I’m not gonna lie, I actually like it here a lot more. The people are a lot better, a lot more intuitive and I feel like they are a lot smarter and a lot more diverse.

Rob: So you like living in Calgary then.

Matthew: Ya I love Calgary.

Rob: So what is about living in Calgary that you like exactly, besides great people.

Matthew: I like the environment. I like the night life, it’s cool you get to meet a lot of new people. And also the air, it feels a lot healthier and a lot more fresh. I also like the views.

2. What do you like to do for fun?
I like to play instruments. The music scene here is pretty good.

Rob: Cool, what do you play?

Matthew: I play the guitar and piano, although I am trying to produce in my off time. I also like the bar and club scene.

3. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Defiantly not a hick town! It’s very different. There are so many different types of people here. You get a peace of everything, of every culture and every walk of life, so that’s what I love.

Rob: Great, me too! I’m with ya there.

4. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No I haven’t. (Laughter). People think it’s all about cowboys and it’s not haha.

5. Anything you’d like to add?
For people who don’t really know much about Calgary, it’s not really that isolated and it’s a modern city, so you’ll definitely like that aspect. Everything is here and you can try so many different things here and that’s why I would recommend Calgary.

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Thank you for taking the time to talk to me Matthew! 🙂

 

 

 

Joe – Checking Out Calgary

I was recently contacted by a lovely woman by the name of Shiva Jahanshah about about doing a little profile on me and this blog for her TV show (“Who’s Who”). Of course I said I would be up for such a thing and we made arrangements to meet. When we met we did a quick interview and then they filmed me doing my thing talking to Strangers. Joe was the first person I had asked and he agreed to do it! Right after I was done talking to Joe, Shiva did a quick wrap up with him for the show. Here is what Joe had to say :). 

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1. Where are you from?
Vancouver.
Rob: Hey me too!

2. Why did you moved to Calgary of all places?
Well for school, for work, new opportunities and just for a change.

3. Do you like living in Calgary?
It’s not bad, it’s ok.

4. What is it about Calgary that you do like or don’t like?
Well it’s one tax.
Rob: It’s one tax! Ya that’s good thing 🙂

Joe: And what I don’t like, it’s that they have pretty crapy restaurants here.
Rob: Is that right! haha. Oh that’s terrible haha.

5. And how about the weather? You like the weather? Because I’m from Vancouver too, I know how it is.
I think I prefer the weather here, because it’s cold, but it doesn’t rain so I think it’s better.
Rob: REALLY! Wow, I’m amazed by that.
Joe: That’s a first right.
Rob: Ya for sure! (1st from a Vancouver Person)

6. So what do you like to do for fun?
I don’t know, everything!
Rob: Everything! haha. Nice, do you ever get out to the mountains?
Joe: Sometimes.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
I don’t know? A lot of oil and gas money. Rich in natural resources.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
No.

8. Anything you’d like to add?
I don’t know, it’s not a bad city.
Rob: I agree. Thank you Joe 🙂

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Onces the show airs I’ll post a link for you guys to check out ;).

Thanks again for talking to me Joe.

And thank you so much for reaching out to me Shiva! I had a wonderful time doing the show.

Shane – A New Calgary Journalist

One day last week I posted a tweet on twitter saying how I needed to go out and find someone for this blog. I quickly got a reply from Shane volenteering to do it! So with that we arranged to meet on Saturday and we did the interview. Here is what Shane had to say.

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1. Where are you from?
Well I jokingly like to call my self a minority in my own land, as I was actually born in raised in Calgary.

– Rob: Haha nice, that’s a good one.

2. So do you like living in Calgary?
Well for the most part there is always something to do in town. But the one bummer about living in Calgary is sometimes when you rely on public transit, if your trying to get from suburb to suburb you need to make sure you leave early, because it’s going to be awhile. But transportation issues aside Calgary is a great place to live.

3. What is about Calgary that you like? or Don’t like? You choose.
Well what I particularly like about Calgary and what I don’t think we really get enuf credit for on a national scale is the street festival scene here during the summer. There is always something to do during the week. A lot of people get together. There is always a central theme and that kind of thing. And my self being a web producer for a music magazine, I partiularly dig the Sled Island Festival, and what I like about it is, you may not have heard about much of the artists, but that’s kind of the point, discovering new music.

– Rob: What was the name of the publication you where just talking about?
Beat Root Magazine, we are an independent music publication.

– Rob: And is that local to Calgary?
It’s local and we have an edition in Vancouver as well.

– Rob: Ok cool, and you just gave me this other publication that you where involved in, the Calgary Journal. How did you get involved with these guys?
Well it’s kind mandatory to write for the Calgary Journal because it’s the Mount Royal University Journalism program. So if you want to get that $25,000 piece of paper you kinda have no choice but to write for the Calgary Journal, it’s just the name of the game with that program. A lot of journalism programs have community news papers that they just run in house. Consider it kind of a showcase of young journalists work and there growth if you will.

– Rob: And is it this that led you to the music magazine your working with? Or how did that come about?
Your on the ball actually, my job a Beat Route Magazine kind of fell on my lap. When I was a news intern at the Calgary Journal, at the time our production manager Brad Simm, he’s also the publisher at Beat Route Route Magazine and he knew I was pretty savvy in terms of working with digital media and being the word smith that I am, so he offered, I took it and 2 and half years later I’m still with Beat Route.

– Rob: Nice. You also have a blog, I checked it out quickly. What kind of stuff do you got going on there?
Yes, Pronounced Floog. Well regretfully I haven’t written anything there in about a month. It’s just a personal blog, I don’t have a lot of high hopes for it. It’s just intended for my twitter adiunce and facebook friends, that kind of thing. Sometimes I write a little bit of humour and other times I write opinions.

– Rob: Or impressions perhaps? (I saw a video of one on his blog before the interview)
And voice impressions, Metallica (Shane starts screaming loudly and we are standing beside a gas station in public! haha) YA, YAAAA, OUWA!

– Rob: haha Ok your freaking me out! (laughter) I’m just kidding.

4. I also noticed on your blog you had a picture of your self with a camera, so are you a bit of a photographer too then?
Well I see your a Canon guy, but you’ll hate to hear I’m a bit of Nikon guy.

– Rob: I dont have problem with Nikon.
You don’t have a problem with that, ok that’s good. I know there’s a bit of a rivalry going on there. But anyway, I suppose I’m a bit of an ameture photographer. My specailty would have to be action photography. It’s pretty simple, it’s just f8 and you go from there. Just shoot the hell out of the event and hope for the best and usally get something good.

– Rob: Haha Spray and Pray I think they call it.
Is that the term?

– Rob: Ya haha.
Alright, I learned something today on my end too.

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5. Alright so what do you like to do for fun?
For fun particularly I enjoy a game of pool it’s sort of thinking mans game but it’s a lot more socailble then say chess. You can drink a beer and just shoot the stuff with the guy your playing with. So I enjoy pool. I need to get better at it, but when I can I also enjoy fishing as well. And my Final Fantasy days are over at this point in my life, but I do play some PS3 once in a while.

6. If you had to describe Calgary to some one, what would you say?
Well it’s huge, to say the least. But it’s a very homely city for it’s size, it’s very neighbourly, the people are nice and it’s kind of one of those city where you can leave your jacket in the bar to go to the bathroom and not be to worried about it being stolen from you and that sort of thing. It’s a very friendly city that way. And we do have a really thriving arts and culture scene in Calgary, but like I said before I don’t think we get a lot of credit for it on the national level, because you your self probably discovered while doing your blog, there is more to us than just cowboys, stampede and our fossil fuel economy.

7. Have you ever ridden a horse?
Does pony count?

– Rob: Ya I’d say a pony counts, it’s kind of a horse, a small horse haha.
Ok close enuf haha. I was a small lad at the time.

– Rob: There you go! So it’s all relative then?

8. Anything you’d like to add?
Just keep up the good work with your blog. It’s a very fascinating concept. I mean not only are profiling, just telling some great stories of people, just for being them selfs and that kind of thing. And we are watching your growth as well as a new Calgarian who discovers more and more. And there is just a lot more to us than Stampede.

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That’s it for Shane, you can find him on twitter at @sflug. Thanks for volunteering to talk to me Shane! 😉

DJ Jimmi Riggz – Calgary Turntablist

I met Greg (aka Jimmi Riggz) at the 10@10 hip hop night I went to last month. After Greg’s set was over he made is way over to the bar and my table wasn’t far off. So I jumped up started to chat with him and told him about this blog, to my surprise he said he had heard of it! I asked him if he would be up for a quick interview and he was down. My conversation with Greg had a lot of laughs which made it one of the most fun interviews to date :). Here’s what Greg AKA Jimmi Riggz had to say.

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*Note: I could have put the iso down for this particular shot, but I was shooting in many different lighting situations quickly due to the stage lighting and other lighting in the venue, so I just left it at 10000 to ensure sharp photos.

1. Alright so what’s your name ?
My real name is Greg and my stage name is “Jimmi Riggz”.

2. So where are you from ?
Originally I’m from Dundas, Ontario and I moved out here 6 years ago and I’ve been in Calgary pretty much ever since.

3. Why did you move to Calgary of all places ?
Well originally I moved to Jasper and then it was like, your not going any where, your having fun but your going any where. (laughter)

4. Do you like living in Calgary ?
Ya, I like it for lots of reasons. You know obviously works good and then the (hip hop) scene’s pretty good for the most part. And I like it because it’s close to mountains and all that jazz. So like if you wanna get away for the weekend your just an hour or 2 away from dope spots.

5. So what do you like to do for fun ?
I like skateboarding, I like DJ’ing, I like just getting out camping, whatever, exploring seeing new things and chill’n.

6. So if you had to describe Calgary to someone what would you say ?
I would say it’s a good spot. If you want to get away from your whereabouts and want to meet likeminded people it’s the perfect spot to go because 90% of the people you meet are not from Calgary and at some point in their life, in all our lives we have the same thought of “Hey I need to get out of here”. So in that way when you meet someone you almost have something in common with them right away. So you meet a lot of nice people who at one point in their life where in the same mentality as you, which I like.

Rob: Hey that’s so true, awesome! I love it, I love it.

7. What else do you think the city has to offer for someone just coming to the city for the first time ?
Well theres great opportunities, I mean if your looking for work there is plenty of that. There’s good schools, there’s U of C, there’s SAIT . . . (pause), Ummm, I don’t even know the rest, I didn’t even go to school here man (laughter).

8. So how did you hear about this night and how did you get involved with it ?
Well I heard about it awhile back and I don’t know, I got at Beni cuz I seen videos on youtube and whatever and just heard it was a good place to meet people, network and I don’t know, some real (hip hop)heads that are into music here so I thought why not check this place out. Then I was talking with Beni and they don’t get very many turntablists through here so he was on board to have me out, so here I am.

Random Guy: Yo! You put on a good show buddy!

Greg: Thanks man, thank you.

9. Alright that’s cool, so is there anything else you’d like to add ? Like do you have a website or anything like that people can find you at ?
Naw.

Rob: Twitter ?
Greg: Naw haha.

Rob: Anything ?
Greg: Naw.

Rob: Nothing! ?
Greg: Haha naw I don’t, I’m old school. (laughter)

10. Well have you ever ridden a horse ?
No.

Rob: That’s it!
Greg: Alright. . . I almost did! can I put that?

Rob: Haha ya, how did you almost ride a horse ?
Greg: Well I was supposed too, but then it just never happen. We were up at the ranch and then it just never happen.

Rob: Haha why ? Why didn’t it happen ? You got scared ?
Greg: I dont know, I think we got drunk. (laughter)

Rob: Haha ok, well that’s good. You don’t want to ride a horse drunk. (laughter)

Greg: You don’t have to put that in haha.

Rob: No I’m definitely gonna put that in! (laughter).

Thanks taking the time to talk to me Greg! And that guy who interrupted the interview was right, you put on a good show! 😉