Photo Throwdown

2011 Photo Throw– oh.

I was hurrying through the rain late tonight when I saw a broken red umbrella being blown along nearby in an empty plaza. My first thought was it looked almost poetic — vibrant and red, but broken and abandoned, against dark and dampened concrete — and my second thought was that it’d be a great Photo Throwdown shot. Then, of course, I remembered it is over.

I didn’t take the photo, but rather hurried along into the night. But it was a moment that gave me pause. The Throwdown — and a number of events over the past year — has changed the way I look at things.

I’ll probably elaborate another time, but for tonight, I guess all I wanted to say was that the challenge was more than just posting a stupid picture every day.

2011 Photo Throwdown: We did it!

One year ago, Erin Loxam and I pledged to take and upload a photo every single day for the entire year. Somehow, we’ve gone and done it. I believe she originally thought we’d last about three weeks.

Reflections: I was really struggling at some points, especially on days that consisted of nothing but waking up, going to work and going home. It was also a pain to upload something to WordPress every day, so every once in a while I’d bank up a number of photos then post them all. That was something Erin found annoying, too. Further, Erin just takes a lot more photos than I do — and way better ones — so on some days when she was posting amazing nature shots, I was posting photos of the takeout I was eating at work.

Overall, I liked the challenge, and knowing that we saw through a year-long goal that required at least minimal effort on a daily basis. I will probably continue posting the odd photo, but it absolutely won’t be every day anymore. Maybe once a week, once every two weeks.

Thanks to Erin, for challenging me both to stick with it and put a little effort into my shots, and my former journalism instructor Mark Hamilton, who inspired this throwdown last year by challenging his students to commit one creative act every day.

Below, a few shots from the year that were particularly significant to me, for one reason or another:

Gastown steam clock on a rainy Vancouver night - Jan. 5, 2011

Mubarak out - Feb. 12, 2011

Old timey gas station in Steveston village - Feb. 22, 2011)

Granville Street - Feb. ? (Might not even be Feb), 2011

Page from Revolutionary Road - March 12, 2011

Snoopy - April 12, 2011

Flames engulf a construction site at Cambie near Garden City in Richmond - May 3, 2011

Puerto Vallarta - April ?, 2011

Wedding day - May 21, 2011

Kid vs. boxer – May 22, 2011

Dejected Canucks fans on Granville Street after Bruins' brutal 8-1 win in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final - June 6, 2011

Best office ever. At Rogers Arena for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final - June 1, 2011

More than just glass: Stanley Cup Riot - June 15, 2011

Riot wall - June 20ish, 2011

Somewhere between Burlington and Bellingham, maybe - July 10, 2011

July 31, 2011

Little guy in a big, big world - Aug. 5, 2011

A perfect day on the Sunshine Coast - Aug ?, 2011

Henry Miller, a cappuccino and the Marmara Sea, in Istanbul - Oct ?, 2011

Girl in the red coat - Oct ?, 2011

Occupy Vancouver begins - Oct. 15, 2011

Nov. 7, 2011

Painting - Nov. 16, 2011

Occupy Cascadia - Nov. 18, 2011

Spotted on a street sign, on a rainy Vancouver night - Nov. 26, 2011

See how Erin did here.

2011 Photo Throwdown: Days 356-363

Love Gastown when it rains.

Trying out HousexGuest in Gastown

Santa doggy

Hosea warming up in front of Shaw Yule log.

The humanity!


Birthday shot -- done classy! (

Best present ever

iPhone – Dec. 22-29.

Two more days to go in the throwdown, and in the year. And what a year.

Friend and colleague Erin Loxam and I have pledged to take and upload one photo every day for all of 2011. See how she’s doing here.

2011 Photo Throwdown: Days 346-355

It's a thumb drive.

Text text text

Vancouver's 14th homicide of 2011.

Cooking for friends! Stuffed mushroom caps, lamb meatballs, pumpkin pie tarts


Christmas colours at Canada Place

Records and boomboxes



Crowded around the food.

Dec. 12-21. (It’s been busy.)

Friend and colleague Erin Loxam and I have pledged to take and upload one photo every day for all of 2011. See how she’s doing here.