Nov 21, 2012

Creepy like Halloween not Warm like Thanksgiving!

The 1926 ad was discovered by Flickr user Alan Mays, who regularly posts scans of quirky vintage finds.
As you may or may not know... I'm a city girl turned rural dweller. I share my yard with three, very personable, turkeys. I've lived vegan in the past and have replaced turkey with tofurkey ... My partner joked that we'd call our turkeys 'Thanksgiving', 'Christmas', and 'Easter' and frankly, I'm not sure what's more morbid those names or the poster above. I'm all for having your camera ready to capture life but you won't catch me documenting a lynching or slaughter ;) In fact, our turkeys survived our Canadian Thanksgiving which was last month! I have a feeling they'll all be celebrating Canada Day with us next summer.

To all my American friends and neighbours I wish you a safe, warm, and gobbly Thanksgiving. Snap a photo of all her relatives passing out after dinner!


Nov 19, 2012

U.S. Route 395 Photowalk

A recent photowalk along historical route 395 Kettle Falls to Colville in Washington State. All photos taken with my iPhone 4s except for first two of Kettle Falls Bridge.

Kettle Falls Bridges
Carries     BNSF Railway (north bridge)
SR 20/U.S. 395 (south bridge)
Crosses     Columbia River
Locale     Kettle Falls, Washington
Design     Steel cantilever
Opened     May 3, 1941

Very '80's retro!

Northern Dance Theatre Space

The light in this giant room was so intriguing!

Antique Jukebox for sale

If you want to learn...

plastic and glass

Windows-I have a thing for them.

Warehouse living

I was having a 'Flash Dance' warehouse living fantasy

Barmans Country Store
The Barmans store, right on Main St in the middle of Colville, has an assortment of things: a lot of antiques and collectibles, a few interesting food items (I've seen spruce jelly, and once bought some good Turkish spices), a good ice cream counter, and some used books in the upstairs. All in all it's a pretty interesting place.

230 S. Main Street - Barber

230 S. Main Street
Ricky Block/Barman’s

National Historic Register
Washington Heritage Register
Local Plaque Recipient

John Rickey was a local merchant
and active in local politics. The
original building was built in 1885
and blown up in 1892 to stop a fire
next to it from spreading. It was
replaced with the current building.

Bank of Colville

Local Plaque Recipient

The south half of the building
was the original Bank of Colville.
A year later, the north half was
added, using a similar design;
housing the Disheimer Building.
The buildings have been combined;
with Happy’s Hallmark
on the ground level and
apartments above.

Nov 16, 2012


Blessed am I to have two, healthy, children and be surrounded by their love. Their contributions to my life are enormous. Sometimes the kids don't seem like they see eye to eye. Somewhat natural since they are almost ten years apart and opposite genders. My children both have friendly, bright, and strong personalities. Negatively, this leads to disagreements where I hear a lot of talking over each other however, in the end, they appear to have a firm respect and understanding.  Ultimately, they love each other and I know there is a value to their connection. Sibling patterns that feel like weather in the house. Sun. Storm. Sun.

Below, photographs I made on a family vacation last May. We survived a wild, westcoast system in the Pacific Rim National Park. I've spent a lot of time on this coastline and I know you have to be prepared for any type of weather or have your credit card ready to bail out in a warm, dry, motel. Most of the visitors to the park used the motel option and packed up so fast during the storm that they abandoned bundles of expensive firewood as they fled. My kids were nervous listening to the wind howl and the rain pelt down but we were dry and snug inside our tent. The next morning the park was empty, peaceful, and we went to work as a team gathering up the firewood. Afterwards, we went down to the beach to enjoy the peaceful solitude and the storm waves. For the rest of the week we enjoyed better weather, warm firelight evenings, and great surfing.

Siblings © 2012 Kris Hockley
Connected © 2012 Kris Hockley

Dad teaching J and K swimming off to left. Chesterman Beach South

Hot tub time. J warming up. Pacific Rim National Park

My daughter has her own Nikon that she uses very creatively and I'm thrilled that she is interested in photography. While my partner and I were enjoying the surf, Kyra decided to document her brother's sugar induced high. He was taking a break from surfing and sand castle building and found my stash of coconut and carob bars bought at the local hippie shack. He's in full blown six year old boy mode here.

What do photographer children do in their spare time?

Nov 14, 2012

Digital to film? The gadget isn't the only thing that goes round!

I've purchased a few pieces of equipment through Photojojo and I love them. Today I noticed a gadget promoted by them through Twitter and I had to check it out. The link sent me to a news site and when I clicked through to what I thought would be the item I discover that it is in proto type mode. I guess the company is in the midst of raising money to manufacture the tiny projector. What really caught my attention is the concept of the digital instagram file being printed on film. I like the idea of seeing my instagram photos big and even better sharing them in person with people who are even half interested ;)

In a world of smart phones where megapixals are improving and displays are vivid and sharp no one appears to care to see images in any other format other than a display. I like prints... no wait... I LOVE prints. You can linger in front of them longer than the ADD phone displays and their distracting apps that are a click away. Instead of sharing the photos we can look at them together, in person, and talk about image meaning and content. As a photographer I get to hear your feedback and see how your mind and body is affected by the photographs. Especially important for photographers who have been hired for portraits to gain the valuable feed back and ques from their clients. Seems kind of backwards to print digital to film and project it back up on a wall though. Retro always trumps in the end :)

Modern camera: iPhone
Primary media: digital jpeg file
Viewing space: tiny screen


Secondary Media source: images on 35mm film mounted on a mini wheel.
New tool: mini projector (Projecteo $25)
Viewing space: Wall

Goal: save your neck as you twist your body to view the photos on the iPhone screen. A share might lead to a purchase of new art for your client. Now that smart phone better help you price your Instragram artwork wisely to pay off the Projecteo, iPhone, and film development costs ;)

Ruth Bernhard - 101 years

copyright: The Ruth Bernhard Trust - excerpt from Between Art & Life Book 2000
A good friend of mine, Ed McCann, gave me a book called Between Art & LIfe back in 2006. I recently re-read the book and absorbed so much more of it this time around. Her life was amazing in its length, depth, and its ability to remain simple in world that's complexities threatened almost every direction she chose. Ruth managed to dodge and burn societies judgments about women in the workforce, bisexuality, and its pressure to follow a well trodden life path. The book is a stunning coffee table image pleaser, but, further it is worth reading and considering. She was original, genuine, feminine, and full of talent! I would have loved to meet her in person however our 32 years of overlap never had the fortune of a crossed path. Through the pages of this book I find myself now hoping for a parallel. Abebooks has many used copies to purchase and if you are in the Boundary Region and promise to give it back after your done you can borrow my copy!

Ruth Bernhard was a German-born American photographer. Wikipedia
Born: October 14, 1905, Berlin
Died: December 18, 2006, San Francisco

101 years is a good, life. Rest in Peace Ms Bernhard. Your contribution to photography and life is appreciated.

Nov 8, 2012

In a Glass Box

In someone's imagination these models of war were created. Perhaps the maker had lived through such terrifying experiences or were told stories by by a parent who survived WW2. Both model and events happening more than a generation past but existing, now, as still life in a glass box. On November 11, lets show our appreciation and respect to those who lived and died through violent conflicts at the request of their countries.

My vision while photographing these physical models was an attempt to spin a graphic, surreal, dirty feel over the toy like miniatures. The models succeeded in their details of the scenes but left the viewer detached and safe. I recognized their plastic limitations and wanted to see if I could take the models one step further using photography and graphic after effects. Some image worked and others couldn't let go of the childlike quality. Regardless it was an interesting adventure. Thank you to the model builders and the exhibits home who allowed the public to photograph as they pleased. Creativity has a life of its own.

If you'd like to see the models with your own eyes then you'll have to travel to Victoria, British Columbia. . Well worth the $12 entrance fee.