Thursday, June 30, 2011


japan on the streets of nyc.

summer 2011.

love and health to all...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

the backwards revolution rolls to nyc...

New York City - Saturday June 25, 2011 at 4pm

Bicycle Film Festival

Anthology Film Archives (32 2nd Ave. at 2nd St.)

tickets available here.

the backwards revolution rolls into town...

this is the backwards rider.

toronto, canada, june 20, 2011

love and health to all...

Saturday, June 18, 2011


today my pops turns 47 years old, happy birthday poppa!

it takes much in life to be born back in 1937 and live for so many years yet still be turning a young 47 after decades of world exploration...

but one thing i know about this man, my poppa, is that he is an amazing father, the best in fact.

so pops, i just wanted to wish you a happy birthday from me with a couple gems of i and d lenz.

enjoy this beautiful and blessed day!

from south african lands winter 2010, state side summer 2010.

love and health to all...

Monday, June 13, 2011

happy birthday mom.

happy birthday momma.

everywhere and in between. in the tangible and intangible.

sammy and momma chilling back in the day, columbia university campus, springtime, sometime.

love and health to all...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

By the Shores of a Great Lake.

love and health to all...

Monday, June 06, 2011

in the skin of a lion

according to my sources, this building, the r.c. harris water treament plant on the east end of toronto, is an important player in Michael Ondaantje's In the Skin of a Lion.

alas, i've never read it but i heard. this art deco water plant first operational in 1941 was open last weeked as part of doors open toronto. instead of the sugar factory, i journeyed here. it was the first time it had been open to the public in ten years.

it's still cleaning water for torontonians to drink...

love and health to all....

Friday, June 03, 2011

halfway between...

...a sugar factory and a big old beautiful water treatment plant.

toronto, ontario, spring 2011.

love and health to all...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Thornton & Lucie Blackburn

arrived in Toronto in 1834. They had fled slavery, Kentucky to be precise, through the Underground Railroad, staying in Detroit for a couple of years and eventually imprisoned there as well. They escaped Detroit with the help of disguises and 400 men who stormed the jail and they fled further north to Canada. Michigan requested that they be extradited back to the states and the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada at the time, refused, "noting that a person could not steal himself." []

Residing in Toronto, the Blackburns built a house her, outside this school but much before it even existed. Thornton Blackburn started the first taxi cab company in Upper Canada. He call his first one-horse cab the City. It was painted none other than yellow and black. During their lives in Toronto they continued to stay involved in antislavery movements.

This is outside the Inglenook Community School, where Colleen Ayoup, a soon to be MFA graduate at Ryerson, exhibited her project, wired to learn, for the first time this weekend.

It's a beautiful thing when history surprises with a reminder of the paths taken on the lands beneath our feet.

love and health to all...