Sunday, April 26, 2015

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Montreal signs from 2006

hat store, 2006
no dogs poster, Little Italy
rue Sainte Catherine



a random collection from Lohbado's image library
Lohbado has a library of street graphics. No need to buy a book, just walk around with a camera. Many of the signs have changed, or no longer exist because the business closed or signs were replaced. There's a beauty in signs, tags, graphic design. Each letter is a little art work, a symbol or signifier.

Lohbado also has a collection of old packages and labels. He peeled the label off the back of an old sketch pad. A sticky residue of glue indicated where the sticker had been, a darkened rectangle. Lohbado got lost in thought about sequence or time. Each instant occurs and maybe leaves a trace. It's the same thing with a human being. One goes from one moment to the next. How much do you notice or remember? What were you doing at this time yesterday, or last year?

Friday, April 24, 2015

insomnia


Often Lohbado woke sweating in the night, skin burning, itchy from head to foot. He couldn’t bear the thought of another instant of tossing and turning, fever and chills, sweating one moment, shivering the next, anxious, restless, claustrophobic.

    Trying to run away or avoid problems won’t do any good. Even if you ran across the plains and into an old abandoned farmhouse and tried to lock yourself upstairs in a room and barricaded the door you would not be safe from the demons. The demons are none other than the demons lurking in your mind. The demons entered your mind when you got careless, when you weren’t paying attention, when you became drowsy or distracted.

    When you toss and turn in torment and confusion an antidote is to get up, go the temple, supplicate Oogah and Oorsis, relax and contemplate existence. If you devote yourself to wisdom in the temple, the deities in your mind will protect you. You will never be hungry or without shelter. You will always find peace and quiet.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Heavy rain in Montreal


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkPiNAtR1hM


Another experimental video by Lohbado, a rainy day. The story exists as a series of mood images. It contains as well some pages from a painted book, acrylic on paper. The video was shot in 2010 and 2013. The downpour audio recording dates from July 2004.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

boarding First Air jet in Kuujjuaq, March 2007


Kuujjuaq airport

These photos were taken before the new airport terminal building was built in Kuujjuaq.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

airport limo Kangirsuk



August 2006 
The Air Inuit plane landed. Luggage was put in the back of a pickup truck. Some of the teachers got in the back of the truck and were driven to their houses at the beginning of another school year in Kangirsuk. Euphoria... to finally arrive back in the arctic, after a long day of plane travel, a two hour flight from Montreal to Kuujjuaq then about a half hour flight or so from Kuujjuaq on a Dash-8 to Kangirsuk.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Kangirsuk memories

outside Coop Store Kangirsuk


Kangirsuk, northern side
These photos were taken August, 2006 and were originally posted on notobscure, which due to administrative issues, disappeared, then resurfaced as a legacy site at notobscure.blogsite.org