"If I didn't build it, I wouldn't get to see it."
~ gj pearson
Come along on a wee photographic tour of gj pearson's studio...and mind. A jam-packed space that overflows with art and creativity.
You'll see mystical, fanciful, odd, and endearing characters intertwined with wire and paper. Pounded steel sculptures and delicate drawings and paintings. Kinetic pieces that wind up or are operated by what seems to be a sewing pedal. All magical.
Along the way you'll see some embroidered pieces and handmade jewellery created by fellow artist and wife, Denise Kathleen Nicholls of Firehorse Designs.
And two very adorable cats.
-> gj pearson art and firehorse designs.
What I thought would be a chance to just hang out with some horses (which it was, but more on them later) turned out to also be an opportunity to met a super cool dog named Percy!
Percy is head layabout, master horse watcher, branch manager, chief distractor and lover of belly rubs…oh… and when he thinks no one’s watching, he plays with a water dish. He's also nailed down the "I'm not tired, you're tired" look because this little dude seemed to fight sleep with everything he's got, lest he miss out on any fun... even if that fun is standing in the rain.
a collection of the photographs set to music...
hair: lindsay lefrancois + meghan friesen of shampoo hair bar
make up + model: holly kasasian
photographs: wendy nesbitt
welcome to my first stop-motion short film!
~ created with towel holders, some red yard and a fake eye... and a dramatic music track too
i only have eye for you:
a short tale of inanimate loneliness and love and the tie that binds us... sometimes a little too tightly
rest in peace + love Storm
you were strong + silent
you were loved + learned to love
and your stubby bun-bun tail added another element of uniqueness to your already charming soul
you got to run and play whenever you wanted and I saw countless photos of you snoozing peacefully in a warm, cozy bed
i'm sorry your whole life couldn't have been so lovely, but it's wonderful you and Carly found each other and you got to live - really live - a few more years knowing the life all sled dogs should be able to live
I love adoptable puppersons!
So I had my Who Do You Love? photobooth set up early so I invited some of the adorable adoptables currently in care with the Victoria Humane Society in to try it out... they were all such superstars!!
Big thanks as well to their committed and loving foster homes for bringing them over on short notice. Watch the VHS facebook page to find out more about these gems!
If you want to bring your pet in for a session, details are on my previous post HERE!
"WHO DO YOU LOVE?"
~ Pet portrait sessions to celebrate the love we humans have for our pets!
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when: Feb 9 + 10 between 9am + 3pm
where: my studio in Saanich, BC [address provided at booking]
- sessions are $40 for one pet and last about 20 minutes with a buffer between sessions to accommodate comfort for shy or somewhat anti-social pets
--- Add $5 to include a second dog into the photo! However, if you have very 'energetic' or shy pups who aren't inclined to sit next to each other, probably best to book a second session
--- do you like to sit on the floor with your dog(s)? No problemo, it’s casual - this is meant to capture your love in all its perfect imperfectness!
- you'll receive 3 digital images - retouched as needed - for personal printing and sharing on social media
- the 20-minute sessions run on on the half hour between at 9am and 3pm (ex. 9am-9:20am, 9:30am-9:50am, etc...)
- PM, DM or email me [email@example.com] to book!
- full payment is required to book your session (via e-transfer/visa/mc)
Have a shy or somewhat anti-social doggo? My studio is calm, quiet and private - just let me know in advance so I can ensure your pup has buffer time and doesn't run into others when arriving or leaving.
*should you have to cancel, your payment will be kept on file as credit towards a future photo booth session or full photo session
**I'm expecting mostly dogs, but any pet that would be comfortable in this setting is welcome!
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And... since I'm all about sharing the love , 10% of the proceeds will go to the Victoria Humane Society so they can continue to #letthelovebegin for countless furry friends, like adoptable Mary Kate, pictured here with her foster mom!
Photographing the same subject for so many years - adventure walks with my sleddie friends - has made me want to try different ways to share my experiences. I usually pick my favourite photos in the hopes that you will get the same feelings I did while I was on the excursions. So this time I've decided to share a few successions of photos so you can hopefully get more of a sense of not just one moment in time, but a few moments. To give you a sense of the movements of the dogs bodies - their ears, tails, legs, eyes - taking treats and the gong show that is the self-timered group photo.
The last photo is a photobomb featuring ChiChi. I was crouched down readying to get a shot of Tica zooming back to the group and Chich appeared... to know her is to know this is very like her. She will appear seemingly out of nowhere with those expectant big eyes, convincing me to give her all the treats in my pocket. If I had any this day, I would've.
Sleddie roll call: ChiChi, Jasper, MaryKate, Niv, Roo along with their buddies, Tica and Saru.
The commercial and sport dog sledding industries are alive and well in Canada. And as long as they exist, their cast offs - dogs like ChiChi, Jasper, MaryKate, Niv and Roo - will need homes. Please visit I Was A Sled Dog to learn more about dogs leftover from this industry.
If you're looking to adopt a sleddie, both MaryKate and Roo are awaiting their perfect match through the Victoria Humane Society!
For more information and to get involved:
Sled Dogs film