Princesses in Pippy Park

As I pulled into a secluded area at the top of Pippy Park, there were cosplayers dressed up as princesses, waiting for the others to show. This place was off of Mt. Scio Road. A garden surrounded by a rock wall, and an open field with trees that looked out to St. John’s. A whimsical place for fantasy photoshoots. I was invited to take pictures. 

Shortly after waiting at the parking lot, many more princesses arrived and I found myself feeling like I was back in 1984 as a kid, in Disney World wearing my Mickey Mouse hat. 

The theme was Disney, but I was told there were a few cosplayers that were not affiliated, such as anime, and Anastasia. The cosplayers were beautiful in their outfits. Everything was so colorful. I chatted with a few as I was taking their pictures, each getting to know the person, I can sense the dedication and hard work they put into these costumes from seeing the minuscule detal on the outfits . They were not just bought at typical box stores on a clearance after the week of halloween. They were genuine, modified, sewn clothed material. I met a seamstress who did all her own costumes. She was Cinderella and the dress was frekkin majestic. One of my favorites was Snow White. The colors of this her outfit were vibrant. She had dark hair. Her look really suited the outfit. We agreed it was more of a modern take on Snow White. There was a bit of an evilness that I can see. Oh my… Is this what you call fanboying?  

Thanks for letting me take your pics guys! Hope you like the photos!  

Bonavista Peninsula

Sorry, I have been really busy the past week. I haven’t had a chance to keep up with blogging. So many things happening - From buying a house, my mother leaving to head back to Philippines, photoshoots, and an impromptu road trip up the Bonavista Peninsula. I was interested in the Bonavista Biennale 2017, but realizing I was a week early. :(

Halfway there driving 110 in my VW GTI, a ‘check brake wear’ appeared on the dash. I was thinking of turning back, but I knew I just got the car back from a brake repair at BMW. How could this be? So I kept trucking towards my first destination, Port Union. 

Pepa Chan, Mimi Stockland and a Kailey Bryan created this art installation called ‘Grass in the Sky’. It reminded me of house on Bell Island. As i looked around, noticing there was no one of sight, except hearing a couple up the road screaming at each other, I messaged Mimi to ask her where everyone was. I came too early and events do not really start until three days. I decided to go exploring and wander off to snap a few of the old dilapidated houses. So many here. Met a few people on the road and talked to them.

My next stop was Elliston, the next community over. Don’t let the rough road on the turn off fool you. After 6km in of nothingness and rough road with potholes and bumps, I found myself opening up to a beautiful little community. I promised my co-worker and friend Lorna that I would go to her summer home Coles Vacaton Homes and take pictures. As I got lost in the community, I ended up at a beach and a lookout near a cliff. I could see puffins everywhere. A great place for bird watching and enjoying the open sea.

It was around 6:00 when I clued up and I made my way to Duntara, where a friend, Margaret Ryall, invited me to stay at her place. I became friends with her through photography. Margaret likes to create artwork from rustic parts found in beaches, houses, and communities. I find her work very interesting and you can see her work. She is also part of the organization that started the Bonavista Biennale 2017 that is currently happening right now until September 17.

The next morning, I made my way back to St. John’s. It was raining, and I spent my hour stopping the car taking pictures from inside of the car, rolling down the window. A few of Duntara. 

I stopped by the beach in Knights Cove to see this cool installation of peeled trees planted upside down with the roots showing at the top.

My last stop was Port Rexton, it cleared by now and I parked the car and wandered around. It was my first time at this place. it was beautiful. 

I made it back home in time for supper, I had hot pot for the first time with some chinese friends. 

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