Thursday, April 30, 2009

Blog Guelph: VW-Busman ~ how i see the world


how i see the world, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Chris is now home from the hospital and Team Chris is in full steam coordinating all sorts of things needed to make the family living room a comfortable hospice and attending to the details and needs of the Iwanowski/Grady tribe. It is a meaningful and poignant time for all. Love is playing loudly in its full surround sound glory.

Lucky for you, I decided to take a look at our talented friend's Flickr profile - then quickly decided to publish the entire text. Chris' autobiographical account of who he is, what he does and how he fills his heart, sums up a kind and fun loving man.


"Work: I'm a Project Manager and Founding Partner of Barking Dog Studios — a web development firm in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, founded in 1996. Barking Dog Studios is a talented team of creative thinkers. Our web site design and development work focuses on accessibility (embracing web standards) and usability. Our clients are primarily in the educational, cultural and social change sectors.

Life: I'm the guy voted "Most likely to have a non-functioning aircoooled Volkswagen parked in his driveway". If I had a bigger garage, I'd probably just fill it with more old VWs!

Julia and I own a 1978 Westfalia Campmobile (named Buddy), which we've taken from coast to coast; a 1977 Westfalia, which supplies parts for the former; a 1968 Karmann Ghia Convertible (named Karmella), which doesn't get much use because it won't fit a baby seat; and a 1970 Transporter Deluxe, which is being restored as the "company bus".— you can check in on its project site to see how the restoration is going.

I blog mainly about VW Bus's and music on the Busman Chronicles.

I'm a father Alexander Dimitri (5 year old) and Anna Elise (1 1/2 year old) and partner of Julia Grady, mixed media artist, super-mom, catalyst for social change, pay-it-foward queen and co-conspiritor in Barking Dog Studios.

I'm also a self-confessed technology junkie. You'll rarely see me without my Macbook Pro 15 and Nokia N90 camera iPhone. I shoot the N90iPhone most commonly, a Canon G5, a Nikon 4500, a Nikon 990 historically and a Nikon D70sD90 when I want it to count."

Today's VW-Busman photo selection features Buddy - the 1978 Wonder Westie.

May your day spill over with peace and love.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: For the Love of Buddy


racoon prints, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: snow bus


snow bus, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: happy bus driver


happy bus driver, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: handle with care


handle with care, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: james street bus


james street bus, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: buddy, the grasshopper killer


buddy, "the grasshopper killer", originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: the shadow bus


the shadow bus, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Blog Guelph: a family and their bus


a family and their bus, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Wow! I love this photo.

I've been digging deep into Chris' flickr stream this morning to bring you a bit of this and a bit of that.
The crime scene photo is priceless. I remember seeing it when Chris posted it, and having a good laugh. There is certainly a theme running through his stream, and that's fun and laughter. Have a look and see for yourself. You can also click here to see what Blog Guelph has posted.

Donna

Blog Guelph: this is not a work of art


this is not a work of art, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: crime scene


crime scene, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: urban language news


urban language news, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: road worthy


road worthy, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0


5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: bear vs. birds


bear vs. birds, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: perch


perch, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: porsche portrait


porsche portrait, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: seal head


seal head, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: living in the trees


living in the trees, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: spooky shadows


spooky shadows, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: t@b

t@b, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Blog Guelph: vw-busman


polaroid portrait, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Today we continue on our journey through the beautiful world as seen by vw-busman AKA Chris Iwanowski.
As Sue mentioned yesterday, Blog Guelph will be paying deep respect and close attention to a mere slice of Chris's photofiles all week long. So instead of our regular Tuesday series, Made in Guelph, let's just call this installment, Made by Chris. I'm going to focus today on his most beloveds, and I'd like you to pay close attention to how lovingly he turns his camera's gaze on them.

But please do click through and travel a little further into his photopool where you'll witness many, many other loved ones. What this man gives is awesome and powerful. See for yourself. Clearly Chris loves enormously and is massively loved right back.

See also:

  • all things VW.
  • all things roadtrip.
  • all things nerdy and techy too (sorry Chris - snort!)

As I continue to sift through the thousands of moments captured by Chris, I'm reminded of how a heart can be cracked into two pieces and yet so full at the same time.

I wrote this elsewhere this weekend but need to write it down again.
And again.
And again.

Deep peace of the running waves to you.
Deep peace of the flowing air to you.
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you.
Deep peace of the shining stars to you.
Deep peace of the infinite peace to you.

A celtic prayer

-Downtown Lynn-

Blog Guelph: Portrait of Julia


portrait of julia, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Anna and Mom


anna and mom, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Warm smile


warm smile, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Why face cinema scope


why face cinema scope, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Sad caddy


sad caddy, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Touch down


touch down, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: The horror!


the horror!, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Mashed and mushed


mashed and mushed, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: Dude, where's the meadow?

Blog Guelph: Kid Cot


kid cot, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Monday, April 27, 2009

Blog Guelph: VW-Busman


bugs on the horizon, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

We're breaking with tradition this week to feature a festival of photos by our dear friend VW-Busman ~ Chris Iwanowski.

Very, very sadly, Chris is gravely ill with late stage melanoma. Our community is rallying to support Chris, his lovely wife Julia and their two youngsters with love in all its forms as he navigates the last leg of his earthly journey.

Chris was my first Flickr contact when I started Blog Guelph an eon ago. He initiated the first Guelph Flickr club meeting at the Albion in August 2005 and our first public photo exhibition at the Red Brick Cafe in the spring of 2006. This is the first of 2,307 photo's Chris posted to his photostream back in August 2005 - which hints at the root of his cyber handle - vw-busman.

As you view the festival of photos this week, let your heart open to the joy and sorrow and all that lies between in the miracle of life. As you will note, Chris' love is large. Now it is our turn to love large back.

Sue Richards

Blog Guelph: birthday bus


birthday bus, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: what can you see in my eyes?


what can you see in my eyes?, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Alex

Blog Guelph: father and son firepit


father and son firepit, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: blue and split


blue and split, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: me vs. ernie


me vs. ernie, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: The Gummer


i work on the third floor, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Former home of Barking Dog Studios - before the fire.

Blog Guelph: dawn over dash


dawn over dash, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: family portait


family portait, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: surreal golf


surreal golf, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: First Flickr Meeting


blairware the lurker, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

blairware the lurker......

Blog Guelph: hazy sadies


hazy sadies, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: harbour cuddle


harbour cuddle, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: csi


csi, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: a sign of life


a sign of life, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Blog Guelph: can you canoe?


can you canoe?, originally uploaded by vw-busman.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Blog Guelph: Tree House


, originally uploaded by Denim.

Here's your GEM OF THE DAY girls and boys.

And whatever you do - don't forget Doors Open Guelph this Saturday.

Click Denim's pic.....

Sue Richards

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blog Guelph: Sunny Fun


_DSC2355, originally uploaded by Molly Motmot.

After three days of wet, looks like we're in for some shine over the next few days.

Hurray for us!

I trust today's fab five fotos will add to your days brightness. Click on the photo for even more de-light!

Sue Richards

For more great Guelph photos, try these links:

Downtown Guelph, University of Guelph, The Guelph Hillside Festival or The Guelph Lake Conservation Area.

On the other hand, you may be curious about what the City of Guelph looked like last October or maybe Spring.

Indeed you may be the type that would love to wade through our deep and refreshing archives. There are over 5,000 terrific Guelph photos, taken by a growing tribe of fantastic photographers, currently available for your viewing pleasure. Check out the Blog Guelph archives located 'back up there' and appropriately titled: Blog Guelph Archives.