Attack on Clarity

This is a shoot I did in Pusan, South Korea at a police station. The concept I was trying to reveal was clarity. I was told that green tea brought clarity. In days of old the tea ceremony was performed for Kings. Judges would drink it before having to make an important decision. In this photo shoot I incorporated the traditional Korean tea set into the setting of the police station where clarity is of he upmost importance. Here are some of the pictures from that shoot.

Addicted to Love

Years ago when I had my tea shop in Chinatown, Vancouver I had the following experience. Early in the morning I heard something at the door. It was a young junkie couple that I had seen around. That morning I watched them fix at my door. Romeo and Juliette. “we don’t want to bother anybody. We just want to scratch our scratch.” This photo essay this valentines day is dedicated to them.

Farm Fashion

Farm Fashion

Farm Fashion is a concept I use to describe lifestyle clothing my family wears for working in the country. Of course, some wouldn’t call it fashion at all, since not even farmers dress in this manner. The core of Farm Fashion is to dress down in working clothes which are either hand me downs or items that have been bought at the end of each season at liquidation prices.

Country clothes provided us with absolute freedom. It doesn’t matter how dirty we get, or if our clothes acquire burn marks, smell of smoke or get ripped. Farm fashion is really fashion-less, because we are not supposed to be seen.

The whole idea is comfort, and sometimes what we wear for the work we do is not practical at all, but that’s a conscious choice. When it’s hot we dress appropriately, of course is some people were to see and judge us, they would undoubtedly call our attire inappropriate. However, when you own acreage you can do what you want and how you want it; at least to some extent.

In the end Farm Fashion is a conscious move away from specialty items. It is all about using what you have and dressing comfortably for yourself and not an audience. And so I welcome you, for the first time ever, to witness what is never seen: Farm Fashion.

This photo essay is dedicated to my mother who has been working her 13 arches since 1965. She’s a true steward of the land and inspiration.


Attack On Clarity

These pictures are from my series entitled Attack on Clarity. The concept is this: Green tea has always been associated with clarity. Before making important decisions Kings and Judges would take the time to drink tea and contemplate their actions. Monks would drink tea to help them meditate and achieve clarity. But in this life our clarity is being constantly invaded. We must drink more tea!

Sex On Saturday… Szekszardi Cheap Hungarian Red Wine But Tom’s East Vin Gets it Better!

I dedicate this post to Tom and East Vin in East Vancouver. Because I can’t make wine in his shop…which I’d love (to death) I end up choosing affordable red wines at the SAQ and yes I am aware how much provincial tax I pay per bottle…In the future…very near future this must change…even if Tom does not move back east… Why don’t they (the government) just club us and rob us out right…very soon we Canadians will be making Afghanistan wine Soviet style…Tank break line fluid filtered though burnt toast into container of fermenting fruit…shaken and not stirred! Don’t forget old East Bulgarian Tooth paste from the old Soviet Block days…if you still have a secret stash do share…because we can’t live in the civilized west anymore…not at the prices they charge! Make your own wine and if you’re in Vancouver Go see Tom At East Vin!

Jan Cichon 1939-1980

On November the 28th 1980 I watched my father died. I was 13 at the time. The experience left me with lots of anger. It has taken me many years to digest and process that anger. These pictures to remember the  father I lost.

Chase,Choice and Consequence

This is a project that I did for one of my Photoshop classes. We were supposed to design a CD booklet for a band. I decided to do one for my own poetry…dedicated to the un-born child I almost had some time ago.  I was a painful experience from a painful time in my life. From a time I had to choose a new path. I have not forgotten the past…in fact I have carried it with me all along. This was my way of exposing this darkness to the light…acceptance and forgiveness so that I may move forward.