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A Day at the Synchrotron

This past summer I was sent out on assignment to the Canadian Light Source synchrotron at Innovation Place bordering the U of S campus. In addition to taking some portrait shots of Trinita Barboza, a vet-med student working at the synchrotron on a summer research project, I was given the chance to tour the facility and set up some interior panoramic shots. It Was Very Cool. (You can quote me on that.)

The photos were used with the article “Saskatoon shines light on prostate cancer” by Robin Thrasher, published October 2012 in the Star Phoenix and on the WCVM Today website. The article detailed some of the work that Barboza participated in during her stay at the synchrotron.

It was a neat opportunity to see ‘Science at Work’ – anyone who gets a chance to tour the facility should take full advantage.

More photography at

Collective Coffee Booklet

Collective Coffee booklet
Collective Stories – click to enlarge images

Inspired by all the bits of Saskatoon’s 20th Street history that found their way into the Collective Coffee shop in the Two Twenty building, this accordion-fold booklet was completed in time for their grand opening.

Collective Coffee Booklet
Collective Coffee booklet – cover and gatefold

Research for the piece began in the Local History Room at the Saskatoon Public Library. It was impressive to watch the archivists in action – if I so much as mentioned something I was on the trail of, they would run with it, and soon I’d have a stack of archive materials sitting on the table awaiting perusal.

Collective Coffee Booklet
Collective Coffee Booklet – Inside

The inside of the booklet features two historical panoramas of 20th Street, and photos of several re-incarnations of the Two-Twenty building (including stints as Kanigan’s Furniture and Joe’s Cycle & Sports).

Collective Coffee Booklet
Collective Coffee booklet – outside

The outside of the booklet has some details about the ‘coffee philosophy’ of Collective Coffee’s Jackson Weibe, and the story of the Two-Twenty building, owned by Shift Development‘s Curtis Olson. The Two-Twenty is part of an ongoing revitalization of 20th Street that began with the riverbank development and the Farmer’s Market on 19th, and houses Saskatoon’s first co-working community.

Vinegars Ltd - The Riversdale Vinegar Factory
Vinegars Ltd.

One of the details we managed to hunt down was the history of the vinegar factory in Riversdale. Reclaimed wood from the vinegar vats was used in the façade of the front counter at Collective Coffee. Jacob Semko, a local artisan and printmaker who crafted the counter, said the wood gave off a strong whiff of vinegar when cut. These days, of course, the only thing you can smell in the café is espresso.

Production notes: We used a Xerox color laser printer to print the piece and printed the booklets two-up on a 12″ x 40″ piece of paper, the maximum length that the printer would accept. The first edition was a run of 50. The scoring was the tricky part, since it adds ‘creep’ to the panels, and I’ll need to adjust the score marks for the next batch.

Grant Unrau at Stun Collective let us use his facility for production and I think I am in love with the old guillotine slicer! A girl can use a littler leverage once in a while….