"Most of us feel that others will not tolerate emotional honesty. We would rather defend our dishonesty on the grounds that it might hurt others; and having rationalized our phoniness into nobility, we settle for superficial relationships."
(John Powell)

"It's now very common to hear people say, "I'm rather offended by that", as if that gives them certain rights. It's no more than a whine. It has no meaning, it has no purpose, it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. "I'm offended by that." Well, so fucking what?"
(Stephen Fry)

"He who dares not offend cannot be honest."
(Thomas Paine)

Without deviations from the norm, progress is not possible.
(Frank Zappa)

me; gimpboarding

HDR free since 1957

HDR Photography; our generations velvet painting; as gaudy as a velvet Elvis, as garish as a freakishly wide-eyed bare-breasted velvet Native Girl painting.
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"The church is near, but the road is icy; the bar is far, but we will walk carefully."
(Russian Proverb)

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Bruce Dean: producing Salon des Refusés style art for over 50 years

...a single disabled father

...a semi-retired writer/photographer/artist

...a hedonistic bohemian

...a professional recreationalist

...a student:
-University of Victoria
-Camosun College
-Victoria College of Art (VCAD)
-Western Academy of Photography & Photojournalism
-Vancouver City College
-Santa Barbara City College
-University of Alberta

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Bruce Dean (professional recreationalist)

From a gonzo path less travelled, Bruce Dean draws from his bizarre experiences and his social conscience of convenience when creating his photographs, paintings, and writings.

A photojournalist and raconteur armed with tales from his travels; from backhands to bars; from beaches to vineyards; from university to social work – caring for societies discarded children while conquering the seas, trees, and slopes of North America; battling poverty and disability while desperately clinging to parenting. Through it all, Bruce Dean has been producing his award winning humor, photography and writing.

Bruce Dean has studied at Victoria College of Art, Vancouver and Santa Barbara City Colleges, and the University of Alberta. Dean is currently working toward degrees in visual art and writing at the University of Victoria – expanding upon his diploma in Photojournalism from Western Academy of Photography.

Bruce Dean’s writings, photographs, and paintings primarily focus upon the street and social issues; his internationally recognized art often utilizing dolls and action figures as a medium of expression. When Dean paints he works with acrylics, oils, found items, and collage of his own photography. Imitating the encaustic style, Dean has been experimenting with deep gel work to add the element of perceived depth and forced bokeh.

Bruce Dean’s work has graced a variety of publications and galleries, including;
Boulevard magazine, the Edmonton Journal, Aviator magazine, Sailing World magazine, SEE magazine, Fusion magazine, the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria, the Metchosin Art Gallery, the Sculpture Studio, CHED Radio, CJSR FM Radio, Oak Bay News, Victoria News, Duncan News Leader, Vue Weekly, Pacific Coastal In-Flight magazine, Metchosin Muse, the Tyee, the Georgia Straight, Outside on-line, BIKE magazine, Wetrag, Monday magazine, Megaphone Magazine, the Martlet, Cannabinoid Chronicles...

Bruce Dean’s art has been refused, restricted, or removed from;
The Victoria Independent Film Festival; the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria (CACGV); Flickr (YAHOO); YouTube; the Victoria Times Colonist; and from his own camera by the Victoria Police (VicPD)...

"Although Cst. Hynes had the power to seize Dean's entire camera, it appears that he inconvenienced Dean less by simply deleting the images in question and then returning the camera to him."
(The Office of the Police Complaints Commissioner)

"Sgt. Sawyer located numerous concerning photographs in [Dean’s] collection..."
(The Victoria Chief of Police)

Dean, “you will have a place in hell! the lord punishes the wicked and u, u worthless
maggot will be judged! hope u enjoy UR SKIN BURNING FROM UR BONES”
(Jeff Tally, a fan)

“You have to admire local activist Bruce Dean...”
(Jody Paterson – Special to Times Colonist)

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I enjoy hearing the opinions from the viewers of my images, but:

My Flickr Photo Site is not a forum for your negative opinion of me. If you greatly disagree with my opinion - politely speak your mind, or you should post your opinion in your Flickr Photo Site - not here.

If you have nothing nice to say - don't bother with the rude.

If you have something nice to say - I love you.

"Don't go away mad - just go away." (...Lisa...)

I depend upon the strangers of kindness...


"If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid."

"He who makes a beast of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man."
(Samuel Johnson)

"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf."
(George Orwell)

"...the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say commonplace things, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars..."
(Jack Kerouac)

"I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles - a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other - that kept me going."
(Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary)

"You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on."
(Dean Martin)

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    Cassandra's Eye says:

    "Bruce is a photographer who shoots from the heart."

    March 27th, 2008

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    Stefano Tedioli says:

    "Bruce is a free spirit who makes free photos.
    Is there anything else we can ask him?
    I don't think."

    September 1st, 2007

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    quickbits33407 says:

    "BruceDean creates some of thee most fascinating and controversial photos using dolls that I have ever seen. A true inspiration for me."

    August 28th, 2007

Bruce Dean
August 2005
Victoria, BC
Victoria, BC, Canada
I am:
Male and Single
professionalrecreationalist [at] yahoo.ca