Friday, July 22, 2016

Hidden Gems

Most cities have a hidden gem in the form of a downtown park;  this one is in downtown Edmonton at ATB Plaza.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Big Prairie Skies

Several years ago I was introduced to the work of an artist from Saskatchewan who has produced many paintings featuring dramatic and expansive prairie skies - other things too but it is these sky paintings that first appealed to me.   He renders them in an almost three dimensional and outrageous way that features over-the-top colour with oozing paint that seems to be sculpted onto the canvas.  They are utterly fantastic and I often think of these paintings when I see the clouds rolling in.   For this weeks post I went to the archives to see if I had something that speaks to this whimsical and dramatic way of looking at the skies that we prairie folk know all too well.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Recent Projects

Endress + Hauser are Swiss company specializing in control systems for industry.  This is their new building in south Edmonton.  One or two people assumed the sky in this photo is faked, but it is not; it is the result of careful timing and a bit of good fortune.

Friday, July 1, 2016

An Unannounced Guest

This bird has moved into a hanging basket near our kitchen door.  We're doing our best to get along but we do startle one another often.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Expect the Unexpected

An interior space that I photographed recently included a small theatre and this prop was in the corridor as I went in - not what I expected to see at all.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Strange Stuff in the Aftermath

If you venture off the usual footpath you'll find some strange stuff.  On mothers day weekend there was a grass fire near our local off leash park.  It came very close to some houses and if allowed to burn a few minutes longer it would have wiped out a grove of Saskatoons that the dogs and I always stop at in August when the berries are ripe.

I went in to investigate the remains just a few days ago and came across these old cooking vessels and the remains of what might have been a soup can - all stacked neatly as you see them here.  Who know how long they had been in the bush and tall grass - could be decades - and why they were there at all.  t could be that someone had set up camp and when they moved on these were left behind.  Anyway, the geometry appealed to me and thus this picture was taken.  Because it had been raining the image had a lot of contrast without my doing anything to the photo by way of editing; this images was created using my favourite iPhone app; the amazing Hipstamatic.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Help Is On the Way

Some buildings require a little help photographically and this is one of them.  The building is a tire warehouse in an industrial park and in frank terns there's not much to the building itself.  There is some landscaping but it is all well away from the building itself.  The building is grey and has no formal entrance or other features.  When I first arrived on site I thought 'what am I going to do with this?'  It took a lot of patience and a couple of trips to site but I'm pleased with the results.