Friday, May 20, 2016

Prince of Wales Armouries

Completed in 1915 the Prince of Wales Armouries was originally known as the Edmonton Drill Hall and was a training centre for the Department of National Defence until 1977.  The building was given the name Prince of Wales Armouries in 1921 and in 1982 ownership was transferred to the City of Edmonton.  It has served a variety of organization over the years and is currently the home of the City of Edmonton Archives.

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Virtues of the Last Minute

Most of the time, getting organized to take interior photos takes more time than the on site photography itself.  When a client asks for a rapid turn around on completing an assignment I usually think it'll be impossible because there are just too many things to organize and other people that have to cooperate.  Such was the case with this assignment.  I had just two days to organize the photography of this restaurant which is a two hour drive from home.  The owner was very obliging and I was allowed in about 40 minutes before they opened the doors for the lunch rush.  The request for photos came to me on a Thursday afternoon.  The photos were completed the following Saturday morning and the finished package was sent to the client by midnight Sunday.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Not The Valley Zoo I Remember

Here's another photo from my recent assignment at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton.  This concrete sturgeon is in the admissions-paid plaza area.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Not the Valley Zoo I Remember

When I was a kid the zoo in Edmonton was known as the Storyland Valley Zoo.  It was a product of a different era and in addition to the expected animals there was a make believe aspect to the place with lots of artificial life forms from story books etc - 'three men in a tub' comes to mind; a likeness of the butcher, the baker and candlestick maker carefully balanced in a small tub that was permanently anchored in a pond.  And the little train that ran around the place - unforgettable but not really very zoo-like by today's standard.

The 'Storyland' aspect disappeared long ago and the Valley Zoo has undergone a transformation that continues.  The makers of some of the newer elements commissioned a series of photos recently - this is one of my favourites.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Downtown Office Lobby

The tower above was built in the 1970s but the renewed main floor lobby was completed in the fall of 2015.  Photographed for the architect/interior designer.

Friday, April 15, 2016

Signs of the Zodiac Under Foot

When the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium opened the plaza to the west of it was adorned with the signs of the zodiac embedded in the concrete.  The graphics are a little worse for wear these days but they look kind of cool none the less.  Being born under the sign of the crab I picked 'cancer' to present here.

iPhone Hipstamatic image....

Friday, April 8, 2016

Baker Clinic 1953

The Baker Clinic in downtown Edmonton was constructed in stages.  Phase One was designed in 1953 and was a single storey brick clad structure designed as a health care clinic.  In 1959 a 3 storey addition was incorporated.  The building was designed by Dewar Stevenson Architects.  The first phase was constructed by Mill and Olson and the 1959 addition was built by Poole Construction - now PCL.

The original owners moved to larger premises years ago and the building is now home to a social support agency.  Apart from this mural, the old Baker Clinic building hasn't changed much over the years.