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.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Sea Buckthorn?

I think this is Sea Buckthorn which is a non indigenous species to a Edmonton.  Years ago there was a greenhouse near where this was taken and I think this is left behind from those days.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Strange Overtones

I took this photo on a demolition site a week ago.  In my mind this twisted pile of steel studs was going to be a high contrast black and white image but when looked at it afterward I realized that there actually a lot of subtle colour in play.  All I did was increase the saturation a little to make this image.

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.