Dear Reader (2021-10-25),
April relished the idea of not thinking about food for 2 or 3 days. I relished the idea of a seeing a part of Alberta that we had not driven through since some time in the 90s. I had also been inspired by some recent images from photography friends. At this time of year, it is the off season and only 3 businesses are open. There is a liquor store and each of the two open hotels has a restaurant. For anything else, the nearest corner store is 20 minutes away. Groceries are an hour away, but my understanding is that residents shop infrequently about 90 minutes away.
It was liberating and delicious to be able to walk down a street at any time of day or night, set up my tripod in the middle of the street, and not worry about vehicles. My favourite mental image of the trip was when I stood in the middle of the main street at 9:00 pm photographing a building. As I tripped the shutter 4 young teenagers, who were also on the main street, wove their way along the road’s centre line on skateboards.
It was incredible to see how close the fire of 2017 was to burning down buildings. In places the fire was stopped only 20/30 metre from some vacation homes. We both loved the drive to and from this new favourite secret location (which is not really very secret at all), and I look forward to the next drive (maybe even this year shortly after the snow flies and before the roads get too dangerous).
I continue to make minor changes to this web site. During the week of October 18, I added 2 new monographs (see Books and Monographs), “Sentinels” and “Thin Line”. There were originally presented as a pair of series. They have both been updated and re-presented in digital monograph form.
• “Shadow Line” Rather than using Lightroom I did all my edits in Photoshop, as I couldn’t achieve the image I envisaged in Lightroom.
• 01 – 11 were captured in-town.
• 12 – 13 are of Cameron Lake and Falls.
• 14 – 16 were captured along Red Rock Parkway. Not only is Red Rock Canyon at the end of the Parkway, Blakiston Falls (17-18) is an easy walk away (2k or so return). Parks Canada has done an amazing job installing very solid and sturdy walkways and viewing platforms to help protect the fragile area around Blakiston Falls.
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