Monthly Archives: March 2019

Fruits of Reconnaissance 02

Dear Reader,

Well, besides the thrill and entertainment of going on reconnaissance, the other purpose is to find places to return to. SE of Gleichen there is a wonderful tree. When I found it around 5 days ago, the light was poor. This morning I woke while the stars were still out and went for a drive. I got my new favourite tree in this morning’s early light. There were 2 minutes when the sun was just cresting the hill behind me and giving a warm glow. By the time I had clicked the shutter a dozen times, danced the jig of the morning photographer, sol was veiled in a morning band of cloud. The photo is better than the one from earlier this week but I think there is still a better capture possible. I am always amazed at how the right light can be so fleeting.

I have seen this hotel before, from the main road, and thought it make a worthy night shot. Today I stopped. This morning’s hazy pale light I think suits the scene. The
third photo is a new contribution to “The Thin Line” series from this morning.

Another day and more green highlighter on the paper map. All and all a good morning.

Cheers, Sean

On Reconnaissance 02

Dear Reader,

For Friday, I had set my mind on a drive-about out towards Little Bow Provincial Park. As I left the house I told April I would be 3 to 4 hours. 7 hours later I arrived home with over 2 dozen new locations captured, and I never got as far the park. Scouting is harder than it seems. It is so easy to slip away. I’ll drive past a roadside attraction, realize I’ve been absent for the past 2 km, reverse down a gravel road for 100 meters or so, and take an establishing shot. Yesterday I arrived at a relatively painless way to collect and present the results of my forays into the prairie landscapes. Yes, I know I could just record the places on google maps, but that is not satisfying. I use Google, but I am still fundamentally a paper guy. I now have a binder of nearly 40 poorly printed photos, with map references to accompany the 1:250000 maps. Many of the photos are captured with my phone. The photos don’t have to be good – they just have to be good enough to give me clues on why a particular location is worth a return trip.

Only a handful of photos survived the edit. Here are three where Friday’s hazy light, to my mind, adds to the photo.

Photo 1  There is a cafe behind me. As I was setting up my tripod, the young cook from the cafe came outside to chat. The lunch bunch had not yet arrived, and he was curious about what I was doing and I why. We chatted. I told him I was on a drive-about looking for locations. He told me that down the road in Mossleigh, the people who run Aspen Crossing had just embarked on a new project to bring an old steam engine back to life. I ordered what turned out to be a delicious beef and bacon clubhouse to go. My truck looks down-market country but I felt like I was obviously city folk, when I asked for sparkling water. Sprite was available and fine.
Photo 3 There are bullet holes in the sign.

Cheers, Sean

Site Update

Dear Reader,

I am pretty pleased with myself. I have been mucking about with my website in the hopes of better presenting current and historical photographic explorations. Here are the major changes.
~ I now have both a resume and an Artist’s Statement page
~ There is now a new home page that has been tested on apple, android, and microsoft devices. Each image is a link to a different page. I actually did a little bit of coding to get the text to float over the image – yeah me.
~ For those who link directly to the blog the link has changed to “https://seandrysdale.com/site_mgmt/blog/”

These changes were in part spurred on by the responses I received at this year’s “Exposure Review”. Last year my question was on direction, and I presented a technically proficient set of 20 images on my laptop. There was nothing really holding the photos together. This year I arrived with a set of 14 images, all from what I am call the “Roadside Attractions” project. 9 images were from “The Thin Line” series and 5 were from the series that is now (the title is new this month) called “On The Verge”. This year I wanted to know if the work was conceptually coherent enough, and appealing enough for a show. The responses were gratifying. Most of the reviewers I spoke with said yes. There are though some next steps. Those next steps are figure out the words for “Roadside Attractions” (check), make decisions on presentation (in progress), figure out a marketing strategy (oh shit), and then act on it. I was also encouraged to apply to “The Fence“, which I did. As the ever so supportive Dona Schwartz told me, even if nothing comes from your application, going through the application process alone is a good thing to do.

Besides the structural changes, the following photos have been added yesterday and today:
~ In Love this Land there are some photos from a visit to the zoo from earlier this year
~ The Mural Project has two updates (last 2), one is from last night
~ Roadside Attractions has 4 new updates to the Thin Line Series, along with another 4 updates to the new companion collection of “Contenders and Tangents”

Cheers, Sean

Maybe a Return

Dear Reader,

I have been busy on multiple photographic tracks. Until a longer post comes along, here is a photo from this past weekend that I particularly like. I found a new road. This image is better bigger.

Cheers, Sean