Category Archives: Urban

Project Inglewood

I am making progress, albeit slow, on a body of work about the Calgary neighbourhood of Inglewood.

My latest image in the series shows the old National Hotel in its new incarnation as Off Cut Bar at The Nash. Another beautiful old building given new life in this historic part of town.

In case you missed the first image, here it is.

I think Black & White photographs are a good fit for this series. What do you think? Please contact me with your thoughts and opinions about this. I welcome your Feedback.

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Discrete On The Street

Most of the time it is quite apparent when someone is about to make a photograph, their camera is at eye-level, and their finger is poised over the shutter release button. We do not always want to send out this signal so we need to employ a more discrete technique. Having your camera strap around your neck with the camera hanging in front of you does not suggest that you are about to make a photograph, particularly if you are looking straight ahead rather than down at your camera. Also, a smaller and less noticeable camera does not attract attention in the way that a big DSLR does. I made this image last month at the street market in Victoria BC using this technique. Not being able to frame the image via the view finder means there is definitely an element of hit-or-miss, something that adds to the fun. A wide angle lens that you can pre-focus to the hyperlocal distance according to the aperture setting is helpful. An aperture setting of f5.6 or f8 will work well. This will give you enough depth of field to ensure the image appears sharp from just in front of the camera all the way to the background. You need to turn autofocus off for this to work. Unfortunately, very few modern lenses are equipped with functional depth of field scales, something that makes setting hyperfocal distances a little more difficult. Depth of field charts are available for free online, and there are smart-phone apps to calculate DOF and hyperlocal distances. This is a very useful technique to master, not just for candid photography.

Fuji X-E1, 14mm f2.8 lens at f5.6, 1/400 sec at ISO 200.

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Project Inglewood

Inglewood is the oldest community in Calgary and last year it received the accolade of Canada’s best neighbourhood. I always enjoy wandering around the area because of the old buildings, the eclectic mix of stores, restaurants and the various live music venues. Inglewood is also a great place to sit and watch the world go by over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine. Over the next little while (time yet to be determined), I will be making photographs in and around Inglewood with the idea of assembling a body of work that represents the character of the place. Recently I made this photograph of the back of one of the old buildings that face onto 9th Avenue, the main street of Inglewood. It remains to be seen whether or not it makes it into the final portfolio.

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The Historic Downtown District, Red Deer, Alberta.

What caught my eye while driving through Red Deer back in mid-October was the art deco coffee shop sign on the corner of the old, long since closed, Buffalo Hotel. It was mid-morning on a Saturday when I set out to make some photographs of the sign against a blue sky. Initially, I was so caught up with this idea that I was not fully aware of my surroundings. After a little while, and with a collection of less than satisfactory images, I decided to walk around a little. It was only then that I started to see the possibilities for a photographic story start to emerge. Similar to so many other towns and cities, this old part of Red Deer has been given the designation “Historic Downtown”. There are signs of investment intended to attract people and businesses to the area but on this day I felt a distinct touch of sadness. Unlike the streets just a few short blocks away with their inevitable shopping malls, there were very few people to be seen. The empty streets and sidewalks in these photographs create an almost ghost town effect despite the fact that the area is far from being abandoned. Shooting in monochrome, and making use of the square format reminiscent of roll film cameras, I hope in some way that these photographs show how it felt to be there on that particular day. On a more positive note, I found a great little independent coffee shop just around the corner where I was able to enjoy the uplifting effects of an espresso!
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The Peace Bridge, Calgary.

There is no question, the Peace Bridge in Calgary has been controversial from its very beginning. Whether you approve of the design, or not; whether you believe it was a waste of money, or not; it has certainly provoked the full range of emotional responses from Calgarians. The fact that it has become a gathering place for people to stop and talk, and that musicians can often be found performing on the bridge for the pleasure of passers-by, as well as those that chose to stop and listen, qualifies the bridge as a successful piece of public art as far as I am concerned.  
 
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Float Home Village, Victoria B.C.

I enjoy visiting the float home village at Fisherman’s Wharf in Victoria, British Columbia. Every home has its own style and personality which are probably also reflections of the people who chose to make this their home. On a recent visit I was taken by the contrast in style between the float homes and the buildings that now occupy some of the other space around Victoria Harbour. I have used monochrome images to try and capture this contrast so that the bright colours of the float homes are not the main focus of attention. 
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Street Art or Graffiti?

One person’s street art is another’s graffiti. The wall paintings captured in some of these shots made on the streets of the Gastown area of Vancouver are definitely art. I am enjoying trying my hand at street photography.
 
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On The Street in Streetsville.

I was playing with a new camera during a recent visit to the Toronto area and ended up with some shots that I thought I would share. They are not particularly good photographs, but they show a side of Streetsville, Ontario that I had never noticed before. It has a sense of humour.

Ah, Seinfeld!
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The Oddfellows Hall.
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