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!
©Chris Bone 2013
 
©Chris Bone 2013
 
©Chris Bone 2013

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