The Road Home – Images

1938 Ford One Ton Tow Truck
1938 Ford One Ton Tow Truck
Farm - Nampa, Alberta
Farm – Nampa, Alberta
Manning Grain Truck 1
Manning Grain Truck 1
Manning Grain Truck 2
Manning Grain Truck 2
McLure Tow Truck 1
McLure Tow Truck 1

McLure Tow Truck 2

McLure Tow Truck 3
McLure Tow Truck 3
McLure Tow Truck 4
McLure Tow Truck 4
Saw Mill - Whitecourt 1
Saw Mill – Whitecourt 1
Train Tracks  - Kamloops, British Columbia
Train Tracks – Kamloops, British Columbia

Good travel from a photographic perspective is something allowing the photographer to look out to the world and to engage visually with the narrative of situation and locale. What is out there? What is happening or has happened? What pulls your eye towards it? What colour is there? What shadow is there? What is the visual impression? The challenge is that travel is often expeditious – you need to arrive at your destination at a certain time or to return home because you have goals on the other end of your travel. The trick is to plan for the opportunity to stop and photograph starting out early enough that you give yourself abundance of time with your camera … and the world. For the same nine hour drive we make between High Level and Edmonton, Alberta, an artist we worked with, Chris Short, observed that there is enough visual information of interest to make it necessary to break the same trip into three days to allow her to sketch, draw and paint … along the way. The photos presented here are those on the return journey home last week. Not knowing the times or vicinities well and with the press of my family and me returning to other goals, my photography was more happenstance than planned or found.

Listening to – The B-52s with the Wild Crowd performing ‘Private Idaho,’ ‘Ultraviolet,’ ‘Roam,’ and ‘Cosmic Thing’.

Quote to Inspire – “Taking an image, freezing a moment, reveals how rich reality truly is.” – Anonymous

8 Comments Add yours

  1. kiwiskan says:

    Nostalgic photos with some interesting interpretations. My favourite is the McLure tow truck

  2. redjim99 says:

    A dalek at Whitecourt. Do you have Dr Who in Canada? I like the last train line shot. Beautiful


    1. Hey there, Jim:

      Yes … Dr. Who is a part of making Life habitable. You refer, of course, to the Dalek in the White Court. Cool!

      The last train shot … the rails run on the eastern side of the valley as you move north from Kamloops – the rails provide the S-curve and parallel each other and then there’s perspective moving into the distance with layers of transparency and light. The shot is something I’d like to try at different times of day … and perhaps closer to the rails.

      Take care … 🙂

  3. I find the first pick up shot of the set to be haunting. As if the ghosts of past are just lurking or embodied in the pick up. Fantastic post processing.

    1. Hey there, Shayne:

      What this truck has seen and the lives, perhaps, that have whispered away seem associated with the image. It’s totally neat to see where the post processing can lead.

      Thank you for your kinds words and for looking in ….

      Take care … 🙂

  4. LB says:

    Pretty cool photos for “Happenstance” 🙂

    1. Hey there, LB:

      Happenstance – I had hoped to be more involved in the photo-taking rather than weakened and fatigued by circumstances. If I’m on my own during an eight hour trip, I’ll add about three or four hours of camera work and be actively searching out next images. Still … this happenstance result is something I’m pleased with. And, half the fun is always days later with the editing and post processing.

      Thanks for looking in. 😉

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