Christmas took us to Edmonton, this year. And, I had my camera out for some of it.
Photographically, my intentions for Edmonton are evolving. While I will always find visual interest in exploring the Edmonton landscape, the city, in its sprawling hugeness seems to be holding repetition of structure and shape – areas of the city have become indistinguishable. A growing interest for me in the past few years, is the architecture in the arcs and patterns of Edmonton’s Anthony Henday Ring Road at the junction where the Ring Road meets the Calgary Trail (Gateway Boulevard) – there’s rich artistry and engineering in these, a visual feast for the visitor to Edmonton coming into the city from the Edmonton International Airport. Beyond such architecture, Baseline road and the petrochemical plants were of interest; at -30C, in late afternoon sun, the capture of light and shadow on each side of billowing steam plumes was an extraordinary sight.
Christmas had me recalling my father; at the age I am now, he would have been accommodating me in his Edmonton home as University student. Christmases, all those years ago, would have involved so much – the use of his car, getting home according to curfew, calling ahead if I wouldn’t be home for supper, and, the introduction of my girlfriend, now wife, to our family and within Christmas. These were years I learned so much about writing at University and from my father and mother, simply by involving them in proofreading and discussion. These years, were the years when my father introduced me to audiobooks in his bringing back Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’ from the HMV shop in one of his business trips to the UK. Audiobooks became a way to interact with texts beyond what we were reading in the novel-a-week pace set for us in Literature courses.
Downtown Edmonton is presented from two vantage points – Saskatchewan Drive and from the Cloverdale walkway bridge.
Quote to Inspire – “… Photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe.” – ‘On Photography,’ Susan Sontag
Listening to – hauntingly familiar songs associated with Emilio Estevez’ film, ‘The Way.’ Tyler Bates’ ‘Ventura’ is one of them; along with it, a real treat – ‘Nadal De Luintra’ by Berroguetto.
4 thoughts on “Edmonton Night”
wow! amazing too!
Always amazing, city-scapes pictures hold a fascinating place in my mind since I was a teenager growing up in London. Yet, the polution and absence of night skies is something that now makes me feel uncomfortable in a city or town. Hard to balance the two opposing ideas, I was out two nights ago getting shots of Orion above our house, where looking South the sky is less polluted. Fun to be had trying to also convince my camera to get shots of the moon that are clear and focused. I’m always impressed with the quality of your shots. Very crisp and clear.
Nice to pick out some memories of Christmas and family as well. For me, New Years and first footing, friends and neighbours hold the most meaning.
Hey there, Jim:
City-scapes, and in particular this one of Edmonton, have been about home and the home I grew up in. It’s about memory and cycling through Edmonton’s River Valley at all hours. It’s about being able to see downtown from my bedroom window as a boy and curiosity.
Glad to read you’re wrestling with some Night Photography and hope you’re finding result. I like your phrase, ‘first footing,’ the first steps taken along a journey – something of understood ritual that yields a good start, progress and good-end of our yearly journey.
Impressed, likewise with your wrestling with words and finding meter and meaning. Good schtuff!
Take care and travel well through this year. 🙂
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