As you may have gathered, photography is something I have been interested in for some time. In this modern world where we leave so many different kind of traces of our existence i.e. trash, pollution, clear cuts, and on and on, and, of course, actual footprints in the grass, it's a welcome time when we can produce something beautiful, intriguing, or at the least capture a moment that it provokes a thought later on. In that spirit, I carry around my trusty Minolta X-370N (which, though it is another story, is the probably the best birthday present I've gotten in recent years) and snap what peaks my gaze. Of course, this means lots of developing and, as I am without a dark room at this time, thereby monies. So, I try to be a bit more conscious of what I am shooting and attempt to use the camera more like an artistic implement than a documentary tool. With all that, here are a few shots from my recent travels in the Pacific Northwest.
—This one I took while up in Vancouver a few months ago. My friend Tony and I travelled up to catch the last regular season NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Minnesota Wild. Though that night it was a rout for the Canucks... well, we all know how that turned out. In the meantime, we wandered around and about the city during the day.
No trip to Vancouver is complete without a visit to Gastown. It happened that we ambled by just before the top of the hour so we loitered for a few minutes in anticipation of the chiming of the hour.
While we waited, the inner workings of the steam-powered clock provided ample entertainment. Watching the slow march of the weights as they make their way up to the top of the clock only to slide down into the recesses at gravity's slightest beckoning. And so the clock keeps turning time..
On another weekend adventure not long after my trip up to Vancouver, I ventured down to the Chambers Bay area in Steilacoom, Washington. This area actually has an interesting history as it used to be a sand and gravel mine which was sluiced and wasted away to be used to build up grounds elsewhere in the world. What remains, besides the green grasses nicely tended by municipal workers, an off-leash dog patch, and one of the only links-style golf courses in Washington (Chambers Bay Golf), is a number of concrete relics of the industry that shaped this land for nearly 50 years. There is a short write-up of the history on the Pierce County website. Check it out here if you're curious.
As I was saying, some pretty cool relics to be seen around there. This shot is probably my favorite, though I have some black and white shots in process so there could be some gems there as well. I'll keep you posted.
Well, that's all for now.