Monday, March 29, 2010

The Colour Red

What is it about the colour red, that traps our gaze and dominates the surrounding colours?
And resides so magestic above all others?

[ f/5.6, 1/40, 16mm, ISO 200 ]


Red is the apple; the sweetness of temptation.
Red is sensual
when used to emphasize lips.
Red is danger.
And red is candy hearts and valentines.

Red is blood - perhaps of life itself
pulsating through our veins.
Red is the stop sign.
The wisdom to look in all directions.

Red is fire trucks
breaking the silence of the night.
Red is balloons
riding the breeze of Sunday afternoons in July.

Red is the clown's nose.
Red is a child's smile.

Red is anger;
your dad's disapproving look;
but red is also grad gowns and tassels
symbolic of maturity learned.

Red is the teacher marking my work.
Red is misplaced lessons;
Red is the re-alignment of hope.

Red is the ruby.
And red is the rust on a prized first car.

Red is fire.
And red is the sleigh
careening down a hillside of ice.

Red is warmth.

Red is the colour
of at least one door.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Urban Night

This photo was taken in Mississauga on a cold March evening. For whatever reason, the scene reminded me of a comic book page or drawing, and I was expecting to see a superhero or arch-villain cruise through the skies :)

[ f/9, 1.6, 26mm, ISO 3200 ]


Shooting upwards certainly plays a lot with perspective, as you can see by the variant angles of all the vertical lines. I think that's partly what adds to the comic-book feel of this for me. Combined with the 'noise' that's added from shooting with ISO set at 3200, the grainy texture looks drawn and colored in.

I can imagine the feel of the crayon against the paper. I especially like the contrast between the bright yellow and blue lights, set against the muted browns and greys of the buildings.

Distortion sometimes
rules the night
why else do we associate
the dark with fright?

But there is no nightmare to be had here.
Offices still lit for people working late;
apartments coming awake.

A common sight
on a common night
in an ordinary
urban place.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lights and Shadow

These lights are on a retaining wall, where the Rideau River spills out into the Ottawa River. The result is a wonderful picturesque waterfall, and these lights (along with others) provide for a colorful night time display.

[ f/14, 1/125, 170mm, ISO 200 ]


A bit of an abstract/still life.
I like how the shadows give a 3d dimension to the shape of the lights.
I also like the obvious juxtaposition of light and shadow to complete the subject.
The complementing textures of stone and iron.
The yellow and blue is also nice.
No poetry this time. No deep thoughts. Just an image that drew me in.

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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

I Dreamed an Urban Fantasy

Captured in downtown Ottawa while out taking photographs with a friend.

[ f/8. 1/640, 22mm, ISO 200 ]


I dreamed an urban fantasy...
and this is what I saw

no light
where there was light
no profit
where dreams were advertised

I dreamed
of fortune and of success

I dreamed
of life in shadows dressed

From fruitless goals we would depart
if we could but find our way

but even yet
with signs all dark
and light all grey

we must persist
beyond the shadow
must life exist

and call
to all
that pass this by
to come
into the warming light

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

Almost Spring

This photo was taken on Merivale Road, in Ottawa south. The starkness of the winter landscape make the trees along the road really stand out. This is one of a series of photos that I took along this route.

[ f/9, 1/1600, 16mm, ISO 200 ]


I was attracted to the apparent stubborness of the trees along this road. The fences, the wires, even the road, all seem to be trying to keep the tree separate and alone, adding somehow to the sense of gloom and cold that can be so much a part of dark winter days. Yet, something in its posture speaks of defiance and resolve. It's branches rise above the fences. Its stance leaning towards the light. Spring will triumph.

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