In the early 1990’s I did a series of paintings of the Riverdale community, in Edmonton’s river valley.
One of the most distinguishing features of the community at the time was the large, undeveloped tract of land that belonged to the historic Little Brick factory, By the end of the decade those fields would be redeveloped to look like suburbia, but at the time it lent a rural charm to this area, just a kilometer from downtown.
A decade and half later I would revisit this series with a few more paintings of the community:
I was in Calgary (Alberta, Canada) on 2015 September 12 for a meeting of the Provincial Council of the Alberta Society of Artists. I had an opportunity to spend some time walking and photographing in the downtown core that morning. This group of photos I present in black and white which suits their emphasis on form.
Like a few of the photos in this set theis last one was taken while I was sitting on Gallagher Hill across from downtown Edmonton taking in the 2011 Fol Music Festival
Here are a number of abstracted photos taken on a cool July evening after a rainy, windy day. As I have been experimenting with recently , the technique is one of using a slow shutter speed (1/4 to 1/10 sec) and moving the camera during the exposure.
I like the way motion can be used to blur the image, to obscure details that can distract from the strength of the color and patterns at the core of the image.