Well, I’ve been experimenting with a new direction for some of my photographs recently as I venture further into creating composite images. I still I love the landscape and other photos I’ve been taking, exploring the great outdoors in all its variations, but I’ve felt an urge to get more adventurous in the way I present them.
The image above is one such example of my composite images. It’s shows how I’m working with different components, in this case to show how nature and industry – or urban and rural – exist alongside each other. How far do they conflict and cooperate as they cross paths in the same locale? With urban regeneration and land reclamation (in this case wetlands) often going on in the same areas, it’s easy to see how people are rethinking how these things coexist.
New web site coming!
On another note, we’ve been having a great summer and I think I’ll use that as my excuse for why I haven’t been posting anything here on my web site, or doing much on the social media front. Relax or change your routine and it’s so hard to keep up with everything! I’m hoping to remedy that in the near future.
One of the first steps though, will be overhauling this web site. It’s going to get a new look and a new set of more up to date pictures that will be easier to browse (themes) and purchase, if you feel inclined.
I’m just getting back to working on my current photography project, Hamilton and Liverpool – Two Ports, Two Stories. At last! So many distractions and competing priorities in life but you always know the ones you’ll come back to.
I don’t have the official title yet but I’ll stay with Hamilton and Liverpool – Two Ports, Two Stories for the moment. The project is looking at two cities that are over 3,000 miles apart and on different continents. Different backgrounds, different histories and yet strikingly similar in a number of ways.
I grew up in Liverpool in the UK. A city with a remarkable history that dates back more than 800 years, it thrived as an international port in its heyday, serving the transatlantic trades that developed before and as a result of the industrial revolution. Until more recent times it was in an extended period of decline due to shifts in trade and manufacturing over the past century. Now it seems to be embarking on a vibrant new life.
One of my earliest memories from when I came to Canada was on the approach to the Burlington Skyway as I headed down to Niagara Falls to see one of the great wonders of the world. As the car moved up the arch of the Skyway I glimpsed the distant skyline of Toronto off to the left, but the scene to my right drew a gasp and left me mesmerized. There I saw the iconic view of the Hamilton industrial waterfront, in all its grime and glory. I was immediately taken back to my childhood in the industrial north of England and I loved it. It didn’t just resonate, it was as if I knew the place. I often go down to Niagara and I still look enthusiastically off to the right for that inspiring view. I suspect not many people would say that.
So, two cities, two ports that have thrived, experienced decline and are now recreating themselves. This is the story I want to tell, and from the way I see it.
I’ve included some initial images here, before I get into the real meat of the project, and there’s a bit of a side story. Last weekend I was down at Hamilton beach with my husband and walked over to the pier at the Burlington canal, where we made two discoveries. The first was a Banksy-style image on the lighthouse – or more of an adaptation. The second was a live coyote trapped under the bridge above the water. That was a surprise! Poor thing was scared and apparently frozen to the wall of the pier. We alerted police and animal services and you can see the outcome here .