Usually by mid-May, the weather is more than warm enough to be working outdoors with models, but this year's spring has been unusually cool. As a result, the first weekend that I'd intended to spend working with models in New Brunswick was spent driving around on the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border looking for potential spaces to work in with models, photographing, and generally having fun.
The first space to really engage me was a massive stone bridge Joy
found in the middle of the small community of Tidnish; in the midst of
an innocuous looking park, the path went over a broad, wide bridge. In a
country well under 150 years old, stone bridges of this sort are
incredibly uncommon, and it wasn't until I was back home hours later
that I could discover its origins - it was originally built to support a
ship railway, for carrying ships from upper Canada across the Tantramar
mashes, and into the Bay of Fundy, saving over 500 miles of sailing.
The project ultimately failed, but the remains, like this massive stone
bridge, are a mute testament to the grand effort that was undertaken.
leaving Tidnish, I spent the rest of the afternoon driving along back
roads, and keeping an eye out for potential spaces to photograph. About
the only thing to bring me to a halt was a single lone tree on the
horizon of a distant field. The afternoon sky was high and
multi-layered, providing a simple but visually engaging setting against
which to place the tree.
The last hour or so of the day's trip was spent photographing the architecture in downtown Amherst, the last town in Nova Scotia before the New Brunswick border. This was the first time in the day that regretted not having my 8"x10" view camera with me. Architecture naturally lends itself to the flexibility and control of the large format camera, but as the day was simply an exploratory mission, I had left it at home. In an effort to make the most of the situation, I decided to focus on architectural details and images where colour was a major element.
|Digital original, 2 frame stitch