Real photographers shoot black and white … sometimes colour. (Ted Grant – 1930-2020)
Hi All! It’s me again with part 3 of the continuing saga. This time we do COLOUR! The Hedley Art series was in colour, but that was a necessity. Imagine those spectacular paintings in BW …
And, I’ve made an Executive decision … as a trial run I’ve created a Dropbox folder with all the images from this and the previous two posts so you can see the images full screen … if you want to. If you like, I will do the same for Part 4 and all my future posts. Just click on the link here:
As with the infrared series, we’ll do the complete circuit from start to finish; so here’s the map again just for reference.
Throughout the trip, the main attraction wasn’t the towns themselves but the landscapes along the route and around the towns. However, there are surprises and delights to be found in the towns if you’re willing to park the car and explore a bit. For example, we knew about the wall art and graffiti common to all three major towns, but knew discovered a funky colourful little shopping district and a skateboard park in Nelson.
On the drive from Nelson to Revelstoke we stopped in a little town, Nakusp, for lunch. On the front lawn of the restaurant is a huge billboard size ceramic installation that was just too good to pass up. You can see it here: Hoss & Jill’s Bistro. A little judicious application of Photoshop naughtyness to make the colours pop and we have this. I sent the artist a copy; she really liked it.
One of the major local attractions in Revelstoke is the Railway Museum.
I’d been there before, so knew what to expect, but we were in of a special treat. While wondering around snapping away, a distinguished looking, friendly, fellow happened along and we struck up a conversation about the magnificent steam locomotive in the main hall. His name is Jim Cullen, he is the Director of the museum and kindly offered to allow us into the cab of the engine if we were interested – you can look trough the cab window but the door is normally securely locked. We put on our best behaviour and delightedly took our turns in the cab snapping images from the engineers point of view. I sent him copies of the images as promised and he asked permission to use them in their brochures and advertising. Permission happily granted.
Our main reason for stopping in Kamloops was to photograph the Hoodoos which you saw in Part-1. But the graffiti and wall art did yield a few treasures.
I spotted this in a laneway behind a chainlink fence, but the fence was too high to get the camera over and the links too small to get the lens through. I gave up in frustration turned to leave and spotted this in a puddle a few feet away … serendipity is such a joy when it works out.
A forty minute drive west of Kamloops is Deadman Junction Ranch, the “Ghost Town” theme park I covered in Part-1. The real beauty was in the perfect infrared shooting conditions and the effect of the subject in BW. But there was some colour to be had.
Even ghosts like to read and what’s a ghost town without a library … and other ghostly artifacts.
This drab beat-up old broom and rusty shovel looked like a pair of tried old friends hanging out in the. A little Photoshop torture put some life back into them.
And the parting shot … unquestionably the most bizarre object in the ghost ranch and of the trip. And YES! We had a howling good time.
Still to come, Part-4. The Revelstoke Car show and the Vulture Garage. Watch this space.
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