Mediums: Photoboard, Metal, and Archival Paper
Concrete and cables stretch skyward to support this public transit crossing. The skytrain bridge spans the Fraser River between Surrey and New Westminster, British Columbia. This link in the Skytrain system provides a vital route for commuters heading for downtown Vancouver. Its stark geometry provides a high contrast foreground for the moody skies that are a regular feature of the Fraser Valley.
The Skybridge was completed in 1990. Until 2019 it was the longest cable-stayed, transit-only bridge in the world. Its profile is deceptively delicate. However, like many things that seem insignificant to the eye, it easily exceeds these expectations. Its strength lies in the load transferring capabilities of the cables anchored to towering concrete piers. These are in turn anchored to the bedrock below the river’s muddy surface.
This shot was taken from the Westminster Pier Park in the spring of 2019. The surprise for me came when I took the shot into post processing. I found that the clouds had tones that matched the lines of the cables. I initially thought it would take a bit of time and finesse to draw out the drama in the skies, but this time a simple adjustment simplified that part of the work and yielded a dramatic effect.
The Fraser Valley has been my home for more than thirty years. The beauty of this region certainly captured me right from my youth, and exploring the outdoors was the common thread in all my interests. The lakes, rivers, and mountains that define the geography of this area continue to draw me into the backcountry and inspire my photographic pursuits. Even the urban centers of the southern coast of British Columbia are kissed by their intersection with their natural surroundings.
Ironically, photography became an integral part of my life when I left this province to work overseas. The zeal to capture the experience of living in a vibrant foreign city led me to delve into the relatively new realm of digital photography. The ability to capture what I was seeing in a way that expressed how it was making me feel became my artistic passion.
Over the last ten years I have worked to hone my craft both with the camera and the computer. In the field, this is all about finding locations that move me; locations that tell a story. In the post processing, it is all about highlighting the mood and lighting to evoke a response from the viewer. It is my hope that through my work people will be able to share in the sense of wonder I feel in the world around us.
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