The old cliche of cops loving donuts seems to have escaped Calgarys finest as it would seem this cop has a far sweeter tooth....
I spent Thursday (Apr 4) wandering downtown and started to look for interesting reflections. The light was particularly good first thing and as per usual the high buildings were slicing the light into sharp shadows as well as bouncing of the other buildings creating softer patches of light. One of the first photos I made was this one below which I've called "the handshake" and its a great example of how reflections can be used to create interest and humour in a photo. In the photo it appears the man is about to shake his own hand.
Not far from where I shot "the handshake" I made this next photo which I called "alternative dimensions" and once again the reflected part of the image carries the photo and adds interest with the man in the suit seemingly existing in two dimensions. Well I thought so anyway......
As the morning progressed I managed to make another couple of photos that were more traditional using the light and shadows to create the following two silhouettes.
My final keeper of the day was another light and shadow shot but this time a more softer shot using the light being reflected by the adjacent structures and office towers. All in all not a bad mornings walk
Monday (1st April) I decided to spend the day capturing a few more stranger portraits along with their back stories. Stranger portraits has been an ongoing project since the summer of 2018 and I have now made nearly 500. Below are some of the strangers I meet and the portraits I made.
Jose Juan Sanchez is currently on a sabbatical from his job in finance (from Feb 2019 until Sept 2019) and is touring North America and Canada. Driving his BMW Jose has so far driven from Mexico City up the west coast of the US to Calgary. He then plans to continue across Canada before driving down the US East coast and through the southern states before returning to Mexico in late September. Some road trip for sure.....
This is Yong who works at the hotel across from the Calgary tower and is a car Valet. He was just dashing off to grab some lunch when I stopped him to take his portrait.
Paul who by 10am was already well on his way to becoming inebriated stopped me and asked to me to take his photo. He said he'd give me his best pose so long as I emailed him a copy. So with hands out he posed, I grabbed his portrait and asked him for his email, "its paul on the web you'll find me" "he shouted out, "OK no problem I'll find it" I replied. With that he fist bumped me and wandered off......
Ralph was sat on his walker waiting for the bus when I approached him. "You English" he asked after I'd asked him for his portrait. "my great grandfather was Welsh" he continued. "well i'm half Welsh on my fathers side too" I replied. With that he gave me a potted history of his family and how they came to Canada before completely changing the subject and going on to tell me about the building across the street. The building was formerly know as the Alberta Hotel and had the longest bar in Alberta and had huge gilt edge mirrors all the way along it. Ralph said he often wondered what happened to those mirrors.....
I stopped Christa and asked if I could shoot her portrait because of her face tattoos and green hair. She said she was in a hurry but so long as I was quick she was happy to pose for a few seconds. Unfortunately I never got the time to ask her more about her body art before she had to dash off. I'll be looking out for her again......
Canadian Photographer’s Rights & Responsibilities
These guidelines are secondary to common sense, manners and respect.
You can make a photograph of anything and anyone on any public property, (i.e.) streets, sidewalks, town squares, parks, government buildings open to the public, and public places are all OK. Except where a specific law prohibits it generally a posted sign will advise, lack of sign does not ensure permission to photograph.
Anyone can be photographed without consent when they are in a public place unless there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. (i.e.) private homes, restrooms, dressing rooms, medical facilities, phone booths & etc.
Don’t confuse a ‘festival’ or similar event as a public place – paid admittance or not.
Despite common misconceptions, the following subjects in a PUBLIC setting are almost always permissible: accidents, fire scenes, criminal activities, children, celebrities, law enforcement officers, bridges, infrastructure, transportation facilities, residential, commercial, and industrial buildings. – Don’t interfere or cause rescue delays of any incident.
Use common sense but remember.
When confronted, threatened with detention or the confiscation of equipment, ask the following questions:
Below is a quick guide that you can download and print. I'd always advise having a copy in your camera bag just in case. Demonstrating that you know your rights often defuses the situation as most security personnel, jobsworths and angry people don't know the laws regarding street photography.