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Recording Duncan

Here is the continueing story from the post before this one. At that time I walked around town very early in that dark night. Clicking away with my phone camera set me to thinking, the way I think so often, about photographing everything as a record for the future. Different cities around the world have these type of photographs in their archives, the ones that you stand in front of the building photograph and move on to the next.
For this post I started photographing about half an hour before the oficial sunrise. The closer I came to sunrise and going beyond it, the more the natural light interfered with the colors I wanted.
I’m showing a few of the same buildings photographed in the post before this one.

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So these are a few of the storefronts that light up Kenneth Street. The new construction shows what kind of development is in the planning for this area. It’s a shame that the downtown core, about 6 blocks down to the railroad track, cannot be preserved for posterity in the mid of future tall steel and concrete development that will dwarf even city hall’s tower.

I like to show a building one block over. This building, even though with history, cannot be long for this world. Nothing pretty it’s just old. Across the road from it was Duncan’s Chinatown. The building housed the Chow Brothers convenience store. The store had a little of everything, a great comic and magazine section, and single cigarettes. Closing its doors coincided with the beginning of Duncan’s new era of growth, renewal, change.

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Nothing like an invigorating early morning walk through Duncan with its very cool air. I have cold hands to show for it. Glad you came along and hope to see you soon again.

More images of this project are being uploaded to my Flickr Duncan set of photogaphs.

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5 responses to “Recording Duncan

  1. I particularly like that last photo!

    • Hello Angeline, the building is at the edge of Duncan’s downtown shopping district. It’ll be soon gone and as soon forgotten. A small memorial to the past while it still stands.

  2. Wonderful post, Joseph, top drawer all around!! As you know, I just love those old buildings, and you’ve done a terrific job with expressing your vision through your captures here!

    • Thanks for the endorsement, Mr Toad, this is an ongoing project, Overall views and/or details mostly are still in the making plus buildings like the postoffice. There are a few more pre sunrise sunday morning sessions on the agenda.

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