Saturday, July 23, 2005

Shelter, food, love.


Feeding Time
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
The rhythms of the natural world always amaze me. I sometimes think that all I need is to get my life in tune with the right rhythms and everything will be okay. An endless comforting cycle. Spring, summer, fall, winter. Inertia is both the enemy and the goal. Just get me going and I'll go as far as I can.

Monday, July 18, 2005

The solidity of being


The solidity of being
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
All the streets going up from the harbour are ridiculously steep. This is one of the gentler slopes. I feel bad for the rickshaw drivers lugging cruise ship tourists around. "Top of the hill please, and make it snappy!"

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Three Windows


Three Windows
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
You're in luck, because I was away yesterday (well, away from the city that I'm being away from Yarmouth in) visiting extended family, today is DOUBLE PHOTO DAY. That's right, two photos in one day. Wow.

Three Buildings


Three Buildings
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
I always wonder about the construction of these buildings that all kind of run together. Were the two on the sides built first with the one in the middle squeezed in as space started to run out downtown? Maybe they just started at Main St. and kept building on one after another as required.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Port Warehouse


Port Warehouse
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
Another shot from my recent photo expedition in Saint John. The harbour is such an integral part of the history of the city. I can't imagine what it was like when they were building those beautiful wooden ships here.

Thursday, July 14, 2005

Cranes


Cranes
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
These cranes dominate when you are looking across the harbour. They've been burned into my mind from prolonged exposure. Kind of like the Bank of Montreal ghost options on the screen at my old Credit Union ATM. I just finished reading Douglas Coupland's 'Microserfs' and there is alot about memory in there. Alot about how memory relates to our vision of the future. Saint John has long been a very industrial city. Over the years much of the industry has been shutting down. When I was growing up here it seemed like this just put Saint John into a state of shock. The historic notion of Saint John as industrial was keeping it from moving forward. Then there were lame attempts to boost economy just through call centers. But now I've been really impressed with the way the city has been trying to move forward and do new things to stay alive. There are alot of new things opening up and alot of good development in the downtown (alot of box stores being thrown up on the East side too, but they've got their own much shorter timeline).

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Old and New Two


Old and New Two
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
Here's another shot of the contrast of Saint John. The building on the right was recently purchased and is being renovated. I took a quick peek inside and they're doing a great job of it.

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Old and New


Old and New
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
Last weekend, I was going around Saint John with a couple of friends from out of town (well, I guess I'm from out of town now too) and a couple of times throughout the day one of them said to me, "You really love Saint John, don't you?" It kind of took me aback at first because I didn't think I was really gushing about it. But I guess it was the way I was talking about the different things that we were seeing that gave me away. I confess, I do love this place. I especially love the downtown area. There is such a mix of the historic (Saint John does hold the distinction of being Canada's oldest incorporated city) and the new. There are beautiful places and ugly places. Bright open places and dark smelly places. I love it for the same reasons I love Canadian weather, just for the sheer extremes.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Home Sweet Home


Rusty Pipe
Originally uploaded by whalemail.
I'm in just about the middle of a visit to Saint John, where I grew up. I spent most of the afternoon today wandering around uptown (or downtown, whichever you prefer) today snapping some pics. This was one of the last I took for the day, just before I took shelter from the thunderstorm that hit. If the camera that I used wasn't so weather pregnable or borrowed, it would have been great to grab this same shot as the rain was pounding down. I'm sure this spout was pretty busy.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Pssst...Wanna buy a Satellite Station?

On my last visit to the earth satellite station, there was a sign saying it was for sale. Just in case anyone is interested here's a link to the listing for the property. If someone wants to buy this and then give it to me, that would be great too.

Monday, July 04, 2005

The Power of Boing Boing

My blogging big brother, Josh, submitted my blog to boingboing.net for their consideration. They liked my pictures and linked to this page. In 2 days I received about 8000 hits because of it. So, thanks, Josh for the submission and thanks to all who looked (especially those who left comments either here or at flickr). I really appreciated it.

I won't be uploading more pictures in the near future because I'm away from home for a few weeks. Hopefully when I get back I'll have some fresh shots to put up.