Back to the drain

Today marks the last post in the current collaboration between Ehpem and me, and it seemed fitting to end with on the storm drain, because that’s where it all started.

If you follow Ehpem’s blog (and if you don’t, you really need to!), you’ll know that he has a strong attachment to a certain storm drain. There was one particular storm drain photo that he posted, in the fall of 2012, that I liked. I liked it a lot. I liked it so much that even a week or so after it had been published, I was still thinking about it. I put a comment on Ehpem’s blog, asking if he’d be willing to sell me a print. He replied right away, and soon a great email friendship developed.

We have many things in common, and enough differences to make it interesting. I’ve been lucky enough to have visited Ehpem and his family two times, and we have as much fun in person as we do in our emails. Who would have thought any of this could happen from a couple of photography blogs? Certainly not either of us.

And that photo I wanted to purchase? It’s on my wall, along with a couple of other prints of Ehpem’s. (Collecting art was also not anything I initially anticipated from writing a blog.)

Both of my visits to Victoria started with a stop at the storm drain; on my most recent visit, we went there at least one time every day. And I can see why it’s such a captivating subject: it looks different every time.

And, not only does the drain-to-ocean view warrant a photo, so does the drain-to-city view:


Back to the Drain SMALL

(You can see Ehpem’s post here, and the series here.

the famous storm drain
Victoria, British Columbia
photographed 4.22.2015

Footbridge to the end of the day

This is the next-to-last in our planned collaboration; however, Ehpem and I have another project up our photographic sleeves…

But in the meantime, here’s what he had to say about this place:

Our collaboration continues.

This bridge is built on top of a very large log. I wonder how they got the log across the gap. Perhaps a tsunami dropped it there long ago. What will the resort do when it needs replacing?

This is a lovely spot and the bridge which has bright red railings unexpectedly adds to the beauty. Perversely we both chose to process our photographs in black and white.

Lacking a very wide-angle lens and space to back up for an equivalent look, Melinda chose to emphasis the spider-like pattern of the bridge railings. From her point of view it is creepy to walk into that embrace.

I think these two photos are an excellent example of collaboration. They emphasize quite different aspects of the scene and do so in a way that enhances one another.



I have to add that I am jealous of Ehpem’s shot – it’s so wide and gives more of the sense of what that bridge felt like.

Point No Point Resort, British Columbia
photographed 4.21.2015

You can see Ehpem’s post here, and the series here.

Place settings that include binoculars

Remember the other day when I said that Ehpem and I would point out things that the other may have missed in our recent photographic wanderings?

This is an example – I pointed out this dining room scene to Ehpem. But that was after his spouse had pointed it out to me.

We spent one night at the Point No Point Resort; it was a great place and all of us would not have minded a longer stay. Our cabin had views of the ocean and distant headlands, a hot tub on the deck, a fireplace. And there were trails down to the ocean.

And the dining room had spectacular views, and binoculars to bring those views closer. How can you not like a place that includes binoculars as part of the regular place settings?


Dining Room

Point No Point Resort, British Columbia
photographed 4.22.2015

(You can see Ehpem’s post here, and the series here.)

Differing views

Please note that I did not pay Ehpem to write this stuff about my image. Really.

My collaboration with Melinda continues with golden views to the western horizon. My photo is the one above, Melinda’s below and her co-post is here.

It was inevitable, if this series went on long enough, that I would end up blown out of the water, or perhaps a better cliché would be blown sky-high. And to add irony to injury, she does it using colour.

I did take digital colour photographs of this sunset but I became wrapped up in catching some golden light on the beach below, and the photos did not work out all that well.

The picture I include here is from a point and shoot film camera. It does show the setting from which Melinda was shooting, including that we were at the top of bluff above the ocean. She had burrowed into that fringe of vegetation right to edge of the cliff like she had grown up in these parts.

Even though the thick shrubbery was cloying and excessively damp by Texas standards, she managed to stay on point and capture this great shot. Given that we were standing on Point No Point that is quite something.

But then that’s Melinda for you.


Pacific Sunset

Point No Point Resort, British Columbia
photographed 4.21.2015

You can see Ehpem’s post here, and the series here.

The rooms beyond

The abandoned house that Ehpem and I explored had a lot of rooms, even though it wasn’t a very big place. We surmised that there’d been more than one addition, which accounted for the chopped-up floor plan. Almost any where we stood gave us views of other parts of the house. Only one room had boarded-up windows, so the morning light bounced around the interior in a very nice fashion. And that light combined with the various building materials and textures, and the shapes of decay gave us plenty of shoot.

Some of our commenters on earlier posts have asked us if we planned our shots with the idea of co-posting. I believe I speak for both of us when I say we’d like to be able to admit to that much planning. But the fact is that we just shot what we liked (though in a few cases there we’d point out something the other one might have missed). We had the benefit of having followed each other’s blogs for several years, and of having very similar interests in our choice of subjects. Shooting with another photographer was a rare treat for me, and I appreciate Ehpem’s willingness to devote time to the photographic cause!

But enough about that. Let’s look at some images!


The Rooms Beyond

(You can find Ehpem’s companion post here, and the series here.)

Jordan River, British Columbia
photographed 4.22.2015


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