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

Posted on May 25, 2015, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. I think this is the first time I’ve seen the other end of the drain. And two viewpoints in one day! My mind is reeling!
    Seriously, I mentioned a 180 degree project at egehpem’s that looks interesting.


    • Remembering to turn around and shoot what’s behind you seems like a really good idea – maybe I can remember to actually DO it from time to time….


    • I agree totally with the premise that it is worthwhile turning around and shooting what is behind you, or at least seeing if there is something behind you. It is like remembering to look around back, one of the things I have learned from Melinda, or to look up.


      • Odd how I’ll peek into nearly any window, and walk down almost any alley*, but I forget to just turn around when I’m shooting landscapes. That seems far easier than the stuff I do.

        *I’ve sworn off, for the time being, going into parking garages. You know why.

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  2. Storm drains are something entirely different in the U.S. They usually involve a large, corrugated metal pipe. Not attractive at all unless you’re writing a scary story about what lurks in the dark.
    Your version is much nicer.


    • Hi Dragonfli – you describe a pretty typical storm drain for Canada too – there is a pipe inside this pier as well. However this location can get hammered by large waves and needs something more robust than just a pipe. To the benefit of photographers.


    • Thanks, Ehpem, for the Canadian perspective on storm drains!

      I just saw an article relating to the drowning dangers of storm drains, but Ehpem’s storm drain doesn’t seem to be at all dangerous.


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