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A perfect view to sum up the day.

A perfect view to sum up the day.

Out searching for the 5Ws

Out searching for the 5Ws

Graffiti Pin-up
Model: Jessica Nowicki

Graffiti Pin-up

Model: Jessica Nowicki

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Gotham, by djonstyle
Downtown

Looks like Gotham has been making it around Tumblr.

sierz:

Gotham, by djonstyle

Downtown

Looks like Gotham has been making it around Tumblr.

Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.

— Leonardo da Vinci

A supermoon rises over Calgary on the evening of June 23. One light is all that remains on this 16-storey apartment building in Bridgeland. Damage to the under-construction St. Patrick's Island Bridge is yet to be assessed. The supermoon is the only light source illuminating the facades of these dark downtown condos. Crews pumping out the mess accumulated in the 4th Street (Olympic Way) underpass. A 34-storey high-rise is faintly visible in the darkness. With great spirits, this team from the Calgary Police tirelessly keep watch over the streets of downtown Calgary. Calgary Police relentlessly patrol the devastated downtown core, always ready to offer any needed assistance.Their efforts and those of emergency response crews must be commended. The only lights around are those of emergency vehicles or crews pumping out water in this very desolate and vacant downtown core. Sometimes you just have to appreciate the moment, knowing there wasn't any like it before, nor will there be any like it after. You run into the strangest things when wandering around the streets at night. With absolutely no traffic on these streets, Macleod Trail is a good of a place as any to take a break.

Calgary Flood // Part 4: Supermoon

It’s hard to believe that this all happened just a week ago.

On the evening of June 23, a supermoon rises over Calgary, often offering the only source of illumination over a desolate downtown core.

Calgary AB · June 23, 24, 2013

Business as usual
Things are starting to get back to normal in some parts of Calgary, with recovery work clearly visible around the city.

Business as usual

Things are starting to get back to normal in some parts of Calgary, with recovery work clearly visible around the city.

Cyclists reach a dead end on Calgary's now crippled pathway system.
A stranded police car sits abandoned in the neighbourhood of Sunnyside.
The only traffic on this stretch of Memorial Drive is a lone kayak.
This determined cyclist finds an alternate route to the crippled pathways.
The Bow's flow is high and fast, reaching Centre Street Bridge's lower deck.
A bridge crossing the Elbow River connecting the communities of Elbow Park and Britannia is mangled beyond recognition.

Calgary Flood // Part 3 of series by Jon Pernul

The sun sheds some light on the aftermath of the worst flood in Calgary’s history.

Calgary AB · June 22, 23, 2013

See more from series on Flickr.

I first encounter the waters shortly before 5 am at 17th Avenue, facing west from Centre Street. That's when it became real. The rising waters quickly surround cars parked in downtown Calgary.
A local resident watches in disbelief as waters rise in the beltline. Macleod Trail South becomes a river. Stampede Park is in the background.
Barriers intended to keep people away from the danger, just can't keep the water out.
This is Macleod Trail South. Stampede Park is in the background.
The Elbow River's waters cross Centre Street on 17th Avenue in downtown Calgary.
The flood waters of the Elbow River rush below a pedestrian bridge connecting Mission to the Talisman Centre. St. Mary's High School in the background. The Calgary Tower stands defiant amidst all the turmoil, echoing the sentiments of most Calgarians. With Stampede weeks away, the show must go on! Crews working hard to warn the increasing morning traffic of the impending danger ahead.

Calgary Flood // Part 2 of series by Jon Pernul 

At dawn, Friday June 21st, the city awakens to debris, sludge and the murky waters of the Elbow River that rapidly advance through low-lying neighbourhoods in the inner city.

Shot between around 5 - 7 am in the morning in downtown Calgary.

I want to thank everyone who responded to my first set in this series: Calgary Flood // Part 1. It’s sad to see what’s happened to this beautiful city. It may not be the same, but we will rebuild and things will eventually get back to normal.

See more from series on Flickr.

The flashing lights from Calgary Police vehicles illuminate an otherwise dark Peace Bridge, while the rising waters of the Bow rush below. The Peace Bridge is usually brightly lit at night. The community of Sunnyside completely evacuated. Memorial Drive is quiet and empty, with the exception of emergency vehicles and the sound of pumps hard at work. Water, debris and sediment starts to seep onto the pathways on the north bank of the Bow River. The flashing lights from Calgary Police vehicles illuminate an otherwise dark Peace Bridge. The water level continues to rise along the banks of the Bow River. Lights from a still lit downtown core reflect off of the wet pathway. Benches too close for viewing comfort sit next to the rising waters of the Bow. Except for the lights of passing emergency vehicles, Memorial Drive has become a dark, abandoned street. A pathway completely submerged, as the rising waters of the Bow rush below. Surprisingly, the lights are still working. Downtown Calgary's west end viewed from the Louise Bridge. The murky waters of the Bow rush by below.

Calgary Flood // Part 1: The Bow

During the early morning hours of June 21, 2013, a beautifully eerie landscape emerges as the city prepares for the eventual overflow of the Bow River’s banks. The strong smell of an unknown gas permeates the air, as the murky waters of the Bow flow at a rate I had never seen before.

Shot between 1:00 and 3:30 am, Friday, June 21, 2013

See more from set on Flickr.

Brilliant image by Christophe Gilbert. Great idea, and simple but flawless execution. 

Brilliant image by Christophe Gilbert. Great idea, and simple but flawless execution. 

I guess I shouldn’t park here.

I guess I shouldn’t park here.

Illuminated

Illuminated by Jon Pernul (djonstyle)) on 500px.com
Illuminated by Jon Pernul

We knew the aurora was coming. We kept getting pings on our phones, as we had been all those clouded nights before. Finally, a welcome break in Calgary’s unpredictable weather would lend perfectly to an ideal viewing opportunity. I arranged to meet Cam at a spot just outside Calgary that would have minimal light pollution, forgetting that the previous night had been a full moon.

As soon as Cam arrived, the aurora began to manifest itself. At first quietly subdued and restrained, as if allowing us to claim a spot and set up our cameras. Upon taking our positions, it unleashed it’s first act, a skillful and agile display of waving light that had every intent to impress.

After a brief intermission, act two unleashed an even more lustrous and lively performance, with a full ensemble of hues that included pinks and blues filling and igniting the night sky. It radiated with a symphony that even had the local wildlife howling.

In act three, slowly, yet nimbly pillars of light arranged themselves on the stage before us. After a controlled and quiet dance they faded away, leaving us longing for an encore.

We tend to take for granted all the contributions made to a performance, especially those that are backstage. Without the twilight, the updraft of that distant thunderstorm would not have been visible, nor would the highlight of the horizon and its reflection in the water. Without the clouds, this would have just been an image of a colorful radiant glow… and let’s not forget that those clouds would have not appeared masterfully painted onto the background, had they not been illuminated by the moonlight.

Calgary, AB · May 26, 2013

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.

— Henry Ford

Wake Me Up
Photo © Jon Pernul // djonstyle
Lyrics by Aloe Blacc
 Feeling my way through the darkness Guided by a beating heart I can’t tell where the journey will end But I know where it starts They tell me I’m too young to understand They say I’m caught up in a dream Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes Well that’s fine by me So wake me up when it’s all over When I’m wiser and I’m older All this time I was finding myself And I didn’t know I was lost
I tried carrying the weight of the world But I only have two hands I hope I get the chance to travel the world And I don’t have any plans I wish that I could stay forever this young Not afraid to close my eyes Life’s a game made for everyone And love is a prize So wake me up when it’s all over When I’m wiser and I’m older All this time I was finding myself And I didn’t know I was lost

or watch Wake Me Up! (Official Video) by ◢ ◤ Avicii

Wake Me Up

Photo © Jon Pernul // djonstyle



Lyrics by Aloe Blacc


Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can’t tell where the journey will end
But I know where it starts
They tell me I’m too young to understand
They say I’m caught up in a dream
Well life will pass me by if I don’t open up my eyes
Well that’s fine by me

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost

I tried carrying the weight of the world
But I only have two hands
I hope I get the chance to travel the world
And I don’t have any plans
I wish that I could stay forever this young
Not afraid to close my eyes
Life’s a game made for everyone
And love is a prize

So wake me up when it’s all over
When I’m wiser and I’m older
All this time I was finding myself
And I didn’t know I was lost


or watch Wake Me Up! (Official Video) by ◢ ◤ Avicii