ART DIRECTION · DESIGN · PHOTOGRAPHY
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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
Things are starting to get back to normal in some parts of Calgary, with recovery work clearly visible around the city.
The sun sheds some light on the aftermath of the worst flood in Calgary’s history. Calgary AB · June 22, 23, 2013
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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.
Thanks everyone for your response 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.
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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
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Brilliant image by Christophe Gilbert. Great idea, and simple but flawless execution.
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
Promotional photos of Crystal Kid for their Back in Black California Tour.