On Image Making
I Look to See
Steve Speer is a landscape photographer living in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He has had a camera in his hand since purchasing his first 35mm Nikkormat in 1973. Since then, he has shot everything from 35mm to medium format to 4x5 to 8x10 film; from film to polaroids to pixels. His areas of interest are the rural and urban landscape at home and abroad. He exhibits primarily in black and white but is not averse to color if it suits the visual purpose of the image. He prefers to hand print and frame most of his own photographs and allies with a highly qualified and capable printing partner to print, produce and distribute his larger images.
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I do a fair bit of work in High River and noticed this derelict service station a while back. I was down early for a job today and took the time to set up the tri-pod and take a few hi-res shots of the exterior. The sign is dated to 1952, two years before my time. This one will need to be printed large to give it its full due. It is titled: Tyrone's Tire Shop, High River, Alberta.
I have a real affinity for this type of imagery and am drawn to abandoned buildings whenever I come upon them in my travels. I have an extensive and growing collection of images of this sort.