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Looks much worse than it really was!

July 18, 2016


Saturday, July 16, I was on the rooftop parking lot of the Toys “R” Us store, located on the southeast corner of West Broadway Avenue and Alder Street. I was snapping 46 photographs of the northwestern sky for a panoramic image. Halfway through, I heard the soft boom of the Nine O’Clock Gun in distant Stanley Park.

Perhaps the noise startled the camera; I can’t say. Whatever the reason, the software that I use to stitch together such photographs choked and the resulting panoramic image, no matter what I did, came out a complete disaster.

Which is to say that, in not stitching together properly, the individual photographs went so awry as to create a distinct impression that some kind of catastrophe—natural or otherwise had befallen the city if Vancouver.

The juxtaposed and overlapping cars, streets and buildings vaguely suggest the results of some kind of earthquake and this tends to recast the clouds in the sky as billowing smoke, coloured, not by a sunset in the west but by a conflagration of fire on the ground.

Or at least that’s the way that it looks to me.

The one comforting detail that I can find in the whole mess is the fact that even in the midst of upheaval, the buses are still running! Click the image to enlarge it.

One Comment
  1. Nelson permalink

    That’s art, damn it. Accidental or not…that thar is art.


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