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Terry Bates


Reflections of a City                                        

Many photographs are captured in just a split-second of time and the conditions and composition at the time of exposure will never be repeated or duplicated. Regarding interpretive/expressive landscape photography, the weather can play a major role in producing special circumstances.

In the spring when the snow started to melt, it created puddles of water, perfect for reflecting unique views of the city. The photographs presented here are discoveries of scenes that are at once common and cryptic – and most assuredly, evanescent.

These reflections are of things that we see every day like trees and buildings – especially if we are looking up! In these photographs, the point of view is invariably looking down but this results in a new vertical point of view. As well, the revelations are of only a part of the trees or buildings, leaving us to fill in the rest – or not.

In addition to the actual reflections in the water, I was taken by the surface texture and colours of the surrounding concrete and pavings of the streets and, in particular, the asphalt – especially when the latter was wet.

Regarding the surface of the water, a little wind, omnipresent, created intriguing surface aberrations – not everything is like a perfect mirror.

I hope the viewer finds a similar interest in discovering and deciphering these images.

Terry Bates

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