Design is all around us, and if the design is good, we rarely even take notice of it. We just enjoy it. It just works.
This is the case with McBurney Lane, which I recently photographed for HAPA Collaborative. This newly redesigned lane way in Langley just works. It melds perfectly into the surrounding neighbourhood, and does more than just serve as a laneway to walk from street to street on. This design has become the meeting place for people in the area, the place people sit down and eat their lunch, the place street performers set up during lunch hour. It’s that place.
It was challenging shooting this form of design, because more so than my typical building photograph commission, these images had to showcase the human interaction with the design. So, I would set up an angle, and then wait… and wait…. and wait for the perfect moment to happen. It reminded me of how Henri Cartier-Bresson would wait patiently for the perfect moment.
It today’s day of ‘iPhone constantly glued to my face’ this is easier said than done though. You need to keep focused, waiting for the perfect moment to happen, and be ready to capture it when it does. It was almost therapeutic, focusing for lengths of time that my brain doesn’t always get to do. Alert and aware. It’s amazing what you notice when you look for it.
More will be up on the blog soon, stay tuned.