Collin J Örthner – Photographer

April 13, 2010

Dorothy, Alberta

Filed under: 6x17, Architecture, Black & White, Hand of Man, Hi Res, Medium Format, Panorama, Panoramic, Travel — collin j örthner @ 4:44 am

Many of you are likely familiar with this image already, but it’s going to be part of the exhibit and so want to include it here. This photo was made some years ago in a the very tiny hamlet of Dorothy. Population about 10 including dogs! It is in the Red Deer River badlands downstream from Drumheller. Many old relics like this get vandalized badly but this one seems to have been spared although it was not fairing so well when I made this image due, simply, to old age. Once the focal point for scores of area weddings and christenings, the last service was performed here in 1961. The church has been featured in music videos and advertising as well and so has become somewhat famous in it’s own right after the intended purpose of worship has completely disappeared.  Lately someone has made a project out of the building and have reshingled and cleaned it all up, unfortunately losing it’s aged charm.

[Linhof 617, 90mm lens, Kodak TMax 100]

April 2, 2010

East Coulee Bridge

Filed under: 6x17, Architecture, Black & White, Hand of Man, Hi Res, Industrial, Medium Format, Panorama, Panoramic, Travel — collin j örthner @ 3:20 am

Another image from East Coulee. This bridge had been recently replaced by a much more modern and boring bridge, you can just see a tiny bit of it on the extreme right edge of the image, that could allow two vehicles to cross in opposing directions at one time. The older much more attractive bridge allowed for a more neighbourly attitude by drivers because you had to pull to the side and yield to oncoming traffic. This bridge also serviced trains as it had an embedded track. The thick wood planks that make up the driving lanes were perfect for doing brake stands as your tires would really howl and squeal and of course the wood would burn creating a lot of smoke. A lot of good memories with the old bridges – my brother and I used to hang out from the support beams and stare down when the river ice would break up in spring. If you stared at the moving ice long enough, without so much as a sideways glance, the sense of the ice standing still and us flying over it was truly great!! I recall one other time we were out quite awhile after dark when we heard a very alien sound coming closer and closer. We were a bit freaked out until we discovered it was just a bunch of Common Goldeneye ducks which make a very distinctive and eerie sound as the winds whistles through their wings. Our hearts eventually went back down to their normal rhythm! I talk like I lived here in East Coulee, when in fact I lived upstream in Rosedale which had an almost exact duplicate of this bridge. At least East Coulee had the smarts enough to preserve the beautiful old structure. Rosedale totally demolished theirs, but they can move traffic soooo much faster. Honestly the traffic jams in Rosedale (pop. 325) were an almost unbearable 15 -20 seconds, can you imagine the frustration!!

[Linhof 617, 90mm lens, Kodak TMax 100)

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