TITLE: Longwood Overpass

MEDIUM: Photograph

This segment of Longwood Road South passes over Highway 403. This location marks the eastern and southern edges of Hamilton's Ainslie Wood neighbourhood. On the overpass, vehicle and pedestrian traffic is constant throughout the day and mellow through the night. Below, highway traffic is constant through the night, and frenzied through the day. Otherwise, this place below the overpass almost seems like a secret place. There is evidence about indicating that this nook is visited only sporadically by taggers, potheads, people looking for unusual and unexplored places to walk their dogs, and wanderers like me. The weathered cement columns and the spaces between them make this location look to me like a great hall of an ancient temple or fortress.

I very much enjoyed this shoot. I deliberately ignored some creative guidelines or expectations about street photography in order to make this truly urban photograph. I first shot in daylight and although I was pleased with the outcome, I envisioned how much more impressive it would look through low-light photography. So I went back.

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