James South & Bold by Day
TITLE: James South & Bold by Day
One of the best ways to establish a photographic portrait of a city is to shoot its skyline, day or night. I love doing this but it can become old hat for a major city that most people are considerably or even vaguely familiar with. The most obvious, easily accessed and certainly overused nice vantage point for viewing and shooting the City of Hamilton is Sam Lawrence Park on Hamilton mountain (the city's portion of the Niagara Escarpment). As good but typical as this location is, I had to push myself to find a vantage point where I could illustrate both a typical moment in the city, and in Hamilton's neighbourhood of Corktown, and establish a place to contemplate these communities futures. The intersection of James St. South and Bold Street, looking northward from Corktown, turned out to be the location.
From this point on the western edge of Corktown you can 1) sense that this area and its neighbouring community of Durand, on the western side of James South, are two of the oldest neighbourhoods in the city by the abundant Victorian style architecture and 2) see the downtown core, the heart of the city, as land marked by its few skyscrapers of various generational designs. This is a skyline that has barely changed since the early 1970's.
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