Saturday, 26 January 2013

A Night Walk Through Trinity

Trinity Night Walk 9I have been pushing myself outside of my photographic comfort zone for many years now. While it has been both very hard and very rewarding, it has been at the expense of one of my true loves - night photography. There are only so many hours in a day, and I haven't been able to just grab my camera and go walk around a community in the dark. During a stop in Trinity this summer, I finally decided it was high time to get back on the street.

Trinity has become a happening tourist location over the last decade or so, and I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the island of Newfoundland. Fishing ships first stopped by in the 1500's and it was named by Portuguese explorer Gaspar Corte-Real when he arrived on Trinity Sunday, 1501. It wasn't settled until the 1700's by merchants from Poole, England. Many of the buildings are very old (for the New World), with several recognized as Registered Heritage Structures by the province.

Trinity is both younger and smaller than my usual nightscape haunts of London, Paris, and Amsterdam. As I walked the streets of Trinity, I thought about both the similarities and the differences in what I was seeing here versus the other places I have shot.

My first impression had to do with the size of where I was shooting. Trinity is small, especially when compared to European capital cities. This shot shows about 75% of all Trinity; there are a few more buildings to the right side.


What stuck me was that while a smaller community has fewer buildings, the number of possible compositions is still huge. There are so many compositions possible just by using the contrast in tones, that I doubted I had the time to find them all.

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The second and more powerful impression I had on my walkabout was that unlike my night walks around the cities of London, Paris or Amsterdam, the lights of these buildings drew me. I wanted to go in, sit down, have a cup of tea and maybe have a game of cards. I didn't, but at every stop I looked at the windows and wondered at what interesting stories might be told inside.

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My last photo is of a very special building, the Light out at Fort (Admiral's) Point. I while not strictly part of my shooting objective, I just had to stop and take a shot of it while I was out.


Fine art prints of Newfoundland, including the one above, are available for purchase from my web gallery.

If you would like to read some of my other posts about Newfoundland, click here and use the "Older" and "Newer" links at the bottom to scroll through the posts.

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