A few years ago, visiting in Edmonton, I was wandering along Whyte Avenue at an on-street art sale. I stopped in front of a table of photographs, some of which were displayed as greeting cards. One had been put back upside down, and I reached over to put it right. Something stopped me, and I looked again. It wasn’t upside down. It was an almost perfect photograph of an almost perfect reflection, cropped to show just the reflection.
The photographer was watching me, saw me get it, and laughed. “You wouldn’t believe how many people have turned that card upside down,” he said. I laughed too. Yeah, I would believe it.
Since then, I’ve been watching for opportunities to get a similar photograph.
This image–captured while visiting in Calgary–lacks the hyper realism of that photo in Edmonton. Indeed, the slight ripple on the water gives it an impressionistic quality. But I got a kick out of cropping away the real landscape, nonetheless, in a sort of homage to that artist.
And the hunt continues.