Constructed Panoramas: Vancouver 2012
False Creek Candy Glow 1 (2012-12-18)
Burrard Bridge Walker (2012-12-21)
The winter of 2012/13 – my first trip to Vancouver – I could feel the vibrations of old growth forest resonating through the pavement as I walked the streets. The vibrations were so intense that after I returned to the apartment where I was staying, I would digitally map out the routes of where I had walked. I kept these maps in the same folders on my laptop as the corresponding photographs I captured for each day. I often took series of photographs to manually construct panoramas, and each evening after a walk I would spend hours digitally aligning the images. I experimented with the automatic panorama mode of my iPhone, but it did not convey nearly as accurately or interestingly what I was seeing and feeling. For my constructed panoramas, I intentionally halved the opacity of the overlaps to reveal subtle disruptions/displacements of buildings and clouds.
From my very first walk in the city, I felt the trees – the ancient ones. Even though I could not see them in my physical reality, I saw them and knew them in my mind’s eye; massive and sprawling, dark and transparent against the mirror and steel and concrete of the modern city. Their vibrations were powerfully rooted bass notes, strong and low, while in contrast mine was tinny, ungrounded and frenetic. I could feel their gentle suggestion to me to “slow down.” I very much wanted to be in sync with them, but knew at the time I still had much to do and learn in order to align with their emanations.