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2006 08 07
Due North - An Exercise in Creative Oppression
On May 1st, 2006 I started a project that I have been contemplating for some time. An exercise in "creative oppression". The idea was to limit my creative expression by having a very specific set of simple rules: the camera was always level; always the sameheight; same lens; and always pointed due north. The only choices I had were focus and exposure. I would pick a route and every 20 kilometres, give or take 100 metres, I would stop, set up the camera and shoot whatever happened in front of it at that moment.

The route I chose was from Toronto to Ottawa along Highways 2, 15, and 7. The pictures are banal and boring, just what you would expect considering the restriction. Yet, collectively they tell a story of how homogenized our road scapes have become. Low density suburban sprawl and big box retail have invaded small town Ontario. I found myself in traffic jams, not in Toronto or Ottawa but in smaller centres, Belleville, Kingston and Smiths Falls.

The day long, 420 Km. drive, ended up being a very interesting.

Link to the images

[email this story] Posted by Chris Thomaidis on 08/07 at 07:11 PM

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