bookmark_borderLansdowne Black and White

black and white photograph of the sunset over the shopping plaza on Lansdowne east, Peterborough. A low line of rooftops and trees silhouette the bottom of the image. five lamp posts of varying distances reach up toward the darkening sky.

I have a fascination with strip malls and plazas.

There’s something surreal about them.

black and white photograph of the sunset over the shopping plaza on Lansdowne east, Peterborough. The parking lot stretches back toward a small building. In front, two lamp posts tower into the clouds. In the middle of the top is a cross shaped set of clouds.

Or hyper-real.

They feel like the edge of the world.

black and white photograph of the sunset over the shopping plaza on Lansdowne east, Peterborough. The curve of the roof of a building arcs in the bottom third of the image. two lamp posts stretch up over the parking lot into the clouds.

Or maybe just the edge of town, since that’s where they usually are.

And late in the evening, they seem to take on a particular kind of edge-world mystery.

black and white photograph of the sunset over the shopping plaza on Lansdowne east, Peterborough. The parking lot in the bottom quarter of the photo shows a single car directly ahead, surrounded by the yellow lines of the parking spaces. The buildings are in the distance in the background under a motled sky.

A smattering of people rushing in to pick up one last thing.

Parking lot almost empty.

black and white photograph of the sunset over the shopping plaza on Lansdowne east, Peterborough. there is a treeline across the bottom third, clouds in the top third and a lamp post stretching up between them.

The enormous sky changing overhead.

black and white photograph of the sunset over the shopping plaza on Lansdowne east, Peterborough, the sky takes up the top four fifths of the image. the bildings are just hinted at in the bottom fifth. there are two lamp posts reaching up into the sunset.

The parking lot lamp posts coming on with a flicker.

The sky going dark in a slow fade.