January 6th, 2009

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West of the Fontainebleau I am the law

Walking around the part of Niagara Falls that I could access on foot and without buying tickets or standing in line meant that I had, mostly, the chance to walk on a level and take pictures across the river, or else pointing straight down. I do like taking pictures pointing as far down as possible, and it's not so hard to frame things so that the edges of the cliff or river aren't in view and there appears to be just this huge rock with water underneath so that there's not really a way for people to read the picture at first. Well, what is the difference between looking down a steep, grassy rockface at lovely blue water and looking up a hill at lovely blue sky?

That's not to say I couldn't fall back on my inexplicably favorite motif, though, taking pictures of people taking pictures. This was almost unavoidable, in fact, given the huge number of tourists there and how many were photographing other people standing in front of water or Canada. (That's not an exclusive or.) As my father got asked several times over to take pictures for others I even got photographs of him photographing people who wanted to be seen with Ontario in the background. I even found excuses to take photographs pointing straight up, as the bridge leading to an elevator which connected two pieces of an enormous line to the Maid of the Mist and Lower Gorge were there and why not go to a popular, highly visible tourist attraction and start taking detailed photographs of the infrastructure? I also took several pictures of ``No Climbing Over Railing'' signs, since, who wouldn't?

After a while of this, in fact, I did something extremely rare and used the Movie feature of my camera. I've taken maybe three movies in the past, one of them at the Singapore Discovery Centre in which a rope-climbing Albert Einstein is dressed so he looks remarkably like Doctor Clayton Forrester, and another of the middle cat pawing at the glass door which would be suitable for comic YouTube video work. But with the card space and time I actually dared taking movies of water falling. This may not sound like much, but for me it's a big change.

Trivia: On 6 January 1776 the City of New York financed Christopher Colles's water pipe system, intended to create a secondary reservoir at Broadway and White Streets, with £2,500 of promissory notes. Source: Wedding of the Waters: The Erie Canal and the Making of a Great Nation, Peter L Bernstein.

Currently Reading: Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into The 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body, Neil Shubin.