Whaddya Mean, Our Street Looks Like A Film Set?

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

Artist's Description

This shot was taken as I looked across the main street of the gold rush-era Dawson City, in Canada’s Yukon. I shot this as I walked near the river bank, on a sunny, warm late-August evening, to capture the strong light on the buildings, against the backdrop of the hill and the sky.

It might be called a city, but Dawson City is actually designated as a town, with a population of less than 1800 people. It was at the peak of its fame during the 1898 Klondike gold rush – and the colourful facades of many of its buildings have been faithfully adhered to, in order to retain the town’s original character.

I’ve already set one of my novels, Muskoka Maharani in Canada, based around Muskoka, the beautiful lake region in northern Ontario – and I can still feel the strong call of the Yukon, so it could well feature in a forthcoming novel.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 18-125mm lens. F11, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 50mm.

Featured in STORY THROUGH IMAGE, January 2011.

Featured in OLD THINGS, January 2011.

Featured in A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, February 2011.

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