Yes, It's A Very Colourful Neighbourhood

David McMahon

Melbourne, Australia

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This street scene of adjacant homes was shot in Dawson City, way up north in Canada’s Yukon, in 2008. We had just driven in and because it was late August, the sun still shone brightly, despite the fact that it was about 7pm.

I was walking by the river bank, shooting with two cameras, when these striking colours caught my eye. The next morning, I asked one of the locals if there was any special significance attached to the colourful facades – and he grinned as he gave me the explanation.

Back in the days of the Klondike gold rush, he said, home owners simply took whatever paint was brought up the river on the paddle steamers, or “stern wheelers” as they are known here.

“It didn’t matter if you wanted your house painted green,” he told me. “If the only choice was between orange or bright blue, you made your choice then and there. It was very different from standing in a store, looking at endless shelves and having the luxury of several hours in which to make a decision.”

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 68mm.

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