This is one of my favourites from a series I did called Death Of A Mall. They were all shot at sunset as I felt that was appropriate based on the subject. It required days of returning to the site at sunset to film the whole sequence. On this particular day it had been raining and I had almost talked myself out of going. But I went anyway just in time for the sky to clear and this amazing sunset. The effect was one of those magical moments we all hope for in photography. This image is raw (as in untouched). Simply a moment in time as seen.
The Mall dying is the Brantford Mall on King George Road in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. It was a busy mall until the late 1990’s. Then the attached Wal-mart (former Woolco store) insisted on a new store detached from the mall in the early 2000’s.
Within a year you could throw a bowling ball through the middle of the mall on a Saturday afternoon and not hit anyone. Finally the movie theatre decided they also wanted to move out into a larger separate building marking the end of an era.
Throughout the process what struck me most was the waste. One section of the mall was only a couple of years old! Despite the supposed recycling of materials a lot was simply wasted. The somber feeling of this image probably has a lot to do with this time in my life. I did this project right after the death of my Father.
This photo was taken with a Canon Powershot Sx 110IS and was featured in the Ontario group in June 2010 and in the Point and Shooters goup on July 23,2010. Thanks for all your support!