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Story: Shooting the mid-century mecca, Palm Springs, on film transcends the eras for one Canadian photographer.
Cruising along Palm Canyon Drive, Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood singing Summer Wine over the radio, I was sucked into a realm of timelessness. Passing through a residential neighbourhood, mid-century bungalows were framed by perfectly manicured front lawns and barrel cacti. Had I been transported back to the 70s?
After hours spent wandering, I reached a house surrounded by palms. My jaw dropped. At once symmetrical and yet drastically, awkwardly different from left to right, the building reminded me of a human face, imperfect yet harmonious. In its brass doors, I could see my reflection and the glint of the desert sun. Visiting California at the turn of the year couldn’t be more different from the ruthless Canadian winters to which I am accustomed. There were no powdery spruce trees or log cabins, snowploughs or -30°C snowstorms. I was ecstatic to be 3,000 miles from home.
There’s a strange connection between the medium of film and the desert landscape. It’s a relationship that transcends eras; what I capture through the lens could be winter in the 50s or summer in the mid-90s. As a photographer, I felt as though I was shooting with my vintage Minolta for the first time. This was an escape beyond measure.
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