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Postcards From Niagara
October 30, 2012, 7:43 PM
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Niagara Falls: honeymoon capital, power generator, land of wax museums and other creepy kitsch, you’ve always captured my imagination. It’s usually overcast, cold, the surrounding city forgotten, yet there Jeff and I were with the rest of the crowd, whipping out camera phones to capture this dreary moment. Except I was with two different Polaroid cams trying to get self-portraits while it rained, which is why they turned out so blue. No matter how many times I’ve visited, you still leave me breathless; the roaring river masks the chattering of tourists, making me feel as if I were the only one standing at the edge of your waters.

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16 Comments so far
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These are all awesome, but I love the BlueUmbrella photo. I love the color saturation and you peaking around the umbrella. It is pretty awesome!

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Comment by Bill

Thanks, dude! Sometimes mistakes turn into treasures (I should have had the lighten/dark wheel more towards dark, but I think it added a certain mood to Niagara).

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Comment by Lisa

The last one for me, but all are good.

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Comment by Debra Broughton

Thanks, Debra – I was so surprised to see the shrine in the middle of a residential neighborhood that I made my friend stop the car so I could capture it.

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Comment by Lisa

Well you captured Niagara Falls beautifully–the overcast smoky-cloudy wetness amid bizarre things. The binoculars seem to have their own opinion! Love the arrow on the Bel- Aire motel sign and you standing in front of that display. Thanks for sharing, M

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Comment by Michael Williamson

Haha, Michael – the viewfinder does look like it’s staring back at us, doesn’t it? I have looked at old Niagara Falls photos from the 20s and earlier and the creepy thing is that a lot has stayed the same! I like to imagine there were ghosts standing next to us while we were going about our business. Thanks for stopping by –

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Comment by Lisa

*love* this!! spectacular photos

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Comment by Becky Colson

thanks, beck!

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Comment by Lisa

dopeness

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Comment by minsk

thanks!

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Comment by Lisa

Blue is the perfect color for these!
I’m glad the old viewers are still there!
I always loved seeing people, looking like tiny moving toys, piling onto the “Maid of the Mist”.

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Comment by jeff

Oh, they do look like moving toys on the Mist, I didn’t think of that (that’s why we’re married, clever man).

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Comment by Lisa

I’ve been fascinated by this city ever since I saw Alec Soth’s Niagara. Now I think of it, you and he have a similar aesthetic, though you use a totally different and more wonderfully idiosyncratic color palette. Lawdy, that sounds pretentious. Still true, though.

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Comment by greg

whoa, i just looked up “niagara” and i have to own that book (i loved his ‘sleeping by the mississippi’ series). also, your comment made me blush, in a good way – especially since photography lately feels kind of up and down for me (in my heart and mind, at least). thank you!

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Comment by Lisa

I love these. The first one is my favorite.

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Comment by John

thanks, john, that’s so nice!

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