i have to admit i quite enjoy these rare mornings when i wake up and have more than enough time for coffee and reading and just for myself before running out the door for work. & i also have to admit that these mornings are regrettably rare, so i have to savour them when they do come along.
here is why i am up so early. i’ll bet you are all just dying to know. anyway, this morning i was supposed to go on an early morning shoot to medelta, which, for those of you who dont know, used to be a pottery factory here in medicine hat, & is now a sort of museum. it’s full of exciting medicine hat history & more importantly, awesome photo ops. HOWEVER, my shooting buddy failed dreadfully to awaken at the sound of his alarm clock this morning. tsk tsk. not to be (overly) dismayed, i decided to instead take my camera on a short jaunt around my neighbourhood, as medelta is postponed until monday.
perhaps one of my favorite things about riverside is that between its overgrown wrought-iron gates, weathered & rusty exteriors, the neglected path that meanders along the river, and of course, the affinity of its tenants for eclectic-bordering-on-kitschy decor, this place is absolutely full of beauty. it may be badly faded, & it may not be beauty in the usual sense, but it is there. though medicine hat is growing in both population & affluence, riverside still harbours this sense of community & slower pace of life that is very small-town oriented. i love that most people here still smile and nod and say good morning when they pass each other on the sidewalk. & i love that the employees of the cafe across the street plunk down on the curb in front of the building & enjoy a cigarette on their breaks. this actually didnt strike me as very odd until i tried to imagine the same thing happening along dunmore road or 13th ave.
anyhow, i think i live in one of the most beautiful neighbourhoods here, & i will try to show you what i mean as soon as my film is developed.
*siiiigh.* i must soon head off to work. i am not sure if i am ready for my day to really begin yet.