The Signpost Time Forgot
amazing what you stumble across by accident in the middle of the night.
I was returning from a long night shooting road trip across the Western
US when I decided to follow up on a lead about the ghost town of Dorothy
in Southern Alberta. I arrived very late and looked over the location.
It was certainly worth shooting but it was too far past the full moon
to get the shot I wanted that night. I wandered back to the Starving
Artist Van, satisfied that Dorothy would be on my list of locations
to photograph in the near future. It was then that I saw this signpost.
Weather-beaten and leaning crooked at the intersection of two deserted
roads, it was like life and time had gone whirling by while the signpost
just remained there neglected and forgotten, its faded and broken markers
a metaphor for the vanishing small towns to which it points the way.
It was around 3:00 AM and I really wanted to get home before daylight
but I decided to set up and take this shot anyway. In retrospect, I'm
glad I did. The spiral star trails were achieved by framing the North
Star in the top of the shot and exposing the photo for ten minutes as
the rest of the stars appear to rotate around it. Lighting on the post
was done with a small flashlight in order to keep the grass and weeds
below in shadow against the sky.
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