In Orbit

In Orbit

Composite image of the Metrotown Mall in Vancouver and an orbital picture of a fantasy planet. Have to say i’m drawn to the lines in Malls. I really like finding interesting angles. I set the camera up on my tripod and shot vertical with a 15mm equivalent lens. The idea to put the planet in the background came in editing the image. It just seemed kind of bla with the default white dome. Another intent of this image is to impart a distorted idea of up and down, or how we perceive the space in front of us.

Aside from all that I just really like malls. Not tiny malls. I like Malls that are expansive. The amount of design going into these buildings is lost on most people. They pass through a place without admiring how the place makes them feel.

The inconveniently placed escalators that make you walk past extra store frontage. A feeling of almost chaotic store placements. Adjusting floor heights with ramps or steps, or even little walkways through space. Expansive hub areas intended to imply a place of wealth, luxury, and exclusivity, while also keeping a demure feeling. Mall architecture is like Musac once was. Vaguely familiar and non intrusive but at the same time kept you humming the tunes.

 

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at Pixelbip.com and writing about my experiences at EarthToKeir.com