Things are happening Uptown

It’s been a good long while since I’ve walked in Saint John with a camera and no motive. In my 2016 post about walking uptown I made my way through the grubby back alleys. Since then there’s been some major changes, tweaking the feel of my little city. 

Saint John is still home to a large and vibrant historic district, as well as some new players. It seems like everything at street level is either freshly touched, or on deck for some work.

Not at all confusing
Not at all confusing

I made sure to visit some of my old favourites in the late summer morning light. The constant chatter of seagulls and traffic provide a familiar soundtrack to my walk. I blew the exposure on an interior shot at Port City Royal, but it’s a dramatic place to have coffee and a pastry.

Hum
Hum

(also seen in MicroFiction3)

One Princess
One Princess

(also seen in MicroFiction5)


Of course we have a busy harbour as well. The Port of Saint John has received major upgrades which have increased the amount of container traffic.

MSC
MSC

We also get vagrants here looking for any work they can scrounge like this down-on-his-luck Haligonian, Theodore.

Theodore Tugboat
Theodore Tugboat

A big part of the change uptown is coming by way of the new Irving Oil Headquarters on historic King Square. It’s the first big construction project in the uptown core for decades, and has really shaken things up.

Rendering
Rendering

Having a neighbourhood in flux makes for some interesting photos. Images made at times of change tend to gain significance in years to come, so I tried to grab a few from the area to reflect on in the future.

King East
King East
Gatekeeper
Gatekeeper
Working Lunch
Working Lunch

Images are via Rolleiflex MX, Ilford FP4+, Yellow Filter and FA-1027.

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