Photo Essay: Galt
Andrew shares his photo impressions of Cambridge’s Galt neighborhood.
As an avid photographer, I love to explore my surroundings looking through my lens, especially when I visit or move to a new location. Despite my busy school schedule, I occasionally embark on mini photography adventures around Galt. When I see a great sight and don’t have my camera, I would use my phone to capture it.
Through photography, my impression of Cambridge changed from being dull and lifeless to a city with interesting sights at every corner. I hope to continue my photography ventures this term and be delighted by new discoveries in and around the city we call home.
Note: Photos have been edited with Adobe Lightroom. Equipment: Samsung S7 (first two); Nikon D7100 (remainder)
Two sides of the Grand River around sunset (Jan. 26, 2018)
I took the following three photographs on a walk around the school around midnight, after a busy day in studio. It might sound crazy, but it was super rewarding, as I was able to capture Galt after dark. The absence of buildings allowed me to pay more attention to light.
I first set up my camera and tripod on Concession Street Bridge. I later moved to across from an automobile parts store on Water Street that had a very retro vibe.
Bokeh of reflections in the Grand River at night (Nov. 17, 2017)
Cars pass by an automobile store on Water Street at night (Nov. 17, 2017)
One Friday afternoon, a friend and I took a walk around Cambridge, both of us with our cameras. We didn’t have anywhere particular to go to, and simply wandered along Shade Street until we reached a tranquil parkland (which I later discovered to be Soper Park). A winding pathway took us back to downtown Galt.
It was like a hidden treasure in the city. For me, that’s the reward of these photographic ventures. I also feel more like a local.
Tunnel over a pedestrian walkway (Nov. 24, 2017)
Winding pathway in the late fall, looking toward downtown Galt
Wild ducks feeding in a stream in Soper Park (Nov. 24, 2017)
Brick façade detail in downtown Cambridge (Nov. 24, 2017)
I sometimes pause on Main Street Bridge, taking in the scenery. It feels a little bit different each time depending on the weather, be it a beautiful sunset or a foggy evening, with the river flowing or frozen.
A foggy, rainy winter evening (Jan. 22, 2018)