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Royce Howland
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Photographer and IT consultant (the balance varies) based in Calgary, Alberta.
Photographer and IT consultant (the balance varies) based in Calgary, Alberta.

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Before it was the National Music Centre in Calgary, most people who knew of it at all would have known it as the Cantos Music Museum, a smaller operation based in one of Calgary’s remaining early-19th-century buildings. Starting from the earliest genesis of the foundation in the late 1980’s, the key people involved undoubtedly possessed bold visions and the ability to see them through. Possibly even the wildest ideas of that original group would not have envisioned the beautiful, world-class music heritage facility of today and the scope of what the NMC may still become. Bridging from that past starting point to the reality of the present and the potential of the future likely has meant making a number of key leaps of faith, and I hope they keep at it.
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The new National Music Centre in Calgary is an impressive structure. Built to house and present a wealth of Canadian musical heritage, it is also a quite dazzling showcase of architecture. Flowing lines and shapes intertwine amongst themselves, rising and falling as they are cut through by angular light throughout the day. Numerous vantage points offer good views, but I find in many ways that it is in concentrating on small sections, guided by a highway of light, that the visual impact of the space is at its strongest.
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Here's another new composition from the National Music Centre in Calgary. Replete with gracefully flowing lines punctuated by the occasional sharply-angled slashing line, the space is a visual feast. Staircases on either side play an important role in appreciating the architecture. Aside from their use as a means of moving between floors and looking out into the main space, the staircases also create openings. The surrounding walls fold over and around these openings, and light from adjacent windows cuts through them, illuminating the interior. When you visit, my advice is to avoid the elevators, and take the stairs.
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This is a new photograph, made this weekend at the National Music Centre in Calgary. Go for the displays of Canadian musical heritage, stay for the beautiful architecture...
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Here's a colour version of my previous post. My industrial series is almost exclusively B&W, but every so often I hit a composition where I can't resist doing a colour rendition as well. :)
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Here's another new composition from the series made at the Brazeau Collieries, an abandoned coal mining operation in Nordegg Alberta.
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Here's a new photo from my on-going series made at the abandoned coal mine in Nordegg, Alberta...
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Here's a photo from a series coming out of the decommissioned and de-installed wind turbine farm at Cowley Ridge, Alberta. The installation went into service in 1993, and was taken down in 2016, for a run of 23 years. I was able to photograph the process over several days this spring.
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Here's another newly developed photo, from our trip to Greenland in the summer of 2015...
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Here's a new photo, made this past Sunday while visiting Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. Conditions were fairly cold (about -20 C), and there has been a lot of snow fall recently. Combined with the natural hot springs after which the park is named, the result was an intimate winter wonderland of snow and ice.

I titled this "For Now, Winter"... inspired by the Ólafur Arnalds album "For Now I Am Winter".
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