The Steam Clock

The Steam Clock

I was determined to visit as many Atlas Obscura places as I could on my vacation to Vancouver B.C. I managed three. One of the three was the Steam Clock in Gastown.

Funded by the neighborhood merchants, it was built 1n 1977 as a monument to the city’s first downtown core. According to the Atlas Obscura site, it also served another purpose: placed over a steam grate above gas pipes, it kept local homeless from sleeping on this particular warm spot (due to the gas pipes under the city that heat downtown).

I find this fact fascinating because while I was shooting this photo a man was standing next to the clock giving its history. He was very knowledgeable but as he was speaking I looked at him and thought, “something isn’t right here” and noticed his tattered clothing. At the end of his spiel he asked us to give him money.

Camera: Zero 2000
Exposure time: 2 minutes 26 seconds
Film: Portra 160
Pinhole: 0.18mm
Focal Length: 25mm
ISO: 160
Aperture: f138
Dev: C-41 by Lab
Scan:Epson V500

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