Every Toad likes to think of his swamp as his castle. You need more than a bunch of flies hung on the walls as trophies to decorate the place up, to make it feel homey. Unfortunately any orders for ornaments placed at Saltair Welding & Repair Ltd. won’t be filled anytime soon.
The back-roads of Vancouver Island are chock full of really interesting finds. The island’s inhabitants may not have been here for hundreds of years to create and leave behind some of the artifacts that you see from societies steeped in a rich and long-term history, but the items that we do encounter can really be different and interesting in their own rights. Saltair Welding & Repair Ltd. is a great example of such.
This business has been closed for years and years now. It’s been driving me nuts, I’ve been hoping and planning to shoot this place for a very long time. Mrs. Toad and myself pass by here many times a year on our back-road excursions, usually in our Corvette with the roof down and our arms waving out the car as we pass… I just love this building and was thrilled to get a chance to capture a few images of it.
Sitting in the sun in the summer and the cold and rainy air in the winter has taken its toll on the sign. Big portions are now unreadable, but the textures and details that remain are truly noteworthy. We just love the old, green light that remains and hangs over the sign. I doubt it’s been illuminated in years. We also love the 3D aspect of the welder that is on the sign, almost like a relief image.
My experience tells me you just never know when you’ll go past a favorite stomping ground, only to find the landscape has been radically changed, usually due to a new development being slated for the property. I was very happy to finally get a chance to capture this scene while it was still authentic and unmolested.
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