Designing and constructing a building requires planning, precise measurements and skilled people to execute the plan. Most of the time, anyways. Has the fickle finger of time played a role in what we are about to see today with weathering and decay, or was this building constructed using guesstimates and rough guidelines? I’m not sure we’ll ever know, but it sure is fun trying to figure it out.
We’re heading back to the BC Forest Discovery Centre today with our running photoblog series “The Toad’s Tonka Toys” where we had the pleasure of spending the day exploring with our best friends The Mudpuppies. The museum is full of really interesting artifacts, many of them defy labeling or description.
What we’re looking at here is a “Speeder Shack”. Speeders are known by many names including railway motor car, putt-putt, track-maintenance car, crew car, jigger, trike, quad, trolley or inspection car, and also known as a draisine. This Wikipedia article has a complete description and includes some photos of speeders, to give you an idea of what we’re talking about here.
This shack caught our attention the moment we arrived at the museum that day. Our first question was an obvious one: is this going to fall down? Today? Not a straight line exists anywhere with this building! I can only imagine how challenging it would be to repair something like this. You’d have to use a pretty crooked ruler to get it right.
This is one of my personal favorite photos from this shoot. From here, we get a much better perspective and can really see how truly crooked this wonderful little building really is. As a photographer, we’re trained to look for lines and to try to keep the lines in our compositions straight, but when working with a subject like this all those conventional thoughts fly right out the window.
I would have loved to have a chance to get inside for some shots, but it was locked up tight. One look at those doors from this angle, and you’d believe that would be for good reason, too. If one was to fling those doors open, would the whole thing collapse on itself? Probably not, but you just never know…
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