Dec 12, 2012

World's Largest Teepee in Medicine Hat

Since I first photographed the Saamis Teepee, Medicine Hat's roadside claim to fame known as the World's Largest Teepee, it was clear I'd be back to shoot more.  The location is distinctly part of the Medicine Hat landscape, and as such, no photo series would be complete without its inclusion.

The reasons I wanted to return were simple.  More than just photographs of the teepee, I wanted to capture new stylized shots of the framework and architecture that make up the structure.  Because it's so widely photographed, I enjoyed the challenge of trying to find different angles and vantage points that seemed unique or more original.  I think I did that here, and some of the shots I came up with look surprisingly modernist. Singled out, you might not recognize the web of beams and girders or think that you're actually looking at a giant teepee.

Secondly, I really wanted to capture the Saamis Teepee at night.  Bathed in white light, the structure really pops against the black sky, which also emphasizes the lines of the landmark.  I think if you're a local it's easy to become jaded about places like this, but even on return visits I still find the scale of the attraction awe-inspiring.      

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