The Granary is one of the first buildings that really caught my eye and helped me find the voice I wanted to express my fondness for rural Alberta and the sentimental tendencies I have toward historical objects of significance that I see while driving.
I have only met the owner once, an older man who happened to drive by the day I discovered it. He told me his grandfather built it, putting it at about 100 years old.
The Granary has turned into a far longer project than I thought it would that day. I've now been documenting it for over four years, trying to capture it at least once a month. While I was in school, it would be the thing I photograph each time I went home for weekends or holidays.The main idea behind this project is to document something that changes very little, while the environment around it changes frequently which is why the images are taken from roughly the same angle for most of the photographs.
With how Edmonton is spreading further South, there is now housing communities being built not far away. Shingling and a few wood planks fall off now and again, showing more dramatic changes on the structure itself. The Granary was also subject to graffiti in the middle of 2010 which was a shock to me because I felt like I was one of the few people to know about the building. With anything that is an ongoing project, I had to accept the change and continue documenting it.