You have just stumbled upon Bridge City, it’s a photoblog and project that strives to document the city of Saskatoon. Who am I? I’m Jordon Cooper. If my name sounds familiar, you may know me from my website, The StarPhoenix, or heard me talking politics on the radio. There is a good chance I have offended your political worldview in the past. Despite all of the media, I am an introvert so there is a slim chance you know me from real life.
I am a writer and I spend a lot of time analyzing problems and writing about Saskatoon. When I started to take photographs of the city, I would try to find out more about the building. That lead to hundreds of hours of searching, reading, and researching different aspects of Saskatoon, information I share in each of the posts.
The first photoblog I ever discovered was Satan’s Laundromat. Then I found Heather Champ’s photoblog, Derek Powazek’s Ephemera, and later Jake Dobkin’s Bluejake where he was trying to capture all of New York City. I also love Daily Dose of Imagery and Winnipeg Love Hate.
I guess I have always had a camera with me. My first digital camera was an Aiptek Pen Cam which I ordered after seeing an early blog called mybluehouse.com post with one. I don’t think I ever got a great photo with it but I sure had a lot of fun with it. I later picked up a Kodak Easyshare CX4200 (which for some reason you can still get online) on sale at Zellers and started capturing Saskatoon with a passion.
Later I moved on to Pentax and have shot one ever since. Right now I shoot a Pentax K-3 with the following lens
- smc Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED [IF] Fish-Eye
- smc Pentax M 28mm f2.8
- smc Pentax DA 35mm F2.4 AL
- HD PENTAX DA 40mm F2.8 Limited
- smc Pentax DA 50mm F1.8
- smc Pentax-M 50mm F1.7
- smc Pentax D-FA Macro 50mm F2.8
- smc Pentax DA 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 ED AL[IF] DC WR
- Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG
I have a master list of buildings in Saskatoon I want to photograph but I also tackle some neighborhoods on foot with Wendy or Mark. Some times given my background that has made elected officials think I am running against them but no, I am just taking some photos of the neighborhood. If you are one of those politicians and think I am running against you, give me a call as I may have some great looking shots of some of your ward or riding.