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THE ROCKIES (3500 > 4500 KM)

© REZA ALIABADI (RZLBD)
2008, Toronto, Canada
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THE PRAIRIES (1900 > 3500 KM)

© REZA ALIABADI (RZLBD)
2008, Toronto, Canada
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THE CANADIAN SHIELD (0000 > 1900 KM)

© REZA ALIABADI (RZLBD)
2008, Toronto, Canada
On the 5th of August 2008, I began my Trans Canada trip with my brother; it took us five days to make this journey. Driving from dawn to dusk everyday, passing
through three time-zones, spending the whole day in a less than two square meter space (his car), listening to the varieties of music, and watching the landscapes
were all we had to do. I am using this 5000-kilometer trip as an inspiration for the following text and explain a concept that I call TRANSIMAGE.
TRANSIMAGE 
A LANDSCAPE AS DEEP AS A COUNTRY’S WIDTH

Undoubtedly, in a country as large as Canada, with a small population, the ratio of manufactured landscape (cities, plant and the like) to virgin landscape (forests, lakes, fields and the like) will leave a vast portion of this country dominated by rich, beautiful, and pleasing, nature. This scenery fascinated me and caught my attention for five days through out this long trip. My entire anxiety was finding a way to depict this diverse beauty into a kind of image that can embody the whole in one. How is it possible to compress or intensify an experience, which has happened at different times and places?

The answer was found in an exercise, which ended up being an illustration, which I called Transimage. A multi layered scene resulted out of the process of super-imposing fifty photographs. Which had been taken at every one hundred kilometres. The only thing that they share is the shoulder line of the road, which has been considered as a base line in all of them. In order to distinguish the three major features of Canadian landscape, they have been sorted into three groups introducing the Canadian Shield, the Prairies, and the Rockies.

The main challenge was to convert an image from two-dimensional media to a three-dimensional experience. Although, one can explore a dynamic experience in each of these three fused/merged perspectives, it is more interesting to investigate the similarities and differences of Canada’s three main geographical divisions, not in a conventional comparison of two photographs, but on their characteristic, flavour, taste, and the like. How the natural features such as: the blueness of sky, the greenness of foliage, the quality of light, and the pallet of colour change from one to another? This process of ‘Transimage’ gives us an opportunity to experience at a glance both a thousand kilometres of place and a condensed exposure of a five-day experience. ‘Transimage’ could be a key to free us from the prison of time and place. 

_ Reza Aliabadi (RZLBD)
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Km
km 0000, Toronto Home Address / km 0072, McDonalds (Breakfast) / km 0385, Sudbury (Coffee Break) / km 0700, Sault St. Marie (Dinner) / km 0927, Wawa (First Night Sleep) / km 1030, White River (Shopping) / km 1192, Terrace Bay (Brunch) / km 1400, Thunder Bay (Break) / km 1640, Ignace (Coffee Break) / km 1906, Kenora (Second Night Sleep) / km 2122, Winnipeg (Brunch) / km 2693, Regina (Dinner) / km 2936, Swift Current (Coffee Break Third Night Sleep) / km 3207, Medicine Hat (Brunch) / km 3500, Calgary (Coffee Break) / km 3635, Banff (Dinner) / km 3785, Golden (Fourth Night Sleep) / km 3842, Mountain Lodge (Brunch) / km 4507, Vancouver!

Fuel Consumption
Total Fuel consumption; 341 Litres / Fuel Economy; 7.57 Litres/100Km / Total Average Speed (24/7); 42.92 Km/hr / Daytime Average Speed (14/7); 69.34 Km/hr
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