Colin Smith’s journey into photography began during a motorcycle trip from Calgary to Santiago in 1997. The influence of the road is apparent in Satellite Motel: one photograph in a series that was taken in hotel rooms across Western Canada. For anyone who has travelled through Medicine Hat on the trans Canada highway, the sign in Satellite Motel may look familiar. It is one of a handful of old motel signs that still remain on the outskirts of the city. Typical to Smith’s style, the image is constructed using a camera obscura.

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  • Title: Satellite Motel
  • Creator: Colin Smith
  • Date Created: 2009
  • Physical Dimensions: 122 x 152.4 cm
  • Rights: Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Medium: photography