I was in Hamilton, Ontario this past summer doing stills on a TV show being filmed in an abandoned bank. For part of the day we were on the roof filming a scene, and in between takes I looked around and saw this building. I've always loved shooting urban landscapes that seem frozen in another era, and this fit the bill. However, the newer car towards the bottom of the frame shows that this actually was taken this decade.
I love all the small details, from the "I Am Canadian" poster in the window, to the fact that the older gentleman out front appears to be clutching onto the parking meter, holding his ground against the forces of gentrification. I like the way the red colour of the cars and the signage work together, and the repetition of the three satellite dishes.
Taking this photo was a bit of a fluke, but I love it so much that I've tried to shoot more like it. Just goes to show, sometimes the best work happens when you least expect it.