Getting lost while driving sucks. Granted it sucks less when it does not happen to you and even less so when it creates a great opportunity for a short weekend road trip to a cool new place. Such was the case when Elaine was lost driving a few weeks ago and stumbled on a place called “Docville” in Newcastle, Ontario.
Docville is a Wild West Park and movie set constructed almost solely by Steve Holliday during the last 20 years. Steve has built up recreations of Saloons, a General Store, Trappers Cabin, The OK Corral, Saw Mill, Livery Stable, the Docville Hotel and of course the Sheriff’s office. Obviously, the place name is a reference to Doc Holliday and Tombstone. Docville is free to visit and they are more than welcoming to “stumble upon” visitors. On May 25th, Elaine and I got on the Harley and road out to Newcastle. We grabbed our cameras and decided to take some photos and get a tour of Docville. The fellow who came out to greet us was more than willing to show us around and was a great host. Not bad for free eh?
Elaine took some great photos with her Panasonic G3. I took my Pentax K-5, a zoom lens, the cheap Holga lens, some lensbaby optics as well as my Olympus E-P1 which was used solely for the lensbaby shots. I kind of figured a lo-fi retro look would suit this subject matter. Yeah, it’s really cliched, but I felt it looked better than a technically accurate colour “Xerox” of the scene.
Here are Elaine’s photos:
These are my photos: