Terrain, Characters, and Bars in the Alberta Badlands
ONE OF MY FAVORITE FILMS is Terrence Malick’s Badlands, in which a young outlaw persuades his girlfriend to join him on a crime spree across America. When I found out I was going to the Canadian Badlands in Alberta, the thought crossed my mind that although I was driving a silver 2012 Ford Focus (instead of a black 1950s Cadillac) and I was armed only with a camera, I was the lead in my own thriller.
For three days I drove the open roads over the plateaus, winding through the canyons, and taking in views of vast prairies of waving canola, hoodoos and buffalo jumps, abandoned coal mines and Wild West saloons. All photos by the author.