Edmonton, In Oil

This picture captures a lot about Edmonton. 

A police officer, his white stencilled calling visible in print on the back of his jacket, regains the upper hand on a violent jaywalking suspect after two public-spirited bystanders come to the cop's aid, while a dirty white pickup goes by, while the grey snow melts, while a witness shoots the confrontation on a smartphone.

There is a kind of visual hierarchy at play in the still life. Bad guy laid out on the concrete, police officer girded by citizens at the steepled top. 

It could be a painting.


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