Firewood lot, Duncan, British Columbia 2017

February 26, 2017 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Duncan, Fine Art, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Firewood lot, Duncan, British Columbia 2017

A wet haul up and over the Malahat.  The Malahat Drive, a short section of highway, is dreaded by local drivers despite many recent safety upgrades. I think it’s reputation is a bit much for a 20 kilometre section of highway but it certainly has more than it’s fair share of accidents. The bigger problem I think is that an accident usually shuts down the road, stranding motorists on the highway with no real alternate routes.

This day and drive there were no issues other than the usual rain which is just a winter fact of life here.

I’d seen this firewood lot, or cutting area, from the highway often but thought I’d take a closer look this time. From the highway you couldn’t see the old bulldozer rusting away under a canopy of blackberry brambles.



Arbutus Cafe, Duncan, British Columbia 2016

March 29, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Cafe, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Duncan, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Arbutus Cafe, Duncan, British Columbia 2016

While new architecture is as important as old, new, especially chain store architecture, is the same. A visual repetition that repeats across a province, a country and even the world, that makes everything appear to be the same, that in the interest of convenience takes away our regional uniqueness. The Arbutus Cafe in Duncan (above) is a one of a kind local establishment. It has a unique shape with it’s rounded roof that makes it stand out from other shops on the street. The name Arbutus, itself, is local, a tree that sports a peeling red bark and grows only in the Cascadia region (although it is known as a Madrona in the United States). The photo below, also taken in Duncan, shows a scene that could be anywhere, the photo at the top could only be at the corner of Kenneth Street and Jubilee Street.

The chain store architecture will, of course, date quickly and be replaced with a new look or colour or logo. The old colours, look and logos will then be part of our visual history as well.

Modern Stores, Duncan, British Columbia 2016



Former Safeway gas station, Duncan, BC 2016

February 27, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Duncan, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Former Safeway gas station, Duncan, BC 2016This photograph shows not only the disappearance of a gas station but the signals the disappearance on an entire grocery store chain (Safeway) on Vancouver Island. Due to a takeover by eastern grocery giant Sobeys of the local chain Thriftys that resulted in the  one company owning most of the major chains on the Island  the competition bureau (some government organization anyhow) ruled that in the best interests of consumers Sobeys would have to close their Safeway locations on Vancouver Island. The result was that Save On, owned by another large chain, took over most of the Safeway locations. The grocery store on the site (not seen here) continues on but the gas station is shut and appears to be staying that way.