August 26, 2015 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Jason Flower, Music Archive, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Record Label, Supreme Echo, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment
Jason Flower is a music archivist who issues collections of forgotten, lost and hard to find music as well as being a collector and seller of new and old music LPs, 45s, tapes and CD’s. His Victoria store and archival reissue record label bear the same name, Supreme Echo.
He’s passionate about his music and that has led to collections of early punk music from places as diverse as Victoria and Poland. He’s recently released collections featuring the music of punk pioneers The Dishrags and the 70′s glam horror heavy metal band Twitch, both from British Columbia. Another release collects the music of Northern Haze, a 1970′s Inuit metal band.
The releases usually come with printed material, history, interviews and photographs of the musicians.
I’ve been archiving British Columbia through my photography so it’s interesting to me to see other ways in which people archive the province, Canada and in Jason’s case, other countries. I use images to collect history while Jason does it by retrieving hidden, forgotten or previously inaccessible recorded music, and makes it available to us again while reminding us of our musical histories.
August 20, 2015 | Filed Under Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Fine Art, Oak Bay, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photographers, Photography, Photos, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment
I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and I was freezing in the fog that had rolled in off the Pacific and over Willows Beach. Bus loads of tourists were sitting on blankets on the sand, unable to see beyond the first waves and pretending to enjoy their picnic lunch while shivering. At the end of the beach a man was wading through the shallow water, back and forth, aimless but always turning back before he reached the shore and back before he reached the rocks sticking above the water.
August 18, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photographers, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment
The beaches were crowded during a recent visit to Parksville on Vancouver Island. Crowds were watching and participating in a big interprovincial beach volleyball tournament and lots of people were taking in the sandcastle sculpture competition. Then there was the Parksville Beach Resort, all boarded up, just above the beach and crowds and next to new towers of other hotels. I don’t know the history of the resort but it seems strange to see this dilapidated holiday destination among all the other action.
August 12, 2015 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, Blog, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Photojournalism, Photos, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment
A BC Transit bus lies at the bottom of a heap of scrap metal waiting to be torn apart and added to the pile in Victoria, British Columbia. The business sits on Victoria’s waterfront just on the edge of the city core. The city has voiced support for keeping industry on the waterfront but one wonders how long a recycling plant will stay (be allowed to stay) on shoreline property with amazing views..
I met photographer Dion Manastyrski a few years ago when I gave a talk to a local photo group. He contacted me after and asked if I minded meeting up to have a look at images from a project he was working on. The photos he showed me were from the Canadian prairies, mainly Saskatchewan, and examined the disappearance of rural and small town life in that region. He had a lot of questions about where to take the project and about his desire to create a book of the work. We talked about the images he had at that point and I gave him some advice on shooting and different ways he might approach a book project. We kept in touch after that, mainly by email, as he continued to work on his project. I meet a lot of photographers who want to create books or exhibitions of their work and often nothing happens. It’s a lot of work, coordination and too often, a very expensive proposition. Dion persevered though, continuing to shoot, learning to create videos, searching out archive images to complement his own photos. Collecting quotes from residents about their experiences in the prairie. Conducting an Indiegogo crowd funding campaign. The result of all that hard work, just out now, is a big beautiful self published book (printed by Friesens in tiny Altona, Manitoba), You can check out the project and book here at his site Prairie Sunset.
August 1, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal, Personal Project, Photographers, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment
The old Oak Bay High School buildings will come down now that the new school building is constructed and will be finished for the 2015-16 school year. The new building will be new, certainly brighter and bigger and up-to-date certainly nicer for students and staff alike. What will be lost will be the collective memories of the old buildings added to each year by by the new crop of students and newly hired staff who moved through those dark corridors, played in the ancient and dim gymnasiums and acted in or sat through productions in the theatre. A new narrative will emerge from the new school but the old one will fade away.
June 14, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Punk Rock, The Pointed Sticks, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Vancouver Punk | Leave a Comment
The Pointed Sticks, came out of the Vancouver punk scene in the late seventies. I photographed them quite often, perhaps only second to DOA, back then. They haven’t played a lot in the intervening years although they have been performing and recording. I last saw them perform at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver in 2009 .
This Victoria gig was their first in the island city since 1981. It was an excellent show before an appreciative crowd.
It’s been a long time since I’ve photographed in a small club and I’d forgotten how bad the lighting can be. It was why I often used flash back in the early days, there often just wasn’t enough stage light to make decent photos. I was often the only photographer then and nobody objected to the use of the flash. This show I shot mainly available light but did shoot a few flash images, hoping I wasn’t annoying the band too much.
A vacation in Ontario provided the time for a stroll down Toronto’s Queen Street West and the incredible variety of small businesses along the street. I’d meant, during previous visits to document the street, but didn’t get the chance until now. Many of the stores are short lived so the streetscape is constantly changing.
April 29, 2015 | Filed Under Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Literary Photographer, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Portrait, Vancouver, Victoria, Writer, Writing | 1 Comment
I spent over a decade photographing Canadian writers, a project that resulted in a few exhibitions and two books published by the Banff Centre Press (the second one here). That project petered out after the second book, pushed to the side by the usual reasons, making a living etc.
Two years ago I thought I might start creating portraits of writers again but while I did make a brief start at the end of 2012 that attempt was short circuited by a couple of events and I just haven’t tuned my focus back to portraits.
I did take a look at the images the other day and thought I should post them.
My feeling is that writers, even those that have some success, are still less-known than the average music or tv/film star. Maybe you know the writers below, all from British Columbia, or maybe not but they are all worth checking out.
Esi Edugyan has had enjoyed a considerable amount of attention for her book Half blood Blues which won several major awards and was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize. Her site is located here.
Steven Price originally published as a poet but is now producing novels. His latest By Gaslight is set in London in 1885 and made the news for the substantial contract he signed for the book. Price is married to Edugyan. Some info on him here.
D.W. (Dave) Wilson has recently returned to British Columbia after getting an advanced degree in England. He writes both short stories and novels. His first collection had the great title Once You Break A Knuckle. His site, although under construction right now, is here.
Brad Cran is a Vancouver based poet, non-fiction writer, photographer and , as well, an accountant. I’ve photographed him before, he is featured in the Banff Centre Books. He was the Poet Laureate for the City of Vancouver His website is here.
Finally we have Brian Fawcett, a former Vancouver city planner, has lived in Toronto for quite a while but continues to write often and well about British Columbia. he has had many books published but you can get a sense of his work here at the Dooney’s Cafe site. This photograph was taken at the Vancouver Writers festival and was my first chance to meet Brian whose work I’ve enjoyed for a long time.
April 19, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Nanaimo, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment
Old school garages and auto wreckers are almost as appealing a subject as neighbourhood corner stores. They are disappearing just as fast too. Coaltown is a reference to Nanaimo’s past as a coal mining town.