This photograph, showing a worker descending a scaffolding staircase from the Granville Street Bridge to Granville Island in Vancouver, was taken in the fall of 2013. As a photographer you always hope that your images have an immediate visual impact for viewers but for photographers who work in a documentary mode you also hope that your photographs have a historical value. I enjoy looking at the photos of Curt Lang or Fred Herzog and observing the differences in the locations they photographed in the 1950′s or 60′s and seeing how they’ve changed. I wonder if a viewer looks at this Granville Island view 30 years from now and compares it with this photograph what will be the differences. Likely the bridge will look the same but I’m sure that at the very least the background skyline will be more crowded. Will the same roofline be there r will another building block this view.
We’re lucky to have images held in a variety of archives (the BC Archives in Victoria, the Vancouver Public Library’s holdings etc.) although they are general archives holding documents, objects as well as photographs. It is too bad there is no one British Columbia Photographic Archive or BC Photography Archive, whatever you’d call it, where one could view all the images held in collections.
A surfer walks past a van and board at Jordan River, British Columbia on Vancouver Island.
Even the Canadian flag hanging from the building seemed dejected by its current status
A traditional neighbourhood grocery store in Nanaimo, they are getting harder and harder to find, replaced by 7-11s and Mac’s style stores.
Canucks jerseys, protected from the rain in plastic, hang outside a shop in Coombs on Vancouver Island. An image from the ongoing Salt Water & Rain series and the British Columbia photographic archive.
An image from one of my ongoing projects, Salt Water & Rain, which looks at west coast life, in particular the small town urban landscape. This photograph was taken on the main street in Cumberland on Vancouver Island. The photograph is also part of the British Columbia photographic archive.
Photographer Wendell Phillips introduced me to this cafe when he met me here for breakfast one morning. The cafe’s street sign now reads Smile Diner rather than restaurant.
The Wing Sang building is the oldest in Vancouver’s Chinatown. The Pender Street heritage building was restored and now houses the Rennie Collection, the private art collection of Vancouver real estate mogul Bob Rennie.
I finally found a copy of the 1970 publication BC Almanac, a library copy. Quite unique for the time, it consists of 15 booklets printed on newsprint and inserted into a cardboard folder. On the negative side, this copy only has nine of the booklets. On the positive side the booklets by Roy Kiyooka and N. E. Thing Co. (Iain and Ingrid Baxter) are in the package. The Kiyooka and NE Thing images hold up very well (two booklets at right) but some of the other photographs look very much of their time. In this day and age where self publishing is a given and quite simple to do it is an eye opener to see this ambitious and inventive project from a time when publishing was much more of a challenge and effort .