Canadian Photographer Histories – www.lenslives.com

January 7, 2019 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Canadian Photographer History, Canadian Photography History, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photographer interview, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized, Vancouver Photographer History, Writing on photography, www.lenslives.com | Leave a Comment 

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I am looking for help with a personal long-term project. I am compiling an archive of interviews of Canadian photographers — which, in turn, will become a history of Canadian photography.

When I began my project I was (and still am) researching a specific group of Vancouver-area photographers. The project has kept growing, and I am now looking for input/information from photographers (and anyone connected to the photography world) about photographers across Canada.

The idea behind this project is to create an archive of interviews of Canadian photographers and their work. It is too easy for any creative person to be overlooked, slip from view, and have their work disappear. So, I want to create a historical archive — a library/datatbase of information that can be used to promote photographers and their work, but to also preserve that information to serve as a research source.

Here?s where you can help — I am asking every individual photographer to send me two things:

Answer this brief questionnaire.

1.How/When did you first get interested in photography?

2. Who were your first photographic influences?

3. Who were your first photography teachers/mentors?

4. Who have you mentored or taught?

5. Name some of the photographers you have worked with and/or collaborated with?

6. What major photo projects have you worked on/created?

 

The resume will serve as a record of your career, and the biography will fill in details. Ideally the bio will include: how and when you first became connected to photography; who your influences were/are; who were/are your Canadian mentors/teachers? You can mention career highlights and any personal projects you photographed away from your “career” work. Are you part of a formal/informal group of photographers who get together to share and bounce ideas or collaborate?

Note: I want to know and hear about ALL Canadian photographers: photojournalists, artists, commercial photographers, portraitists, landscape photographers, etc. and those connected to photography and photographers such as gallery owners, curators, camera shop/darkroom operators.

I also want to hear about any photographers who you feel have been overlooked or who have been forgotten about. Please send me the contact information for the photographer (or for their family/friends if deceased).

As well, I?m curious about non-professional photographers (folks who made a living from other work) who created substantial bodies of work or a small but unique body of work.

I am also interested in receiving any items connected with photography (yours or others). For example: business cards, exhibition postcards, publications, previously published interviews, zines, posters/books.

I would like to include photographs of photographers at work (and play), work spaces, shop fronts (studios/camera shops) will be useful. If you have photos to contribute, please include captions that include names, events, places and dates on each.

The archive will also include: email interviews, audio interviews, video interviews, essays, printed material and photographs. I am aiming for the material to be displayed online at www.lenslives.com, and in exhibitions and/or publications.

Copyright will stay with the photographer, but I?m asking for the right to use any submitted material in any way that is connected with the project (ie online/exhibitions/media/publications etc) and that once the material is in the completed archive it will be available to researchers for their use in the study of Canadian photographers, photography and the arts.

Emailed material can be sent to don@lenslives.com Physical material can be mailed to 48 Stoneridge Drive, Victoria, BC, V9B 6M4.

Please ensure you include contact info for any material sent. You may receive follow- up queries regarding your submitted material, or for further email, phone or in-person interviews.

Thank You

Don

don@lenslives.com



Parking Garage and crescent moon, Bute Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

July 19, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Night, Night photography, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Road Trip, Skyline, Street photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture, West end | Leave a Comment 

Parking Garage and crescent moon, Bute Street, Vancouver, Britis

Sometimes walking around you see an image that’s combination of genres. This view along Bute Street in Vancouver’s West End was one of those.  The dusk sky with the crescent moon overhead is from a traditional pretty landscape but below is a grittier urban nightscape. I’ve been finding a lot of photos in the West End during recent visits.



Berkeley Place Elevator Shaft, Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

June 25, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Berkeley Place Elevator Shaft, Davie Street, Vancouver, British

Walking to breakfast early on weekend morning we passed the site of what had been, until just days before, an apartment complex in Vancouver’s West End. The elevator shaft, with the somewhat incongruous potted palm tree, at the bottom were the only two things left standing that day. A week later the shaft was gone as well.



Canadian Pacific, Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

May 6, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Canadian Pacific, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Train, Travel, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture, Work | 2 Comments 

Canadian Pacific, Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

Work crew makes their way towards a CP Rail engine and cars in the train yard on the Vancouver waterfront following a snow storm.



Hair salon and Murphy beds, Langford, British Columbia 2017

January 24, 2018 | Filed Under Architect, Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Langford, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Hair salon and Murphy beds, Langford, British Columbia 2017

Architecture, of course, like everything works in cycles of fashion. The A-frame entrance to suburban housing, at least in British Columbia, was common enough in the 60′s and 70′s. It’s perhaps rarer to see this vernacular architecture at use in commercial buildings from that era, certainly with the use of the double A-frame on the structure, which you can’t see in this image(the A is at either end of the building), and to see two buildings built the same next to one another. Note the modernist (less than a decade old) condo building with it’s silver exterior in view between the two.



Last Gas Station, Davie Street at Burrard Street, Vancouver British Columbia 2017

October 9, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Gas station, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Real estate, Road Trip, Street photography, Travel, Urban, Vancouver | Leave a Comment 

Last Gas Station, Davie Street at Burrard Street, Vancouver Brit

Another sign of changing times, this Esso on Davie Street at Burrard Street is the last gas station in downtown Vancouver. How long it will exist is another thing. The property went up for sale last spring. Property in Vancouver, especially the core, is just far to valuable for use for something like a gas station. It’s a large footprint on the land and the property alone has been assessed at $36 million. Only a matter of time before this parcel of land is home to another condo tower and drivers will have to head out of downtown to fill up.



Mural and Back Alley, Trail British Columbia 2016

September 24, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Photography, Street photography, Trail | Leave a Comment 

Mural and Back Alley, Trail British Columbia 2016

The back alley building seemed to, in some ways,  mirror the old newspaper building pictured in this mural above garbage cans and a parked car.  Historic murals offer an instant lesson or peek in to a region’s past.



Curio and Antique Store, Victoria British Columbia 2017

September 9, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Chemainus, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Curio and Antique Store Window, Victoria British Columbia 2017

This little shop in downtown Victoria seems like a throwback to a different era with it’s amazingly eclectic collection of goods, from toys to Indigenous art. There’s certainly a recent history of toys visible in the objects for sale. Normally I would have tried to reduce the reflections in the window glass but I think the buildings reflected are useful visual information about the street.



Ruby Karinto, Victoria, British Columbia 2017

August 27, 2017 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Historical, History, Music, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Punk Rock, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Ruby Karinto

Much of my photography centres around landscapes, natural and manmade and how that shapes us and our culture and/or how we and our cultures shapes our constructed and social landscapes. I like how the local makes us all unique to our own parts of the world.

I haven’t concentrated so much on people who shape our culture especially artists, be they writers, musicians, painters etc.

Local Victoria band Ruby Karinto are unique certainly. The foursome, lead vocalist and electronics, Ai Ito, Soma Morse, electronics and vocals, Damon Henry, bass and Jason Flower, percussion are unique. Lead vocalist Ai Ito performs in a mask.The lyrics to the band’s songs are at  least 50% in Japanese. Their lyrics are, according to drummer Jason Flower “based on cryptic Japanese folk tales and bizarre western pop culture references”.

Ruby Karinto 2Song titles include Moonwalk Uncle, Zelda and Team Chopsticks.

The images here are from a recent outdoor performance in Victoria. You can check out the band here.

I’ve written previously about drummer Jason Flower’s other musical endeavours, his used record shop Supreme Echo and his record label of the same name (here). Flower tracks down forgotten, neglected and  overlooked bands and their work and puts out vinyl records of their music along with supporting written and visual material providing not only entertainment but archiving music for the future

 



Drive Through View, 8th and Cambie, Vancouver British Columbia 2017

August 21, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Drive Through View, 8th and Cambie, Vancouver British Columbia 2

A view of a fast food drive through from West 8th Avenue at Cambie Street, at buildings facing a back alley and at centre with Canadian flag, Vancouver’s City Hall shows over the roof line of the 9th Avenue shops.



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