Music Archivist Jason Flower and Supreme Echo

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

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.

You can check out some of his releases through his site here or you can purchase through here.

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.



Summer Fog, Oak Bay 2015

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 

Summer Fog Oak Bay 2015

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.



Parksville Beach Resort, Parksville, British Columbia 2015

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 

Parksville Beach Resort, Parksville, British Columbia 2015

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.



BC Transit Bus And Metal Scrap Yard 2015

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 

BC Transit Bus at Metal Scrap yard 2015

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..



The end of the Old Oak Bay High School 2015

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 

Oak Bay High 2015

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.



Portraits of British Columbia writers

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

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

 

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. Wilson 1

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Brian Fawcett

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.

 

 



Coaltown Auto Wreckers, Nanaimo, BC 2012

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 

Coaltown Auto Wrecking, Nanaimo, BC 2012

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.



Entertainment Posters Victoria, BC 2015

April 8, 2015 | Filed Under Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Entertainment, Fine Art, Pacific Northwest, Photographers, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | 1 Comment 

Entertainment Posters, Victoria, BC 2015

I like seeing texts in photographs, signs, billboards, posters, they all add  information about a scene or time.

Street signs can locate a photograph. Grocery store signs and cafe menus can show us familiar or unusual food and/or how much prices have changed since the image was created.

This photograph of entertainment posters in the window of a guitar shop on Blanshard Street in Victoria was taken this week.

It gives us an overview of upcoming shows. If you’re here you can take in punk,country, jazz, psychedelic or hip hop music. You can read books or take in a poetry reading at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Two weeks from now these events will all be history. Two years from now it’s likely some of these performers will be history as well.

The photo however will keep these entertainers and events alive (and hopefully still entertaining) for future viewers.

 

 



Poet Robert Service on Vancouver Island

March 25, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Writer, Writing | 1 Comment 

The Bard and Banker Pub on Government Street in Victoria.

The Bard and Banker Pub on Government Street in Victoria.

Almost everyone living in Victoria knows that Robert Service, the writer who became known as the Bard of the Yukon for his poems such as The Cremation of Sam McGee and  The Shooting of Dan McGrew after moving to Whitehorse, worked as a bank clerk for the Bank of British Columbia on Government Street before that move.

The bank building opened in 1862 and operated as a banking facility until the late 1980′s. Totally renovated a few years ago the building now operates as a pub and restaurant called, in honour of Service, The Bard and Banker.

Service didn’t move to Whitehorse until 1904 but he was writing poems well before that, even before moving to Canada. The Daily Colonist, now the Times-Colonist, published several of his poems between 1900 and 1902.

A small plaque marking another of the author’s publication sits alongside the road to Cowichan Bay just outside Duncan. the plaque commemorates that he published ” poem local press 1903″. The plague is inset into a stone chair next to a major local history marker.

Close up of Robert Service memorial plaque.

Close up of Robert Service memorial plaque.

It was a surprise to come across this plaque commemorating this celebrated writer on a quiet country road seemingly miles from anywhere. That said, a historical search reveals that Service worked as a store clerk in Cowichan Bay in 1899 so maybe he felt a connection to the local paper.

Historical markers on road to Cowichan Bay

Historical markers on road to Cowichan Bay

So Service is memorialized in both the name of a pub on the site of his former workplace and on a small plaque on a back road in rural Vancouver Island.

You can check out the Bard and Banker and their fine selection of beer on tap here and for more info on Robert Service here.



Old Car, Nanaimo, BC 2013

March 14, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Nanaimo, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Road Trip, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Old Car Nanaimo, BC 2013

The wreckage of an old car lies along along a creek bed in the Richard’s Marsh Park area in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

You can see enough of the vehicle still to tell it is 1920/30′s range of vehicle so has been there quite a while.

It’s impossible to tell if it was just dumped there or whether it was placed there in a haphazard manner to stop erosion from the creek, which looks like it probably overflows it’s banks and floods in the wet months.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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