Doors and Windows
Mediums: Photo board, Metal, and Archival Paper
Brick facades bear the marks and wear of the passing years with the character of faces wrinkled from a life well lived. Human and natural elements etch memories on the fired clay canvas of these architectural beauties. The doors and windows add the mystery of eyes in an aging soul looking out at the world passing by.
To some, these old buildings may appear to be an eyesore. To me they add a depth of character not found in the glittering new structures that they fall prey to. The downtown core of Vancouver, British Columbia is full of these kinds of contrasts. Between the aging structures of the city’s resource exporting past and its investment funded future. Some of these brownstones will be gentrified and some will be consumed.
To gain a proper perspective of this particular façade, I used the upper levels of a parking garage across the street. A 17-50mm lens gave enough field of view. Most importantly, I captured the doors, windows, and the fading letter ‘C’ that hints at the age of this building.
The Fraser Valley has been my home for more than thirty years. The beauty of this region certainly captured me right from my youth, and exploring the outdoors was the common thread in all my interests. The lakes, rivers, and mountains that define the geography of this area continue to draw me into the backcountry and inspire my photographic pursuits. Even the urban centers of the southern coast of British Columbia are kissed by their intersection with their natural surroundings.
Ironically, photography became an integral part of my life when I left this province to work overseas. The zeal to capture the experience of living in a vibrant foreign city led me to delve into the relatively new realm of digital photography. The ability to capture what I was seeing in a way that expressed how it was making me feel became my artistic passion.
Over the last ten years I have worked to hone my craft both with the camera and the computer. In the field, this is all about finding locations that move me; locations that tell a story. In the post processing, it is all about highlighting the mood and lighting to evoke a response from the viewer. It is my hope that through my work people will be able to share in the sense of wonder I feel in the world around us.
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