A new collection is hanging at Breadstuffs this morning.
What kind of a conversation can you and I have about trucks and cars and that old combine lingering in the tall grass at Aunt Myrtles' farm?
I haven’t driven a semi, kept an old vehicle on the road
or given yard room to a rusting remnant
of a different time.
But if these steel sculptures could speak, you might hear about their real people. Their drivers, their collectors, their backyard mechanics, the people who pay
attention to them whether they are rolling down the road or permanently parked.
You might be one of their people or, like me, just find these hardworking
or aging in place vehicles interesting.
This new collection is now up at Breadstuffs in Brentwood Bay.
Yesterday, I removed the main collection 'Highway 18' from the south wall of the bakery. Breadstuffs is closed for several weeks and by January 17 I will have a new group of images to display. After five years of having this 'gallery' at my disposal (thanks to Dale and Rita) it is the challenge of what to do next that makes it so worthwhile.. I am curious about what will be a satisfying project for me - and find some connection with an audience. In the next while, I plan to post more about the parameters of my practice. Given the obscure nature of my interests (deadpan photography, psychogeography, urban planning, settlement of western Canada - and the tension between individualism and corporate conformity) I am inclined to believe this will not cause any rise in readership!
On April 9, 1914 the first passenger train arrived in Prince Rupert. Years earlier the original town plan for Prince Rupert had been commissioned by the President of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, Charles M. Hays. Hays hired Brett and Hall, well known landscape architects from Boston. Brett had worked with the famous American landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted whose work included plans for Central Park in New York, Mount Royal in Montreal and many other parks, estates and campuses across North America. Using the landscape design principles established by Olmsted, Brett and Hall designed a classical layout with a Beaux Arts theme. In 1938, Federal Building, now the the city hall, was constructed in the Art Deco style. The First Nations motifs were added much later.
This is hardly the forum for a long history lesson but the story of Prince Rupert's urban design is a compelling illustration of the development of the Canadian West.
Check out Redesigning Rupert at princerupert.ca to see what updates the community has in mind.
So pleased to be part of the Sidney Fine Art Show this weekend with three entries on display. Unbroken, a triptych of Arctic landscapes, was awarded an Honourable Mention.
The third edition of Streetscapes is now on display at Breadstuffs Bakery and Deli in Brentwood Bay.
Highway 18 connects a string of hamlets, villages, towns and one small city. The furthest west is Robsart, about 1500 kilometres from Vancouver Island.
700 kilometres of gravel and rough pavement across southern Saskatchewan to Gainsborough near the Manitoba border.
Grasslands National Park or the Old Man on His Back Nature Conservancy are worthwhlle destinations but the best experience may be seeing all the small communities along the way where people are few and falsefront buildings are plentiful.
This year my three entries have all been accepted into the Sidney Fine Art Show October 13 - 15 at the Mary Winspear Centre.
Although this is my sixth year in the show, participation is never taken for granted as different jurors adjudicate the show each year and there are many entries to consider.
I am looking forward to viewing the show.
Travels this September progressed from Lethbridge to Fort Macleod and Nanton, and then across the southernmost part of Saskatchewan and Manitoba, before going on to Miami and Winnipeg.
A new gallery, Fort Macleod, has just been published. More work to follow shortly.
Inuvik, a new Streetscapes destination is on display at Breadstuffs in Brentwood Bay. Photographed a year ago, after driving the Dempster Highway north of Dawson City - more than seven hundred miles of gravel. We lived there over 40 years ago and hadn't been back in the meantime. A few changes have occured but it's about the same size as it was in the seventies.
New Exhibit Tuesday July 11 2017
stickbuilt is a new collection of images illustrating 'first generation' construction on what was newly broken land. These examples were all photographed in the past year in British Columbia or Alberta.
Some are shown on the website and more at Breadstuffs Bakery and Deli in Brentwood Bay.
The new exhibit is up at Breadstuffs Bakery and Deli in Brentwood Bay.
In a small celebration of our late-arriving spring here on the Saanich Peninsula, there are a few flower photographs on display at Breadstuffs.
Flowers. Name your favorites. Buy a bouquet.
Give receive. Save the seeds.
Plant, pick, arrange, admire.
Put a seedling in a small pot. Find a sunny spot.
Maybe take a picture.
“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”
Margaret Atwood, Bluebeard's Egg
I have several pieces in this show entitled Written, Unwritten and Highway of Tears.Read More
the new series is now hanging at Breadstuffs in brentwood bay
Here's a story I wrote to go with the collection of boats
The 'Mary Lorne’
In 1999. I bought a boat. I saw the ad in the newspaper and decided it was for me.
After paying the asking price I hauled it home on the old homemade trailer, complete with vintage motor. Sixteen years later, I still have the boat - with the custom canvas cover, the reconditioned motor, a shiny new trailer and an assortment of bailers (essential!) ropes, fenders, oars, and life jackets.
(Oh, and an out of date out of province Boat Operators License.)
The ‘Mary Lorne' has seen more road miles and driveway time than engine hours and needs some serious restoration - but she is part of the family.
(She’s not as old as me, but still pretty old for a boat!)
The same year I bought the boat I acquired a digital camera, one of the first ones on the market. Sixteen years later, that Nikon Coolpix 600 is long gone, replaced by quite a few more (Sony Cybershot, Olympus C7070 and the Olympus 620 with its' interchangeable lenses that are now in use on an Olympus M5).
iPhone and iPad cameras far exceed the performance of the very early digital cameras.
By 2005, I had an Olympus E-1 with its' great lenses and could make a decent 8x10 print. Then came the Nikon D700 followed by the Nikon D800, the camera I have been using for the past five years.
For the money I have spent on camera equipment, I could have bought five boats - or at least one that was watertight!
So like Steve Martin in the movie 'The Jerk', “this is all I need”… my ‘new’ camera, and my tripod. My computer and my printer. And my old boat.
The boats you see in this collection were all photographed sometime in the last sixteen years, with some camera or other. One of the boats is the Mary Lorne.
Sherley Gordon Edey, 2016
For the fifth consecutive year, my photography was accepted into the Sidney Fine Art Show. It is a pleasure to participate and I want to recognize the efforts of the volunteer organizers and the artists for creating the experience so many people enjoyed over the weekend at the Mary Winspear Centre. These two images are available as limited editions of 10. 1/10 of both are sold.
'Home Grown' is a collection of photographs about gardening from here to the Arctic that is on display October 2016 at Breadstuffs Bakery in Brentwood Bay. From a road trip in August 2016 (see map below).
Highway 16 - The Yellowhead - is the northern stretch of the Trans-Canada through BC. It starts at Masset on Haida Gwaii (Mile Zero) and enters Alberta through the Yellowhead Pass near Mount Robson. This is the fiftieth anniversary of the TransCanada Highway. The poster was made using an old map of the Yellowhead.
Mile Zero, a new series of images based on recent travels to Haida Gwaii, east to Prince George and south through the Cariboo, has just been installed at Breadstuffs Bakery in Brentwood Bay.
This framed print was donated to a silent auction as part of a fundraiser for the Kaleidoscope Theatre Company in Victoria.