The Drama of Black and White

Posted: 21st December 2010 by ToadHollowPhoto in Photography
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This wonderful island we live on is peppered with small communities and very interesting artifacts.  A town that we love to visit called Chemainus was a little town started during the height of the logging era here on Vancouver Island.  As the industry has been in decline for decades now, these little towns and communities had to find ways to reinvent themselves.  Chemainus came up with the notion of creating a community to attract local artisans.  The backroads of our community are filled with signs pointing to studios run by artists from their homes, and some of the work is absolutely stellar.

At some point the town of Chemainus came up with notion of commissioning a series of artists to render murals on many of the buildings in town.  These murals will be a subject of our photographic study at a later time, but today’s blog post refers specifically to one site.

The Pacific Rim Artisan Village was a vision of a local artist who wanted to create a congregation area for artists to come and display their work.  A large piece of land was acquired and the plans were laid.  The gate and fence were designed and built…

"Pacific Rim Artisan Village" - Chemainus BC Canada

"Pacific Rim Artisan Village" - Chemainus BC Canada

And this is where the project stopped.  For whatever reason of which I suspect financing was a major part of the problem, this concept ended right there.  Behind this gate lies an old and wonderful little home, typical to the area.  From talking to the current tenants, there is approximately 30 acres of wild land behind these gates.

"Pacific Rim Artisan Village" - Chemainus BC Canada

"Pacific Rim Artisan Village" - Chemainus BC Canada

I really would like to go back to this site this summer and grab a series of HDR photographs of the gate and fence here to really accentuate the textures and colors of the worn facade.  This series of B&W photos was taken last summer.  I find that the essence of B&W photography adds so much drama to a scene by playing with the contrasts in the image.  We hope you enjoy viewing these photos as much as we enjoyed taking them.  Please feel free to comment, and thanks for visiting!!




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