Our first love for photography here on Vancouver Island has to be the homes that dot our landscapes. Whether they are new, modern structures, or old, weathered and character-rich homes, they are all of interest. In particular the older homes really tell a story, we find, one that is so quintessentially Vancouver Island. Join us today as we explore some classic Canadian architecture.
On a cold and rainy day here recently, Mrs. Toad and I headed up island for a bit of a break together. We just love to explore this island together, with one of our favorite past-times being getting rather lost. You just never know what you might find on the back-roads of the island here, and each time we do we uncover another treasure that sparks an entire adventure.
This photograph was actually taken on one of our main roads. It’s a shot that has been bugging me for several years now as we pass this house quite frequently. I have no clue if it’s currently inhabited, or what the future holds for it. This usually causes a sense of urgency to capture the images before the scene disappears forever, which seems to be happening around here a lot at an alarming rate.
Each of us leaves an indelible print on places we’ve lived. We’ve all seen the height markers carved into the frames of doorways in houses, with dates and names denoting certain milestones in children’s lives as they grow. We’ve all seen strange marks on walls that leave us wondering about why they were made and who created them. These little clues are all permanent symbols of a life once lived in this spot, and in many cases they also carry a little of the energy of those who made them.
Homes like this are found everywhere on Vancouver Island. This one appears to have been added onto, perhaps more than once. Very few actual straight lines exist, yet this all helps to create the rich character of both the home itself, and the island it calls home.
More rich textures are to be found here, with a small and comfortable island home painted in typical island colors. Tin roofs are really the only roofing materials available here that have any chance of long-term sustainability. Any other materials find themselves deteriorating pretty quickly due to the constant damp and the typical temperatures we tend to see here. This picture captures a little of this with a home that is built of wood with a tin hat firmly affixed to it’s head with the hopes that this will help maintain the house for many years to come. Whether Mother Nature wins this battle or the homeowners do, this is a battle that hasn’t seen its last chapter yet penned.
Some see weathering, others see character. Canadians tend to love the land we call home, and we love to envelope ourselves in it. A small sense of comfort and security against the elements and the outside world are found in our refuges, and even though some of our homes are decorated by intense weathering from the years, this actually adds an element of familiarity, and thus comfort.
We find it’s very important to document as much of this as we can right now as it seems our landscapes are transforming very quickly in front of our eyes. Too many times we’ve thought to return to a place to grab some photographs only to find a pit with some construction vehicles parked where once someone’s home was. Through the consolidation of these images in a portfolio, we are able to see a broader view of what life is like here. As a whole, the collection tells a story. A distinctly Canadian story.
Thank you so much for your kind visit today, we really appreciate it. As always, we love to hear from all our visitors so please feel free to leave us any comments you may have! Until next time.