Haida Gwaii on Slide Film


A few weeks ago I had a business trip to Haida Gwaii (known by the settler populations for decades as the Queen Charlotte Islands, permanently renamed to Haida Gwaii a few years ago); this is the roll of film I shot during that trip. Today’s post is my 22nd entry in the 52 Rolls project and once again is via the Canon Elan 7N, 50/1.4 and 16-35/2.8 lenses. The film was Fujichrome Provia 400F that I bought new either in 2004 or 2002. I sure do love the colours from this film, too bad it is so expensive. For some reason the Epson V700 scanner puts a black border around strips of slide film: perhaps it was expecting mounted slides? In any case, I have left the borders, which means not straightening horizons and so on.

Haida Gwaii is one of my favourite places, a place where I have been many times for work usually in the wilderness areas and though on this trip I did not get away from the road or communities, there was still a lot of beauty and interest to occupy the extra day that I gave myself on the islands.

There are two main subjects on this roll of film – the shore of Skidegate Channel in the area of Charlotte (the Village of Queen Charlotte), and the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate. The Haida Heritage Centre is a wonderful new museum and heritage centre for the Haida people – the building design echoes the traditional Haida houses and villages. The poles in front of each segment of the building were made for the museum by different Haida master carvers. The one lying down in the canoe shed is the late Bill Reid’s Skidegate pole which is being prepared for its next life inside the museum. I have previously blogged in more detail about the Centre and you can find those posts here, supported by digital photos.




Old Sawmill, Charlotte waterfront

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17 thoughts on “Haida Gwaii on Slide Film

  1. Reblogged this on burnt embers and commented:

    My week 22 entry for the 52 Rolls project is most of a roll of slide film shot on Haida Gwaii a few weeks ago. I love the colours rendered by this film.


  2. Beautiful! I was at Dundas islands last year for a fishing trip. Beautiful area, but the black flies! We fed eagles and saw wolves on the shore. Prince Rupert had a certain charm. But I’d love to visit the Charlottes!


    • Thanks Todd! I haven’t been to the Dundas Islands, but have heard they are very beautiful too. I have spent a lot of time in the Prince Rupert area, and black flies were a lot worse there than most coastal places I have worked, including Haida Gwaii were they are not much of an issue at all. You should go, and make some pinholes. There are many great subjects!


  3. Well if you think about it slide film has a black boarder itself. If you are using epson scan, go into configuration > Preview (Professional Mode), all the way at the bottom you can set your thumbnail cropping area, i set it to the middle.


    • Hi dehk – I did think about it! What was throwing me off really is that with negatives I would get a partial black border which is probably the holder, and often then only the negative image for the rest. I have my cropping area opened full up because I was losing too much of my images with it closed down a bit. I normally crop each one individually, but decided a black border around the entire image looked fine and I would leave it.


        • Well thanks – I appreciate it. I was a bit surprised considering negative scans usually only have a black border on two sides and a white border on the other two due to the way the negative rests in the holder. You made me think it through enough to realise why this is so. If the horizons had been more wonky, I probably would have cropped the black borders and straightened the images.


            • BTW, I have been enjoying poking around your website and reading your DIY posts especially – you go so much deeper into cameras than I have allowed myself to so far. But I have some that need me to plunge in, and would be worth the effort if I could fix them. Rangefinders mostly, with gummy shutters or wonky light meters, etc.


              • I am glad you find it interesting. Make em work! Make sure you start with the cheapest one 😀
                I think the hardest thing to do is not leaving any tool marks, other than that it’s not too horrible as long as you are organized. Yeah try not to lose springs or any small parts on the carpet floor also, i think I’ve done that too many times.

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                  • I’ve worked on one of the high matic before, but its the ansco autoset version, and i got another one i don’t remember the model its in the closet somewhere. The autoset was a trip i have to hand fabricate a part for the shutter.

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  4. Really beautiful colours and subject. As an undergraduate I read all of the works by Claude Levi-Strauss and was fascinated by his various accounts of the North West Pacific. It must be marvelous to have such close contact a place and peoples you respect so much.


    • Hi Peter – indeed it is true – some of the best work of my 35 year career has been in Haida Gwaii where I have worked many times, with wonderful people many of whom I have worked with many times as well. It is a beautiful place and I have been lucky enough to work many months in the remote and spectacular Gwaii Haanas park at the southern end of Haida Gwaii.


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