This roll of film for my 44th offering has a real mix of places and things on it and so it was hard to find a theme in the photos. It was in the camera in Victoria and when I took a trip to Nanaimo, as well as when I went to Haida Gwaii on my last trip. I settled on the theme “images from the road” which is mostly on Haida Gwaii back in the Juskatla Narrows area where I went to look at a brace of Haida dugout canoes that were left unfinished in the forest probably in the last half of the 1800s. In the photo above, in the foreground moss if you look carefully you can see rectangles which are slabs of cedar removed from the canoe log during manufacture, and in the back ground the cut end of the rest of the tree.
If you are interested in other photos of Haida canoes, including another unfinished on in the forest, they can be found here.
This roll was lost to me. I took it in for processing and scanning, one of three rolls. When I got the film home, one roll was not mine. But, I pulled one roll for processing off a shelf in the kitchen, and it could have been an old one of my son’s, or one that my wife found lying on the street. Even so, I called the lab and reported the unrecognised film and more than a week later I got a call – someone else had the wrong roll of film, and we were eventually reunited with our films.
The rest of this roll is from Victoria area and can be found in the post Victoria Waterfront published at the same time as this post – there is some fabulous light in those photos so you won’t be sorry if you go have a look.
In the photo below can be seen the stump from where the canoe log was fallen. An interesting thing about it is the notch that can be seen – this looks like a spring-board notch as used by commercial loggers and implies that the tree felling technology was a hybrid of Haida and settler methods. We saw other hybrid examples -for instance one where a saw was used in making a canoe.
Roll 44: Olympus mjuii (Stylus Epic), Fuji Superia XTRA 400, expired, commercially developed and scanned.