First Post (and my first blog)

Well, this is my first foray into the world of blogging. I am more than slightly apprehensive — due in large part to the current MyFace and SpaceBook crazes and what seems (to an outsider) to be an inexplicable obsession therewith.
With any luck this will not become a new obsession, but will be a chance to share some of my work, new and old, and an opportunity for the internet at large to see what I’m up to without MyFacing me to death.

So as a start, here are two images from my current portrait project on the East Side of downtown Vancouver:
Downtown Eastside Portrait #1

I spent a few solid hours in the darkroom on Thursday afternoon busily printing contact sheets; and on Friday I made double prints of at least one image of each person I photographed (many people asked that I bring them prints, and I intend to deliver).

These are two of the 50 or so prints (not including doubles) I made on Friday. More to come soon.

Downtown Eastside Portrait #2

11 Responses to “First Post (and my first blog)

  1. Stephen Lane Says:

    David, these are great images that tell a story that is sad, but that needs to be told.

    I am really looking forward to seeing further photos as they become available.

    Congratulations on your wonderful start!

  2. Bob Says:

    Great beginning - looking forward to seeing more of the thoughts behind your work. I hope you post the responses you get from those you photographed when you give them their photo. Let’s hear more straight from the darkroom!

  3. Kathy Says:

    These are thought provoking photos. Please post more.

  4. Tony Says:

    Awesome work David! Please post more. Best of luck with the workshop application. If anyone should get in it should be you!

  5. david Says:

    Thanks for your compliments, folks. I’ll hopefully update my website to include a Vancouver gallery with some more of these portraits. I’ll be sure to post a link on the blog when I do that.

  6. Andrew Says:

    David your work is amazing! I’ve been lucky to come through western when I did your an inspirational photographer can’t wait to see all the portfolio’s, take care

  7. Andy Says:

    I have been mesmerized by your portfolio. You do amazing work. You capture the soul and the spirit. I am looking forward to seeing more of East Vancouver.

  8. May B Says:

    Why do think the East side is art/photography? You really need to focus in a bit more. These lives aren’t for show and tell.

  9. david Says:

    May B,

    I appreciate your comment.

    I think that acknowledging the level of poverty in Vancouver is one step towards acting with more compassion and clarity. The stories of The East Side are important — they are not to be exploited, but nor are they to be ignored. As a photographer I tried to find a place between those two pitfalls and turn my own vision to that neighbourhood; working there, I tried to remain open and honest with myself and people I met — tried to challenge and question my own desires to turn away, my own experience of feeling overwhemed.

    I spent several days walking and meeting people, and making pictures of that experience. I do not pretend to have the story of The East Side or the people who I met and photographed. The images are intended simply as a record of an interaction between myself and the people who I met there.

    To return to your question, “Why do [I] think the East side is art/photography?” I think that seeing The East Side is key to understanding that things need to change. As a photographer, I feel compelled to examine these areas compassionately and to share my work with others.

    I am interested to hear how you might respond to this if you feel so inclined.

  10. Hailey R Says:

    Very moving! Made me sad but I am glad that someone is making others see this and not ignoring it!!! Well done! Great pictures! Keep them coming!

  11. Hailey R Says:

    You should write a little story below all the pics, especially with people, so we can have an idea about why they are where they are, you know what I mean?

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