A digitally-produced photo montage, which incorporates six archival photos from the early 20th century over a colour enhanced reproduction of an aerial map of the Fraser River.
Artist Statement: "Working River" is a photo-work that offers viewers an opportunity to reflect on their relationship to the Fraser River and surrounding landscape. In particular, the views around the Pump Station are illustrated through an aerial survey map, and contextualised with early 20th century images of the region of those industries and activities that continue to be associated with the river.
To this day, the routine work of logging, fishing, dredging, damming and towing – and just leisurely boating or walking along the river’s banks – remain iconic activities. The historical images of the artwork reinforce the dynamic nature of the Fraser River, which has had long social histories with the local environment.
In the use of ‘field’ or ‘archival research’ to construct this work, I have envisioned a composition that plays with our notions of reality and time and how we can visually represent recent historical geographies. The aerial imagery and the juxtaposition with geographical location share similar configurations over the last 50 years. With the addition of the new housing project near the Pump Station, another viewpoint will emerge for other generations to experience and photograph.
Thanks to Sylvia Grace Borda for letting me place this cache. Hopefully you enjoy this location as much as I have.