Archive for First Nations

Looking back on 2013

Posted in commercial, documentary, landscape, Live music, photography, travel with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 1, 2014 by christine redmond

During the last year I lived in three cities across two continents. I went from documenting Aboriginal culture on west coast of Canada to walking on frozen lakes under the Aurora in Canada’s Great White North to moving all the way back home to the Emerald Isle. I shot over 25,000 photos in 2013 and am so thankful to have a record of the year it’s been. Looking forward to another year of exploration and creativity.

 

Wrapping up

Posted in commercial, documentary, photography, portrait photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 2, 2013 by christine redmond

I’ve spent the last month or so working with the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre in documenting the elders in their Elders Program. It has been an honour to meet and photograph them and I am so grateful for the enthusiasm I’ve recieved for the project I’m working on. I thought I’d share my favourite image from my final shoot there today: Chief William standing in my DIY studio/office.

Chief. 2013.

A Vancouver Valentine

Posted in documentary, portrait photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2013 by christine redmond

I spent this Valentines Day in the wonderful company of many of the Elders at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre. It was day one of a portrait series I’m shooting. Although I want to keep most of the images on the down-low until the project is launched, I couldn’t help myself from sharing this one below; a lovely Aboriginal couple who had some fantastic stories to share. Seemed fitting for Valentines Day after all.

AboriginalCouple

Breaking traditions

Posted in documentary, landscape, personal project with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 19, 2011 by christine redmond

As my previous post outlined; I am currently working a self-initiated project concerning concepts of identity in Western Canada. At the moment I am exploring part one of my project – the conscious placement of traditional First Peoples’ totem pole carvings in nontraditional urban environments. The totem pole originates from Haida Gwaii (aka Queen Charlotte Islands), British Columbia and were usually erected during lavish potlatch festivities. Following American and European settlement, Christian missionaries reviled the totem pole as an object of heathen worship and urged converts to cease production and destroy existing poles, leading the the potlatch ban from 1884 to 1951. Today, however, totem pole carvings appear throughout cities in British Columbia. Their placement among modern architecture and urban cityscapes is one that I constantly observe with curiosity.  To me, their placement in these environments is a misplacement.

To simulate my views of misplacement I am taking a new direction of my photographic presentation. Replacing the common practice of digitally printing photographs on paper and then matting, framing and placing behind glass, I am trying something new. I am making ink-jet prints, then coating these prints in a thick layer of acrylic gel. Once this gel has dried (1-2 days) I soak the image in water for 10-20 minutes and then scrape the paper from the back of the gel and the images remains in the gel. I then stretch the gel skin across a wooden cradle panel and glue it down. The process of this image transfer resonates with the concept behind the images; breaking traditions.

Biding my time with landscapes…

Posted in documentary, landscape, personal project, Portfolio, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2011 by christine redmond

So, I currently have two projects on the go.

One is a very involved self-initiated project on feminist musings of beauty. Based on Naomi Wolf’s ‘The Beauty Myth’, I am commenting on the expectations of women to conform to a socially constructed ideal of beauty and the implications of such conformity and non-conformity.  This project, currently under the working title ‘In Real Life’  is due to be completed in March 2012. The project will be my first solo exhibition to date and will run in Xchanges Gallery, Victoria, for one month in April 2012. Aspirations for this project also include a photo-book. The project is just launching, and I am currently reflecting on my own thoughts of beauty and body image and exploring self portraiture to express  myself. Work shall be uploaded in the coming weeks (a sample of such is in my previous post – ‘Does my bum look big in this‘.

Project number two has been mentioned in my blog already. Similar in ways, it is concerned with  concepts of identity in the  western world.  In particular, it will focus on the divide of identity across Canada between Canadian First Peoples and New Generation Canadians. Particular interest thus far is in the cultural traditions of The First Peoples such as totem carving which was once reserved for the traditional Potlatch festival. This celebration which was outlawed by European newcomers to Canada in the late 19th Century declaring a ‘potlatch ban’ was later removed in the early 20th century. Today, totem poles adorn British Colombian cities such as Victoria and Duncan (nicknamed City of Totems). However, totem poles now standing outside museums, in parks, at the entrances to malls and even outside of police stations seem very out of context. Removed from their traditional place and inserted into contemporary architecture and modern cities, do they exist as reminders of a rich history or as a feeble attempt to demonstrate co-existence between very different worlds? Or even worse, are they just a visual souvenir and stamp of authenticity for the many cruise ships and tourists that pass this way? This one part of a very complex and large project and one which perhaps as an outsider (neither native or new generation Canadian) I may never fully resolve. Other parts will also be explored – such as areas of lands, reservations and treaties. A very significant part of this project and one which is providing the most elusive is tracking down the residential schools that existed in British Columbia, that were set up to relocate First Peoples’ children from their traditional home and background and teach them a new way of life and Christianity. These schools, notorious for varying degrees of abuse came to a close around the 1970’s (although the last school is recording to have closed in 1996).  As part of my project,  I aim on tracing the original buildings of some of these schools and photographing them as they are now, be that abandoned or in use for another purpose. Any information or contributions that you may have about this would be very welcomed – please contact me at red.photos@hotmail.com

So these projects are the at the forefront of my practice at the moment, each as important as the other, but ‘In Real Life’ taking precedence due to the exhibition time line.  However, in between my research for both, I am filling photographic gaps with landscape photography, an inevitable distraction when living on scenic Vancouver Island .

Victoria’s inner harbour viewed from the Johnson St. Bridge. April 2011.



The City of Totems

Posted in documentary, landscape with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2011 by christine redmond

Duncan, British Columbia.

another totem

Posted in documentary, personal project with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 11, 2011 by christine redmond

Unity Feast ’99 Time Capsule – Victoria Police Station

 

Vancouver, East 13th and Clarke