Over the last several months, I have been travelling to and from Bamfield, British Columbia to visit with my girlfriend. She is studying at the Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC). The road, for those who haven’t driven it, is long and bumpy; it is after all an active logging road. I’ve driven the road many times, mainly to go camping in the area, but not as many times in the last four months. For the first couple trips, I could easily take my time going back and forth; I’d stop along the way to take pictures. Lately, however, It’s been getting dark at around 4:30. And the picture taking hasn’t happened as much on the trip itself.This shot here is just off of the main road to Bamfield. This is actually a large stand of trees in the cut. It goes up the hill behind me for probably another kilometer or two.There was a small break in the clouds while walking down Pacheena Beach; it’s located within the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, and the head of the West Coast Trail.On one of the days, on my way home, the road was washed out and it forced me to take a route that I hadn’t driven before. Thankfully I had my back road map book with me and didn’t get too turned around. However, it spat me out on the south side of Cowichan Lake (normally I drive on the north side, through Youbou) and I was able to capture this sight.All of these images, with the exception of the last shot, are photographs of the Huu-ay-aht traditonal territory. The Cowichan Lake panorma is from the Ditidaht territory.
I had an amazing time at Ragley Farm’s 100th Anniversary party this last weekend out in East Sooke. There was amazing food, music and lots of people dressed in period clothing. The farm at one point was actually owned by royalty, or at least cousins of the royal family. Dukes?
One of my photography teachers, Garth Lenz, from Western Academy of Photography spoke at the TEDxVictoria conference. This follows my last post fairly well and some the images that he has captured are amazing. Get involved.
For those of you just tuning in about the Great Bear Rainforest, or the Northern Gateway Pipeline that Enbridge Oil is proposing. I want to introduce you to a video. It’s a documentary that was created by EP Films and features the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). Their mission, was to photograph the Great Bear Rainforest and show it to the world.I’m not going to delve into a full on review of the video, mainly because I just want you to watch it. The video starts off on the hunt for some Spirit Bears or Kermode Bear. It’s a rare recessive gene found in a Black Bear that affects the alleles turning the bear white or cream. There are an estimated 200 Kermode Bears in the world. They live in the Great Bear.
Imagine if the Northern Gateway Pipeline is built. And they manage to do that without an environmental disaster. Then one of the worst ways of obtaining oil would transport it over the Rocky Mountains and crossing numerous creeks, streams, rivers and forests And then make it’s way over the Coastal Mountain Range and through the Great Bear Rainforest without a single leak (an estimated 1177km). That in itself, given Enbridge’s track-record, would be a miracle. Now it’s pumped on to gigantic tankers and shipped out. Not a problem, right? The only issue that I will bring up with this plan, and there are many more than one, is that the channels that these tankers would have to navigate make the Northern Passage look like a cake-walk in comparison.
You can probably tell that I’m passionate about this issue. If you are too then I urge you to contact your MP, MLA or any other government official that you can find.
So please, instead of watching an hour of sitcoms tonight on TV, tune in to this documentary. It’s less than an hour and if it doesn’t evoke any emotion for the place we all live, perhaps you too should be subject to the same treatment these animals would receive if this proposal isn’t stopped.
Without further ado, SPOIL.
"A powerful award winning documentary on the Great Bear Rainforest." The film shows the splendor of nature and first nation culture with through world renown photographers and beautiful photography. It highlights the what we all want to protect but our addiction to burn more oil is helping to destroy. Go to www.pacificwild.org to help protect this beautiful place.
Matthew Kerr is a photographer working on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
He graduated from the Western Academy of Photography and is able to capture a variety of stunning images from a building, standing still on it’s foundation, to a one-wheeled chair, flying along a path taking with it a limitless passenger. View his portfolio here or drop him a line.