SGang Gwaay Llnagaay II

Three weeks ago (I can’t believe it was that long ago) I posted some high contrast black and white shots of SGang Gwaay, and in that post I give some background on the place as well.

Today I add some colour to that series, some that I de-saturated a few weeks ago and which I think now I would leave in their full colour. Plus one black and white, because it is a nice setting shot. Anyway, its what I have lined up so here they are. I hope you enjoy them.

While many of these are pretty nice shots, I prefer the first post with its stark black and white shots as I think they impart a lot more emotion than these ones.

SGang Gwaay 15, House Depression and Roof Beams


SGang Gwaay 12, View to East from Village. Out right channel is Houston Steward Channel, out left channel is Moresby Island and Louscoone Inlet


SGang Gwaay 2. Ha! Tansy shows up unexpectedly, I thought all her images had gone off for use on the Quimper Hitty blog.



This link catalogues my posts on the Kilgii Gwaay 2012 project. I was accompanied on this trip by Tansy, one of the Quimper Hittys, who also blogged about the trip from a doll’s view. You can find those posts here, including a post about SGang Gwaay at here.

Canon 5Dii, Nikkor-N 24mm/f2.8 lens and SMC Takumar 100mm/f4 macro lens. The EXIF data in the gallery is incorrect for the aperture of the manual lenses as this cannot be recorded by the camera.



6 thoughts on “SGang Gwaay Llnagaay II

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  3. I don’t even know what to say, Ehpem. Astonishing series of images of this truly magical place. I can seriously hear the echoes from the past as I sit and take in your images and words today. Fabulous work here, my friend!!


    • Hey Toad – it’s like that being there too, especially if you have some time to just sit and absorb it. This last visit I had my camera in front of my face too much. I am glad I had been there before, because otherwise I might have missed entirely some of the feeling, displaced by the work of taking pictures. Thank you for your great comment!


  4. Hi Ryan, and thank you. Most of these poles are mortuary poles – they would have had burials in them at the top of the pole, burials of chiefs and other high ranking people. The crests on the pole tell a story of their rights and privileges that are encoded in the crests, and passed on to the person’s descendants. The house frontal poles and others were by and large removed about 50 years ago to museums. It was done in consultation with the Haida, but is a bitter sweet fact that the best preserved poles from this village can now be found in Victoria, Vancouver and other places.


  5. Truly amazing. Your shots are glorious. Between your great eye and the subject, I’m still enraptured.

    The poles are amazing. The monstrous animal faces mush have offered a great deal of protection. They look stunning, even in their decay.


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