Ross Bay drift wood and sedges, another shot made during a wet and overcast camera swap with Earle.
Lomo LC-A+ with Russian glass lens, Fuji Superia X-TRA 400 expired 2007.
Oh yes! There is the storm drain! It looks so weeny, I missed it.
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Okay, so part one was the sad headstone, so nothing added there. I suppose that means the driftwood has real carving on it. That is very unusual indeed!
Hi Kate. The driftwood is a massive red-cedar stump that has come to rest at the highest tidal levels a few years ago. It doesn’t look as if it is going anywhere. A year or two ago someone carved this face in one small part of the stump. There is a lot of art, mostly temporary, created on this beach. Wood arranged to make faces, graffiti on the adjacent wall (coming soon!), driftwood structures, pebbles arranged on logs in interesting patterns.
Also, the title is totally a mistake – I copied a previous post and forgot to change the title, so just gave it a tweak. The only connection to the child’s grave is the camera/film/day. However, this shot is right across the road from that part of the cemetery, so they are really only a few metres apart.
I did the whole wrong title after copying a post thing today, too!
Sounds like a wonderful beach. Will look again for the storm drain. Do you think the sculptured driftwood will be taken by the sea again? It has been there a long time, so maybe not?
That might be possible. Today would be a good day for it – very high tide combine with quite a strong wind. But I expect it will be around for years – it is pretty solidly embedded in the beach.
I’m glad! I’m also glad that no one has vandalised the carving or tried to cut it off to keep for themselves. I would be amazed and delighted to come across something like it on a beach walk. It should have a mention on a local culture walking tour. Given that your First Nation history and artifacts struggle to get that recognition, I suppose that won’t happen.
I have been looking at ways to archive my blog. The best I can come up with is printing it out as a book. Not a simple or cheap exercise. I hope a library will archive your blog, Mr E. There is so much in it that is ephemeral and already lost or gone, in terms of the real time experience (like the storm water drain’s mood), or buildings that have changed colour, or possibly even been demolished etc. It is a work of local history in progress which deserves to be archived the way local newspapers are archived.
Thanks Kate. I actually doubt that this image is carved by a First Nation person. It depicts a Plains style person and head dress and has no hints of the local design elements typical of northwest coast art.
Perhaps you could rely on the Internet Archive Wayback Machine to preserve your blog, or much of it. They have already done so 22 times since 2015 https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://photoboothjournal.com/
Thanks for the link, Mr E. I will check it out.
No, I didn’t think the carving was important or by any indigenous person. Just thought it was a point of interest that people visiting the area would find interesting. 😊
And, thanks for thinking mine is worthy of preservation. Some of the photos will probably end up in a museum if I can get organised enough to do that – like from remote archaeological sites that I visit multiple times over the years.
I think your blog is fabulous! Speaking to a museum sounds great! Are you photos mostly digital? If so, how would the museum store the files? I understand that that is a difficulty facing many public institutions who need to conserve art and cultural artefacts. My ex used to make art installations with computers that are now obsolete. He doesn’t have the means to access his own older digital works anymore!
Hi Mr, what is the face carved into the driftwood, or is that something you have added? I need to look again at part one.
Also, did you notice the storm drain in the background. It’s all familiar territory. A couple of square blocks of photography heaven.
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