A few weeks back, some friends invited me to join them for a day trip to McNabs Island, a small island at the mouth of the Halifax harbour with a big history. While the island once played an important role in defending the harbour, it is now a quiet provincial park restricted only to those who take the short boat ride over. We spent a number of hours roaming through the old military bunkers, walking the beaches and exploring the landscape. The following few photographs were mostly taken in Fort McNab, but also on Maugher Beach and throughout the other fortifications.
Sunday, September 29, 2013
Sunday, September 22, 2013
|Liz holding some ore we found in the woods surrounding Bridgeville, NS.|
|View through the F-150 window.|
|Exposed shafts from the Foord seam.|
|Photographing inside the open pit coal mine in Stellarton, the last active coal mine in Nova Scotia.|
|Old rail found near Bridgeville, NS.|
|The remains of the furniture factory near Millstream, NS.|
Sunday, September 15, 2013
|Maritime Steel, New Glasgow, NS|
|Liz sketching architectural elements.|
|Evening light, Stellarton, NS|
Perhaps the most exciting aspect of this past week was visiting Nova Forge Corp in Trenton. The forge still has its early twentieth century smokestacks that flank the east side of the building; a constant reminder of the area's past history. To our surprise, production at Nova Forge had stopped in February of 2013, following a fire a year prior. But the manager—a very helpful and informative fellow—was searching for a way to get the place back up and running and showed interest in our project, allowing us exterior access and was looking into interior access for us as well. Based off of what we saw inside, the interior should make for some compelling photographs.
|Nova Forge Corp, Trenton, NS|
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
|Maritime Steel, New Glasgow, NS, Winter 2013 — Eliot Wright|
After careful thought—and some procrastination—my partner Liz van Allen and I applied for an Arts Nova Scotia creation grant in May of this year. To our great surprise, two letters arrived in the mail a number of weeks later; we had received the funding!
The project will focus on Nova Scotia's industrial history, especially that of coal, iron, steel and other mineral exploits that have played a large role in the development of the province and in the jewellery making process. It will begin with the researching and photographing of operational and non-operational sites across the province. From there, details in the photographs, the landscapes and the physical materials will be used to influence Liz's jewellery designs.
Industrial sites and architecture have been a reoccurring theme in my work, beginning with Grain, 2010, and continuing through subsequent works. These themes also engage Liz, albeit in a different manner. In her previous work, The Topographic Series, 2012, she explored locations of personal importance through maps and arial imagery, drawing upon lines, elevations, and other visual elements to inform her jewellery pieces.
We both have experience in our respective areas, but it is the collaboration between photography and jewellery—two usually very separate mediums— that really excites us. Make sure to check back frequently and we'll keep you up to date!
|Brule, 2012 — Liz van Allen|