Archive for November, 2011
I had a favourite tree. It was in a little marsh beside Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Langley campus. Since I started teaching there, I always stopped to gaze at this tree on my way into campus and back on my way out to the bus stop next to Liquidation World. I must have taken more than a 100 pictures of it. When I got my cat, Dig, he reminded me of this tree — dignified, if ragged, and beautiful. It is a weird but real grief – my beloved tree has fallen over into the swamp.
The Knowledge Network, “B.C.’s Educational Broadcaster,” has released online its interviews with numerous Vancouver photographers, including basil.CA favourites Lincoln Clarkes and Fred Herzog. [Video not available in the U.S., alas.] They are vividly produced pieces.
My Kwantlen Polytechnic University colleague and good friend Dr. I. Jay Tuason and her siblings lost their mother, Maria Catroppa, two years ago tomorrow, when she was murdered by her husband at their home in her bed. As a tribute to Maria, the Surrey Women’s Centre, the Catroppa family and the City of Surrey have released The Honest Truth – a video public service announcement to help women identify risk factors for domestic violence and access critical resources such as the Surrey Women’s Centre. This video was produced by local Surrey residents, Alison Soroka and award-winning film maker John Banovich. Click here for more about the video and the Surrey Women’s Centre.
Vancouver’s Burgundy Lunch Club is honouring my buddy Jack Fox. From the write-up: “Jack Fox is an engaging and very impressive young man who works with The Boys and Girls Clubs of South Coast BC. During the day, he spearheads a wide-ranging and ambitious program called Visions 180 designed to help inner city elementary school children in East Vancouver in the Grandview/Woodlands area.”
To see more of Jack’s projects, visit his home website.