There is much natural beauty on Bowen and sometimes it feels like I’ve photographed most of it. Maybe that is why lately I’ve been drawn to the interesting old human-made things to be found here. For example, when I’m out running in the woods I sometimes come across 100-year old logging equipment. The paint remnants and rust under the moss, and the interesting shapes and textures can look beautiful depending on the light and shadows. At one time this abandoned machinery was unwanted, unsightly junk, but over time it seems nature adopted it, and it is now an interesting part of the landscape. It is good to be reminded of the people who lived and worked here so long ago– and of how transient we are. Which few bits and pieces of our creations will be left after we are gone?
Once the logging was over the island became a popular holiday destination. There were also farms, and manufacturing (including dynamite), even mining. So there are all sorts of interesting bits and pieces to be be found around the island. Things too ordinary or decayed for the local museum but interesting nevertheless.
So I decided to start a project of finding and photographing things left behind on Bowen Island.
Here are a couple of pictures I took this morning at a derelict cottage in Snug Cove. The thermometer evokes fahrenheit-hot summer days, as well as seven-digit phone numbers. I liked the soft, warm colours and the contrasting textures. The clothesline reel and its multiple reflections in the window caught my eye too and brought back memories of summer holidays and bathing suits hung out to dry. There is no avoiding the nostalgia factor but my main goal is capturing things that are visually interesting– and sometimes old is more interesting than new.