When I started my photography journey many, many years ago my hero was W. Eugene Smith, a brilliant documentary photographer who photographed entirely in black and white. Smith was on assignment overseas for Life magazine during World War II and he was brutally frank in what he photographed. His war photography had a deep effect on him and his career almost came to an end when he was wounded by shell fragments. It took him two years to recover both physically and mentally – very dark times. In 1946 he picked up his camera and one of his first photographs was of his two young children walking towards the light through a dark tunnel of trees. He called it “The Walk to Paradise Garden”. The result was enough to rekindle his photographic career.
I think for a lot of us these past two years have been a dark time but I also think there is a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. I wish all my followers a Safe, Hopeful and Healthy 2022.
The Morden Colliery is a remnant from the coal mining industry that operated in the Nanaimo area on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Coal mining was started in about 1908 by the Pacific Coast Coal Mines Company. The Morden Colliery opened in 1912 with limited success, lasting only until 1921 with a brief reopening in 1930. What remains is the 72 foot head frame and tipple made of reinforced concrete, unusual as they were traditionally made with timbers. The mine is now flooded and is part of the Morden Colliery Historic Park and Regional Trail.