The Golden Spruce
The goal I had in mind during the photographing process was to reflect how far Vancouver has come since the 1800s and to capture some historic. I visited Ridge Park in my neighborhood as well as Rocky point park to fully immerse myself and to get to see everything first hand.
In Ridge Park, I wanted to capture how a logger might have felt when being out there in the wild, completely vulnerable. By unfocusing on the farther trees, I created a sense of discomfort and doubt, which is how one might feel if they were stranded out there. The second picture is one capturing the distant Sun piercing through the branches of the spruce and fir. Finally, the third picture is of me standing in the center of the trail, but even though that patch of ground might look stable,
At Rocky Point Park, I took advantage of the good weather to capture a series of shots on the trail and of the distant coast to reflect on how much it has changed since the logging era in the 1800s. One of my favourite is slide 7 on my power point, as it showcases the new-growth trees in the area and the sun shining in the back gives the picture a natural and warm feel. My two primary locations to capture were the Shoreline trail and the dock at the end of the parking lot. From there I got a great view of the entire water body and forests surrounding the park. My trip to Rocky Point was quite fruitful. I even learned that about a severe windstorm that blew down many mature trees in 1933, making openings for younger saplings to then have a chance to flourish.
After completing this project, I realised how fortunate I am to live somewhere with so much green space, and how important it is for us Vancouverites to not take it for granted.
The pictures I took for the project are in this Google Slide presentation. Please check the captions as they include info as well as what ideas I wanted to convey.
The Golden Spruce was a great novel to study and I thoroughly enjoyed taking pictures for this project.