Hornby Island People

Wayne Wiens Photo Essay

I have been engaged in photography for about 50 years. I continue to explore and delight in the many fascinating ways photography, both old and new, continue to captivate. I have taught photography to young people and to adults. In that time I have learned that good photography requires the right light and a good eye. Luck is frequently a factor as well. But more important than all is one's interaction with the subject.

My photography is focused on the rituals of human activity and on the rhythms of nature. Recently I have been intrigued by the idea of Still Life, which has lead me to a deep interest in 17th & 18th Century Dutch paintings with all their allegorical and symbolic meanings.

I live and work in North Vancouver, but have also been a part-time resident of Hornby Island since 1971. I have been displaying and selling my photographic work on Hornby for the last 10 years, and continue to provide cards, photos and posters for the Quilters' annual show, the Fall Fair and the Community Quilt Raffle. In so doing I have helped raise money for the Hornby Island Community Fund, and helped to raise the community's awareness of the nature of this Fund.

For 10 years, I have been doing a series of photos concentrating on the people of Hornby - the pioneers, the workers, the farmers, the artists and the children of this island. It is my wish to honour and celebrate the diversity and the spirit of this island; the skills and talent and dedication; the social and community conscience; as seen in the Island's individual and collective achievements and events.

I have just opened a new Studio & Gallery at 1470 B Pemberton Ave, North Vancouver. Although it is small, it will serve as a portrait studio, a still life staging ground and a gallery of my work. I would be delighted if you could visit.