April 2010 Theme: A Piece of History / by Craig Roberts

Down to the wire (yet again) for this month's theme submission for the Langley Camera Club: 'A Piece of History'.  When this was announced last year I figured it would be a slam dunk, seeing as I knew I would be traveling to Quebec shortly after, with an anticipated side trip to Quebec City, where Canadian history flourishes at every corner.  Unfortunately that plan did not come together, but I knew I has well over 100 images I had shot of the historic Bose Family Farm barn in Surrey, B.C. that I could pull together in the 8 months I had.  Problem is, every time I started working on the images I would hit a wall of what vision I wanted to convey of this particular group of buildings I've driven by every day for the past decade; after all, for most people they're just a group of crumbling structures on the side of a road that has grown exponentially in its traffic volume. The Bose family patriarch, Henry Bose settled the property east of the Serpentine River (north of 64th Avenue) back in 1892, and the farmland still boasts two of the original calf barns that are well over 100 years old.  On the lower farm area, a dairy farm was built in 1936; this is the barn that caught my interest several years ago during an early morning commute, as the fog sat along the river and flowed slightly up the hill.  I'm thrilled that the morning I went to shoot this series, I had all of the elements: a clear morning, strong sunrise, and morning fog coming off the river.  There is incredible detail within the weathered structure, and if you look real closely you'll see my favorite part: the pair of birds caught on the roof peak, shrouded in the wisps of morning fog.

Bose Family Farm, Surrey BC
Bose Family Farm, Surrey BC