Finn Slough Revisted: One Year Later / by Craig Roberts

On a recent sunny Sunday I had a chance to follow up some photographs I made last year and revisit the Finn Slough in Richmond, BC.  The area is significant, not only for its wetland preservation, but also for the heritage of the residents and fishers within the Slough.  There are just a handful of residents that still reside along the river, many in floating and stilted houses dating back 50 years or more.  Some of the homesteads are decayed to an extent that one would think a stiff wind would topple them, while others have been restored and preserved to contribute to its heritage within Richmond's, and British Columbia's colorful history of fishing. This trip took a place in the mid afternoon, and a sunny and bright January day - contrasted with last year's visit: mid morning in typical Vancouver winter weather: cold, drizzle and dreary.  In retrospect I have to admit that the mood from last year's shoot, to my mind, was more in line with how I feel about this area ... the afternoon sun, even in winter hanging in mid sky, just didn't create the same tone in my images that I was hoping.

I did notice, however that many of the little chachkas I had initially discovered didn't seem to present themselves; whether they had been nicked or simply removed by their owner, I'm not sure.

I think ideally I would like to discover the village shrouded in early morning fog, like an apparition protecting its historical tomes - maybe on my next visit I'll be able to discover moods I have not yet.

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