A few weeks ago I had a business trip to Haida Gwaii (known by the settler populations for decades as the Queen Charlotte Islands, permanently renamed to Haida Gwaii a few years ago); this is the roll of film I shot during that trip. Today’s post is my 22nd entry in the 52 Rolls project and once again is via the Canon Elan 7N, 50/1.4 and 16-35/2.8 lenses. The film was Fujichrome Provia 400F that I bought new either in 2004 or 2002. I sure do love the colours from this film, too bad it is so expensive. For some reason the Epson V700 scanner puts a black border around strips of slide film: perhaps it was expecting mounted slides? In any case, I have left the borders, which means not straightening horizons and so on.
Haida Gwaii is one of my favourite places, a place where I have been many times for work usually in the wilderness areas and though on this trip I did not get away from the road or communities, there was still a lot of beauty and interest to occupy the extra day that I gave myself on the islands.
There are two main subjects on this roll of film – the shore of Skidegate Channel in the area of Charlotte (the Village of Queen Charlotte), and the Haida Heritage Centre in Skidegate. The Haida Heritage Centre is a wonderful new museum and heritage centre for the Haida people – the building design echoes the traditional Haida houses and villages. The poles in front of each segment of the building were made for the museum by different Haida master carvers. The one lying down in the canoe shed is the late Bill Reid’s Skidegate pole which is being prepared for its next life inside the museum. I have previously blogged in more detail about the Centre and you can find those posts here, supported by digital photos.
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