Taking shape

Artists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the Tsa

Documentation with the GFX50S

While my job most often requires lots of travel, a hurried schedule of event photography and unreasonably fast delivery of content (thank you social media?), occasionally I get to slow down and photograph something else entirely. In this case, I am documenting a process that hasn’t changed much in centuries.

Next door from my office, at the Royal BC Museum, brothers Tom and Perry LaFortune are carving a pole to be erected at the Ministry of Health building in Victoria. As my work scheduled permits, I have been visiting Tom and Perry regularly to document the carving process. The GFX 50S is my tool of choice, as I want the resulting photos to have the image quality, dynamic range and shallow depth of field that the 50S delivers. I also appreciate that I slow down when I am using the GFX. I have time to chat with Tom or Perry. To watch them work. Watch them interact with the public. The deliberate pace that I employ with the GFX is perfect for documenting a process that goes back centuries, before contact changed local indigenous culture irrevocably.

As part of my documentation of the pole carving process, I am also making prints for Tom and Perry, so that they have a record of their work. This is another reason that the GFX is a great tool for this job. The resulting prints are stunning.

Artists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the TsaArtists Tom and Perry LaFortune, brothers and members of the Tsa

 

NB: Photos captured with the Fujifilm GFX 50S medium format camera, fronted with a variety of Fujinon GF lenses. My Observational Documentation of the LaFortune brother’s carving will continue until the pole is complete and it stands in front of the Ministry.

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