Island Farmers’ Alliance Honours Local Food Producers Through Photography And Story

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Nick Delange, Duncan
Image Ken Miner

The Island Farmers’ Alliance (IFA), the organization behind the “Fresh from the Island” slogan and the rooster logo that is ubiquitous with Island agriculture, is proud to announce the results of their most recent endeavour, Of Land and Sea: Portraits of Coastal BC Farmers, Fishers, and Harvesters. A partnership between the IFA and Ken Miner, a Victoria based tintypist and photographic artist, the project has captured images and stories of senior food producers from the Vancouver Island and Gulf Island communities. Using Ken’s 113-year-old ‘8×10’ view camera, the hand-made images were developed on clear glass plates and, while they portray contemporaries, they evoke a timelessness not always found with modern photographic technologies.

While the IFA has traditionally focused on Island Agriculture, the project itself is a tribute to a diversity of production systems found within the Island communities. From homesteaders, kelp farmers, organic vegetable producers, troll fishers, maple syrup tappers, to dairy and meat producers, the goal of this project is to celebrate and share the stories of a diverse array of producers.

Ken states that traveling over 1,200 kilometers, including visits to six Gulf Islands and twenty-one producers, was a highlight of 2015 for him. “This project has taken me to places on Vancouver Island that I had never been to before. Everyone that I met along the way was open and eager to share their knowledge, experiences, and even their food with me. I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to meet these producers, and to share their stories through this project.”

The book, which will feature the twenty-one images and stories, will be available for retail at two art shows, the Cowichan Green Community’s store (360 Duncan Street), and online. Stay tuned to the IFA’s website for details.

To see the original glass images, we invite you to attend the art shows, taking place in Duncan (Feb 16-March 5) at Portals, the CVAC Centre of Arts, Culture and Heritage, 2687 James St. Opening Reception: February 18, 7-8:30pm and in Victoria (March 9-20 at the Coast Collective Art Gallery and Artisan Gift Shop.

For more information on the work of Ken Miner, please visit: http://www.zuludog.ca/

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