In late May and early June, 2017, a good friend and I took part in an advanced photography workshop, located at the former Tallheo Cannery across the inlet from the Bella Coola government dock, and led by photographers Chris Harris and Dennis Ducklow. It is a wonderful site, scattered with old buildings, some of them filled with relics of the past. To a photographer, it is a cornucopia of photo opportunities. Wherever one goes on the site, one’s eye is constantly being caught by a new scene that begs to be captured.
Here’s are a few samples of what attracted my eye:
One the way to Bella Coola, we overnighted at the Eagle’s Nest in Anahim Lake. An early morning stroll – calm lake, sun coming up …
In Bella Coola we stumbled upon a pole raised by the Nutxalk First Nations welcoming the return of the Eulachon (you can read more about the pole raising here). Named Sputc, the staggering decline, from millions to almost nothing, of Eulachon numbers fifteen or more years ago has had a devastating effect on Nutxalk culture. The numbers appear to be increasing slowly, but are still a tiny fraction of what they were.
Scenes From the Tallheo Cannery