Bella Coola and Tallheo Cannery

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 …

Wineglasses or Bollard? - ©Derek Chambers
Wineglasses or Bollard? – ©Derek Chambers
The Green Canoe - ©Derek Chambers
The Green Canoe – ©Derek Chambers

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.

In Celebration of Eulachons - ©Derek Chambers
Welcome Pole to Sputc (Eulachons) – Bella Coola  – ©Derek Chambers

 

Scenes From the Tallheo Cannery

A Painting Job Abandoned - ©Derek Chambers
A Painting Job Abandoned – ©Derek Chambers
Abstract - ©Derek Chambers
Abstract – ©Derek Chambers
The Cannery's Machine Shop - B&W - ©Derek Chambers
The Cannery’s Machine Shop – B&W – ©Derek Chambers
The Cannery's Machine Shop - ©Derek Chambers
The Cannery’s Machine Shop – ©Derek Chambers
Shapes- ©Derek Chambers
Shapes- ©Derek Chambers
The Yellow Float - ©Derek Chambers
The Yellow Float – ©Derek Chambers
Windows on the Wooden Piledriver - ©Derek Chambers
Windows on the Wooden Piledriver – ©Derek Chambers
After the Rain - ©Derek Chambers
After the Rain – ©Derek Chambers
The Net Loft 2 - ©Derek Chambers
The Net Loft 2 – ©Derek Chambers
The Net Loft - ©Derek Chambers
The Net Loft – ©Derek Chambers
Impressions - Hanging Nets - ©Derek Chambers
Impressions – Hanging Nets – ©Derek Chambers
Thread For Net Repairs - ©Derek Chambers
Thread For Net Repairs – ©Derek Chambers
Mountain Stream - ©Derek Chambers
Mountain Stream – ©Derek Chambers

 

 

 

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