Search for the unknown!
In a previous post I wrote about searching for an uncommon perspective. While the different perspective may produce an outstanding image, the choice of a location is always a starting point for me.
How many times have you gone to a popular spot in your city only to find the place crowded with photographers? While there is nothing wrong with adding your perspective to an extensively covered subject, I find the most joy in photographing the least popular destinations. The greatest compliment I could receive is when someone looks at my image and says: “Stunning photo but where did you take it?” Having lived in the Vancouver area for nearly 16 years I am no longer inspired to photograph core tourist attractions. Instead, I hit the rural roads, which very often lead to outstanding visual discoveries.
One of these discoveries was Finn Slough in Richmond, BC. While this hidden place doesn’t exactly meet all my criteria for a rural and secluded place (it is known to some locals), many people haven’t even heard of it.
Finn Slough is a tiny Fraser River fishing community founded by Finnish settlers who came to Richmond in the 1880s. It now has 30 residents who live in wooden houses either floating or built on stilts along the river. Most of the buildings were put up between the 1880s and 1950s and many are dilapidated, while some have been carefully restored.
Since my discovery, I have visited this historic living village many times in search of the perfect light. It was only on the most recent trip that I encountered my favourite type of warm and diffused light. As many of you know, Fuji X-Pro1 has become my main tool and it served me well during this assignment. Most of the images were shot with the 18mm F/2 and 35mm F/1.4 lens – super sharp and bright.
See for yourself.