A new exhibition at The Polygon Gallery showcases some 10,000 Ships sailing in and out of Vancouver's ports since the early 1980s in a truly unique photographic archive created by local photographer and marine enthusiast Rod Logan.
For Logan, shipping became a keen and pervasive interest in the early 1980s, and with his first acquisition of a camera in 1994 he began documenting this passion, an activity that he continues today. Before switching to digital photography, Logan shot on film, printing each roll at a one-hour photo shop, then carefully annotating each print with the date, time and name of the depicted ship or vessel. The images include a complete range of every type of working vessel, from barges, merchant and container ships, to tugboats, ferries, government ships and navy vessels…even the odd cruise ship.
Logan’s photographs are taken from many locations, but a focus on Burrard Inlet has provided a few favourite vantage points: the Lion’s Gate and Ironworkers Memorial Bridges, as well as Prospect Point. From these spots, day after day, year after year, Logan has crafted a remarkable eyewitness account of the unremitting comings and goings of Vancouver’s harbour, while building an indelible picture of the industries underpinning our trade and maritime economies.
During the postwar period in Europe and North America, a tradition of amateur hobbyists fascinated with “spotting” trains took hold, spurred by the publication of compendium guides showing locomotive varieties. Trainspotters set out to “collect” as many sightings as possible, keeping an eye out for different categories, makes and models, with the goal of completing a set. Other modes of transportation grew to have their own unique enthusiasts, and now “spotters” are as diverse as is modern technology.
The Polygon is grateful for the Port of Vancouver’s generosity as sponsor of this exhibition. Evangeline Englezos, Director of Community and Aboriginal Affairs for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority says “We are proud to support initiatives that matter to local communities. This exhibition highlights the naturally beautiful setting on Canada's west coast alongside the marine activities at the Port of Vancouver."
The Polygon Gallery presents 10,000 Ships, showcasing a truly unique photographic archive created by local “ship-spotter” and photographer Rod Logan who has documented the comings and going of every manner of ship, tug, barge and vessel entering and leaving Vancouver's harbour. Admission is always by donation.
Exhibition Dates: January 19 - March 31
Venue: The Polygon Gallery, 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Vancouver BC, V7M 3J4
Hours: Open Tues - Sun, 10am - 5pm. Closed Mondays.
The Polygon Gallery
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