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Vancouver and the DTES


Bella Bella and the Central Coast

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CDMX and San Miquel de Allende

For the last 14 years, I have used photography to explore my hometown of Vancouver, B.C. A unique experience in a city that so readily reflects our rapidly changing world's exhilaration and anxieties. I have strived to move beyond the clichés of the city's natural beauty, the pieties of representing the downtown east side, and the evergreen surprise at the wealth that increasingly surrounds us. I hope I have done it with humor and generosity.

My time in Bella Bella was brief, but what a fascinating and beautiful part of Canada. It is, nestled amidst the pristine beauty of British Columbia's Central Coast, is a coastal community steeped in rich cultural heritage and surrounded by breathtaking natural landscapes. Located on Campbell Island, Bella Bella offers a glimpse into the heart of Canada's Pacific Northwest, where dense forests meet the rugged shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. This remote paradise is home to the Heiltsuk First Nation, who have inhabited these lands for millennia, fostering a deep connection to the land and sea. With its stunning scenery and vibrant indigenous culture, Bella Bella serves as a gateway to exploration and discovery. Magical place.

The process of elevating ordinary citizens to the status of saints, adorning them with the ethereal grace of angelic wings, is not uncommon in religious history. In San Miguel, this practice, born of a desire to entice locals into the embrace of the church, left an indelible mark on the cultural landscape of the city, shaping its identity and inspiring generations to come. Indeed, the wings have become ubiquitous symbols, adorning all of the cityscape


Norman Fox Photos

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