Capture Photography Festival 2016 Preview

The Capture Photo Festival is entering its third year, and doubling down on its public presence. Vancouver isn’t super-huge on public space, but watch for billboards, transit stations, and even a power station to pull double duty as giant surfaces on which to display lens-based art.

Besides the public art, galleries across the Greater Vancouver Area will be hosting photo-based exhibitions, resulting in a many-faceted megashow that Vancouverites would be crazy to miss.

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I was thrilled to get a glimpse of what’s on tap as Executive Director Kim Spencer-Nairn and Program Director Meredith Preuss hosted a media preview in Gastown.

Nine stations along the Canada Line will display a series of giant-sized images. The King Edward stop will be showing off John Goldsmith’s Bondi Beach, winner of the Georgia Straight/Capture Festival Canada Line Competition.

The Dal Grauer Substation (that building with the huge transparent outer wall next to the Scotiabank Cinema) will host a massive work by Steven Waddell. As with last year’s Dal Grauer installation, it will only be revealed at the last minute.

Photo of a photo of Dal Grauer Substation
Photo of a photo of Dal Grauer Substation

My favorite of the evening was a sneak peek at Viewpoint, by Erin Siddall and Sean Arden.

Sean Arden and Erin Siddall
Sean Arden and Erin Siddall

Siddall and Arden turned a shipping container into a camera obscura, aptly named Burrard Inlet Big Camera, which will sit at Lonsdale Quay. It gets its name in homage to Giant Camera, the camera obscura perched near the Cliff House in San Francisco.

Container Vision (model), Erin Siddall and Sean Arden
Container Vision (model), Erin Siddall and Sean Arden

Big Camera will sit atop another shipping container, in which Cate Rimmer will curate images from First Nations artist Ryan McKenna.

Here’s a map of the 2016 Capture Festival public installations. The festival runs April 1-28. Indulge your love of photography, or ignite it for the first time.

@jordanyerman peeking in Burrard Inlet Big Camera model

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About Jordan

Jordan Matthew Yerman started writing during his third year of high school, where his teacher discouraged his use of the eff-word as "crude, unnecessary and uncouth". While attending UC San Diego for his degree in Political Science, Jordan picked up acting; he would later attend the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, living in the UK for four years before relocating to New York City. To get by, he has worked as a proofreader, model, technical consultant, HR trainer, sign-placer, sales director, crate stacker, bartender, photographer, real estate broker, and as an exhibit at the Bronx Museum. As an actor, Jordan has performed in the USA, England, Scotland, Germany, Belgium, and Netherlands, from stage to indie screen to voiceover, including London's West End. Jordan has been around the world 2 3/4 times. He currently lives in Vancouver and works in New Media; capital N, capital M. You can reach him via jordan at international jet trash dot com.