Landscape + Memory: An Island History, 2003

Landscape + Memory: An Island History, 2003

This work is based on issues of absence, renewal and transformation as the community on Toronto Island ages and changes. Toronto Island has a rich and colourful history and contains one of Toronto's oldest residential communities. The sites in my photographs were once part of a thriving community whose homes were demolished in the 1950s. These lands currently support a history of plantings, including a variety of adult trees and shrubs that were planted by the former residents. In this work, I began to explore the links between the physical landscape, as it is today, and the memories of that landscape. Many elderly and long-time Island residents still refer to place names used by those people who once lived there.

Gelatin silver prints, 30" x 30", edition of seven