This piece originally appeared on Tenth to the Fraser in Issue Zero of our print magazine, April 2016, and was originally presented as a part of the Wait for Me, Daddy celebrations.
When I was 11 years old, two blocks from my home, a stand of trees grew on a strip of land. You’d cross a few streets from our home, and it would bring you to the place that we called The Woods.
It wasn’t a forest or a nature preserve or a park. Just leftover, neglected, underdeveloped parcel of land, fringed by tall grass and old trees in the middle. I’m sure now it would appear to be a mere back lot but back then it represented a place of freedom, a wilderness.
When there was enough of us to form two sides, my friends and I would head to it with stolen broom handles, broken hockey sticks, and garbage can lids in our hands and we would play our games, wargames.
Absolute anachronology ruled. We were fantastic eternal chameleons warriors. Nazi one moment, then shining elf, knight of the Round Table next, a merry man of Sherwood Forest, or even a Nazi Elf. It was all possible in the Woods.
I don’t remember much about the reasons for our wars. We just wanted to fight it. Continue reading “The War In Me”
Editor’s Note: In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are pleased to be featuring a poem by artist, poet, and photographer Janet Kvammen as a kickoff for our new category here on Tenth to the Fraser – Art Share. In addition to the photo essays we are now sharing, we’ll also be sharing poetry, fiction, and artwork by local community artists. If you’re an artist and would like to be considered, you can contact us via email at info at tenth to the fraser dot ca.
When Great Women Soar
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This month’s theme is “connectedness” but we also wanted to explore what might be the opposite of this – disconnection. There are times we all want to be disconnected from this city and from our lives, how can we find disconnection in a urban setting, where there’s free wifi and people everywhere?
We asked local photographer Kevin McConnell to spend some time in the city exploring with this “opposite-theme” in mind and I’m proud to share his photo essay.
Are you interested in contributing a photo essay on our monthly theme? Please get in touch. There’s room each month for more than one interpretation of the monthly theme.
Photo by Kevin McConnell Levels 2 and 3 of the Front St Parkade now leading to nowhere against the sky. Disconnection from the past to make way for the future.
Photo by Kevin McConnell Seen through the construction fencing, these houses raised up and cut away from the earth await their fate.
Photo by Kevin McConnellThe heritage houses, more modern low rise apartment and modern apartments in the background are disconnected yet all a part of our urban environment.
Photo by Kevin McConnellLayers of paint left to gain character. The disconnection of old warehouse buildings steps from the thoroughfare that is Stewardson Way.
Photo by Kevin McConnell The disconnection with the past and the soon to be future. Just behind heritage houses, the construction project takes place.
Photo by Kevin McConnellThe same containers have been here for years. The disconnection of a moment in time that was abandoned.
Photo by Kevin McConnellThe Front street parkade. Disconnected from the sky and itself as it is starting to be taken down.
Photo by Kevin McConnell The tiny house on the tracks over the bridge to Queensborough at once seems ordinary but also disconnected. It has almost always seemed too nice, as if someone should invite you over for coffee.
Photo by Kevin McConnellWires set against the sky. The network of our cities electrical network disconnected from the modern satellite receiver.
Photo by Kevin McConnell Electrical wires are so disconnected from the natural environment, yet always part of our built environment.
Photo by Kevin McConnellTypically the smokers section of any business always end up being a disconnected collection of chairs set against the back of the business. Take your pick and have a seat.
Photo by Kevin McConnell Old industrial buildings cut deep and disconnected from modern day life around them, yet still used and valued for their character and flaws.
Photo by Kevin McConnellThe disconnection of a giant warehouse space now used for car washes and car detailing work, once a part of one of the many heavy industries in this town.