Norman Fox: Blues along the CN Line
Artist Statement / Norman Fox
Vancouver is a city that readily reflects the exhilaration and anxieties of our rapidly changing world. It is at once cosmopolitan and blinkered, embracing influences from Asia and around the world and alternately forgetful of our history and complicated origins.
One year ago, in the depth of the global pandemic, we could only guess what Vancouver's pandemic recovery would look like or even when it would begin. Today, we might easily forget that a large part of what we have recovered from is isolation and loneliness.
While the City of Vancouver marches closer to complete recovery, hardships like the pandemic restraints remain in place for many.
For ten years, my photographic journey has focused on people living outside the mainstream and on this city's changing face. In doing so, 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.
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