We flashmobbed Dan. We had to.
I had arranged for five photographers to meet on a sunny weekend afternoon and shoot up some rolls. But Daniel Wickwire, he couldn’t make it. He was engaged in the (admittedly) nobler pursuit of keeping Gallery 360’s doors open for the afternoon. I tried to convince him to come – no go, no how – and then warned him we might have to pop in.
When Julian Nelson, Kelly Keigwin, Sam MacKenzie and Trevor Warren showed up at Torque Coffee cameras in hand, game to engage in an afternoon of they-didn’t-really-know-what, it was agreed immediately – we’d mob Dan at 360. So the photographers lugged all their equipment a few blocks north, and lit up Ninth Street for an hour. Dan was a great sport, and not surprisingly, we got our absolutely perfect cover shot of fellow shooter, Julian Nelson, setting up the shot you see here on this page. Trevor nabbed headshots of Kelly, Sam, Dan and Julian, and Sam shot the cameras themselves, who, let’s face it, are the stars of this show.
Damn the limits of print, but for more from our shoot, our photographers, and some quotes from a beautiful group interview we did on photography and the art of living, check out our blog, The Photography Issue, at northbankeditor.tumblr.com.
Jessica Swanson, editor
Sam MacKenzie is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, farmer, and lifelong Vancouver resident. She began working in darkroom photography while pursuing a media studies degree at Scripps College and later earned a post-baccalaureate in photography at Oregon College of Art and Craft. MacKenzie has a particular love for the darkroom, alternative processes, and low-tech cameras. One of her favorite alternative processes is the albumen print, a hand-coated paper. MacKenzie mixes her own albumen solution from eggs from her chickens. Sam was a member of Sixth Street Gallery and served as president of its parent non-profit MOSAIC Arts Alliance for three-and-a-half years. Her photograph Harvest was the promotional image for Clark County Historical Museum's Sustaining Change on the American Farm exhibit, and she was the graphic design artist for the Boomer! exhibit. She is currently working on a collaborative art project with her wife, Kelly Keigwin, called Love is a Radical Act.
Trevor Warren is a second generation photographer who grew up in Vancouver’s Lincoln Neighborhood. His first job was delivering newspapers at the age of 12, and now Warren has a studio just blocks away from his old paper route. Warren began his photography career photographing fashion and beauty but in recent years has become passionate about portraiture. Warren employs some of the abstract and creative techniques he learned shooting fashion to his portraiture creating truly unique images of everyday people and children.
A native of Hannover, Julian is professor of German and the director of the German Studies Program in Berlin, Germany, at Clark College. Julian has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and some of his academic interests are World Literature, Philosophy, Modernist Aesthetics, Contemporary Theory, the Weimar Republic, and advertisement and popular culture.
Other interests include a passion for travel, fencing and traditional, large format, black and white photography with a particular emphasis on portraiture. Julian has had a life-long love of photography in all its forms, but prefers the medium of traditional, analogue film. His camera of choice is a 4×5 Linhof Technika III from 1952 with an assortment of vintage lenses. He develops all of his silver gelatin prints on fiber paper in his darkroom.
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One of twelve children, Jamie Suckow was born and raised in the Vancouver area.
She juggled working at Sargo's, Rocky's Pizza and Battle Ground City Hall before marrying her wonderful husband, Dan, in 2004, and moving on to work full-time for the Vancouver Public Library. In 2006, the couple decided to start a family of their own.
Suckow now subs, on occasion, for the library system, but children have become her world and leave little time for much else. Feeling that her artistic side was put on the back burner after children, she picked up a camera, found she had an eye for photography and a new love ensued.She still considers herself a freelance/hobbyist photographer, but does make herself available when somebody calls upon her services. She loves to capture the expression in a child's face, the soft glow of an expecting mother, the joy of family and the beauty of nature.
Kelly Keigwin is a professional artist and instructor who lives in Vancouver. She works in photography, mixed media collage, and ceramics. In addition to using film and digital cameras, she often utilizes found imagery, text, paint and recycled materials in her work. Her most recent works include I Am Woman, a collaborative work with Vancouver artist Sam MacKenzie, The Things We Carry, a collaborative work with Portland artist Chris Haberman, and The Real Americans. Keigwin has been published in Juxtapoz magazine and is represented in private collections in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K. She is exhibited nationally and holds a B.A. from Washington State University.
Keigwin currently is an instructor at Oregon College of Art and Craft, teaching Digital Photography Essentials (Grades 9-12) and Intro to Digital Photography for adults. She also is a blogger for PQ Monthly, the co-chair of Equality SW Washington’s Queer Art Project, and co-founder of Love is a Radical Act, an interactive art project. Keigwin also created Fear is a 4-Letter Word, an on-going blog/zine project that offers support and positive reinforcement in what can be a negative and lonely world.
Daniel Wickwire creates his art through photography. His early work was dominated by quiet mono color landscapes. This slowly evolved to include a more personal focus. His style has been described as emotive and sometimes melancholic. He often gravitates to these themes and believes that this flows from his “inner workings” and his processing of the information rich world around him. In recent years he has created strong portraits of interesting individuals. He seeks out opportunities to experience uniqueness, vulnerability, strength, wisdom, relationship… all of the wonderful qualities that we possess as fellow human beings. Wickwire lives and photographs in Vancouver.