Chosen by: Nina Hooker
I was a student at the University of Calgary in the fine arts department from 1971 to 1973. I took two terms of photography. As a final project, our professor took us to the small ghost town of Dorothy near Drumheller to spend the day taking photographs “in the field.” I was walking along the railway track when I came across a glove, covered with dirt and frozen to the ground. I wasn’t a very good photographer, but the shot I took that day really pleased me and I included it in my portfolio. My prof, Harry, told me he really liked the piece because it was a lot like some his brother had taken. At the time I was annoyed because I thought I had been so original and here the professor was telling me that someone else had taken shots just like it. It wasn’t until much later that I took the time to look up professor Harry Kiyooka’s brother, Roy, and realized what a compliment it had been.
The photographs that make up StoneDGloves were taken at the Expo ’70 construction site in Osaka, Japan. The StoneDGloves photos still speak to me of home and remind me of one of the most creative periods in my life. Those photographs reflect loss and loneliness and yet they still mark where someone has been, has worked, lived and loved.
Roy Kiyooka, StoneDGloves, 1970. Silver gelatin print. Collection of the Vancouver Art Gallery.
Nina Hooker is an elementary school teacher in Vancouver, and still takes photographs when she has the chance. She is one of thousands of the Gallery’s supporters who follow our exhibitions and activities on Facebook.