Graham Dowden began taking photos in the 1950s with a Kodak Baby Brownie and two pieces of advice from his father: always put people in the shot, and get as close to the subject as you can. After retiring from teaching at the University College of the Fraser Valley, Graham Dowden has self-published a superb collection of original, contemporary photos from within a 20-mile radius of the area where has lived for 32 years, Around Mission (Gyre & Gimble Publishing, 2007). "I suppose the book could accurately be described as a regional artifact,"; he says. Dowden ignores his father's words of wisdom with an abundance of winter scenes, including abandoned items, rural mailboxes and Stave Lake. $39.95 978-0-9782328-0-1

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[BCBW 2007] "Photography"