Agriculture has traditionally been a central component of the Pacific National Exhibition. For many generations of British Columbians the fair has functioned as a bridge between our urban and rural populations.
This album is a work in progress. Since 1997 I have been working on a project to study and record aspects of the PNE which I felt might be either radically altered or even lost altogether as the PNE downsizes and the board considers a move from its current location in Hastings Park. Last summer I photographed 4-H PNE activities in the Agrodome and barns. Over the winter I printed those pictures and began to assemble this album.
this time I would like to invite you, that is 4-H Club members, parents,
chaperones and leaders to submit stories, comments or captions detailing
your experiences in being part of 4-H activities at the Pacific National
Exhibition past or present. I feel that blending your voices with the
pictures will serve to bring this project to a new level by resulting
in a more complete and interesting album. It is my intension to eventually
publish all of my PNE documentation as a exhibition of photographs and
a book, celebrating this historic west coast institution. Your captions
or stories should range in length from one line to a maximum of two short
paragraphs. You may want to tell a story which was triggered by particular
picture. It could be either amusing or informative or both. It could be
a picture of you or your story caption; it could be about what you were
doing, or how you were feeling; or it could be a picture of a friend who
reminds you of a funny or interesting story.
project has the full support of the PNE management.
Michael de Courcy