Call for Participants

My name is Michael Barker and I’m a Toronto-based photographer doing a residency at the Sointula Art Shed throughout June. My parents, Chris and Heather (and their dog Toby), moved to Sointula last year and I visited them for the first time last September. As a new visitor I was struck the beauty of Sointula and filled with curiousity about my parent’s new homeplace, it’s community, and unique history.

I would like to photograph both temporary and permanent residents of Malcolm Island, ideally at their home, workplace, or within the landscape of the island. I want to develop a personal and partial portrait of Sointula that captures something of the complexity, beauty, and uniqueness of it’s people, architecture, and landscape. While I see this project as long term project that will span a few years, my goal is to eventually exhibit the project in both Sointula and Toronto, potentially as part of the Contact Photography Festival in Toronto.

If you’d like to participate in my project please contact me—I’d be happy to hear from you. I’m also going to have open studio days when anyone is welcome to drop by to have their portrait taken in the Art Shed, I’m still figuring out when those days will be, and what the hours will be.

Participants will be given an exhibition quality print in gratitude at a later date.


Michael Barker