Call for Participants

My name is Michael Barker and I’m a Toronto-based photographer doing a residency at the Sointula Art Shed this month (October). My parents, Chris and Heather (and their dog Toby), moved to Sointula (to the yellow house on 1st) in 2016 and I visited them for the first time in that year. 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.

In June of last year I began a portrait photo project in Sointula during my residency at the Sointula Art Shed, taking portraits of both temporary and permanent residents of Malcolm Island at their home, workplace, or within the landscape of the island. You can see some of the portraits I took last year on my website — you will probably recognized some of the faces there! 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 at — I’d be happy to hear from you.

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


Michael Barker