Jim Friesen - Photography

The photos that mean the most to me are the ones that are alive with potential meaning. Each person's interpreatation may vary but there is a possible narrative or implied symbolism that will inspire further observation and consideration. In photojournalism you want the story told in pictures. In art photography the story or meaning may not be quite so clear.

But there has to be content, composition, light and line that welcomes the eye and imagination again and again. These are my criteria anyway.

Sometimes I know I have something. But often, as in the case of, "Dog On Beach", this recent photo, I'm left wondering, "Is it just me?".

These photos and the three from the previous blog were all taken on the same morning in or near the same location. It is dizzying to think how many aspects of reality there are to choose from at any given moment. 


I alter every photo, to some degree or other, in Photoshop. It is one of my tools. Just as there are endless possible pictures to take at any given time, there are endless possible alterations that can be done. The last photo - Pond Life - is an extreme example. Others, like images 5 & 6, emulating old fashioned hand coloured photos (and 8 with it's sepia toning) are a little more subtle. Other than being outside and taking the photos (despite the wet feet and cold fingers) making alteration choices is my favorite part of photography.



The area around Maple Ridge, B.C. is a great place to spend the day with a camera. It hides and reveals in equal measure.

Fellow Golf Lovers and Friends of Tony Salo & Steve Karp ...



It is my pleasure to announce one more tournament to raise money for cancer research in the name of Tony Salo. As some of you may remember, last year’s tournament was rained out but we had a great time watching cars and small houses being blown across the first fairway while we ate, drank, gave out prizes and reminisced about the Salo family basement in Winnipeg and Tony and Linda’s back porch in North Van. Thanks to everyone who came out.


On Saturday, September 27th, at twelve noon we will be teeing off again at Langara Golf Course. Fees for golf and dinner will be $95. We hope to give out many prizes and give you lots of opportunities to contribute to the BC Cancer Foundation while we enjoy a day of golf. The tournament will be a best-ball Texas-scramble style game (which makes it easy even for non-golfers to enjoy themselves) and was a lot of fun the first year we did it.


I would like to add Steve Karp’s name as one whom we are honoring with this tournament. Steve was a close friend of mine and Tony’s. He was also an avid golfer. He passed away last fall after battling cancer for the second time.


Please help us raise money, remember friends that are no longer here and enjoy the company of those that are.


If you would like to participate, please contact me at:




(Payments can also be made to this e-mail address but, because of paypal charges, please deposit $100.00) to discuss reserving a spot for you at this year’s tournament.


Thanks and I hope to see you soon.


Jim Friesen

The Fraser River and logging have a long history and it is still in evidence every day. The best, most sustainable use of our forests may not be in place yet. I strongly believe that hemp products are under utilized and I hope that they will be explored more in the near future. But governments and big business change at a glacial pace.


This shot is from an industrial area in east Vancouver that I visited recently. Shot with an eight minute exposure, the river carries a tranquility through even this hard working area.


While we are talking trees, and hard work, I read a great non-fiction book called "Eating Dirt" by local author, Charlotte Gill. If you have ever wanted to know what the life of a tree planter is like, give it a read.

When I was married to Michael and Angela's mom, Heather, I was lucky enough to get to know her family in Spokane. Helen and Duane are special people and I still get cards from them on special occasions. In this day of social networking and on-line birthday greetings it is something to get a card in the mail.


This card, along with some photos Helen had taken on one of our visits, connects me to a time when it was the thing one did, send cards in the mail. I am happy to have friends who remember to say happy birthday on facebook and by phone. And I am equally happy to have these wonderful people in my life, who send me a card on my birthday.


The handwriting alone is like a step into another time. Thank you Helen. Thanks Duane.


The photographs are almost 30 years old.











As seen from one of the rooms where I work.


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