Nona's House

Nona's House
Vancouver
2011

Growing up in Vancouver has provided me with a lot of inspiration, however after moving to Toronto and living here for a few months, I have been able to fully reflect on my life and experiences in Vancouver. Upon arriving in Toronto, it became very clear to me how different the two cities are, and I found that most of the stereotypes I had heard about Toronto to be untrue. When I began to meet people, one of the first topics of conversation would be where we grew up. After telling them I grew up in Vancouver, they immediately began asking me questions about drugs, homelessness and the downtown eastside. I knew that I wanted to create a series that would show another side of East Vancouver, one that isn’t portrayed in the media or textbooks. I flew home for Christmas and began thinking of ideas and locations that would adequately fit my idea.  It occurred to me over lunch one day that the perfect shooting location would be at my grandmother’s house in east Vancouver. She lives alone in a little house just off infamous east Hastings Street. The interior and exterior of her house has remained unchanged since I can remember. The images of her home are the perfect backdrop to show that there is another side to the often misunderstood east side of Vancouver, it proves that there is life outside of homelessness and drug abuse, but still conveys a level of misery and dysfunction.

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