Shots by Foxwww.ArtPal.com/normanericfox
In 2010 I began photographing my neighborhood, mostly as a hobby, and over the following 3 years I shot hundreds of images. Some of them, beautifully mysterious while others are decisive observations on some of the historical structures that shape my community and the people that live here. Over time these individual prints were framed and shared, forming a narrative that is both traditional in the sense of candid street photography, and journalistic as it also is a record of my own experiences: living and working on the downtown east side of Vancouver. This story has become a life long project.
Most often the photography of our inner city is framed against that certain tapestry of addiction and poverty, with a tendency to focus on the men and women who live the un-wittingly public lifestyle of those with poor mental health. Usually these images are presented to the viewer as a challenge: to illicit sympathy and outrage.
I am a storyteller. The art that I enjoy creating is not meant to challenge: it is simply an invitation from the feisty swamplands of my unique and courageuose community, to observe.