About

April Jay Photography
 
 

Photographer? / Preservationist?

April Jay Photography


I don’t consider myself a photographer.
I like to preserve what remains.

I was and raised in the fishing villages of the Bay of Islands during the cod moratorium by a family who had been resettled from Woods Island, and I learned to love what was falling down around me.

Moving to the Southern U.S. and traveling through the South furthered my interest in the changing vernacular architecture and how it was being transformed with the changing economical environment. I studied Social and Cultural Studies at Grenfell and now spend most of my free time sitting in abandoned houses, waiting for the light to change and watching the paint peel.

I don’t consider myself a photographer. I like to think that in some small way I’m preserving, or at least attempting to keep a record of the architecture and life in Newfoundland outports.

I like to focus on the insides of the home as much, if not more than the outside. The guts of the house. The stairs that still stand tall despite being beaten relentlessly by the unforgiving Newfoundland winters. The tea mugs left teetering at the edge of the sink, as if still waiting for it’s owner to return. The iconography, still dangling from a rusted nail, as if those who were resettled lost their religious beliefs along with their homes.

I like to preserve what remains.


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