Back in the Day – through the lens of Elizabeth Quocksister, is a new photographic exhibit now at the Museum at Campbell River that offers a rare glimpse into life on the Central coast in the 1940s and 1950s.
The images are from the collection of Elizabeth (Glendale) Quocksister, who was born in Glendale Cove, Knight Inlet in 1925.
Although taken many years ago with a very basic camera, the photos are surprisingly fresh and of exceptional quality, and reflect Quocksister’s love of portraiture and people, particularly children.
The earliest photos in the exhibit were taken in the 1930s, it is believed with a Brownie camera given to Quocksister by her stepfather Johnny Ferry.
Quocksister demonstrates her artistic talent with her beautiful compositions, honouring the subjects in her photos. In a time when Campbell River was rapidly changing, the photos document the lives of First Nations residents in a myriad activities, at work and at play and in formal and informal gatherings. Taken as a whole, the collection can be seen as a portrait of a generation.
Be sure to come and see this excellent collection of images from ‘Back in the Day’; on display until mid August.
The Museum is open daily throughout the summer from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Call 250-287-3103 for further information.