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The 2018 Chester Fields Youth Photography Program is underway. We’re kicking things off this Saturday April 7 with a tour of N. Vancouver, our current exhibition, for Chester Fields participants. After the tour, Andrew Dadson will be joining us for a special artist talk and Q&A.

The submissions deadline is Friday April 20. Download The Polygon App to your phone or check back here for program updates and announcements. After April 20, a jury will pick the finalists whose works will be shown in an exhibition here at The Polygon Gallery from May 8-26.

A reception will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 1pm. More details will come out in the next few weeks, but I can promise that there will be snacks, cash prizes given out to the jury’s top picks, and a commemorative catalogue of all the finalists’ works to take home.




I almost forgot you guys,



Hi folks,

Just a reminder that we are 10 (yes 10) days to go until our submission deadline! If any of you are ahead of schedule you are more than welcome to send them along early!

As a refresher when submitting your digital files they must follow the format:


So, if my Name is Chester Fields, my jpeg file would be titled:


Please send digital jpeg files to

(OR drop off photo quality prints OR digital jpeg files on disk at Presentation House Gallery, 333 Chesterfield Avenue, North Vancouver, BC V7M 3G9 (hours))

Please include the following information:







*** include anything you think might assist someone in understanding your pictures. For example: Who or what is in your photo? Who or what is in the archival photo? Why did you decide to us it as your inspiration? How do you see the two photos relating to each other? What photographers/photos have you seen that might have influenced your process or supercharged your idea machine!?! ETC ETC ETC!

Sometimes trying to find something specific can be a little tricky, here is our step-by-step guiding for searching within the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Collection:

The first step is accessing the database, click “on-line database” to get started:

Let’s start by searching a term that will give us lots of results: “bridge”

Make sure you select Media Type: “Photograph”

Any results that show up with a little camera icon, means the image can be viewed online (if you find a result you’d like to view without the camera icon you’ll have to swing by the archive to view it in person, Tuesday-Saturday 12-5pm)

Select the entry to view. Here I’ve opened the very last entry on the page “Lions Gate Bridge negatives item 1156”

You can save images as you’re searching by selecting the empty box next to the image name on the right-hand side

If you look closely next to the search engine, you can see I’ve saved 11 images so far in my “Current List”

You can also save your list(s) so you can come back and work on them later – I’ve named mine “Lion’s Gate”

Once saved you can view all the entries in your list in an easy format, including the images.

When you select “View List” a new window will open with all of your saved entries.

Select the empty box next to all the entries in your list and press “Go!” next to “Public detailed display”

A third window should open that looks like this:

Now you can easily scroll through and compare your saved image entries.

Hopefully these tools will make your search successful and a lot more fun!

(If you’re having trouble with any of these steps or just have some questions,

don’t hesitate to leave a comment below so we can try to help!)

*This guide will always be available under ‘Archives 101’ Section in the navigation bar*

What is an Archive?

In the most basic sense an archive is a collection. It is also the place where that collection is held. Generally, archives are composed of primary historical documents. Unlike libraries, most of what is collected for an archive is unpublished and singular (there are not multiple copies floating about) and unlike museums, most archives deal exclusive in two dimensional objects – photographs, historical records, maps.. so much paper!

An important aspect of understanding archives, is questioning why we have them and what they keep. In most cases, an archive functions as a memory for a community. But it is also fair to ask, who’s memory?

There are many artists who utilize archives for their work and over the coming weeks we will look more closely at what they use and how. There are also artists who work with the absences is archives to make interesting observations about what is missing or has been left out and make queries about why that might be. It’s important to remember when it comes to telling history, there is always ‘someone’ doing the telling.

When working on your submission for ‘DOUBLE TAKE‘ try to keep this is mind. By your choice of source image and the photograph you take, you are telling a story.


This Spring, Presentation House Gallery, North Vancouver is holding the fifth in a series of photo contests designed to inspire and encourage youth. We are asking students to submit a photograph in response to our theme: Double Take.

Last season, with Foreign Object, you gave us a glimpse into someone else’s cultural experience. This season for Chester Fields we’d like you to think about archives. Why do we save things from our past and what can they tell us about how things change?

For Double Take we’d like you to choose an image (it can be really old or not very) and let it inspire you to create a contemporary response. Your archival image may be chosen from the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Collection or from your own archive (old family photographs might be a good place to start!). Show us how the same place, person, object or building has changed over time!

The Foreign Object exhibition begins tomorrow with an opening reception from 5 to 7! Everyone is welcome! Come check out the jury’s selection and meet some very talented North Shore youth!

The jury has spoken! The Foreign Object exhibition will feature work from:

Emily Allegretto-Smith

Michael Bryant

Jennifer Chew

Angela Chia

Rhiannon Collett

Nakeyta Cook

Quintana Crawford

Adam Flewelling

Mengyao Liang

Sogol Khadivi

Amy Kim

Emma Kiss

Sophia Knowles

Teghan McDonald

Rebecca Merenyi

Megan Patrick

Jihee Song

Tiffany Tsai

Amanda Woodland

Alia Youssef

Congratulations to you all!

Deadline is Tuesday, April 4th!

The deadline is fast approaching! If you haven’t already taken you’re photos for Foreign Object there’s still time to create an image you can be proud of. Get out your cameras and start clicking! I’ve already gotten some early submissions and it looks like the competition is going to be fierce! And more importantly, the exhibition of selected works is going to be STUNNING!

You can do it! I believe in you! Yes you! Who else would I be talking to?! Go! Go! Go!

Alia Youssef, Slow Bussin’, 2011

There are lots of places in our city dedicated to the collection and organization of cultural objects. Often the goal of these places is to preserve history while giving the audience a way to interact with the objects through narrative.  One of these places is the Museum of Anthropology, located at the University of British Columbia. Inspiring curiosity about the world’s diverse arts and cultures, the museum houses thousands of objects, many of which come from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The presentation of this collection is carefully considered, often questioning, exploring, experimenting with, and challenging how we see the world and its history. If you’ve chosen a specific object or thing for Foreign Object, think about where it came from, and how it ended up in front of your camera. You can really influence how the viewer experiences these objects through the way you arrange them to be photographed.

Museum of Anthropology, UBC

Visible storage at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC