A curated vending machine! This black and white photo, titled “Third Stone From The Sun – Hendrix House,” was selected to appear in the SnackArt Collective vending machine, East Side Culture Crawl, November 20-23, 2014.
I’ve lived in the Vancouver area all my life. In 2014, I began re-exploring, with my camera, neighbourhoods that are full of memory for me. One of these areas is Strathcona. On one day, I challenged myself to make an image that in some way might reflect Jimi Hendrix’ presence in Strathcona. Jimi spent many childhood summers in the home of his grandparents Ross and Nora Hendrix, at 827 East Georgia Street, just a few steps from Maclean Park. The most visually interesting element of the house was the little room under the gabled roof, where I could image the young Jimi might have slept as a child. I cropped the photo to focus only on this, and then edited it (with my computer, my iPhone, and finally with Instagram editing tools) until I got an image that looked less realistic but that contained more room for the imagination. It was only then that I noticed the lovely details of the sun, the roof peaks, and the waving lines of the upper shingles. I thought about a little boy imagining himself in orbit around the third stone from the sun and seeing outside his bedroom window “… strange beautiful grass of green, with your majestic silver seas, your mysterious mountains I wish to see closer” (lyrics from Third Stone From The Sun, by Jimi Hendrix).