ELENA RARDON PHOTO                                Darran Chaisson’s photography will be on display at Everything Bagel until Dec. 10.

ELENA RARDON PHOTO Darran Chaisson’s photography will be on display at Everything Bagel until Dec. 10.

West Coast Wanderings at Everything Bagel

Alberni Valley photographer Darran Chaisson shares his vision

Photographer Darran Chaisson is bringing the brightest colours of the west coast to an art exhibit at Everything Bagel.

Chaisson has been working as a full-time professional photographer for three years now, although he has been taking photos for more than 30 years. His work is entirely self-taught, and he is currently waiting on accreditation from the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).

“It’s all been through trial and error,” said Chaisson.

Chaisson is originally from Nova Scotia, but he moved to the Valley with his wife four years ago. He was drawn to the area by his former profession as an industrial mechanic. He worked briefly as a millwright at Catalyst Paper before he was pulled away by his passion for photography.

“I got tired of working in an industrial setting,” he said. “This is a much more fun job.”

The title of his display at Everything Bagel is “West Coast Wanderings,” and features a number of images of the west coast, from Port Alberni to Tofino. “They’re the most colourful representations,” said Chaisson. “The most appealing.”

One image is a black-and-white photo of a Burmis Tree, which Chaisson refers to as the “gateway” to the west coast, as these pines are markers for people arriving west from the Prairies.

Although he can be spotted around town at many Alberni Valley events, landscapes and portrait work are Chaisson’s favourite subjects to shoot.

“I used to be really scared of shooting portraits,” he said. “Now I’m really enjoying capturing expressions and personality.”

Chaisson is the first artist featured on Everything Bagel’s new wall. He said he contacted the shop shortly after they finished renovations.

”I’ve been coming in here and supporting them since they opened,” said Chaisson. “There was a lot of empty space after the renovation. We discussed me putting something up for a few weeks.”

It was a benefit for both parties. “It was just to lend some colour here, and have a place to put my art up,” he said.

You can check out Chaisson’s display at Everything Bagel (4505 Victoria Quay) until Sunday, Dec. 10, or check out more of his work online at darranchaissonphotography.ca.

elena.rardon@albernivalleynews.com

Just Posted

Two ambulances and a medevac helicopter are on scene at Taylor River Flats rest area on Highway 4 due to a serious motor vehicle incident. (PHOTO COURTESY MAGGIE BROWN)
Highway 4 reopens after accident at Taylor River Flats

Multi-vehicle crash had closed highway to west coast

Robert Gunn of Alberni Climate Action loads garbage discovered in the Alberni Inlet around Cous Creek into his canoe during a recent ocean shoreline cleanup. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Alberni Climate Action group creates NIC scholarship

Students attending college full time may apply through NIC

The Rollin Art Centre is holding children’s art camps this summer. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
ARTS AROUND: Celebrate art in the garden

Rollin Art Centre will host art event on Saturday, June 26

The King Edward Liquor Store sponsored the Alberni Golf Club’s event on June 13. From left to right are Ken Porteous (manager of the King Edward Liquor Store) and Alberni Golf Club Members Don MacGowan, John Robbins and Wayne Cheveldave. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
ALBERNI GOLF: Doug Cheetham records hole in one

Next Sunday is an open day with the best gross and the best net up for grabs

Francine Cunningham is an award-winning Indigenous writer, artist and educator. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
Electric Mermaid online event hosts panel of Indigenous writers

Event takes place through Char’s Landing in Port Alberni

People line up to get their COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centre, Thursday, June 10, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vaccines, low COVID case counts increase Father’s Day hope, but risk is still there

Expert says people will have to do their own risk calculus before popping in on Papa

Kimberly Bussiere and other laid-off employees of Casino Nanaimo have launched a class-action lawsuit against the Great Canadian Gaming Corporation. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
Laid-off Great Canadian Gaming Corp. workers in B.C. launch class-action lawsuit

Notice of civil claim filed on April 6 at Supreme Court of B.C. in Nanaimo

A float plane crashed into the waters near Painters Lodge in Campbell River on Thursday morning. Photo by Alistair Taylor / Campbell River Mirror
Float plane crashes into water near Campbell River

Pilot uninjured, plane hit sandbar while landing

John Kromhoff with some of the many birthday cards he received from ‘pretty near every place in the world’ after the family of the Langley centenarian let it be known that he wasn’t expecting many cards for his 100th birthday. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Cards from all over the world flood in for B.C. man’s 100th birthday

An online invitation by his family produced a flood of cards to mark his 100th birthday

FILE – Nurse Iciar Bercian prepares a shot at a vaccine clinic for the homeless in Calgary, Alta., Wednesday, June 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
B.C. scientists to study effectiveness of COVID vaccines in people with HIV

People living with HIV often require higher doses of other vaccines

A 50-year-old woman lost control of her vehicle Tuesday, June 15, crashing through a West Vancouver school fence that surrounds playing children. (West Vancouver Police)
Driver ticketed for speeding near B.C. school crashes into playground fence days later

‘It’s an absolute miracle that nobody was injured,’ says Const. Kevin Goodmurphy

Dr. Réka Gustafson, who is British Columbia’s deputy provincial health officer, speaks during a news conference in Vancouver on April 8, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. public health officials prepare to manage COVID-19 differently in the future

Flu-like? Health officials anticipate shift from pandemic to communicable disease control strategies

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Most Read