Two Rivers is both a ghost and a road story—one that traverses decades and dimensions as much as it does waterways and highways, both real and imagined. The book project began in the spirit of documentary during the summer of 2018, as I set out to recreate my own dreams and memories as cinematically as they are rendered in my mind. It quickly transformed into something else altogether—an investigation into the nature of time, consciousness, and identity, and an exploration of the enduring significance and soul of geographies. The visual narrative flits between worlds, shot through with bliss, horror, longing, liberation, and intergenerational ecstasy and trauma, populated by phantoms.
The title of the project refers to two things. On one hand, it’s a reference to the two muddy waterways—the Red and Assiniboine Rivers—that connect to create the most important historical meeting place in my hometown of Winnipeg. On the other, it alludes to the way that making these photographs ended up shaping my perception of dream and memory as two intersecting rivers, eternally swirling and bleeding into one another.
The photographs were made all over Canada, primarily on a 2019 road trip across the country from Halifax to Vancouver, using black and white, medium format film.
The 9x9-inch softcover book contains 62 photographs, an introduction and poem written by myself, an essay written by Newfoundland-based writer and musician Kate Lahey, and a download of the Two Rivers score written by violinist Laura C. Bates of the doom metal band Völur.
The following images represent a small excerpt from the book.