Welcome to the Vancouver Review Media on-line gallery. In the months and years ahead we will be presenting work by new and established BC artists with occasional guests from further afield. There will be photography, painting and mixed media work representing a diversity of practices. We’ll also be doing some collaborative work exclusively for the space. Look for new work to appear every few months. We will alert the community via our Facebook and Instagram. Thanks for looking!
It’s a real treat to launch the new VR Media online gallery by featuring the photography of Janet Baxter. I had the pleasure of commissioning Janet to shoot the final photo feature for the final print edition of the magazine in the fall of 2011. It was a for a feature on some of Vancouver’s lesser known heritage buildings including Joy Kogawa House, the Gardens Auditorium, the Wing Sang building and others. She brought an atmospheric, reflective touch to the project, even to images of the Dal Grauer substation on Burrard.
As with many contributors to the print-era VR (Janet served on our board), we’ve kept in touch over the past decade (!) and there’s been a lot of evolution, both personally and professionally for both of us.
Janet worked for twenty years in the photography realm, honing and sharpening her skills as a photographer, printer, and photo editor. Ten years ago she switched gears into social service work and now works with The Kettle Society, a mental health organization, as the Member and Community Engagement Manager. She has continued her photographic practice and uses it as a therapeutic tool for her mental health.
Arranging and photographing fresh cut flowers is an ongoing pursuit. She sees her floral stills as portraits, endeavouring to capture and elevate the beauty of the blooms. Each of these images was shot and edited using an iPhone between 2019 and 2023. The soft, somewhat romantic touch is still present in this new work but the arrangements and compositions simultaneously hint at some disquiet adding an extra level of intrigue.
All images are available in editions of 25 and are printed at 10” x 10” on Cold Press Bright — Uncoated, acid free, 100% cotton rag media with a bright textured finish. They are printed with a half inch border for handling.