My name is Byron Dueck and I am an artist, photojournalist, documentary filmmaker and eco-activist based in Vancouver.
Clearcut logging is moving upstream from Site C and downstream from Hudson's Hope, while various aspects of the highway realignment continue, entire areas have already been destroyed. Once lush and vibrant landscapes are often barely recognizable after being logged, burnt and strip mined for gravel for the road or dam construction. Sadly, there are many areas I wasn't able to map before they were destroyed. I am now in a race against BC hydro to document as much of the Peace Valley as I can before its disfigured, destroyed and/or drowned. I am planning another trip up to The Peace for early-ish September, before the next wave of winter logging clears previously intact locations.
Each of the large maps, like the Peace Islands above, take multiple days to photograph, and each map is then stitched together from hundreds of photos. In many cases, these maps are the most detailed record that exists of many, if not all, of these locations.
Unfortunately, these images don't share well digitally. The files are so gargantuan, they need to be substantially downsized to be uploaded most places online. The ultimate goal is to have these turned into very large format prints, so that you can see the birds flying above the water, the cow elk resting in the trees, and small campsite on the tip of the island. All can be found on the image above.
The Peace is about a 16 hour, 1200+km drive northeast of Vancouver. I am hoping to crowdfund enough to cover gas round trip plus a few tanks while I'm there to drive up and down the valley, documenting as much I can.
If you're curious to check out more of my work, you can see more on my website here.
Any and all support is much appreciated - without the community support I've received, this project would not be possible!