Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Karianne Bueno - Doug's Cabin

I have been trying to keep away from my computer more and more, the results can been seen in the Buffet posts becoming less frequent...

One person who would understand is Doug. Doug lives an isolated life in San Jose Bay, BC, Canada.

The Dutch photographer Karianne Bueno has begun an intensive story about Doug and his choice to live off the grid. Knowing Karianne, Doug's Cabin it will surely be a book someday, and probably a quite nice one. To help finance the trips she is offering special edition prints for a  great price.

Here are just 2 of the images, go here to see the others.

 photos, Karianne Bueno

Dear Doug,

It's been quite a while now since we met, 
I hope you remember. 
When we arrived at your place in the forest 
we had just started our longest trip ever. 
The land we travelled through was spectacular, 
 but your home at San Jo never left my thoughts. 
A drowsy bear crossed the long gravel road. 
The dripping woods, the soft green mossy grass, 
the tree branches blocking the way. 

The campground seemed deserted. We parked 
the car in an overgrown site with rotten plastic 
chairs. I walked around, puzzled. There were 
 the weather worn remains of a large, unfinished 
building. A broken car, a shed, and a cabin with 
smoke coming out of the chimney. Dark trees crept
 in on the open space - wall-like, suffocating. 

From the steps that led up to the door of your 
cabin I saw the interior reflecting the haunted outside: 
an unmade bed in the corner, a wood stove, faded 
postcards on the beams that supported a sooty ceiling. 
The small desk at the dirty window was covered with 
 papers and pictures of cougars and bears. 

Then you stood behind me, your hands black with 
dirt, smiling. You seemed happy to have guests so 
late in the season. You showed us the dark lake that 
adjoined the campground, and a short cut along a 
muddy path to the beach, where we found sand 
dollars in the surf. How have you been? Did you 
get a chance to work on the hostel again? Or have 
you really given up that dream? Did you get through 
the winters all right?

When we left in the morning you made me promise to 
send you a postcard. I bought one as soon as we 
got home. It was only then that I found out I had
 lost your address. The card got lost in a drawer, 
but I never forgot about you or San Jo. Now it's 
time to track you down. But no matter what I try, 
your campground seems to have disappeared from 
the map. I'm sending this letter, along with the card 
and some pictures to the Holberg post office. I sure 
hope to find you this way. Because the forest calls. 
I long to breathe the damp air and learn to live in the wild. 


Doug answered two weeks later by email. The few sentences 
he wrote were enough for me to decide to travel to San 
Josef Bay again and start a new photo project, entitled 
Doug's Cabin for now. What makes someone turn away 
from society like that? How does anyone survive in the 
wilderness? I have always longed to escape, but would
 I actually be able to do it? 

You can buy the photographs below this email until the day
 I leave: May 28, 2013. They were taken between 2008 and
 2010 in the US and Canada, some on Doug's campground.
 I selected the photographs as a sequence that recalls the 
atmosphere of Doug's surroundings. The purchase of one 
or more prints will sponsor the project.
The first results will be shown at the Unseen Photo Fair in 
Amsterdam in September this year. After a possible follow-up 
trip in May 2014 I will hold a large exhibition at LhGWR in 
The Hague, The Netherlands. 

The inkjetprints, on Hahnemühle fine art paper, are 20x25 cm, 
with a small white border. They cost €60 each, this is exluding
 6% tax and shipping costs. If you are interested, 

I hope you are willing to help me realize Doug's Cabin in this way.

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