BCHF News Chilliwack photographer documents heritage buildings for the future

Chilliwack photographer documents heritage buildings for the future

A Chilliwack-based architectural photographer has embarked on an exciting new project to photograph historical and heritage buildings in the Chilliwack area and donate photographs to key community organizations for the enjoyment of future generations.

Carsten Arnold aims to photograph as many historical buildings as possible, then donate select images to local museums and archives, as well as to the BC Historical Federation, the Heritage Chilliwack Society and local media and government organizations. Some photographs will be sold as fine art images, artistic home decor prints and other artwork in retail locations throughout the Fraser Valley — with part of the proceeds going to charity.

One of the buildings Carsten Arnold has photographed as part of the project is the cow barn at the old Carman family farm on Chilliwack Mountain Road. The building is being considered for demolition. Photo: Carsten Arnold.
One of the heritage buildings Carsten Arnold has photographed is the cow barn at the old Carman family farm on Chilliwack Mountain Road. The building is being considered for demolition. Photo: Carsten Arnold.

“Some of our remaining heritage buildings and barns are in poor condition and in danger of disappearing all too soon,” says Arnold, who is also a member of the BCHF. “The challenge is contacting all of the property owners and photographing the buildings before they collapse or are torn down.

“I am reaching out to members of the BCHF to help identify the buildings in the Fraser Valley, and in particular the Chilliwack area, that are in most need of preserving photographically. All heritage buildings will be considered for this project. There is no cost to the property owners for this service.”

Arnold hopes to connect stories with each photo, and therefore encourages property owners to provide as much information as possible about each building’s history, origins and previous owners.

Arnold has pledged to donate 10 per cent of the proceeds from the sale of each art print or image to the charity of the property owners’ choice. Property owners must sign a release form detailing the extent of the photography work, image usage rights and charity information.

Arnold hopes to extend this self-funded project to other parts of the Fraser Valley and the province as time permits.

Arnold’s architectural photography experience spans seven years and includes a client base of architects, builders, interior designers, realtors and corporate business. He grew up playing and working on farms in Northern Ontario and Manitoba, which helped instill in him a lasting appreciation of historical farms and buildings.

Carsten Arnold can be reached at 604-219-0920 or carsten@carstenarnold.com. Visit him at Carsten Arnold Photography.