Arlesheim, Basel-Landschaft (BL), Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera/Switzerland

[1984 Nikon FE2 SLR 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 1816483, with Nikkor AI 50-mm f/1.8 lens, s/n 2336591, and 52-mm polarizing filter;
Kodak Ektar 125 (Kodak 5101 | Ektar 125-1) 36-exposure colour negative film]

© Copyright photograph by Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, November 1991

Monday, April 30, 2012

Hornby Island, B.C., Canada in summer 1969





On this particular visit Wayne Ngan, family friend and internationally renowned potter and painter, said that one day I would be an architect. I enjoyed many hours playing with pieces and cut ends of lumber such as 2x4s and 2x6s that Wayne used for his firewood, either in the wood stove or in the kiln. I built elaborate houses and castles, and tall towers. I never did become an architect as I had my sights set on becoming a bush pilot on the West Coast but instead later studied, worked, and lived in a Camphill Community in french Switzerland from 1982 to 1987, graduating as a Special Educator with a Diploma in Curative Education. This visit to Wayne and his family, and also to the other family friend, Heinz Laffin, another Hornby Island potter, was one of the first of many by the Scharnbergs in the ensuing 30-plus years, sometimes more than once a year. 


Anya Maureen Scharnberg, either Goya Ngan or Gailan Ngan, daughters of Wayne Ngan and painter Anne Ngan, and Felix Hayo Scharnberg at Wayne’s former home and studio on Hornby Island, B.C., Canada in summer 1969. In the background is the Krack’s bus, in the middleground the Scharnberg’s 1965 Volkswagen Type 2 (T1c) Model 231 Kombi (Split Window), and in the foreground, with passenger door and sliding door open, likely Wayne’s Volkswagen Type 2 Bus (Bay Window).

[1959 Kodak Retina IIIS (Type 027) rangefinder 35-mm roll film camera, s/n 86125, with Schneider-Kreuznach Retina-Xenon 50-mm f/1.9 Synchro Compur lens, s/n 6841319; Kodak Plus-X Pan ISO 125/22° 36-exposure black & white negative film]

© Copyright photographs by Uwe Kündrunar Scharnberg, 1969 / Stephan Alexander Scharnberg, January 2012

3 comments:

livingpatterns said...

Wonderful photographs

Arti Choke said...

That is me, Goya Ngan, in the last photo. I am so happy to see these old photos of the studio and even our VW! That sculpture is still kicking around. Sadly the kiln shed is on its last legs. It's funny to see it looking so straight. Thanks!

Jesse Birch said...

Hello, I would like to include a few of these photos as research materials in an exhibition at Nanaimo Art Gallery opening in June that includes the work of Wayne and Gailan Ngan. Please let me know if that would be alright. My email is jesseb@nanaimogallery.ca

Thanks!

Jesse