Street photographer Gary Drouin spent months walking back alleys and city streets in Trail and Rossland and compiled his black and white images into a VISAC Gallery show called “A Trail of Street Photography.” The exhibition opened Thursday and runs until June 18 at the downtown Trail venue located in the basement of the Greater Trail Community Centre.

Gallery highlights street photography

Capturing small town life through a lens is the focus of VISAC’s new exhibition by Gary Drouin titled “A Trail of Street Photography.”

Capturing small town life through a lens is the focus of VISAC Gallery’s new exhibition by Gary Drouin titled “A Trail of Street Photography.”

Inspired by press and documentary photography, the Castlegar-based shutterbug took his expert eye to the back alleys and streets of Trail and Rossland for his first local showing that features 30 mostly black and white images.

“I love to walk the streets with camera in hand,” said Drouin. “The sights and sounds are very inspiring and I discovered I was able to create art through street photography using the urban environment.”

The Windsor native and wife Heather Hurst are new to the area after packing up and moving west from Toronto last year to be closer to their son.

Since relocating, Drouin’s storytelling through snapshots continues to focus on urban landscapes and the juxtaposition between modern architectural features and general urban decay.

“Even though I’m surrounded with the natural beauty of the mountains I’m still drawn to the urban areas,” he said. “I do appreciate landscape and wildlife photography but it’s not an area that motivates me to capture.”

Street photography is an art form that strives to capture the life and culture of city streets focusing the viewer’s attention on the subject matter by eliminating the distraction of colour.

Likened to holding up a mirror to society, the captured images often concentrate on a single element caught at a decisive or poignant moment and can be a very literal portrayal of sometimes gritty subject matter.

“I’m attracted to light, shadows, lines and architecture,” explained Drouin. “Timing and anticipation provide the precise moment of exposure.

“I love both modern and historical buildings and cityscapes and when incorporated together, they are stunning.”

His earliest inspirations came from photo essays in Life and Look magazines and influenced Drouin’s minimalist approach to photography and preference to work in black and white.

After training in press photography at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York in the early ‘80s, Drouin’s career path evolved into film.

After producing a number of film documentaries, he worked in a motion picture film lab in Toronto for almost 30 years.

“I’ve been taking photographs since my teens but never used photography as a day-to-day job,” said the now retired executive. “But my image making has been pretty consistent through the years focusing on documenting streets and some portraiture,” he added.

“Moving to the Kootenays I’ve still been able to concentrate on street photography in the smaller city environments.

“And of course, if I need a big city fix, Vancouver is not far.”

Drouin’s exhibition opened Thursday and runs until June 18 at the VISAC in downtown Trail from Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and until 6 p.m. on Thursday.

Additionally, he is launching a self published photo book titled “Rossland/Trail Street Photographs” during his show with copies available at the gallery or online at Blurb Canada.

Admission is by donation.

For info call 364.1181 or email

Just Posted

IRM reports small sulphuric acid leak at Waneta reload

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

New farmers in Columbia Basin supported by land matching program

New and young farmers in the Basin are receiving support and services from a dedicated land matcher

Columbia Basin Trust offering business accelerator program

Trust seeking motivated companies for customized support and mentorship program

Trail military exercises provide crucial training

Exercise Sapper Crucible: ‘The nuts and bolts of what a soldier is’

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes Friday

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

WHL: Kootenay Ice drop Calgary Hitmen 5-3 in home opener

Youth take centre stage as Kootenay explodes for three second-period goals

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

B.C. VIEWS: Looking under the hood of ICBC’s war on crashes

Is our accident rate really soaring, or is it inefficiency?

B.C. tent city residents have three weeks to clear out: Supreme Court

Fire risk, criminal activity in neighbourhood cited as reasons for judgment

Most Read