Converging Waters

The Beauty and Challenges of the Broughton Archipelago

By (photographer): Daniel Hillert
Text by: Gwen Curry
ISBN 9781771601658
Hardcover | Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Book Dimensions: 9.5 in x 8.5 in
188 Pages

About the Book

Stunning photography and personal reflections abound in this beautiful collection of images highlighting this unique landscape.

Converging Waters explores an area on the northern coast of Vancouver Island on the edge of the Broughton Archipelago: Queen Charlotte Strait, Broughton Strait, Cormorant Channel, Blackfish Sound. This part of the Namgis First Nation territory is characterized by tree-covered islands, pebble beaches, foggy mornings, rocky islets, orcas, eagles, and an ever-changing light. Boats are at least as important as trucks for the few who live here. The sea and sky dominate the land, and marine mammals and fish seem to overshadow the human residents.

Daniel Hillert’s inspiring photographs focus on the wild essence that still permeates these converging waters, while Gwen Curry’s prose dives beneath the surface to appreciate not only the natural wonder of this place but its history, people, and present-day challenges.

About the Author(s)

Gwen Curry is an artist/writer and a former professor in the visual arts department at the University of Victoria. She is a member of the Royal Canadian Academy and her work is in many private and public collections. Her first book, Tod Inlet: A Healing Place (Rocky Mountain Books, 2015), was shortlisted for the Roderick Haig-Brown Regional Prize for B.C. literature. In it, her photographs and writing detail her walks to Tod Inlet and its fascinating history. Gwen has travelled widely but finds nothing more exciting than exploring the rugged coast of British Columbia. She has visited Malcolm Island and the surrounding area many times in the past decade and appreciates what a beautiful yet vulnerable place it is. Gwen Curry lives in Brentwood Bay (Vancouver Island), British Columbia.

Dan Hillert began looking at the world through an Instamatic camera when he was 14 years old. Fifty years later his great joy is still to communicate the excitement and beauty of the natural world around him; only the equipment has changed. Previously he self-published two photography books, Imagine an Island and Reflections of an Island, showing Malcolm Island and its environment. His adventurous spirit also led him to Wood Buffalo National Park, which resulted in another book, Into the Boreal. Now residing on Malcolm Island, Dan and his partner, Deb Wiggins, like nothing better than to jump into their Zodiac and explore the islands and seascape that is their backyard. For more information and some examples of Dan’s work, visit rainforestwild.ca