The 'East side' or (DTES) in downtown Vancouver, Canada is well known for its high crime, homelessness and drug addiction. I went there to photograph the true, sad and raw reality of this as I'd witnessed years before as a resident. My focus as a documentary photographer was to show a different side to these people that live here, an open more friendly vision among the prostitution, drug abuse and mental instability and find a true understanding of the way they live by recording conversations and encounters with them.
My approach meant spending many weeks in freezing temperatures and long hours getting to know each individual, in sometimes dangerous circumstances in alleyways and unpredictable street corners where I was verbally threatened countless times by drug dealers. Yet I found the most willing, fascinating people to record for my project, who let me into their environment & personal lives so we built a trusting relationship meaning I could create an honest portrayal.
As a publisher and Community Interest Company, TRIP is dedicated to showcasing unconventional stories that may otherwise be overlooked. We aim to give a platform to the unseen and a microphone to the ignored. Expression is a right and should not be confined to those that can afford to work for free; which is why we strive to support a diverse range of creatives in their work, commissioning exciting projects and creatives to visualize them.
Founded as a magazine in 2013 by photographer, Dean Davies, TRIP was born from a desire to provide opportunity and exposure for image-makers across multiple platforms and medias. With a focus on people and place, in 5 years TRIP gained a loyal readership, and became known for its honest image output and representation of the underrepresented, featuring over 800 image-makers from across the world through a website, 5 magazines and 3 free zines.
As TRIP C.I.C. we are not interested in profiting from the activities of the organization, and re-invest all income back in to consecutive publishing projects.