History buffs are in for a treat as sisters Gina Armstrong and Victoria Vancek exhibit their photo treasures at St. Andrew’s Church in Maple Ridge on Saturday.
Known for incorporating the province’s historic sites and its accounts of paranormal activity into Haunted History BC, the sisters have been photographing famous places across British Columbia, with the bulk of photos shot in Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows.
“We have taken photos of abandoned buildings and when you go back, it’s no longer there. It was either demolished or that part of the city has changed,” Armstrong said, explaining the importance of showing the community what once was. “It’s one of the exciting things about capturing photos and for people to look back at what was there before.”
After receiving positive feedback, they decided to showcase the photos as a fundraiser for the Maple Ridge Museum. Framed artwork and postcards will be sold with half the proceeds getting donated to the museum.
Although this is a one-day exhibit, their works can be viewed in several published books including The Feminine Macabre Volume II: The Supernatural British Columbia, which also became the inspiration for this exhibit.
To immortalize their experiences, they are planning to release a book called, Evenings and Avenues – Hauntings in the Outskirts, which will feature heritage sites, haunted places and local folklore along with photos from B.C.
Attendees will be able to purchase postcards and photos taken since 2017 at the exhibit this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Masks are required.