THIS OLD TOWN
Ryan's ongoing print series "This Old Town" features a collection of archival photographs from days gone by screen printed onto birch panels and framed using beautiful reclaimed wood. These photos glimpse into the past, reminding us of the immensity of space and time between then and now and the ways in which the city exists as a palimpsest with the erasure and accumulation of built forms and the multiple ways in which we inhabit them.
The first 7 prints show images taken in the early 20th century of the immediate area outside and around Ryan's print studio located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. Some images included the development of the now defunct interurban tram lines, the iconic Carnegie building and a grand topiary arch that recalls the large Japanese presence in the area at the time. Many of the scenes seem a world apart from the Vancouver of today but by placing oneself in the spaces that the prints depict, our ties to the past become more tangible.