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Dear Photograph

by Derek Jory / Vancouver Canucks
The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The concept is simple: take a picture of a picture, from the past, in the present. That's the idea behind one of my favourite websites around, Dear Photograph.

Using that premise, I dug up some old Behind the Lens photos that Vancouver Canucks team photographer Jeff Vinnick had taken throughout the years and printed off ones that caught my eye from trips to Colorado, Nashville, St. Louis and Dallas. Then Vinnick and I went to work.

During this past five-game road trip, we attempted to hold up the old photos against the original setting to blend past and present into something new. What we discovered is the more things change, the more they stay the same. While elements of the background changed over the years in a few photos, overall the settings of NHL arenas and cities remain fairly consistent.

As you'll see below, our experiment worked masterfully on some shots, others not so much (we aimed to line at least one element up between photos). I'd give us an E for Effort though, and hopefully you would too.

Now, if you're up for it, we'd like to see some effort from you! Dig through those old shoe boxes or go back to a photo from last week - either way, find a Canucks themed shot from the past and shoot it in the present, then tweet it or post it on Instagram using the hashtag #DearCanucks

We'll compile a gallery of the entries and feature them on in the near future.


Dear Photograph founder Taylor Jones and his publishing company Harper Collins Canada Ltd have given us three hardcover copies of the Dear Photography book to give out as prizes for those who enter the #DearCanucks contest.

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