Ahead of My TimeThursday, February 27, 2020
With the rise of sexual preference equality in this century I would like to parade here that in desperation when I arrived in Vancouver with my family with the idea of becoming a photographer I found no open doors and so I became someone ahead of his time.
I was saved from having to wash cars at Tilden-Rent-A-Car for the rest of my life by the CBC and by a new upstart gay weekly publication called Bi-Line.
A writer called Jack Moore and I were the only straight persons in the publication’s masthead. As I was afraid that my reputation would suffer by using my real name, for a while (and only for a while!), I went by the name of Strut McPherson (then the name, reversed, of the front suspension on most good cars of the time.
It was working at Bi-Line that I discovered the real uses of K-Y Jelly, what tea at Faces (a very pleasant gay club on Robson at that time) was all about, and most important how to photograph the male nude body before I ever thought of undraping women (my real interest).
Because I took all the photographs for the weekly I was also instructed to shoot ads. These ads had a definite gay content to them. Of those ads they were kind of either funny or obviously gay. But I did a third set for ads by a then popular stereo equipment shop called Vancouver Sight & Sound where I used as a model an up-and-coming singer/actress of the early punk movement in our city.
It is only because of my present effort to thin out my files that I have found these tear sheets that remind me that my roots in Vancouver photography could not be pinned down to this or that.