Bryan Birtles’ So Deeply a Part of Your Being runs from Jan. 24 through Feb. 8 at The Drawing Room, 10253 97 St.
“What I’m trying to capture in these photos is my mixed relationship with the suburbs,” says Birtles. “They’re a place I couldn’t wait to get out of and, frankly, wouldn’t want to return to to live, but every time I find myself in a suburban neighbourhood like the one I grew up in, I feel a real sense of safety I lack elsewhere.
“Vinyl siding, young trees held up by guidelines, newly-sodded yards you’re not allowed to walk on, cookie-cutter houses that stretch to the airport, we denigrate these developments from within our urban enclave but for me – and plenty of people I know – that’s where I come from, that’s a huge part of who I am and no matter how much I’d prefer to transcend that, there’s a reptilian part of me that says, ‘That’s home.’  Bryan Birtles’ So Deeply a Part of Your Being runs from Jan. 24 through Feb. 8 at The Drawing Room, 10253 97 St.
“What I’m trying to capture in these photos is my mixed relationship with the suburbs,” says Birtles. “They’re a place I couldn’t wait to get out of and, frankly, wouldn’t want to return to to live, but every time I find myself in a suburban neighbourhood like the one I grew up in, I feel a real sense of safety I lack elsewhere.
“Vinyl siding, young trees held up by guidelines, newly-sodded yards you’re not allowed to walk on, cookie-cutter houses that stretch to the airport, we denigrate these developments from within our urban enclave but for me – and plenty of people I know – that’s where I come from, that’s a huge part of who I am and no matter how much I’d prefer to transcend that, there’s a reptilian part of me that says, ‘That’s home.’  Bryan Birtles’ So Deeply a Part of Your Being runs from Jan. 24 through Feb. 8 at The Drawing Room, 10253 97 St.
“What I’m trying to capture in these photos is my mixed relationship with the suburbs,” says Birtles. “They’re a place I couldn’t wait to get out of and, frankly, wouldn’t want to return to to live, but every time I find myself in a suburban neighbourhood like the one I grew up in, I feel a real sense of safety I lack elsewhere.
“Vinyl siding, young trees held up by guidelines, newly-sodded yards you’re not allowed to walk on, cookie-cutter houses that stretch to the airport, we denigrate these developments from within our urban enclave but for me – and plenty of people I know – that’s where I come from, that’s a huge part of who I am and no matter how much I’d prefer to transcend that, there’s a reptilian part of me that says, ‘That’s home.’ 

Bryan Birtles’ So Deeply a Part of Your Being runs from Jan. 24 through Feb. 8 at The Drawing Room, 10253 97 St.

“What I’m trying to capture in these photos is my mixed relationship with the suburbs,” says Birtles. “They’re a place I couldn’t wait to get out of and, frankly, wouldn’t want to return to to live, but every time I find myself in a suburban neighbourhood like the one I grew up in, I feel a real sense of safety I lack elsewhere.

“Vinyl siding, young trees held up by guidelines, newly-sodded yards you’re not allowed to walk on, cookie-cutter houses that stretch to the airport, we denigrate these developments from within our urban enclave but for me – and plenty of people I know – that’s where I come from, that’s a huge part of who I am and no matter how much I’d prefer to transcend that, there’s a reptilian part of me that says, ‘That’s home.’