Reality and Illusion in the Okanagan Valley

Here is a slideshow of some images from the web about orchards in my country.

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Here’s the reality.


They’re not orchards. They are thickets. What do people actually want, though? Why, to camp out in nearly abandoned, gentrified orchards, like this:


Yes, the images are both mechanized, in that they both rely on fantasy, but there’s something hopeful in them both: the mechanized orchard represents an attempt to fulfill a vision of the land and to support a family’s life; the fantasy orchard represents, well, the same thing.


An attempt to hold onto the past, or to freeze time into a still life. Dikeakos documents the ironies well.

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