‘When you slow down and look around, everything is interesting’
Herschel Supply Co. cofounder and member Lyndon Cormack shares an exclusive photo diary from his home in Vancouver
As told to Jess Kelham-Hohler Images by Lyndon Cormack Sunday 20 September, 2020 Short read
‘I’ve lived in this area for more than 20 years. When I first discovered this place, I was just blown away. It’s rural in the sense that it’s a bit off the beaten track. I was stunned that such a place existed and that you could have a home in a place like this so close to the city. The house we live in now is my forever house, we’re never selling it.
‘I was a terrible artist, but I’ve always had a really creative – or artistic – side to me. In school, that side was normally judged by how well you could draw, rather than how well you could document. But photography is something instinctive for me. I always have a camera near me and I love shooting our home and my kids, as well as documentary-style photography. I actually did one photo show in Bangkok and Manila, where I had four hours in each city to document a trip, and had to edit and submit the pictures that day. They were then printed and in a show that evening. It was a really fun time.
‘Herschel is all about helping people move around, but we’ve always tried to find inspiration in our own backyard. While it’s been a difficult year, it’s certainly helped me appreciate home – and being Canadian – more than ever.’
‘I have two wonderfully beautiful daughters, and during this lockdown we were cooking on fire pits, making adventures – it was a good time to cherish with my girls. It was such a gift to slow down for a while. This is my youngest daughter, Olive, and it was taken on her 13th birthday, showing her running on the retaining wall on the edge of the water.’
‘I live on the water and have two boats sitting at our dock, which I use pretty much every day. We have a little town about a five-minute boat ride away that we go to quite often – there’s a pretty famous doughnut shop there called Honey’s Donuts that we love. My brother and I also opened a little store there called Ahoy that sells Birkenstock, Patagonia and Herschel, of course. Taking the boat is definitely my preferred method of transportation.’
‘This [above right] is from my library, with this rusted beam I use as a coffee table. The fact that we made clothing – especially fleece – during the pandemic turned out to be pretty good since so many people, myself included, have been living in sweatpants.’
‘I swim almost every day in the spring and summer – after work, there’s nothing better. Sometimes it feels like you have the Pacific Ocean to yourself.'