A Tribute to Jerm IX

Somehow I often catch people at a crossroads in their life. This time Jerm IX, Jeremy Bertrand, is evolving from his old persona and into something else. Leaving much of the old Jerm IX behind. I found his note about this on his Facebook account, the day after he posted it.

I haven’t especially tried to find him before this. I’ve seen his urban exploration photos from around Ontario on Flickr and his Jermalism and Abandonment Issues blogs. Also, for a short time a JermIX web domain. It just happened that I photographed an interesting place which I looked up (to see what it was) and found his post as the best source, with more photos taken years ago. His was more than a post about exploring an old place. He had written about himself, his past and the future he was looking forward to. Leaving behind Jerm IX is now a part of that.

So this is posted as a little tribute to Jerm IX and a thank you to Jeremy with wishes for good things in his future.

Interviews found online:

Peterborough Examiner – Peterborough, meet Jerm IX

Peterborough Examiner – Inside the Mind of Jerm IX

Kawartha Now –  artNOW July 2016

Electric City – Jerm IX Writes on Walls

Kevin McElheran’s Abandoned Church Photo

I tried to find the photographer, Kevin McElheran online. No luck, just more abandoned or broken links. I did find a description which was posted with another copy of the same photo, on two other sites. So, some background information about how the photo was taken. But, I still don’t know what happened to Kevin McElheran from Calgary, Alberta.

“This abandoned 100 year old church is what’s left from what was the rail town of Sorrento, British Columbia. I was driving through this area late one night when I noticed a train in the distance approaching which outlined this structure in it’s glow.”

I think the church is Notch Hill Church, not Saint Mary’s as the description says with the photo above. Notch Hill Church is in Sorrento, BC and it is located right at the train tracks. One sites says it is Tappen, BC.

One way or another, this seems to the the church photographed. It was being restored but the site stopped posting in 2014. In 2016 I read a report about building materials being stolen from the site. The project is on hold due to lack of funds to replace them. The photo below was taken before the renovations began.

DanOCan – STST2017: Notch Hill Church