A little back story…
An archive of the words & pictures of Lionel Douglas 1944 -1979
A rare, complex being was Lionel Douglas. An activist in the truest sense, he was a surfer of the mind who greeted life with aplomb, satiric wit, and celebration. His photographs, born of light, display the extrovert, the polished eye of objectivity. His poems, born on the kitchen table, reveal the introspective ear, bent to the mystery of his own being. Just as he could intuit the heart of a Ducati 750, he made a vehicle of his insight into the human psyche.
— JOHN DOUGLAS [close freind]
Lionel Douglas was my father. He died in 1979, cutting short an intense and creative life.
I’ve been thinking I’d like to develop a memoir project about Lionel for a while now. & I’ve wanted to digitize his body of work, both for public consumption and for my own reference. The Italian Machine Project site has grown out of that.
After the first year of posting there is a huge archive of his work online, photos never seen since the negatives were packed away in 1969. Lionel was very active in Toronto in his youth so the first negatives i’ve been scanning document some of the headiness and culture of Toronto’s arts and Music scene, underground counter culture, and life in the streets in general.
He had a real talent for capturing moments, it’s been a joy documenting his work and cleaning up choice images to bring to the public. This first set of photos can now be ordered on cards, posters or prints, in a large range of sizes and framing/mounting options. They will make beautiful additions to any home.
Funds initially will go towards a medium format scanner with which to complete the proses of archiving all Lionel’s work.