The song “Rainy Town” was inspired by the street photography of Vancouver’s Fred Herzog, whose stunning shots of East Van captivated songwriter Alison Jenkins almost a decade ago. Created in August of 2021, the “Rainy Town” music video takes viewers on a bird’s eye trip through East Vancouver, styled as though each frame were printed from a wood-cut block.
It is a collaboration between singer/songwriter Alison Jenkins and artist/animator Jayeson Lyonns.
Singer Songwriter Statement
About ten years ago, I was living in a dump of an apartment on a busy street, and one of the few bright sides to the place was a stunning view of the North Shore mountains. Some days though, especially in the fall, the rain clouds would descend and even the view would disappear, leaving me feeling bereft. That year, I met someone who had been born and raised in East Vancouver, and I was enchanted by his sense of connection to a neighbourhood that has seen its own share of big changes. He introduced me to the photography of Fred Herzog, whose stunning shots of East Van absolutely captivated me. -A.J. Jenkins
Visuals created by Jayeson Lyonns using a combination of Blender, Adobe Fresco, Photoshop, and After Effects.
North American premiere:
Oct. 28 - Nov. 7 2021 - Spark Animation Festival https://sparkanimation.eventive.org/films/61648079ce964528e09f3710
Nov. 8 2021 - Cultural Crawl Moving Art Exhibition https://culturecrawl.ca/events/moving-art
The work of Fred Herzog: https://thetyee.ca/Culture/2019/09/13/Fred-Herzog-Vancouver-Beloved-Photographer-Life-Death/