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  • Photographer
    Ting Ting Chen

The Four Sisters in St. John’s are a series of 3-storey, stone row houses. They were built in the late 19th century by Samuel Garrett, a prominent Newfoundland stonemason, as wedding gifts for his four daughters. The Four Sisters are designated as Registered Heritage Structures by the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1988. They are built on a steep hill down toward St. John's Harbour, that is why if you make the ground horizontal, the houses will look tilting. My friend Robert Tilley, a 73-year-old Newfoundlander, was standing in front of the houses when I took this photo.

I left my home in Asia and came to Newfoundland Canada three years ago as an international student. During the past three years, I have not only found my new home in Newfoundland, but also my muse. Newfoundland is the inspiration for my photography. Robert Tilley, a -73-year-old true and born Newfoundlander, is the first friend I made when I come to Newfoundland, and now he has become my best friend. Robert and I have traveled most parts of Newfoundland, and he appears in many of my photos as a model.