Small Structures of Nova Scotia
By Jessie Hannah
Small structures are heralded as the new minimalist way of living. They have, however, always existed, reflecting the necessity for a simple space built for a particular function: tiny homes, cabins, forestry camps, fishing shacks, treehouses, and places of art, worship, or healing. In Nova Scotia, our history, culture, and landscape are reflected in these small spaces, which can be found in every region of the province.
Author and photographer Jessie Hannah is fascinated by these compact structures?rural and urban, residential and commercial, historic and contemporary. Who built them, and why? What purpose do they serve? How were they constructed? This photographic collection documents her journey to discover the answers to these questions and more. Through interviews, research, and a bit of intrepid bushwhacking, Hannah shares stories from some of Nova Scotia?s unique small structures, and shows how their tales tie together community, industry, craft, and culture.