ABC Jewellery and Loan, Vancouver, British Columbia 2019

March 12, 2019 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

 

ABC Jewellery and Loan, Vancouver, British Columbia 2019



Canadian Photographer Histories – www.lenslives.com

January 7, 2019 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Canadian Photographer History, Canadian Photography History, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photographer interview, Photographers, Photography, Uncategorized, Vancouver Photographer History, Writing on photography, www.lenslives.com | Leave a Comment 

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I am looking for help with a personal long-term project. I am compiling an archive of interviews of Canadian photographers — which, in turn, will become a history of Canadian photography.

When I began my project I was (and still am) researching a specific group of Vancouver-area photographers. The project has kept growing, and I am now looking for input/information from photographers (and anyone connected to the photography world) about photographers across Canada.

The idea behind this project is to create an archive of interviews of Canadian photographers and their work. It is too easy for any creative person to be overlooked, slip from view, and have their work disappear. So, I want to create a historical archive — a library/datatbase of information that can be used to promote photographers and their work, but to also preserve that information to serve as a research source.

Here?s where you can help — I am asking every individual photographer to send me two things:

Answer this brief questionnaire.

1.How/When did you first get interested in photography?

2. Who were your first photographic influences?

3. Who were your first photography teachers/mentors?

4. Who have you mentored or taught?

5. Name some of the photographers you have worked with and/or collaborated with?

6. What major photo projects have you worked on/created?

 

The resume will serve as a record of your career, and the biography will fill in details. Ideally the bio will include: how and when you first became connected to photography; who your influences were/are; who were/are your Canadian mentors/teachers? You can mention career highlights and any personal projects you photographed away from your “career” work. Are you part of a formal/informal group of photographers who get together to share and bounce ideas or collaborate?

Note: I want to know and hear about ALL Canadian photographers: photojournalists, artists, commercial photographers, portraitists, landscape photographers, etc. and those connected to photography and photographers such as gallery owners, curators, camera shop/darkroom operators.

I also want to hear about any photographers who you feel have been overlooked or who have been forgotten about. Please send me the contact information for the photographer (or for their family/friends if deceased).

As well, I?m curious about non-professional photographers (folks who made a living from other work) who created substantial bodies of work or a small but unique body of work.

I am also interested in receiving any items connected with photography (yours or others). For example: business cards, exhibition postcards, publications, previously published interviews, zines, posters/books.

I would like to include photographs of photographers at work (and play), work spaces, shop fronts (studios/camera shops) will be useful. If you have photos to contribute, please include captions that include names, events, places and dates on each.

The archive will also include: email interviews, audio interviews, video interviews, essays, printed material and photographs. I am aiming for the material to be displayed online at www.lenslives.com, and in exhibitions and/or publications.

Copyright will stay with the photographer, but I?m asking for the right to use any submitted material in any way that is connected with the project (ie online/exhibitions/media/publications etc) and that once the material is in the completed archive it will be available to researchers for their use in the study of Canadian photographers, photography and the arts.

Emailed material can be sent to don@lenslives.com Physical material can be mailed to 48 Stoneridge Drive, Victoria, BC, V9B 6M4.

Please ensure you include contact info for any material sent. You may receive follow- up queries regarding your submitted material, or for further email, phone or in-person interviews.

Thank You

Don

don@lenslives.com



Yale Hotel Neon, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

October 21, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Neon, Night photography, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

 

 

Yale Hotel Vancouver, British Columbia 2016
The Yale Hotel is a well known site on Vancouver’s Granville Street. A reminder of the days when neon ruled the downtown commercial districts.



Parking Garage and crescent moon, Bute Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

July 19, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Night, Night photography, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Road Trip, Skyline, Street photography, Travel, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture, West end | Leave a Comment 

Parking Garage and crescent moon, Bute Street, Vancouver, Britis

Sometimes walking around you see an image that’s combination of genres. This view along Bute Street in Vancouver’s West End was one of those.  The dusk sky with the crescent moon overhead is from a traditional pretty landscape but below is a grittier urban nightscape. I’ve been finding a lot of photos in the West End during recent visits.



Berkeley Place Elevator Shaft, Davie Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

June 25, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Berkeley Place Elevator Shaft, Davie Street, Vancouver, British

Walking to breakfast early on weekend morning we passed the site of what had been, until just days before, an apartment complex in Vancouver’s West End. The elevator shaft, with the somewhat incongruous potted palm tree, at the bottom were the only two things left standing that day. A week later the shaft was gone as well.



Great Pacific Pawn, Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, British Columbia 2018

May 8, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, New Westminster, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

 

Getting off at the sky train station in New Westminster and leaving by the back entrance you’ve got a handy pawn shop right in front of you.Pacific Pawn, New Westminster British Columbia 2018



Canadian Pacific, Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

May 6, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Canadian Pacific, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Train, Travel, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture, Work | 2 Comments 

Canadian Pacific, Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

Work crew makes their way towards a CP Rail engine and cars in the train yard on the Vancouver waterfront following a snow storm.



Selfie Bus Shelter Poster, Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

March 5, 2018 | Filed Under Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver | Leave a Comment 

Selfie Bus Shelter Poster, Granville Street, Vancouver, British
Late night Vancouver street photography while walking along Granville Street. Photographing an ad for a camera phone and camera phone photography.



Hair salon and Murphy beds, Langford, British Columbia 2017

January 24, 2018 | Filed Under Architect, Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Langford, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Hair salon and Murphy beds, Langford, British Columbia 2017

Architecture, of course, like everything works in cycles of fashion. The A-frame entrance to suburban housing, at least in British Columbia, was common enough in the 60′s and 70′s. It’s perhaps rarer to see this vernacular architecture at use in commercial buildings from that era, certainly with the use of the double A-frame on the structure, which you can’t see in this image(the A is at either end of the building), and to see two buildings built the same next to one another. Note the modernist (less than a decade old) condo building with it’s silver exterior in view between the two.



Last Gas Station, Davie Street at Burrard Street, Vancouver British Columbia 2017

October 9, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Gas station, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Real estate, Road Trip, Street photography, Travel, Urban, Vancouver | Leave a Comment 

Last Gas Station, Davie Street at Burrard Street, Vancouver Brit

Another sign of changing times, this Esso on Davie Street at Burrard Street is the last gas station in downtown Vancouver. How long it will exist is another thing. The property went up for sale last spring. Property in Vancouver, especially the core, is just far to valuable for use for something like a gas station. It’s a large footprint on the land and the property alone has been assessed at $36 million. Only a matter of time before this parcel of land is home to another condo tower and drivers will have to head out of downtown to fill up.



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