CTV Broadcast, Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

April 28, 2016 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

CTV Broadcast, Robson Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

Everybody has to work somewhere but it looked odd to see this television reporter, standing on a box on the Robson Street sidewalk waiting to respond to a remote (?) camera for a broadcast, not the traditional cameraman partner. Instead she was paired with a security guard, who was keeping an eye on the passing pedestrians.



Fresko Cafe, Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia 2016

April 16, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Cafe, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Wonderful hand painted signs on the exterior of this downtown cafe in Victoria.Fresko Cafe, Yates Street, Victoria, BC 2016



Vancouver Public Library Steps, Central Branch, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

April 6, 2016 | Filed Under Architect, Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Library, Moshe Safdie, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Urban, Vancouver | Leave a Comment 

Vancouver Public Library Steps, Central Branch, Vancouver, Briti

I stopped by the Vancouver Public Library’s Central branch, the big one downtown bordered by West Georgia and Robson Streets.  Designed by  Moshe Safdie and DA Architects, that complex’s colonnaded walls give it a sort of Roman ruin look. I was there to check out some of the early Vancouver photography held by the Special Collections photo section up on the 7th floor. Had an interesting chat with a volunteer one day and staffer the next and got to look over a few prints. On the way out, towards Robson Street, the late afternoon light was creating small beams of light that lit up a narrow section of the stairs. It created the circumstances for a unique street photograph with the light, people and the architecture. A side note, as I was leaving the Special Collections section I passed by a tour guide who was telling an assembled group that the rounded chairs on the floor were designed by Safdie, the architect that designed the library.



Cardero Grocery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

April 4, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Cardero Grocery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

The Cardero Grocery tucked away in Vancouver’s West End is another one of those old corner grocery stores that appears to exist in a time warp. Old painted lettering and old 7-Up logos on the facade. It seems to me the key to the longevity of these old stores is their proximity to a school. It’s not the local residents shopping that pays all the bills, it’s the children with their change buying candy and soft  drinks. The Cardero Grocery is no different, located across the playground from Lord Roberts Elementary.



Arbutus Cafe, Duncan, British Columbia 2016

March 29, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Cafe, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Duncan, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Arbutus Cafe, Duncan, British Columbia 2016

While new architecture is as important as old, new, especially chain store architecture, is the same. A visual repetition that repeats across a province, a country and even the world, that makes everything appear to be the same, that in the interest of convenience takes away our regional uniqueness. The Arbutus Cafe in Duncan (above) is a one of a kind local establishment. It has a unique shape with it’s rounded roof that makes it stand out from other shops on the street. The name Arbutus, itself, is local, a tree that sports a peeling red bark and grows only in the Cascadia region (although it is known as a Madrona in the United States). The photo below, also taken in Duncan, shows a scene that could be anywhere, the photo at the top could only be at the corner of Kenneth Street and Jubilee Street.

The chain store architecture will, of course, date quickly and be replaced with a new look or colour or logo. The old colours, look and logos will then be part of our visual history as well.

Modern Stores, Duncan, British Columbia 2016



Royal Bay Development, Colwood, British Columbia 2016

March 28, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Colwood, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Real estate, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Royal Bay Development, Colwood, British Columbia 2016

This will be an area I’ll be photographing over the next few years as this land gets built up.

This view will change quickly, a massive housing development will cover a former gravel pit site.

The very first houses in the Royal Bay development are going up in front of Royal Bay Secondary school. The school opened in 2015 and was the first building to go up on the 400 acre Vancouver Island site. The former gravel pit will eventually be filled with 2,800 homes  as well as a variety of  businesses and will house an estimated 7,800 people.



Lowe Cost Auto Maintenance, Chemainus, British Columbia 2016

March 23, 2016 | 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, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Lowe Cost Auto Maintenance, Chemainus, BC 2016

Came across this place after a random turn off the highway. I really like the way the vines, without their summer leaves, looked wrapped around the old garage. Judging by the shrubs around the awning pillars it’s been awhile since this shop was operational.



The Odeon, Brickyard and Efes, Yates Street, Victoria, British Columbia 2016

March 21, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

The Odeon, Brickyard and Efes, Yates Street, Victoria, BC 2016

Unique local restaurants and movie theatre along Yates Street in downtown Victoria.



Boat Graveyard, Vancouver Island, British Columbia 2016

March 14, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, Boat, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Road Trip, Ship wreck, Shipwreck, Street photography, Travel, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Boat Graveyard, Vancouver Island, British Columbia 2016

This was truly a west coast nautical scene, acreage filled with broken and decaying boats, mainly smaller pleasure or fishing craft. There were no indicators why the mossy rotting boats were there, the only sign visible from the side road I was on said No Trespassing, not really an encouragement to explore more. On my way out I spotted a house, which may be connected to the yard, but I couldn’t quite figure out how a road connected to it. A task for another trip.



Rain storm approaching, Harbour Road, Victoria, British Columbia 2016

March 13, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Historical, History, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Rain storm approaching, Harbour Road, Victoria, BC 2016

 

This is the kind of weather we’ve seen a lot of this year. The street, Harbour Road, is one of the more interesting roads in Victoria simply because the side shown is new residential with some commercial/retail thrown in. The other side of the road is on the harbour and is still marine industrial giving the area a nice feel, holding on to an existing maritime heritage while adding downtown residential and  commercial.



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