Barclay back alley, Vancouver, BC 2016

February 13, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

 

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A Canadian flag hangs in the window of an apartment as seen from a back alley in Vancouver’s West End.



British Columbia Documentary Photography #2

November 26, 2016 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Colwood, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photographers, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Old Home, New Construction Colwood Britsh Columbia 2016

I recently read an interview with a local archives manager. He talked about the work and purpose of the archives and about acquiring material for the facility. He is  always on the lookout for unique local photographs showing the community’s history but he made a a comment that I thought every documentary photographer should consider. He said that it was easy to find/receive images of the area’s main street, what was a challenge was finding images of the secondary and back streets. It’s a good reminder that the documentary photographers need to pay attention to the less obvious, the quiet areas where, in reality, we all spend most of our lives.



Car Dealer, Clark Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

July 3, 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, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Car Dealer, Clark Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

Waiting at dusk along Clark Drive for the bus to come along. Industrial areas have their own beauty.



Giant Bathtub Parade Float, Victoria, British Columbia 2016

May 24, 2016 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Nanaimo, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Giant Bathtub Parade Float, Victoria, British Columbia 2016

The annual Victoria Day Parade is a big deal in Victoria. It’s three hours long and  starts from from Mayfair Mall and moves all the way down Douglas Street through the downtown. It’s not  entirely unexpected, since parades are full of odd sights, to see a giant bathtub representing Nanaimo (famed for its annual bathtub race) coming down the street. It is however much stranger to later see that giant tub, still full of people, making its way down a street filled with regular traffic, and it must have been very strange to those who hadn’t been at the parade or possibly didn’t know there was a parade going on.

The annual bathtub race in Nanaimo isn’t what it used to be. At one time the race was from Nanaimo to Vancouver and the tubs weren’t the modern, streamlined, one piece constructions they are now. It was often a wonder the tubs survived  the crossing.



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



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.



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