Mile 99 Motel, 100 Mile House, British Columbia 2017

December 7, 2017 | Filed Under 100 Mile House, Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cariboo-Chilcotin, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Photography, Street photography, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Mile 99 Motel, 100 Mile House, British Columbia 2017A classic old motel along the Cariboo Highway (Highway 97) and Big Country Lanes bowling alley in 100 Mile House.



Scooter and KFC, Langford, British Columbia 2017

September 5, 2017 | Filed Under Architect, Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Langford, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Scooter and KFC, Langford, British Columbia 2017

Commercial signage in very different mediums. A real scooter on a roof promotes a scooter shop below (at left, not actually visible) while a fake oversize bucket of chicken promotes a KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken) franchise outlet. The tub company makes do with just a sign. In the background a new condo or apartment building rises in the background.



Drive Through View, 8th and Cambie, Vancouver British Columbia 2017

August 21, 2017 | 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, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Drive Through View, 8th and Cambie, Vancouver British Columbia 2

A view of a fast food drive through from West 8th Avenue at Cambie Street, at buildings facing a back alley and at centre with Canadian flag, Vancouver’s City Hall shows over the roof line of the 9th Avenue shops.



Bus stop shelter and new house, Victoria British Columbia 2017

August 16, 2017 | Filed Under Architect, Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Bus stop shelter and new house, Victoria British Columbia 2017

The house in the background was just recently completed, built in a current ‘modern’ square style somewhat at architectural odds with the other older homes on the same street. I find it somewhat ironic that the ‘old’ bus stop shelter in front, mirrors the new build. That square style of bus shelter, which offered riders a largely enclosed (to the elements) structure but with windows all around gave a clear 360 degree view and kept the interior bright. These older shelters are slowly disappearing, being replaced by new ‘modern’ structures that don’t offer the wrap around protection with only a full wall at back and overhead roof to keep out the elements.



Taber Music School, Saanich British Columbia 2017

August 11, 2017 | 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, Saanich, Street photography, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

 

Taber Music School, Saanich, British Columbia 2017

This low building has seen several different commercial lives but currently houses a music school, readily apparent not only from the sign but but by the musical note decor painted on the outside. It looks though it may have been a garage at one point.



Ladysmith Car Care, Ladysmith, British Columbia 2017

March 4, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Ladysmith, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Road Trip, Street photography, Travel, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Ladysmith Car Care, Ladysmith, British Columbia 2017

The red and white paint job on this former garage and corner store always catches the eye when passing by Ladysmith on the highway. It has been shut down for a while now although there are a few vehicles inside so not sure if someone still uses the premises. It looks a little more decrepit all the time though so I really expect to go by and se the building torn down one day soon.



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, Vernacular architecture, 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.



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, Vernacular architecture | 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



Dowler Grocery, Victoria, BC 2012

December 11, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Fine Art, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture, Victoria | 1 Comment 

Dowler Grocery, Victoria, BC 2012

Dowler Grocery is yet another of those unique neighbourhood corner stores that has closed. I’m not sure if it’s a coincidence that a 7-11 opened up across the street. I’m not sure when Dowler Grocery actually closed, I don’t actually remember it being open. The unusual thing is that even though this photo was taken in 2012 the storefront still looks the same. It hasn’t been renovated, converted into another shop or housing, for which I’m glad as the colourful store front certainly brightens up the streetscape.



Smile Restaurant 400 Block West Pender Street Vancouver British Columbia 2013

October 18, 2013 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Cafe, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Restaurant, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Smile Restaurant 400 Block West Pender Street Vancouver BC 2010

Smile Restaurant 400 Block West Pender Street Vancouver BC 2010

Photographer Wendell Phillips introduced me to this cafe when he met me here for breakfast one morning. The cafe’s street sign now reads Smile Diner rather than restaurant.



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