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.



Box House, Bevan Avenue at Third Street, Sidney British Columbia 2017

October 2, 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, Sidney, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Box House, Bevan Avenue at Third Street, Sidney British Columbia

A great example of why it’s important to photograph a unique, even if insignificant on a larger scale, piece of architecture when you have the opportunity. This small square box of a house was bulldozed less than two weeks after I took this image. The house was very basic but unlike anything else on the street. I’m sure it’ll be replaced by a larger box, offering more residences on the same footprint which is good, but I doubt there will be anything unique about the new structure.



Mural and Back Alley, Trail British Columbia 2016

September 24, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Photography, Street photography, Trail | Leave a Comment 

Mural and Back Alley, Trail British Columbia 2016

The back alley building seemed to, in some ways,  mirror the old newspaper building pictured in this mural above garbage cans and a parked car.  Historic murals offer an instant lesson or peek in to a region’s past.



Curio and Antique Store, Victoria British Columbia 2017

September 9, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Chemainus, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Curio and Antique Store Window, Victoria British Columbia 2017

This little shop in downtown Victoria seems like a throwback to a different era with it’s amazingly eclectic collection of goods, from toys to Indigenous art. There’s certainly a recent history of toys visible in the objects for sale. Normally I would have tried to reduce the reflections in the window glass but I think the buildings reflected are useful visual information about the street.



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.



Writer Yasuko Thanh, Victoria, British Columbia 2017

September 2, 2017 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, British Columbia writer, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Literary Photographer, Music, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Portrait, Punk Rock, Vancouver, Vancouver Island, Victoria, Writer, Writing, Yasuko Thanh | Leave a Comment 

THANH, Yasuko 1

Yasuko Thanh is both an award-winning writer with a short story collection and a novel published (and a new publication on the way) and a musician who performs in a number of bands. I’ve photographed her singing and at a book reading/signing before but this was our first shot at a portrait. Her site is here. A review of her novel in the Globe and Mail is here.



Ruby Karinto, Victoria, British Columbia 2017

August 27, 2017 | Filed Under Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Entertainment, Historical, History, Music, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Punk Rock, Uncategorized, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Ruby Karinto

Much of my photography centres around landscapes, natural and manmade and how that shapes us and our culture and/or how we and our cultures shapes our constructed and social landscapes. I like how the local makes us all unique to our own parts of the world.

I haven’t concentrated so much on people who shape our culture especially artists, be they writers, musicians, painters etc.

Local Victoria band Ruby Karinto are unique certainly. The foursome, lead vocalist and electronics, Ai Ito, Soma Morse, electronics and vocals, Damon Henry, bass and Jason Flower, percussion are unique. Lead vocalist Ai Ito performs in a mask.The lyrics to the band’s songs are at  least 50% in Japanese. Their lyrics are, according to drummer Jason Flower “based on cryptic Japanese folk tales and bizarre western pop culture references”.

Ruby Karinto 2Song titles include Moonwalk Uncle, Zelda and Team Chopsticks.

The images here are from a recent outdoor performance in Victoria. You can check out the band here.

I’ve written previously about drummer Jason Flower’s other musical endeavours, his used record shop Supreme Echo and his record label of the same name (here). Flower tracks down forgotten, neglected and  overlooked bands and their work and puts out vinyl records of their music along with supporting written and visual material providing not only entertainment but archiving music for the future

 



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.



Wood Carvings, Chemainus, British Columbia 2017

June 3, 2017 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Chemainus, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Fine Art, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

 

It was just starting to rain as I came past these wooden carvings along the highway in Chemainus. The large, almost life size Sasquatch (assuming we know what life size is for a Sasquatch) was certainly an attention grabber. Birds, whimsical bears, and more stood along the roadside distracting passing motorists as the carver worked in the tent behind and chatted with those who stopped. The intensifying rain prevented more photography time so a more in depth look had to wait for a dryer day.Wood carvings, Chemainus, British Columbia



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