Property waiting for redevelopment, 1100 block West 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC 2016

February 6, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Property waiting for redevelopment, 1100 block West 7th Avenue,

This property, looking pretty rundown at this point, has spectacular views of the Vancouver skyline. It has a unique mainly glass gazebo on the roof (at right). I’m guessing that the little house/entrance leads to either stairs or an elevator although elevators seems to be something only new small residences have. Redevelopment means that the space will hold more residences and they can all enjoy that view. It also likely means that the section of the view available to the passing pedestrian, will vanish. The only wonder right now is why, given Vancouver’s hot real estate market, the property isn’t already rebuilt.



New Vancouver Art Gallery site, West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC 2016

January 30, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, Arts, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Fine Art, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

New Vancouver Art Gallery site, West Georgia Street, Vancouver,

As an exercise I sometimes try and photograph with an eye to preserving a view that will not exist in the future. The above is one such view. Shot from  Cambie Street and looking across Georgia Street to the north. The parking lot seen at the lower right of the image is the future site of the Vancouver Art Gallery. That new building will most certainly obscure the existing view that includes the iconic Sun tower with the  blue/green dome roof on Pender Street. The Sun tower was at one time home to the Vancouver Sun newspaper, hence the name. When it was built in 1912 it was the tallest building in the British Empire. The new art gallery will have a unique wood exterior and  the VAG site says work will commence in 2017.



Olympia Pizza & Pasta, Vancouver, BC 2016

January 28, 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, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Olympia Pizza & Pasta, Denman Street, Vancouver, BC 2016

I’ve been eating at Olympia Pizza for  over 30 years. Sure, there was a 15-20 year gap in visits when I lived in Alberta but now that my son lives in the west end, my old neighbourhood, the family has resumed enjoying their house lasagna during visits. It’s wonderful when you can revisit an old favourite. The exterior could use some updating or at least some paint but I’m just happy to see they are hanging on providing food for succeeding generations of west enders.  In case you are interested, their website is here. Ask for the Olympia lasagna, it has sour cream in the sauce.



Army & Navy Store, East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC 2016

January 27, 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, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Army & Navy Store, East Hasting Street, Vancouver, BC 2016

The exterior of Army & Navy store, a long time fixture along East Hasting Street in Vancouver, is looking pretty shabby these days. When I was a kid, and the area was still a commercial hub, my parents would bring us in to the city from our home in the Fraser Valley and the Army & Navy was always a stop for new school clothes, coats, shoes etc. Goods were low priced and well made for the most part. At the time the area was still a shopping district although the SRO hotels existed and there was a transient population in the neighbourhood. Booze was the drug of choice at the time , although I’m sure there was some drug use. I remember most of the locals were single men, living (I assume) on a small pension or government assistance. They were usually well dressed, if a little worn, but in jacket and tie. At least, that’s how I remember it as a kid. Now gentrification is slowly pushing it’s way into the area and will replace the low rent stores and shops with high end shops and stores. No middle ground. A woman living in the DTES told me it was actually a good place to live right now, the only thing missing was a hardware store and a KFC. Somehow I don’t think gentrification will bring either of those. Therein lies Vancouver’s housing problem. While some work is done on providing low (very low) income housing, and lets face it, the amount promised is never the amount delivered. The rest of the housing will be high end, it will not serve the working poor, it will not serve the minimum/lower end wage student or young person starting out and it will not even serve the middle income salary family. They will all be frozen out of the core where they work.



Back alley in the snow, Kamloops, BC 2015

January 3, 2016 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Kamloops, Landscape, Photography, Street photography | Leave a Comment 

Back alley in the snow, Kamloops, BC 2015

A view of pedestrians making their way down a snowy back alley in north Kamloops, British Columbia. Downtown is visible in the background.

A recent post by Austin, Texas photographer Kirk Tuck about the photographer as a visual anthropologist resonated with me. Here’s an excerpt below, with the link to the full article here.

‘Photographers rarely look to their own cultural or social peers as subject matter and inspiration because familiarity makes most subjects boring to us. But when we get immersed in something new and different our conscious minds filter out most of the commonalities of the intersection and concentrate on the aspects that are different. Our brains help us distill down new scenes into visual snapshot components that emphasize the differential, the deviation from our mean.
I think these are the things (the differences) that most of us want to shoot when we walk down the street with our cameras. ‘


Shipwreck of the Pacific Sun King, Saanich, BC 2015

January 1, 2016 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Saanich, Ship wreck, Shipwreck, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Ship wreck of the Pacific Sun King, Saanich, BC 2015

The wreckage of the ship Pacific Sun King lies on the beach in Gyro Park at Cadboro Bay. The 55 foot, 44-tonne live aboard ship washed ashore during a heavy windstorm on December 5. The wreckage has gotten more and more worn out as the owner saved what he could from the ship and subsequent storms have worn away the ship. A more complete story on the wreck can be read here.



UVIC Field Hockey Practice, Saanich, BC 2013

December 16, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Saanich, University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

UVIC Field Hockey Practice 2013

University of Victoria field hockey players take part in an evening practice in front of the then under construction new recreational complex. The complex opened this year and features a climbing wall in the tower.



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, Victoria | Leave a 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.



Grave Site of Albert “Ginger” Goodwin, Cumberland, BC 2011

December 8, 2015 | Filed Under Albert Ginger Goodwin, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Coal, Documentary Photography, Ginger Goodwin, Historical, History, Labour, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Road Trip, Union, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Grave Site of Ginger Goodwin, Cumberland, BC 2011

Even today, coal miner, union activist and conscientious objector during World War I,  Albert ‘Ginger’ Goodwin remains a controversial figure in British Columbia history. The native of Yorkshire, England came to Canada to work in the coal mines and later became involved in union activities in response to terrible working conditions. He ended up becoming the vice-president of the British Columbia Federation of Labour as well as a union president. Initially found unfit for military duty due to black lung, after leading a major strike at the Trail, BC smelter in 1917, his status was revoked and he was ordered to report for duty. A pacifist who was opposed to the war, Goodwin took to the hills around Cumberland where he remained safe until July 1918 when he was shot and killed by a police officer. The event was controversial with the officer pleading self defence and others suggesting it was murder. Goodwin’s funeral procession apparently stretched for a mile and his death is supposed to have led to the Vancouver General Strike in August 1918, a major event in Canadian labour history.

As mentioned Goodwin still provokes conflicting emotions in the province.  Part of the highway nearby was named Ginger Goodwin Way in the 1990′s by the NDP (labour friendly) government but in 2001, after an election brought in the big business provincial Liberals, the Goodwin signs were removed.

Grave Site of Ginger Goodwin, Cumberland, BC 2011 2



Architecture and Landscape Changes Vancouver Island 2015

November 21, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Fine Art, Historical, History, Ideas, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Photos, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Beach Avenue House 1

 

Beach Avenue House 2Two photographs taken a week apart. In the first a heritage house, sporting some unique architectural detail, sits on supports and a trailer, in the second, the vacant lot after the house was removed and view of the previously hidden seascape. The third, yet to be taken, will show the new structure built on the lot. Change is inevitable and at least in this case the original structure will be placed on another lot and continue it’s architectural life.

CBC British Columbia has a story about a new book out called Vancouver Vanishes which ‘laments the demolition of character homes and the histories they contain..’ The book grew out of the photos and essays contributed to the Vancouver Vanishes Facebook page.



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