300 block West Hasting Street, Vancouver, BC 2013

October 12, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photographers, Photography, Photos, Road Trip, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

300 Block W. Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC 2013

A street view in the 300 block of West Hastings Street on the edge of  Vancouver’s downtown east side district.



British Columbia Photography Archives

February 20, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, From The Archive, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photographers, Photography, Urban, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Totem Poles and train caboose, Duncan, BC 2014

Totem Poles and train caboose, Duncan, BC 2014

Looking for inspiration for my own work I’ll look at the work of contemporaries but I also like to look through collections of the work of documentary photographers who photographed in earlier eras. The British Columbia Archives is the largest collection in the province (and the most diverse) but the Vancouver Library has some interesting holdings including images from the collective the Leonard Frank Memorial Society, not to mention the archives of  Leonard Frank himself. The Vancouver city archives hold a great deal of  photographs as well.

Memory BC provides link to a number of archives.

The universities can be a good source too. The University of Victoria archive is here and the University of British Columbia is here. If you’re looking for a specific photographer than you may have to chase down an archive holding that photographer’s images. The Belkin gallery at UBC  holds Roy Kiyooka images. They can be searched here.

Most smaller centres have their own archives as well and they can be useful if you are looking for something specific to a city.



Dominion Market, Victoria, BC 2015

February 19, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Dominion Market, Victoria, BC 2015

A classic, corner grocery store, still open and serving the local neighbourhood.



Impulse Foods, Saanich, BC 2015

January 11, 2015 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Impulse Foods, Saanich BC 2015

This family corner grocery store closed right at the end of December 2014.  It sits across from a small garage and hair stylist, a small pocket of neighbourhood commercial enterprises. When this photo was taken there was someone inside the premises cleaning and packing up.

The details in the window already attest to a time in history  especially the sign referring to the DVD sale as the store rented videos and we all know that is a business that still barely exists at this time.

Last week the Calgary Herald ran an article and photographs on the last occupied house in downtown Calgary being demolished. A nice look at changing demographics, times and urban life. It also shows the value of documenting existing landscapes and lifestyles while they exist.



Bay Grocery, Bay Street, Victoria, BC 2015

January 4, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Street photography, Vancouver Island | 1 Comment 

Bay Grocery, Bay Street, Victoria, BC 2015The Bay Grocery is one of those neighbourhood establishments, the corner store, that get get harder and harder to find each year. I enjoy how they look front the street, at either dawn or dusk, lighting up the street for the residents.



Bus Depot on Douglas Street, Victoria, BC 2014

January 3, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Documentary Photography, Personal Project, Photography, Street photography, Vancouver Island, Victoria | Leave a Comment 

Bus Depot on Douglas Street, Victoria, BC 2014The current bus depot, located behind the Fairmont Empress Hotel, is soon to be torn down and replaced with high end condo units. No replacement location has yet been announced for the depot. The current location is ideal for visitors as it is right downtown and a very short distance from most attractions and the Inner Harbour.



Totem and Architecture, Duncan, BC 2014

January 1, 2015 | Filed Under Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Historical, History, Nanaimo, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photographers, Photography, Photos, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island | 1 Comment 

Totem and Architecture Duncan, BC 2014

Duncan, on Vancouver island, is known for the totem poles displayed around the town. Duncan is actually nicknamed The City of Totems. The very walkable downtown is a nice mix of older small town architecture and this unusual circular office building next to the courthouse.  I like this view of the one pole and the office tower.



Alpine Motel, Hope, BC 2014

May 25, 2014 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Landscape, Personal Project, Project, Road Trip, Street photography | Leave a Comment 

Alpine Motel Hope BC 2014The thing about older hotel/motels, much like independent corner grocery stores, is that they have a uniqueness and really do tie in to their surroundings, history and place. This photo was taken while standing in the parking lot of  the ultimate in generic commercial property, a McDonalds but the view from there was very much a local one.



Canucks Jerseys, Coombs, BC 2011

October 22, 2013 | Filed Under BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Personal Project, Photography, Road Trip, Street photography, Vancouver Island | Leave a Comment 

Canucks Jerseys, Coombs, BC 2011

Canucks Jerseys, Coombs, BC 2011

Canucks jerseys, protected from the rain in plastic, hang outside a shop in Coombs on Vancouver Island. An image from the ongoing Salt Water & Rain series and the British Columbia photographic archive.



BCYNA Win For Feature Photo

April 29, 2012 | Filed Under Photojournalism | Leave a Comment 

A late post, two weeks ago, I won the feature (colour) category at the annual BCYNA Ma Murray awards. This photograph of an artist cleaning a totem pole originally appeared on the front page of the Victoria News.



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