Corner Store in Snowstorm, Davie and Thurlow, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

May 21, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Snow, Street photography, Travel, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture, Weather | Leave a Comment 

Corner Store in Snowstorm, Davie and Thurlow, Vancouver, British

This was one of those heavy west coast snowstorms that came in, dumped a load, and then it all melted away by the next day. I walked out of the Skytrain Station on Davie Street and there were just light flakes falling, but by the time I reached Thurlow there was snow covering the ground, the falling snow was much heavier and just a few blocks later the guy ahead of me was leaving  trench in the snow with his pull along suitcase. There’s been a neighbourhood shop on this corner for as long as I remember, one of the local independents hanging on.



Great Pacific Pawn, Carnarvon Street, New Westminster, British Columbia 2018

May 8, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Landscape, New Westminster, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

 

Getting off at the sky train station in New Westminster and leaving by the back entrance you’ve got a handy pawn shop right in front of you.Pacific Pawn, New Westminster British Columbia 2018



Canadian Pacific, Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

May 6, 2018 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Canadian Pacific, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Train, Travel, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography, Vernacular architecture, Work | Leave a Comment 

Canadian Pacific, Waterfront, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

Work crew makes their way towards a CP Rail engine and cars in the train yard on the Vancouver waterfront following a snow storm.



Selfie Bus Shelter Poster, Granville Street, Vancouver, British Columbia 2018

March 5, 2018 | Filed Under Art, 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 | Leave a Comment 

Selfie Bus Shelter Poster, Granville Street, Vancouver, British
Late night Vancouver street photography while walking along Granville Street. Photographing an ad for a camera phone and camera phone photography.



Hair salon and Murphy beds, Langford, British Columbia 2017

January 24, 2018 | Filed Under Architect, Architecture, Art, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Langford, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver Island, Vernacular architecture | Leave a Comment 

Hair salon and Murphy beds, Langford, British Columbia 2017

Architecture, of course, like everything works in cycles of fashion. The A-frame entrance to suburban housing, at least in British Columbia, was common enough in the 60′s and 70′s. It’s perhaps rarer to see this vernacular architecture at use in commercial buildings from that era, certainly with the use of the double A-frame on the structure, which you can’t see in this image(the A is at either end of the building), and to see two buildings built the same next to one another. Note the modernist (less than a decade old) condo building with it’s silver exterior in view between the two.



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.



Resto Lafleur, Dorval, Quebec 2017

September 13, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, Canada, Canadian, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Dorval, History, Landscape, Montreal, Photography, Quebec, Resto Lafleur, Street photography | Leave a Comment 

Resto Lafleur Dorval, Quebec 2017

Travelling a bit further afield than usual. I was in Montreal in June for work and spent two nights at a hotel near the airport in the suburb (city?) of Dorval. The hotel was located in the middle of an industrial district which was deserted sit was the weekend. I’d gone for a walk in the evening looking for a someplace other than the hotel to eat but anyplace nearby was closed. This Quebec fast food chain outlet’s colours were bright in the late evening sun but since it was closed meant hiking back to the hotel for dinner.



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.



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

 



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.



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