Barclay back alley, Vancouver, BC 2016

February 13, 2017 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

 

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A Canadian flag hangs in the window of an apartment as seen from a back alley in Vancouver’s West End.



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, 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.



Car Dealer, Clark Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

July 3, 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, Road Trip, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Car Dealer, Clark Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

Waiting at dusk along Clark Drive for the bus to come along. Industrial areas have their own beauty.



Vancouver Public Library Steps, Central Branch, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

April 6, 2016 | Filed Under Architect, Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canadian, Cascadia, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Library, Moshe Safdie, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Travel, Urban, Vancouver | Leave a Comment 

Vancouver Public Library Steps, Central Branch, Vancouver, Briti

I stopped by the Vancouver Public Library’s Central branch, the big one downtown bordered by West Georgia and Robson Streets.  Designed by  Moshe Safdie and DA Architects, that complex’s colonnaded walls give it a sort of Roman ruin look. I was there to check out some of the early Vancouver photography held by the Special Collections photo section up on the 7th floor. Had an interesting chat with a volunteer one day and staffer the next and got to look over a few prints. On the way out, towards Robson Street, the late afternoon light was creating small beams of light that lit up a narrow section of the stairs. It created the circumstances for a unique street photograph with the light, people and the architecture. A side note, as I was leaving the Special Collections section I passed by a tour guide who was telling an assembled group that the rounded chairs on the floor were designed by Safdie, the architect that designed the library.



Cardero Grocery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

April 4, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver, Vancouver Street Photography | Leave a Comment 

Cardero Grocery, Vancouver, British Columbia 2016

The Cardero Grocery tucked away in Vancouver’s West End is another one of those old corner grocery stores that appears to exist in a time warp. Old painted lettering and old 7-Up logos on the facade. It seems to me the key to the longevity of these old stores is their proximity to a school. It’s not the local residents shopping that pays all the bills, it’s the children with their change buying candy and soft  drinks. The Cardero Grocery is no different, located across the playground from Lord Roberts Elementary.



Vernon Drive Grocery, Vancouver, BC 2016

February 16, 2016 | Filed Under Architecture, BC Photography Archive, British Columbia, British Columbia Photographic Archive, Canada, Canadian, Cascadia, Corner store, Documentary Photography, Don Denton, Historical, History, Landscape, Pacific Northwest, Photography, Street photography, Urban, Vancouver | Leave a Comment 

Vernon Drive Grocery, Vancouver, BC 2016

This small corner store is such a great example of the old school of  the neighbourhood grocery in Vancouver. It’s served many generations of neighbours as well children attending Admiral Seymour Elementary School across the street. The Pepsi signs are quite unique too I think, a change from the usual Coke version.

The high price of  Vancouver real estate has been in the news a great deal lately and part of that story is the fact that the housing prices are driving families out of the city core. One of the side effects of that migration is the closing of schools. What happens to neighbourhoods and local stores when families leave and schools close.

Gary Mason in the Globe and Mail had a nice piece on the issue here .



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.



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