Friday, October 30, 2009

Day 24

Pacific Central

Lithuanian artist Vladas Vildžiūnas stunning piece named Barbora as seen just before the rain hit this afternoon in front of Terminal Station.

Day 23


Yes, you are correct your eyes are not deceiving you on the left is a Jackalope! The Museum of Vancouver has an exhibit on called Ravishing Beasts, all about taxidermy...worth the trip for the jackalope alone.

On the right is a piece of Vancity history, The Smilin' Buddha Cabernet sign that hung on Hasting for many years.

"The Smilin’ Buddha is one of the most iconic pieces of neon from Vancouver’s colourful history of neon signs. The Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret at 109 East Hastings Street was at the centre of Vancouver’s changing entertainment scene for decades. In the 1950s, the nightclub was a symbol of Vancouver’s post-war prosperity and bustle as captured in the photographic work of Fred Herzog. In the 1960s psychedelic era, it hosted acts such as Jefferson Airplane and Jimi Hendrix. In the late 1970s, as punk and alternative music took hold in North America, the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret was ground zero for Vancouver’s new independent music scene. In 1992, after the club had closed, the rock band 54-40 acquired the sign, restored it, and the Smilin’ Buddha Cabaret became the name of their 1994 release. The eight hundred-pound sign features neon on both faces. The Buddha’s chin and belly appear to jiggle, as bands of neon light flicker"

Day 22

Granville wondering

Just a couple more sights from the Granville strip; the Regal Hotel, and the top of the Vogue Theatre. In the near future you;ll get a better idea of how the Vogue looks when I capture it all lit up at night

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Day 21


The clear blue sky brought with it long shadows as the sun set for the night. I couldn't help but be drawn to the Movieland Arcade sign that hangs on Granville Street.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Day 20

BC Place

After its final duties hosting the opening and closing ceremonies at next years Olympics, BC Place will be undergoing a face lift and the sky line of Vancouver with be forever changed.

The bubble dome will be replaces with a cable retractable roof to let a little sunshine in when it's not raining.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Day 19

Steveston Fisherman's Memorial

Being so close to the ocean weather can change quite quickly. That was the case this morning while I went out to snap a shot of the Steveston Fisherman's Memorial. As you can see between my set up for a log and close shot the dramatic low clouds rolled in.

The Steveston Fisherman's Memorial is a freestanding memorial commemorating the lives and deaths of fishermen working out of Steveston, British Columbia. It takes the form of a giant fishing net needle and stands a few metres from the sea at Garry Point Park.

The memorial contains a large number of names of fishermen who died during their work, and the following words:

May 4, 1996
This memorial honours all the fishermen of our community who have
lost their lives in the pursuit of their profession.
Their courage, dedication and contribution to the development of our
community will never be forgotten."

Friday, October 23, 2009

Day 18

Mermaid III

It was a wet, dark fall day, not ideal for shooting. With its close proximity to where I'm staying and great photo opportunities, something tells me Finn Slough will be featured a few more times in this project.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Day 17

Siwash Rock

Spent my afternoon doing the full lap of the Sea Wall, one of my favourite parts to the journey is when you turn a bend just after the Lions Gate and you come across the Siwash Rock.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Day 16

Fall Walk with Dad

The smell of fresh ocean water combined with the scent of fallen leaves keeps drawing me back downtown. It is always a treat to make it to English bay.

I know fall can't last forever but I hope it'll give us just a couple more weeks.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Day 15

Stanley Park

The heart o Vancouver is Stanley Park. From the world class aquarium (hello Danger Bay anyone!), scenic 8km Sea wall, views of downtown and of coarse the southern entrance to the Lions Gate Bridge and the North shore Mountains.

Accessibility to nature is what this city is all about, Stanley Park is a perfect example.
Day 14

Daily Catch

A lone fisherman takes his chances.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Day 13

Early Bird

Fog has always fascinated me. This morning my inability to sleep afforded me a fantastic chance to get out and about first thing and have a nice ride in heavy fog.

I think the geese are prepping for their journey south, in this shot you can see a dozen or so during their departure, but in the near vicinity but hidden by the fog there must have been close to a thousand.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Day 12

It's Gonna Rain

Dark, wet, cool weather took a little break and gave me just enough time to get out and get this shot of the Britannia Ship Yards.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Day 11

China Town

Made my way down to China Town this afternoon despite the rainy weather. It is much clear and better organized than Toronto's which in some ways was disappointing.

My sister introduced my to Dr sun yat sen garden, great space in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the lower east side.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Day 10

Granville Island

Spent my afternoon drinking strong coffee and munching on fresh baked treats, while hanging with the gulls and pigeons at Granville Island.

Then I took a put around False Creek in my favourite form of transport in Vancouver, the little water tax.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Day 9

City of the Fall

I'm not sure of the city's terminology for area's quite yet so I can't even describe where it was that I was wondering around thins afternoon. Between Cambie and Main just off king Edward, not east van, the west side, or downtown?

Regardless of the name of where I was, the entire city is covered in bright reds, yellows and orange. It is quite nice, I really do enjoy this time of year

Day 8

Blue Heron

I'm really not making it too far from my house these days, I hope to make it downtown a little more often, but for now it is back to Steveston. It was a wet chilly Vancouver fall day, luckily the sun came out for just enough time to stumble upon this blue heron.
Day 7

Britannia Shipyard

The Heritage shipyard is about a 5 minute walk from where I grew up. Established in 1885 it was once one of the largest canneries of fish in the world. The fresh water made it an ideal location for those bound for the Pacif

Monday, October 12, 2009

Day 6

The Minivan

I still can't quite understand why is was as a child, my brother, sister and I had to cramp ourselves into a little Toyota Corolla and as soon as we all left home a minivan appeared?

Regardless it was useful yesterday as we all piled in and made the long trek to Abbotsford for Thanksgiving dinner. It was great to get some home cooking and catch up with the extended family.

Day 5

Scotch Pond

I really could not have asked for better weather to help kick start this project. This evening I was treated to a spectacular sunset at Scotch Pond, in the back ground are the gulf islands.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Day 4

Westcoast Colours

Had a nice afternoon with my mom and sister, we found ourselves at the dog park at Kits. While the k9's waged a futile war over a stick, I was fascinated by the crows as they rummaged through the beached mussels in search of a free meal.

Day 3

Fall in the Slough

Finn Slough sits on the Southern Dyke in Richmond. It was always a stop in my bike rides as a kid. Today I hopped back on the cycle and headed that way with my camera.

Directly from wiki

Finn Slough is a tiny Fraser River fishing community located at the south end of No. 4 Road in Richmond, British Columbia. The community has approximately 30 residents who live in wooden houses both floating and built on stilts along the marshy river bank. Many of the buildings were built between the late 1800s and 1950s and many have decayed severely, while some have been carefully restored. Finn Slough was founded by Finnish settlers who came to Richmond in the 1880s.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Day 2

Step On.

Made my first trip down town this morning. I can't really explain why, but I always seem to end up at the steps of the art gallery when I visit the core.
I have officially arrived in Vancouver and now begins the First 100 Days

Day 1

Back to the Beginning

Steveston will always be my first home. I can't even estimate how many hours I have spent down at Garry point as a child catching Bullheads off the pier.

It is good to be home, but this is going to be tough.
Day 1

Heart of Gold

There was no question what my day 1 photo would be of, after all she picked me up from the airport on Aug 1 2000. Jodes I love and will really miss you. Thank you for being a friend.
Day 2

Friendship Clusterf*#k

Sending me off in style. what can I say kids, you're the best.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Day 3

The Sweater

Original 6 rivals Montreal and Toronto squared off tonight to open the NHL season. Having never actually attended a game in Toronto I went down to the ACC to check out the atmosphere. I wish I wore a suit, I felt kinda out of place.

Day 4

Expect Delay's

Even the dedicated street car track can't help the backup on Spadina at College.