Night Signs | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Posted on 6th December 2015 in adventure, architecture, explored, wandering

Lately I’ve been taking to wandering the streets of Vancouver at night. Part because I’m working pretty hard during the day, and partly because that’s when I find the walk most calming to my mind.

Old signs, new signs, not signs at all. I enjoy capturing landmarks of the Vancouver lower East Side as much as I enjoy capturing the people that walk the streets. Perhaps it’s also a little bit less invasive, and I’m just out to flow.

This particular series of photographs were all taken in one night’s walk: Strathcona, East Side, Gastown, Downtown, Yaletown, and back through Chinatown.

One thing I particularly enjoy about signs is the way that they glow, casting their light upon the surrounding darkness.

I am really quite undecided how I feel about the art of the Sign. When one is in an older city, there are usually a lot less neon signs that were so popularized by the mid 20th century. Then to a¬†Westernized city like, let’s say Vancouver, a city block without a sign feels weird and lonely. On one hand, I really appreciate a great sign that makes sense and was clearly a colossal undertaking. But on the other hand, does this form of advertising need to exist? If you don’t know where you’re going, do you need to be bombarded with this madness?

How do you like the Sign?

Please Dismount Bicycle, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Please Dismount Bicycle, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Wing Wing Co. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Wing Wing Co. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Savoy Pub, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Savoy Pub, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Savoy Pub, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Savoy Pub, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rickshaw, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Rickshaw, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The Sardine Can, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

The Sardine Can, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Abbott Mansion, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Abbott Mansion, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sky Mart Convenience Stores, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Sky Mart Convenience Store, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Avalon Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Avalon Hotel, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dressew, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Dressew, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Scientology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Scientology, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Do Da, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Do Da, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Internet 30 min $1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Internet 30 min $1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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Key Cut Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Key Cut, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Kingston, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Kingston, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Back Forty, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Back Forty, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Back Forty, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Back Forty, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Buy & Sell Tickets Here, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Buy & Sell Tickets Here, Vancouver, BC, Canada

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Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Chinatown, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Goldstone Bakery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Goldstone Bakery, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Money Foods Enterprises, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Money Foods Enterprises, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

SS, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

SS, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hotel Patricia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hotel Patricia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

2 Responses to “Night Signs | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada”

  1. Luna says:

    I’ve seen and felt all the same. And now I live far far away.
    Your photos bring me back.

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