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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A Plethora of Vancouver Urban Architecture

Posted on 3rd December 2015 in architecture, explored, wandering

Over the years I’ve gathered quite a large collection of photographs of Vancouver architecture. I’ve actually been having the recurring feeling that I take a lot of photographs as I look through my archives.

Vancouver is a fairly new city, compared to some of the other ancients found in most of the rest of the world. As a result, the buildings of Vancouver are an eclectic mix of various architectural building material and styles. Some built in the old European way, others built in modern glass and iron. At first glance, it could be a bit confusing. Once you start to know the neighborhoods though, you start to understand which ones are older. For example, Gastown is a very old district of Vancouver, but the neighboring Yaletown is a much newer part of town that mostly skyrocketed (literally) as a result of Expo ’86.

As one walks and looks closer, you can start to pick out heritage societies bright blue plaques that designate heritage buildings with a little bit more history about each building. Maybe stop next time and read what it says?

False Creek Vancouver

False Creek Vancouver

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She’s Pink | Tallulah Lee

Posted on 30th September 2015 in fashion, lifestyle

Tallulah Lee (fb, instagram, archives), the artist formerly known as Lu Lee. East Van at heart, Miss Lee always has a certain casual flair to her that I quite enjoy capturing, this time it was pink, obviously. You can’t walk down a street lookin’ like Tallulah – having a mane of flowy pink hair – and expect a crowd not to gather.

I bet she has a motorcycle.

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Love + Hate | Nite Mare

Posted on 23rd September 2015 in fashion, lifestyle

Thug Dance (day 1577)

I’m an East Van thug
I’ve got dimes for your eyes
I wrote empty lines
For shoes your size.

Beats’n’bustin
And breakin signs,
I’ve locked this hood
On playing this rhyme

Crack crack
Break a ga-lack
Break your mother fuckin’ knees
Smack; my attack

From Hasting’s to Oppenheimer
To Railtown smokin’ crack
These pimps are all small time
Knock’n at my back.

I’ve got thugs in my pocket
From Strathcona to Clark
Commercial to Main,
Remember sucker, East Van’s the land

All you rebels cryin’ loud
My shit’s locked tight
Now strap on your booties,
Baby, let’s dance!


Ladies and gentlemen, Nite Mare (fb, instagram, previous posts) of The Lost Girls (previous posts, fb).

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Sorceress’ | East Vanity Parlour

Posted on 17th August 2015 in fashion

The East Vanity Parlour (fb) is filled with some badass, scissor wielding, bike riding, updo styling babes, located in the heart of East Van’s Mount Pleasant district. I’ve had the good fortune to get to know some of these girls over the years, and when Kristi (Owner)(fb) and Sophie (fb) approached me to work on a project with them I was like:

“You kidding me?! Yes I’d love to shoot with you two!”

They spent the morning working over a handful of ladies with bones and dye, pulling props from their large collections of the ornate to style with, and by the time I arrived, everybody was looking… well… sorceress’ish.

It was Kristi who suggested the location. I had never seen it before, but when she said it was a giant tree fort in the middle of the forest I was sold. It’s quite funny how after this shoot, this location has come up about 3 times when planning shoots with others. Maybe I’ll return, but it’s still too soon right now.

I really wish I could have somebody like one of these two to be my partner for every shoot that I do. Having a stylist would totally up my photography game, big time. So if you’re out there and looking to team up with a photographer, send me a hello!

This is what we created.

East Vanity Parlour - Ned Tobin - Tree Fort Sorceresses

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