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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Vancouver Street Photography

Posted on 3rd October 2015 in Street Photography, wandering

It’s been a while since I wandered a city for street photographs; people of the street that look interesting enough for me to press that shutter. I always see people that are interesting, but a lot of the time I leave my fast camera at home and stick to my smartphone camera. I guess part of the reason is I spend some much time editing photoshoots that I just feel like walking sometimes.

Anyways, I’ve been trying to re-kindle some young love in me and have taken to the streets of Vancouver to try and learn some new gear that I’ve got – specifically a Sony a7.

I always shoot a mix when I’m out wandering. I look up, I look down, I look around and through. This is the people on the street I photographed, you can see everything else in this post on architecture and graffiti. My path? I walked from Chinatown, to Gastown, to Granville St and Robson Street, back East through Yaletown, across the viaduct between Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium, and back through Chinatown.

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Wandering Vancouver in Autumn

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

Lately I’ve been taking to the streets of Vancouver with my camera to photograph anything that I see. This is part my effort to begin studying what it means to be a documenter, and part my effort to learn the new camera I am using, the Sony Alpha7. It’s truly a remarkable camera and I have plans to do a full review of the camera shortly.

Vancouver is a city that I find incredibly beautiful, depending on the day. Some days, golden light shines through semi-tall buildings filled with multi-cultural citizens who spill out into the streets to enjoy the green city, some of them walking or cycling about their business.

Today was one of those days where the city is simply golden.

My path? I walked from Chinatown, to Gastown, to Granville St and Robson Street, back East through Yaletown, across the viaduct between Rogers Arena and BC Place Stadium, and back through Chinatown.

This is the architecture, graffiti and other nonsense I found along the way. Street Photography post can be found here.

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Headshots | Munish Sharma

Posted on 9th February 2015 in portraits & headshots

I met Munish Sharma (fb) on the stage. Well, I didn’t meet him on the stage, he was on the stage and I was watching, but we met afterwards. Munish is a driven man, an actor, dancer, performer, playwright, master of ceremonies, and 100% one of the kindest souls I know, and I know I’m not the only one who thinks that. He’s magnetic like that.

Anyways, Munish asked me to do some headshots of him to use in his acting portfolio. This turned out to be a lot of fun because he was taking on characters to show potential directors his diversity as an actor.

This was done entirely with natural lighting on a typical overcast Vancouver afternoon in Gastown.

Can you guess what character type he was trying to portray?

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In the Rain with Pardeep

Posted on 15th February 2014 in portraits & headshots

As a photographer, it is my job to play with the environment, the location, the model, the weather, and my camera, all at the same time. Every single time I shoot, at least one is being temperamental.

Taking photographs in Vancouver, naturally the environment and weather are always a big factor. Rain. Yes, rain. Always looming. Well, not always, but in the winter months, always.

Pardeep and I have been friends for a while, as we first met on Twitter. On my latest trip to Vancouver I put out some feelers for anybody looking to make some magic, to do a shoot, and she expressed interest in getting some portraits done. Not typical portraits, she wanted character and reflections! I tried my best!

We picked a day when it was very cold, and drizzling slightly, and right along the inlet so that it would be as cold and miserable as possible for us making our magic. We all know that nothing good comes easy, right?

Pardeep was an absolute jewel to work with, and her motivation and eagerness kept us pushing on for more!

We shot in Crab Park – on the outskirts of Gastown – then went inside and had some tea (*read: warmed up & gathered motivation), and finished the shoot wandering into Gastown a little bit.

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