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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Graffiti in Athens Greece | Part I

Posted on 13th November 2013 in adventure, explored, photojournalism, Street Photography, wandering

During my time in Athens, Greece (September, 2012) I was continually astounded by the immensity of the graffiti scene. So much so, the second day I was there I dedicated to walking around and finding as much graffiti as I possibly could.

It’s not that it was particularly fancy graffiti, but just that it was everywhere. EVERYWHERE. I think the coolest thing for me was recognizing the same artists in different places. I tried really hard to find some artists putting up, but they all eluded me.

Coming from Canada where any graffiti is taken down the next day after it’s put up, it brought a lot of questions to mind: Is it just that everybody – all the store owners – in the country are too poor to pay money for paint to cover it up? Is it that the graffiti scene is too vicious if it’s painted over it’ll be graffiti’d over again that night? What do the citizens think of it? Is it abnormal for them? Do store owners like it?

I know on some of the stores, artists were commissioned to put up some nice fitting graffiti.

When talking to the locals this scene started around 2005 when political and civil unrest began to surface. Before that, it wasn’t as covered, from what I understood. See Part II of this series.

What do you think of it? Could you enjoy living in a city like this? Does it encourage art?

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Darmstadt, Germany

Posted on 16th October 2012 in architecture, nature, wandering

This summer I spent a decent chunk of time living in a relatively small city just south of Frankfurt, Germany called Darmstadt. I cannot express how much this city influenced me, how it changed me, how it opened my eyes and moved me like a dancer. Just in this city. I won’t even get into what the journey before and after did for me!

There were many nights of drinking wine or beer in the park playing guitar or having  BBQ with the rest of the gang, doing some amazing mountain biking, or hanging around meeting new people at the fair. It was a beautiful thing.

As time ground down to the end of my stay, I started to realize that I hadn’t explored the city with my camera yet! Luckily for me, I had a friend from Malaysia who had been spending lots of time in Bordeaux, France, and also had a bike and wanted to explore the city. It was beautiful weather, and we had alll day!

We started at the Opera House in town, and made our way to Mathildenhöhe and the very old Russian Church attached to it, on to the Rosenhöhe [Rose Garden], through an ancient Crypt and apple orchard, over to a funky house that looks all slanted and groovy called Waldspirale, and then finished at a small little café that gave me the recipe to their delicious salad dressing.

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Berlin, Germany

Posted on 25th August 2012 in architecture, Street Photography, wandering

I came to Berlin to meet my friend Jaybo, and see his art show. One of the two I accomplished.

Berlin was my stop over en-route to Riga, Latvia. I arrived in the early evening, and wandered the streets with no plan except that my flight was very early the next morning and I wouldn’t bed down for the night. Optimistic I was, I am aware, but with a little help from my friends, I made it alive [and tired].

Berlin was a very creative town. I found a few very interesting districts that really made me feel like spontaneously morphing into a creative piece of flesh. For me it was actually the street art, the city walls, the architecture that attracted me. I guess it’s in these cities, that everybody looks the same. It’s in these cities where everybody is very afraid of looking different and is very intent on fitting the fashion that it makes it incredibly hard to find an interesting soul to photograph. Sometimes, you just catch a lucky day.

I did two days in Berlin, once on my way there, and once on the way back.

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