Night Signs | Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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

Comments

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

  1. Luna Avatar

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

    1. ned Avatar
      ned

      Memories are some of the most beautiful things we have, Luna. Hope they’re serving you well.

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