Graffiti in Athens, Greece | Part II

Posted on 21st November 2013 in adventure, explored, photojournalism, Street Photography, wandering

Re-visiting these photographs, I can remember one night as I walked the streets strolling down a lane with no cars allowed, and the restaurants all had their tables out in the lanes. As a walker, you had to weave your way in and out of tables and people eating, so naturally I sat down and ordered a bottle or house red.

The old world is such a beautiful experience. To walk amongst buildings that have existed for over a hundred years, some as much as 2000 years old. Hard to come by this kind of industrial history in North America.

See Part I if you missed it!

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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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Vancouver’s Wall at The Bay

Posted on 7th July 2011 in events, photojournalism

I took a stroll down to the epicenter of the riots some silly folks in Vancouver decided to partake in after the Canucks lost game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals.

Vancouver reacted to this by showering effected shop owners with love and cleanup efforts that warmed many devastated heart, including writing slogans of hope to the city on plywood put up by the bay. I talked to a person along the street and they said that they had to put a second layer of plywood because it was full of names. I’m wondering if they’ll put these up somewhere for art or a sign of love?

I’d like to shout out to @thefalconer for founding the #thisIsMyVancouver hashtag on twitter, which soon turned into a local campaign for people to share what they loved about Vancouver.

This is what I found.

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Downtown Vancouver for the Canucks Game 7 Loss To Boston

Posted on 16th June 2011 in events, photojournalism

So, the home team, the Vancouver Canucks, were in the stanley cup finals last night, and it was game 7, and it was being played here, at home. Clearly, as an interested photographer (see my flickr, tumblr) I had to go down and catch it. What I had planned was to catch a very busy crowd. That was it.

How prepared was I for what I saw? I had my flash, my T1i, and 3 memory cards. Incidentally, I was disappointed that I had forgot to transfer the files from one of my memory cards, which as it turned out I didn’t need it in the end.

What I found was something else. Something that started off beautiful quickly turned into something very very ugly. I could feel it, as other people I talked to said they could feel it, deep within my belly. These pictures can explain.

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Sakura in Vancouver

Posted on 20th May 2011 in adventure, nature, photojournalism

I live in Burnaby, which is extremely close to Vancouver, which is known worldwide for its sakura festival, or cherry blossom festival. This year, I made it a goal to go out and capture as much of it as possible.

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