If you go down to DTE today…..you’re sure of a big surprise…!


I remembered that little ditty playing in mind…about the Teddy Bears Picnic that we used to sing aloud at school when I was a little kid.

And that ditty was still playing in my head, as I was walked around the DTE area of Vancouver recently, trying to look like a professional photographer, but failing miserably…when I came across this little guy in some bushes. It often surprises many people seeing me walking amongst thousands of so-called socially deprived people in this part of VanCity…..in all the time I’ve been taking shots there, not once have I had anything stolen from me, even though I often carry expensive Rolleiflex cameras with me. I tell a lie….there have been 2 cases where I have had a little bit of hassle there….the first was when I was shooting a building just off East Hastings Street and Main….an area well-known for it’s, shall we say, street ladies.

I had only just taken my shot and was walking away, when I heard a woman shouting something at me….I turned around and she was swearing and screaming at me for taking her photo….I assured her I was only interested in buildings that day, but she was adamant that I was out to shoot “whores”, and demanded the film…I’d only just loaded the film into my camera, so rather than create a scene, I just opened the  camera up and gave her the film! That seemed to quiten her down and she walked away muttering…

The second time was when I was out on a shoot, again in the same area, when a guy across the road I was wanting to cross, suddenly began shouting out to me, “Hey! You gay or something? What’s that damn flower for?” Sometimes I get an urge to look different to everybody else, so I make rash decisions as to what I’m going to wear….it may be all denims (denim shirt, pants, jacket, cowboy boots)…or it may be dressing in all-black…or as this time, a colorful flower in my lapel. So anyway, I avoided that guy by walking along the street and taking another route!

Back to my shot of the toy doll…..it seems some child may have put it there, or maybe some passer-by could have placed it there, seeing it on the sidewalk….but it really caught my eye…a kind of a surreal thing to see, in the middle of a busy city.

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And this second shot, again taken in the same area…..this is a classic example of seeing something, taking a photo of it, then realising that what you saw has not been captured by the camera!

It’s a classic thing isn’t it….what we see and what the camera sees are two very different things, alas. And no matter how hard we try, whether we use the most expensive film camera, or the most advanced digicam around, there will always be moments when we realise what we saw is not what we hold in the camera.

Just to fill you in on this last shot…..when my attention was drawn to it, the shadows just stuck out a mile, as if virtually asking me to photograph them…..the human-like shadow on the left was moving around gently, caused by a gentle breeze blowing, as if it was the shadow of a man or lady dancing to some unheard music. The whole scene, no bigger than a tiny 1″ by ” square, seemed so sharp and clear compared to the surroundings…..other-worldy even.

Of course, I took the shot, but looking at the result, that magic that originally drew me towards it, has gone….maybe you can imagine what I saw…?

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all shots taken with an HTC cellphone

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ME & MY PASSION! ok, you probably looked at the length of this "about me" page and thought, god, what's wrong with this guy!....does he have to start telling us his life story or something!!? well, youve come here now anyways, so why not hear what im like as a person, eh? ive been using film cameras for well over 30 years...my first one being the family yashicamat twin lens! over the years, ive both bought sold and collected film cameras...too many to tell the truth! in fact, ive been buying and selling cameras well before the internet came on the scene, so anything you purchase from me is backed by my self-styled moneyback promise.....if you dont like what youve bought, send it back within 14 days and you get all your money back...no arguments!! WHERE I STAND ON THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION! yes, i do use digital as well, but only as a ready-reckoner...i try and take most shots with my simple 2megapixel digicam....if the shot looks good, i pull out my film camera and shoot! i most defintely do not believe in digital manipulation of photographs....that in my eyes is not photography...its cheating! WHERE I USED TO LIVE, WHERE I AM NOW & WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO! i used to live in Ontario, Canada, but moved back to the UK a little while ago (its a long story..!)...but now i'm living in the one place i always wanted to be...Vancouver, BC..the next best thing to paradise on earth! as i work as a freelance writer as well as other things, i often find hat my work takes me to europe for short spells, so i get to travel a lot...not a blessing, as i just hate long flights! im a qualified Quality Assurance guy (you know...ISO 9000, auditing, documentation etc) ....99% of my skill-set is transferable so i can handle any admin or documentation-related roles....see you in BC! otherwise, i specialise in ISO 9000 auditing and documentation. my dream? to have my own thriving camera shop in Vancouver BC, whilst living in the mountains somewhere.....the best of both worlds!
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2 Responses to If you go down to DTE today…..you’re sure of a big surprise…!

  1. I know what you mean [about the second shot].
    I like the dark and mysterious atmosphere in both of them – especially the second.
    Have a beautiful Sunday! :-)

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