During a recent walk, I decided to veer off my favourite place for taking street shots, downtown Vancouver’s eastside, the area around East Hastings St and Main, which some people still label as notorious.
Notorious for what, I ask? Is this the only place in the world that has people with social and addiction problems? Isn’t it a fact that this kind of apathy is part of the problem that has created the problem in the first place?
Whenever I walk around taking photos, I always try and avoid sensitive subjects, you know what I mean….I may come across a person “shooting up”, syringe in hand….or someone who is clearly having mental problems and so on. To photograph people like this would be very, very callous and uncalled for indeed, so you’ll never see stuff like that in any of my shots.
Anyway, that day, I decided to walk down untrodden paths; wherever we live, we all have our regular paths which we are familiar with and walk down everyday. So much so that we rarely try and walk off those paths….fear of the unknown or possibly better-the-devil-you-know!
So I walked past E Hastings and Main, and a couple of blocks behind, I came across several photogenic buildings and places. One such building is the one featured here. At some time, it may have housed the iron works advertised on it’s wall.
But what caught my eye was the little sign at the bottom right that says “Cineworks”. I didn’t want to appear nosey, so I just took a shot and left it at that, but I did wonder what i would have found and learnt had I followed that arrow and looked for what work goes on at that place and who were the people running it. Maybe next time!