Street shooting in Vancouver…


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!

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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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