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Black Strathcona, Strathcona, Black History Month, East Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, fotoeins.com

My Vancouver: Jimi Hendrix’s grandma and Black Strathcona

Above/featured: Hogan’s Alley: Main Streeet at Union Street.

When a wae lad was I, I viewed Vancouver’s Strathcona neighbourhood through the various lenses of my parents, the people on our block, and the surrounding community. That is, I viewed the area as primarily Chinese, in school and on the streets.

As an important teacher, history can often be painful. But an important and unspoken responsibility as city resident and national citizen is recognition and acknowledgement of these past lessons. I learned years later about the destruction of the African-Canadian community with the construction of the Viaduct, which not coincidentally almost eliminated Chinatown. The Viaduct is a remnant of the planned 1960s highway project in the city of Vancouver, but final removal of the viaduct is coming in the next few years.

February as Black History Month has been officially recognized in Canada since 1995. To honour the rich history by African Canadians in the province, British Columbia has also officially recognized Black History Month.

With the present focus on Nora Hendrix, below are specific examples of Nora’s presence in Vancouver to represent partly the history of African Canadians in the city; there’s much more at Black Strathcona.

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Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Canada Day 150: the 5th annual marathon (2017)

Featured: Of the 150 people to become new Canadian citizens, 3 of the youngest Canadians cut into the cake for the cameras on Canada’s 150th birthday at the Citizenship Ceremony held inside the Vancouver Convention Centre.

For the 5th consecutive year, I’m out and about on the Canadian national holiday. 2017 is a special year with the sesquicentennial or 150 years as a nation. Over a “marathon” lasting 16 hours from about 5am to 9pm, I’m going from one part of Vancouver to another of the metropolitan area to photograph people and locations dressed up or covered in red; many events are happening on the city’s waterfront at Canada Place.

Here are 17 photographs for Canada Day, 1 July 2017.

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Nick Gregson, Veterans Memorial Mural, Royal Canadian Legion, RCL179 Grandview Branch, East Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: “lest we forget”, RCL179 Vancouver

On the walls of the building for Royal Canadian Legion branch 179 in East Vancouver’s Grandview neighbourhood are murals painted by Vancouver artist Nick Gregson. The above picture shows Gregson’s Veterans Memorial mural on the east wall facing Commercial Drive. The frequent refrain implores and impresses upon people not to forget the ugly, the futility, and wasted lives brought upon by war.

I made this photo on 28 July 2016 with the Canon 6D, 24-105 zoom-lens, and the following settings: 1/320s, f/14, ISO500, 24mm focal-length. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8Li.

Academic Quadrangle, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Fotoeins Friday: The Quad in Summer (SFU)

Simon Fraser University (SFU) is located at the summit of Burnaby Mountain at an altitude of 370 metres (1210 feet). With five years spent on the “hill”, I’ve seen how the ceiling for low-cloud (stratus) can often be below the summit during late-autumn and winter. This means the university campus is buried in thick opaque grey which can be very depressing. But when clouds break as shown above on a clear summer morning, I’m reminded why this view of the Academic Quadrangle and the adjacent reflecting pool is an enduring and iconic image, one that’s representative and memorable of earning my B.Sc. degree at SFU.

I made the photo on 1 July 2013 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/640s, f/8, ISO200, 18mm focal length (29mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-8Rl.

CN rail tracks, Canadian National, rail, freight, Glen Drive, Parker Street, Vancouver, BC, Canada, fotoeins.com

Home eye: a return to Vancouver streets (2013-2014)

What is “street photography”? How is street photography defined? Should it be defined? Who, if any, has the authority to define and maintain the definition? I presently subscribe to Eric Kim’s definition, but it’s important for people to photograph as they wish and desire. Whatever people think in terms of their streets is entirely up to them.

When I returned to my hometown for an extended period, I returned to the streets to became familiar with them again. Street names have remained unchanged for the most part, although many buildings have long since been demolished and replaced by something else. When I first picked up a camera, I rarely turned the lens onto people. It’s been a slow evolving process to shift my camera onto scenes with people. With that in mind, I’m fortunate to have some shots with people in decent scenes mixed with good timing.

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