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Black Strathcona, Strathcona, Black History Month, East Vancouver, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada,

My Vancouver: Jimi Hendrix’s grandma and Black Strathcona

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

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.

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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.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

1. A quiet dawn at Canada Place, 525am

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

2. First light over Mount Seymour onto Burrard Inlet (Salish Sea)

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

3. It’s a shiny morning …

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

4. From Burrard Dry Dock Pier, cruise ships at Canada Place: left-to-right Golden Princess, Star Princess, and Nieuw Amsterdam.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

5. To the top of Grouse Mountain: “The Cut” (centre) and the wind turbine Eye of the Wind (right) lit by the morning sun.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

6. Docked at Burrard Dry Dock Pier is HMCS Regina, Halifax-class frigate for the Royal Canadian Navy; see also here.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

7. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice, congratulates the 150 new Canadian citizens at the Citizenship Ceremony.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

8. 150 new Canadian citizens receive their certificates of citizenship.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

9. At the podium is Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, who welcomes the new citizens to Canada.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

10. Crowds at Canada Place: “Everything is better in Canada.”

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

11. “True north, strong and free.”

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

12. It’s about the hat, isn’t it …

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

13. Flag bearer, Granville Street at West Hastings Street.

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

14. Bilingual balloons, Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Canada150, Canada Day 2017, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

15. RCMP officers in their reds, at YVR.

Canada Day, Canada150, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

16. Trottier Observatory, symbolic of past favourites: Simon Fraser University, where I received my B.Sc. in physics.

Canada Day, Canada150, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

17. From Burnaby Mountain at 851pm: last light of the day hits Eye of the Wind, the wind turbine on Grouse Mountain (centre).

Click on the arrow-window icon at the upper-left corner of the map below to display locations corresponding to the photographs.

Oh Canada …

•   4th edition – Canada Day 2016
•   3rd edition – Canada Day 2015
•   2nd edition – Canada Day 2014
•   1st edition – Canada Day 2013
•   The National Anthem with the Heritage Horns, 12pm daily in Vancouver
•   The National Flag, official since 1965
•   Canadian symbols, including the national anthem

I made all of the photos on 1 July 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

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

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 as

Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada

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 as

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.

Faithful companion, The Wilder Snail, Strathcona, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Faithful.” Strathcona – 28 Feb 2013.

I returned briefly to Vancouver after completing my year-long around-the-world trip. During a short walk through my neighbourhood, this corner café used to be one of many “corner” grocery stores where I’d sneak my allowance for a candy bar (or two or three). Naturally, Strathcona and its demographic have changed over the two decades I’ve been away. But one fact remains: dogs do civilize the place, don’t they?

Reflecting pool, Academic Quadrangle, The Quad, AQ, Simon Fraser University, SFU, Burnaby, BC, Canada,

“Alma mater.” Burnaby Mountain – 27 Feb 2013.

I spent five years on the main campus of Simon Fraser University. First came engineering; then came physics, along with several work semesters in the co-operative education program. Even among thousands of students, there’s quiet to be found on the summit of Burnaby Mountain; this image of the reflecting pond at the Quad1 will always be a little piece of time travel.

“Rebirth.” Vancouver Block reflected in new home of Nordstrom/Microsoft, downtown/CBD – 17 Jan 2014.

There’s a bus stop at the southeast corner of Granville at West Georgia in Vancouver’s downtown (CBD2). Like many, I’ve spent a lot of time here waiting for the bus to arrive. There’s change, as the old Eaton’s became Sears, and construction will soon give way to the home of Seattle’s Nordstrom and Microsoft. And then there’s history, and that’s where the Vancouver Block enters the picture.

“I see flakes.” Chinatown Plaza – 23 Feb 2014.
Neon at night, Chinatown Plaza, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Chinatown neon” – 31 Jul 2014.

I have many childhood memories of neon lights in the city’s downtown and Chinatown districts. As neon signs have disappeared, one sign for Chinatown Plaza stands tall at the corner of Keefer and Columbia. The red and yellow are not only easily recognizable, but their “warmth” is as familiar to anyone who knows about Chinese culture.

Morning tai chi, MacLean Park, Strathcona, East Side, DTES, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Morning flight.” Strathcona – 23 Mar 2014.

Not all Chinese have escaped Strathcona for the suburbs. The evidence is plain for all to see on clear mornings as senior citizens gather at the local park (“my park of childhood”) for their daily “tai chi.” Watching their deliberate motions reminds me that one day they’ll all soar to great heights, as my own father finally took flight in August 2014.

Dundarave, West Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Dundarave morning.” West Vancouver – 1 May 2014.

West Vancouver was always a mystery to us on the “East Side.” To us, the affluence, the fancy cars, and the Britishness of it all were as tangible as the aether. Even with years in between, I’ve come to Dundarave, and the mystery remains. I don’t know what prompted me to lift the camera and make this shot; there’s something about the person standing tall and hand firmly on their cane, about to cross 24th Street with the light.

Corner freeze, number 3, Burrard and Robson, downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Corner freeze.” Downtown/CBD – 22 May 2014.

I lucked out, because I managed to frame the shot with the appropriate depth of field. With the “bracket” provided by the person’s shoulder in the foreground, we see a variety of people in the background, waiting to cross Robson Street. I like the mix of residents, shoppers, tourists, singles, and couples.

“Duel.” Gastown/CBD – 28 Jun 2014.

This scene simply begged to be photographed. On a walking tour of the city’s historical Gastown, I had to be quick with the camera before another person crept into the field of view, or this fine white-bearded gentleman in a blue coat moved away from the Clint Eastwood cardboard cutout (“The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”).

Thurlow and Comox, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Drive by, by day.” Downtown/CBD – 2 Aug 2014.

Thurlow and Comox, St. Paul's Hospital, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Two bikes, at night.” Downtown/CBD – 8 Aug 2014.

There is a span of three weeks in the summer of 2014 which will not be easily forgotten. Every day, I visited my father in St. Paul’s Hospital, a place from which in his dying state he would not return. Living a life means a measure of self-control, and watching life slip away also means a loss of control. For me, these pictures of timing are a reenactment and momentary realization of control.

Chinatown, Vancouver, BC, Canada,

“Solter(r)a.” Chinatown – 23 Aug 2014.

“Solterra” is a Spanish compound word consisting of “sol” (sun) and “terra” (earth or ground). “Soltera” is the Spanish noun for a single unmarried woman. There’s delicious irony and paradox, and even a possible parable for local residents (yay) and developers (boo). I wrote more here and here.

1 Quad or AQ, for Academic Quadrangle.
2 CBD, for Central Business District.

I made all of the above photos in Vancouver, BC, Canada, from 2013 to 2014 inclusive. I made the cover/featured shot on 18 June 2013. I used a Canon 450D until its demise in August 2013; since then, I’ve been using a Canon 6D. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

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