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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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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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"Cap Crusher", Capilano Canyon, Cleveland Dam, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver embraces spring in grand style

The first few days of spring in Vancouver, Canada have seen sun, first signs of new life, and warm temperatures reaching +15C (60F). The days have highlighted a clear advantage for being present in the “Canadian Southwest,” compared to the lingering winter hanging on so desperately in other parts of the country.

Over an 11-hour period, I’m fortunate to catch a few special moments:


MacLean Park, Strathcona, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Tai chi for early risers – MacLean Park, Strathcona

MacLean Park, Strathcona, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Morning flight – MacLean Park, Strathcona

"Cap Crusher", Capilano Canyon, Cleveland Dam, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

Photo finish – North Vancouver

Capilano Canyon, Cleveland Dam, North Vancouver, BC, Canada

The Sisters (The Lions) – North Vancouver

Garry Point Park, Steveston, Richmond, BC, Canada

Spring stroll by the river – Garry Point Park, Steveston

Fraser River, Strait of Georgia, Salish Sea, Garry Point Park, Steveston, Richmond, BC, Canada

Double take (times 7) – Fraser River

Garry Point Park, Steveston, Richmond, BC, Canada

Flights of fancy – Garry Point Park, Steveston

Strait of Georgia, Salish Sea, Garry Point Park, Steveston, Richmond, BC, Canada

Human detectors – Georgia Strait (Salish Sea)

Academic Quadrangle, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Pour water, Instant campus – Simon Fraser University

Convocation Mall, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Sunset in springtime, shapes, and silhouettes – Simon Fraser University

West Mall Complex, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby Mountain, Burnaby, BC, Canada

Sun(set) dog, 22-degree halo – Simon Fraser University


I made the photos above on 23 March 2014. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as https://wp.me/p1BIdT-4Mt.

First signs of life: first day of spring in Vancouver

Many have suffered through a long, difficult, cold and snowy winter. Here in the Canadian Southwest, the first day of northern spring has brought blue skies, warm sun, and the appearance of cherry blossoms. Fresh colours and fresh flowers provide encouraging signs of new life, and warmer sunnier days lie ahead for everyone across country and continent.

MacLean Park, Strathcona, Vancouver, Canada

1st day of (northern) spring

Fortunately, the morning light illuminated these blossoms beautifully, and I created the right depth of field to get pink splotches of bokeh against blue sky in the background. The settings were 1/1000s, f/4, ISO200, and 95mm focal length.

Spring/autumn equinox (northern/southern hemisphere) for 2014 occurred at 1657h GMT on March 20. I made the photo above at 1658h GMT (958h local), about a minute after the moment of spring equinox, at MacLean Park in the Strathcona neighbourhood of Vancouver, Canada, on 20 March 2014.

This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

Vancouver Eastside Thanksgiving on Instagram

In Canada, the Thanksgiving holiday occurs on the second Monday in October. The shorter growing season ends earlier at higher northern latitudes compared to the United States, which also explains their “turkey holiday” towards the end of November.

Beautiful weather in mid-October got me to thinking about how I would view Thanksgiving Day in my neighbourhood. I’ve been back in Vancouver, Canada for a number of weeks, and I’ve been relearning the Strathcona neighbourhood on the city’s east side. The saying goes: “the more things change, the more they stay the same …” That’s especially true after being away for almost twenty years.


“I am a leaf on the wind … watch how I soar …”


Autumn colours


T-shirt and shorts on Thanksgiving


“Social media”


“Union & Hawks”


“OH HAI; it’s a harvest …”

I made all of the photos above on Thanksgiving (Mon)Day, 14 October 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

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