Monday, April 19, 2021

Lion's Gate Bridge



In one of the earliest real estate scams, the Guinness family (yup, that one) bought a whole bunch of land in West Vancouver, about 4700 acres of land, in the early 1900s and then took part in the process of having the bridge permitted for construction in the 1930s or so. It was completed in 1938 and they charged a toll of 25cents to cross it in a car, or horse and carriage because it was 1938, or if you wanted to walk across it it would cost you a nickel. In 1955, the Guiness family sold the bridge to the province for exactly the amount it cost them to build it (and they presumably got to keep the 17 years of collected tolls) so it cost them nothing to build in the end. And all that land they bought in West Vancouver became much more valuable now that a bridge was in place to connect it to Vancouver proper. 60-70,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily. I walked under it for the first time. And took some photographs.







 

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A man and his dog.

No good reason. Which is a good enough reason.

Stay tuned....

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Signs

 As Clark Drive continues to change in nature and philosophy, the number of vacancies increases. People are afraid to invest in a building that may get knocked down in a year or two, renovation eviction clauses are the norm.

Vancouver suffers from not having a sense of history or permanence. So much of what we have is razed and replaced.




Monday, November 25, 2019

A Sunday With Sophie

 I gave the kid my old D700. It broke once, but I found an article online that allowed me to fix it for $13 instead of the $300 or so that Nikon wanted to charge me to fix it. "It's heavy," she said. By the end of the day she said, "I'm getting used to its weight."





 There were GeoCaches along the way. It helped guide our path towards our destination.


 I rarely turn the camera sideways. It's hard to take photographs of this BIG architectural project, one of the few buildings in Vancouver with any real character, though I worry it's a novelty act.

 Rodney Graham designed a $4 million chandelier for under the Granville bridge. The "underneaths" of bridges is usually where the poor and marginalized gather to find a home but real estate in this city is so unobtainable that even the underneaths of bridges are worth a chandelier. I can't afford the house I live in, except that I bought it for an inflated price a decade ago that seems like a bargain today. I'm not sure that I could even afford to live under a bridge in this city when I'm forced to sell the house I live in.

 This sign is iconic.

That kid.

Friday, August 9, 2019

July 26th, 2019.



 All of these photographs were taken with a Yashica 35 MF on July 26th 2019 using a single roll of Kodak TMAX100 film.