For some time now I have been getting out with my camera less than I would like, so when I saw that there was a “Valerie Jardin’s Hit The Streets Photowalk” taking place just across the Salish Sea, in Vancouver, I thought it would be a great photographic opportunity and a chance to meet some other photographers. The photowalk lasted about two hours and went from Granville Plaza, near the waterfront, around the Vancouver Art Gallery, past the Vancouver Public Library (VPL), Central Branch, and back to Granville Plaza.
After a week that briefly saw snow twice and a lot of rain, it turned out to be a beautiful, mostly sunny, 7°C (44°F) day for a photowalk. Despite having grown up in the Vancouver area, it’s been a while since I have been back and walked around downtown, so it was good to see the old and new in the city.
While many buildings have been built in this century or late in the last, some, like the Vancouver Art Gallery (designed by Francis Rattenbury, who also designed the BC Legislative Building, and built as a courthouse in Neoclassical style, in 1906) Commodore Ballroom (built in the Art Deco style, in 1929) have been around for much longer.
The design of the Central Branch of the VPL, with takes up an entire city block, reminds one of the Colosseum in Rome, but is also very modern and presents many opportunities for interesting photographs.
It seemed like almost before I knew it, the photowalk was coming to an end. I look forward to coming back beautiful Vancouver a little more often.