Being out of town for most of January, I missed our world halting snow fall earlier this year. So I wouldn’t feel left out, Mother Nature decided that it would lightly dust the city with the white stuff. For any international readers out there, while this is late into the month of February, please note that this is not a usual occurrence in Vancouver and that snow is about as prominent here as rain in Las Vegas (I am certain it is actually much less).
It’s a bit of a pet peeve of mine when people crowd under store awnings while continuing to utilize their umbrellas thereby effectively preventing anyone else from finding shelter from the elements. Whether it stems from inconsideration or ignorance, I only ask that one please try to be courteous to those around them.
One may notice that I have been on a street photography bender in the last few weeks and I really have no way to explain it. It could be that walking around freely is really one of the best ways to actually be free in the literal sense. And by combining that aforementioned freedom with a cherished hobby has only lead to fun and rewarding times.
Looking for fresh content, I found my way onto the Canada line that connects downtown Vancouver with Richmond and our international airport. Meeting up with Brett (@BrettVo), we rode to the airport to wander around for a bit before heading home. Here are some of the things I saw.
One thing I have struggled with in the genre of street photography is the ever looming opinion (or even legal precedent) on privacy. Far be it for me to want to impose myself on the constitutionally granted right of security of the person, but at the same time, photos with no identity pale in comparison to a set of engaging eyes.
There will always be room for nameless and faceless picture taking. And one could even argue that this sort of thing is more mysterious, more raw. But any photographer worth their salt would probably agree that it is the confrontation of a strangers face in a picture that almost forces a viewer to be compelled to ponder the photo a bit more.
This was my first crack at taking photos on public transit and I have to say that there is a wealth of subject matter that can be found if you aren’t adverse to either being a bit sneaky or can talk your way out of a confrontation with no chance of escape until the next station. I can honestly say that I was on the shy side for this first go at it, but this would turn out to be a great lead into the personal obstacles to come.