Needless to say I am really enjoying this somewhat new found passion for (street) portraiture. Most of the people I’ve encountered so far have been open and willing to allow me to snap a photo of them and with any luck this has not only given me the privilege practicing something I love to do, but to also get my name out there and perhaps even make someone’s day. At least I hope the people I come in contact with on this venture take my approach in a flattering way (which they should).
So without further delay, here are a few people I recently captured.
I spotted the above individual on Granville Street as he walked out of one of the stores. The way he stood a few feet beyond the threshold he had just exited while taking in his surroundings made it looked like he was taking a break from his job.
The relaxed air about him was enough for me to walk up and introduce myself and after a few moments I was taking his photo. Being satisfied with the shots I learned his name was Louis and that was where we parted ways.
Walking along Cordova Street with Vince Chow, a ray of sunlight streaming into a store front immediately caught my attention. I found the shadow created by the iron gated window being cast over the interior brick work to be very interesting and the way the light hit the employee inside screamed for me to capture it in camera. Only thinking as far as looking up to realize it was a tattoo parlor, I clumsily fumbled with the door knob before inquiring with the occupants if I could take their photo. Arlin (or “Uncle Arlo” of www.aplustattoos.com), pictured above, was kind enough to oblige me and I wasted no time at all taking the shot. After exchanging business cards I asked if I could put Vince in the same spot to create him a new portrait as well.
I would like to thank Arlin and Gastown Tattoo & Body Piercing for allowing me to access their cool space and those few moments of rich sunlight painted on the wall.