If you want to experience everything that Vancouver has to offer, and I guess that goes for all major cities across the globe, a visit to the poor areas, where drug dealers and users co-habitate is a must.
Just be careful!
I was very hesitant to walk around in these back alleyways, especially alone. I've done this before, and i came back with some pretty bad experiences. But this day, i went early in the morning on the weekend, and it was a bit cold, so less chances of being harassed.
I was surprised how much illumination there is when surrounded by such tall, and closed-in walls around me.
Its fun to find new treasures in your own city.
Thanks for looking.
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lousat (72181) 2011-12-04 10:49
Hi Craig,great choice of point of view as usual,i like the imposing composition,only a lot of concrete and old facades,only the car give a touch of new at the pic,very brilliant idea,i like it!Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
Robert1969 (6858) 2011-12-04 10:50
Wonderful composition and lower (vertical)position, because
that makes the building bigger and makes the whole
Also wonderful is the light management and the car
and the walking person are a nice extra, that brings
extra live in the picture....Good work.
rbassin (16250) 2011-12-04 10:52
Une superbe photo avec une point de vue intéressant entre les murs sombres de la rue et qui débouche sur un façade bénéficiant d'une belle lumière.
stevesaba (8135) 2011-12-04 11:01
Wow! Looks familiar to me; not that I hung out there, but certainly the allies of downtown Vancouver was somewhere that you inevitably might find yourself once in a while albeit for a short time. I never had any trouble but it was a different time then too. Then there is day vs. night...and at night obviously the risks go up. I actually rented a room on Cordova Street rooming house for a month in the 80s just to see what it was like. It was, well, pretty horrible! But your photo really captures the feeling of these allies perfectly; the wires, the brick, the graffiti, the haunting windows! Well seen and expertly done. Warm regards,
mauro61 (52623) 2011-12-04 11:06
un angolo inconsueto questo che hai ripreso della città.
Edificio sullo sfondo al centro di due file di palazzi con l'auto e l'uomo di fondo.
Murales a dare un tocco di colore,
danyy (0) 2011-12-04 11:38
la photo urbaine qui fait peur, celle qui nous donne l'illusion d'être très petits, faibles , vulnérables.
Il n'empêche que ce building à l'arrière plan est magnifique, la cadrage et le format vertical l'avantagent.
Longroute (19392) 2011-12-04 12:06
your street views of Vancouver are always so impressive and graphical! I like a lot how your framed that lovely façade with these old walls, it creates a fine perspective and a good contrast. Great sense of space and three-dimensional and above all a peculiar atmosphere. An image which throws yourself into this alley!
boa (5618) 2011-12-04 13:43
Hey.. i remember this alleyway, i have some photos from this area myself. Near Carrall street ? Yes i agree, it is important to be careful in such environments, especially when carrying an expensive camera equipment. I have also been nervous in some situations but I try to : Skip the shaving for some days, dress like a bum, never appear disoriented. No guarantees but you will probably not have any problem.
Good shot with contrasts. Beautiful facade in front framed by worn brick wall facade, sharp and clear with a good "bad area" atmosphere. Well done !
InasiaJones (31350) 2011-12-04 14:14
I know the building standing at the end of the alley, a nice piece of architecture that should be taken care of.
Downtown Eastside can be intimidating for tourists, but I'm sure a local like you can make your way through without problem. I've been spending time in the area by many occasions, and I even had some small talks with street people. Most of them are junkies and prostitutes, nothing to be scared about, as they barely know which planet they're on. A lot of them are native people, and once you show that you aren't impressed by them, they stop their circus.
They usually hang around Main and Hasting, and although it's a pity to see these people without teeth and acting like zombies, they aren't a real menace to anyone, particularly if you walk through them without hesitation.
One reason to go there is simply because the area is full of photographic opportunities, if you are interested in social documentary. Also, for a guy like you who is highly interested in architecture, there's a lot of nice old buildings and IMHO, one of the most beautiful retro neon sign, the one from Hotel Balmoral, that alone worth a walk there.
Vancouver's back alleys are very typical with their wooden electrical poles and for me, they are always evoking the X Files series that was filmed there for the first 5 or 6 seasons.
I think that your shot is quite interesting, showing urbanity in its less glamourous side, but nevertheless a place that have much more to talk about than any given aseptic suburb. For me, this is one of the most interesting part of Vancouver, along with Gas Town and Chinatown in photographic terms.
It's cool to be a tourist in your own town and Vancouver has a lot to offer.
Go back and show more! Don't be intimidated Craig, fear no one. It's all a matter of attitude.
delpeoples (52445) 2011-12-04 19:58
Of course there's a dodgy side to every city, even one as pristine as Van. God knows there are plenty in Sydney, most of which I wouldn't dare walk around alone in. Which is a bit snobby considering I was born in one of Sydney's toughest suburbs. Is this near where you nearly got mugged by the druggy? For sure you get brownie points for just venturing into this dingy alley. And double brownie points for doing it with a nice camera. I really like for a number of reasons, not least that it has alot of atmosphere, ie. an atmosphere of menace. The other reason of course is the quality and light management and the third reason is that you're trying to give us something different in your Gallery. And you've succeeded.
Thanks for sharing this one with us, I bet you couldn't wait to take the shot and get out of here.
PS: I read Andre's discussion with you about HDR. Good on yo for handling it so well - and good on Andre for so passionately telling you what he thinks. He said it with love and coming from such a talented guy, you know he's not trying to be nasty. If he'd taken the half hour or so it would've taken to write the critique - to me - I would've been incredibly flattered.
bayno (18342) 2011-12-04 22:53
Hi Craig, excellent composition, I like the three facades and their contrast of light and stylish, perfect light management, of course, here the POV is king, well done, have a good day, Valter
jjcordier (73194) 2011-12-04 23:25
Malgré tes aventures malheureuses dans le passé, tu n'as pas hésité à revenir ici et ta photo montre que cela en valait la peine! Techniquement difficile à réaliser mais pas pour un photographe aussi chevronné que toi!
Nicou (116170) 2011-12-05 0:49
sueprbe image et compo quelle rue superbe compo et iamge avec la belle facade en fond ce couleur ces deux parties ces facades, fantastique.
Bravo et amitié
timecapturer (45107) 2011-12-05 2:32
a great shot this and composed so powerfully. Love the light and the contrast of graffiti strewn walls that lead you to a more sophisticated building and smart car. Fascinating imagery perfectly executed and presented. Well done!
Have a great week - regards Brian.
tyro (18564) 2011-12-05 3:54
Firstly, am I correct in thinking that this is not an HDR picture? Trouble is, you're so good and subtle in your rendering of HDR shots that I find it very difficult to tell!
The vertical format works extremely well here and really emphasises the height of the buidlings surrounding you and in front of you. The lighting and the colours are superb, as are all the details of those messy cables above and the graffiti emblazoned across the walls. The solitary walker and the car add a perfect sense of scale.
I read with interest your reply to Andre (InasiaJones) and his further reply. I agree with all points of view in those comments by both of you but, now approaching my "geriatric" years, I personally should feel very reluctant to "take on" aggressors quite so readily as Andre obviously has done in the past.
I think for me the problem is that, to me, photography is a hobby and, even although I am passionate about it, I feel it is something which I should enjoy and feel relaxed doing. I do not wish conflict, whether it be some thief or addict threatening me with a knife or some security guard or policeman telling me that I can't take photographs in a railway station or near the Houses of Parliament because I might be a paedophile or terrorist. So that's why I feel more relaxed and happy taking pictures of sensible things like trees and mountains - things which don't attack you, pull stupid faces, run away or threaten you.
I guess at the end of the day (and you, being trained in psychiatry will know this better than I), it depends on what sort of a person you are, your personal confidence levels and your general psyche. If you are confident and fearless, fine: if, like me, you're a bit of a shrinking violet and prefer to avoid conflict, then places like this are perhaps best left alone. But what a waste of some wonderful photographic opportunities!
Anyway, Craig, a Lovely Shot!
snunney (79491) 2011-12-05 4:07
Unusually, I like the inclusion of the car here, it makes a good focal point and contrasts well with the surroundings on various levels. Also, the ever present overhead wires, which here make a good set of lead lines. Very good rendering of the tones and detail.
maria-v1981 (10779) 2011-12-05 4:29
This image is like came out from a movie scenery. I believe that it is characteristic example when you watch a movie. The architecture from the building background is beautiful.
dkmurphys (46140) 2011-12-05 12:49
You know, for many Europeans the North American style is fascinating. I love this kind of streets seen in so many movies. The cables, the colors and the architecture...not to mention the big useless cars that eat a lot of fuel :P
Very nice scene, thanx!
TRB (13559) 2011-12-05 12:56
Excellent perspective, great shot.
brianmcc (6005) 2011-12-05 13:14
fair play to you for hanging about street corners for your art, especially with the obvious risk in such areas. i feel very self conscious just walking the fields with a camera and tripod.
the light is excellent and you have managed it extremely well, especially in the dark alley way. the vertical presentation is impressive and emphasises the sense of trepidation and perhaps intimidation you might feel here.
my only negative is that the car is a shiny modern one and not a 1970's ford gran torino, or an old chevy. but hey.
have a good week,
worldcitizen (6473) 2011-12-05 14:26
I like this POV. There is just enough exposure in the alley so we can see the bricks and the graffiti. I also like the bay windows that are on the right side. I also like the wires! Some people don't, but hey, they are part of the urban landscape, and in this case they add interesting detail to the shot. Have fun exploring, but don't go getting beat up now! ;-)
npecanhuk (60816) 2011-12-05 14:40
This picture could have been taken in any north-american city... very typical! I like it!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, slim black borders, contrasts and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
corjan3 (2025) 2011-12-06 1:49
Yes, it can be dangerous to wander along the back alleys but photographically awlays rewarding, as you show here. Excellent exposure control, composition and tonal range. Well done.
cagla (3932) 2011-12-06 4:06
Hi Craig, I usually like vertical framing of the old narrow streets and yours is one of them, the architecture of the front building is really very nice and the contrast of its spectacular facade with the old side walls adds much to your shot. Have a nice day.
abmdsudi (39482) 2011-12-06 4:26
A fascinating well exposed backalley with adequate highlights in the shadow areas and lovely three dimensional feel. Impressive composition, great depth and this makes a very interesting capture in particular love all those detail textures of the old walls which offers the eyes to explore beyond. Excellent perspective and orientation, well timed shot by adding a little something else on the brighter fg corner, the human touch, a highly visible part that add life, contrast, scale and impact excellently.
The dark walls with faded grafitti add the mood and atmosphere of this place. My mental image of this city is really being jolted by this shot, however you have captured an amazing and rustic backalley but full of charm on its own right which add colors to his fairly dark spot. Sure is a masterful piece of work on your part. You certainly succeeded in giving a sense of reality of this place. Wonderful shot and very informative. Well done
Fis2 (81844) 2011-12-07 10:32
A very interesting alley.
Excellent frame and perspective.
Good colors and light.
Auto add savor of photo ;)
nikkitta (13220) 2011-12-08 11:26
After reading your note and watching the graffiti ( in general in marginal parts of the cities)I realized the dangerous the backstreets are, also the electrical poles everywhere!
Anyway, like your creative capture showing the contrasts, old and new, dark and light
Well done TFS
Graal (95343) 2011-12-08 23:31
amazing back street in the big town. Nice architecture of house in BG. Good presentation and photowork. Unusual mood in this image.
Have a nice day.
Bluejeans (64247) 2011-12-09 4:09
Ola Craig ,
Está magnifica esta tua foto nesta rua estreita , gostei da sensação de aperto , parece um pouco triste este lugar sem se ver o céu ou o sol , bons detalhes de arquitectura nestes edifícios idosos , parabéns!
Um abraço Gonçalo
rodgerg (55767) 2011-12-09 9:41
Congratulations for this unusual shot to TE. This street is too the world! Excellent managment of light, details well collecetd and great depht with the coloured frontage which arise in the BG.
Have a nice WE,
chriswhitley (2027) 2011-12-09 12:27
Hi Craig. This shot just goes up and up and up. Fantastic perspective. An interesting note and some interesting comments too. Cheers, Chris
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (52014)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-12-03
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, Pentax DA 16-50mm f2.8
- Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2011-12-04 10:38
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