An image full of natural triangles and triangular relationships but really I just wanted to share this place..
A sunny day at Kitsilano Beach, Vancouver, behind us a park with kids playing and the residential streets of the area. A Chinese woman net fishes with her husband off the beach - apart from the high rise apartments in the background this could be an entirely rural scene but the reality is that across the park and Burrard Bridge to these high rises puts you in downtown Vancouver - we are a stones throw from the centre of the city.
The line of trees across English Bay are the remnants of the Pacific rainforest on which the city is built - this is the famous Stanley Park - beyond are the coastal mountains and off to the right the mountain playground of city dwellers, Grouse Mountain - on a day like this we could lay on the beach in swimwear, buy a hat in Sears and Robuck and be up the mountain skiing in just over an hour......
To the left the outer edges of North Van (or West Van as they call it) spreads up another mountainside.
People talk about the quality of life here as if they haven't experienced anything much of value elsewhere.....well I'm exagerating maybe.....but people really do seem to value life and each other here in ways I've not seen so prevelant elsewhere.
After our first few days in downtown Vancouver staying at Kitsilano gave a very different view of the city - a cross over between our time on the Sunshine Coast and Campbell River. With views like this a stones throw from a city of three million people (Greater Vancouver) no wonder people rate this as one of the most beautiful (modern) cities on the planet.
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Furachan (0) 2006-05-19 4:07
This one intrigues me, Kev, it doesn't entirely satisfy me yet it fascinates me, perhaps the repeated pattern of 3 people along the diagonal, teh masked woman with the net, the obvious Canadian background of the Rockies.
I'm ambivalent and a little hooked at the same time. What to do?
alekpet (4663) 2006-05-19 4:57
This is a big strech from you, to share such a simple daily life photo. I'm seeing something probably not so prominent on the first sight, that is a remarkable contrast between the fisherman and the mountains (unspoiled nature kind of shot) and modern building on the far right. The pattern of three people is not so prominent here, the fisherman takes all the show.
PJE (20758) 2006-05-19 15:51
KevRyan you always seem to know when to click the shutter when it comes to capturing people in your photos. Well the Black tip shark too! I put that one on my desktop for my boys to see. They really liked it too.
Excellent positioning of these three that fit into a perfect triangle. I am not certain that this lady will catch anything but who am I to assume that. It looks strange to see her in this outfit.
I have to agree that Vancouver is really unique. I came in from Chilliwack to Vancouver for a doctors appointment. After that I met Cormac ( Alvin Brown) for coffee. A very enjoyable time indeed.
It only took me an hour and 15 min to get into Vancouver from the Fraser Valley. To get back home it took over 2 and a half hours. If the city of Vancouver can get that fixed it will be one of the best places to live!
jinju (14265) 2006-05-20 3:40
You walked the line. By including the 3 people, which is good, you got the main subject almost in the center, which Im a bit iffy on. I do like the 3 people though and the weight of them combined does put this shot off center in the end. I really like the b/w tones here. Superb whites and deep blacks. And yeah, its a beautiful view.
PeterC (2242) 2006-05-21 22:10
A very layered shot. The beach, water the trees and then the mountains. What i really like about this is that you included the apartments. I like many others wouls have tried to find and angle and leave them out. But i think you get a perspective of just how beatiful a city this is.