Photographer's Note

With a little hesitancy, i upload this photo today.
I wasn't sure how it would be received because of the yellow trim, but I thought...why not!

This is a photo of the Astoria Hotel in the Downtown East Side of Vancouver. The seedy, drug infested, homeless area that has made headlines around the world. Believe it or not, this area in Vancouver is poorer than the worst areas in Detroit, Miami, LA, NYC, Chicago...anywhere in North America! And its all right here close to home - just a couple of blocks from where I shoot all my architecture scenes!!

I've been wanting to photograph this Hotel for a LONG TIME now. It takes courage to bring a tripod and camera gear into this area, as you make yourself a huge target - something i've experienced myself in the past where as I was assaulted and chased.

A simple thing as bringing a buddy helps, and also going at the smartest time. This was photographed early in the morning, when most people were still tripped out on their drugs and havn't woken up yet!

The Astoria is an ugly marvel of a hotel, but it has charm with its Neon lights. Many hotels in this area have the same sort of charm. Known for its bed bugs, its crime, its seedy characters, this hotel is a winner in terms of a photographic subject.

In the WS, i'll add a photo of another seedy Hotel..called The Patricia, which is just a 1 min walk down the street from the Astoria

Hope you like it.

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Additional Photos by craig macintosh (macjake) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7052 W: 88 N: 17094] (78209)
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