Category Archives: Historical

Life Finds A Way # 1

This morning I woke up and didn’t hear any rain hitting the roof, so I decided to spend some time outside exploring with my camera. I thought the combination of the old wharf and the cloudy sky would look good in black and white. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Dodge Pickup

This rusted Dodge pickup truck and the perspective of my photo reminds me of the 1971 movie Duel by Steven Spielberg. David Mann ( Dennis Weaver ), a mild mannered electronics salesman, is driving cross-country on a two-lane highway when he encounters an old oil tanker driven by an unseen driver who seems to enjoy annoying him with dangerous antics on the road. He is unable to escape the demonic big rig. After watching the movie, whenever you see an old rusted truck, you’ll see it in a different light. Click on the image to see a larger version.

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Bristol Double Decker Buses

I just spent the last two weeks exploring the West Coast of Canada with my camera. On Cormorant Island in the village of Alert Bay I was surprised to find a trio of double decker buses. They were originally used in London and then Victoria, B.C. For many years they stood with other double decker buses near Coombs, B.C. I bet when these double decker buses were manufactured in Bristol, England in the 1960’s no one could have imagined that 50 years later they would end up on a small island in the middle of Johnstone Strait.

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The Abbotsford Airshow

I attended the twilight show of the Abbotsford Airshow and had fun taking images of the Snowbirds, Breitling Jet Team and the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor. The Snowbirds precision flying is always impressive even though they’re performing in Canadair CT-114 Tutor’s which the Canadian Forces started using in 1961. It was a warm evening, there was a beautiful sunset and you could see Mount Baker in the distance. During the airshow two commercial Westjet flights landed at the airport, one taxied past the Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor as it was preparing to take off. I bet that’s something the Westjet pilots don’t see every day. Click on an image and then use the left and right keys on your keyboard.

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S.S. Beaver

The S.S. Beaver was a Hudson’s Bay Company steamship. It was the first steamship on the west coast of North America. After 52 years of faithful service an inebriated crew ran the steamship aground on rocks here at Prospect Point on July 26, 1888. The wreck became a popular Sunday picnic destination for many Vancouverites. The wreck finally sank in July 1892 from the wake of the passing steamer Yosemite, but only after enterprising locals had stripped much of the wreck for souvenirs. Click on the photo to see a larger image.

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The Orpheum Theatre

The Orpheum is one of the most beautiful concert halls in North America. When I was walking around the theatre with my camera, the red carpet, lighting and hallways reminded me of the Stanley Kubrick film The Shining. Thank goodness a public protest in 1974 saved the theatre from demolition. Click on an image to open the gallery and then use the left and right arrows on your keyboard.

 

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Something Forgotten

I found this old fishing boat overgrown with bramble bushes and thorns. If this boat could talk the stories it would tell. I also like the collection of outboard motors that are proudly displayed. The old metal rowboat being used as an awning is a nice touch.

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The Salt of the Earth

As a photographer I was fortunate to recently see the documentary The Salt of the Earth. It’s about the Brazilian master photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The film is directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. For over 40 years Sebastiao Salgado has taken powerful black and white images about ever-changing humanity.

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Ansco Shur Shot 20

I found this little treasure, an Ansco Shur Shot 20 box camera, in an antiques store. It’s in excellent condition and even had the original box. The camera was made around 1948 in Binghamton, New York. It has two brilliant viewfinders, which allows for horizontal or vertical composition. There is a fixed aperture of f/13 and it uses 120 film to take 6 x 9 cm images. What I really like is the Art Deco design of the metal faceplate.

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Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is a community of Benedictine monks in Mission, British Columbia, established in 1939 from the Abbey of Mount Angel, Oregon. The sun shining through the stained glass created some vibrant colours.

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