High above the VCC-Clark SkyTrain station is a new neon sign splitting the night along Vancouver’s eastern skyline. A giant white neon cross raised 17 feet off the ground reminds me how dirty this city is.
And I love it.
From the alleys on the east side to the decay on Hastings, there must be some kind of magic that keeps me kicking around the streets.
Lately, I have walked around Vancouver looking for the next photo to add to my collection. I’ll stay out all night listening to the radio, perched on the corner of Kingsway and Main, waiting for flashing lights to waken me from a vacant dream. When I’m restless from waiting I’ll drive by the usual late night three-penny-opera somewhere along Jackson and Alexander. I’ll wonder what kind of man Oppenheimer was or what would Strathcona’s mother say to this mess of disease, poverty and prostitution?
And now we have a night-light to bask in East Vancouver’s glory…
It was wet on Water Street…
A mutual friend came up to me last night, gave me a high five, and asked if he could have this picture blown up and printed.
It’s comments like these that keep me going out everyday looking for a new subject to shoot.
I guess I must be doing something right.
Over the last few months, Richmond and Vancouver have invested time and money into the beautification and cultural improvement of the metropolitan image.
The Vancouver Biennale art exhibition started in October 2009 and continues until 2011. According to the Vancouver Biennale website (http://www.vancouverbiennale.com):
“Biennale is a bi-annual public art exhibitions that brings sculptures, new media and performance works by celebrated and emerging international artists to Vancouver area public parks, beaches and urban plazas, transforming the city into an open-air museum. The exhibition promises a diverse mix of interesting and important works of contemporary art, from the spectacular to the curious, to the thought-provoking and playful, all completely free of charge for the entire community to enjoy throughout the seasons.”
As always, the decision to erect a giant Lenin head or seven red squatting men have outraged a populous portion of Vancouver that believes tax dollars should be used for more important issues like aiding the homeless.
Other critics, of the Biennale, are hung up on the fact that these exhibits are the product of international artists from countries like China, Mexico and India.
However outlandish the art may seem, the Biennale exhibits offer a greater cultural depth to the City of Vancouver.
City art has the potential to change an average city into a distinctive unique urban metropolis.
Public art has strong, everlasting, effect on a person’s recollection of a city.
As the decade came to an end I couldn’t help but feel at peace with the last ten years. It was a wonderful time to be alive. History was made from the catastrophic destruction of the World Trade Centre to the horrific wars waged in the Middle East.
Then there were the floods, tsunamis, and earthquakes that destroyed places in South East Asia, the Philipines, and South America.
It seemed as though there was trouble happening everywhere but within my little world.
And this is what bothers me. I want a piece of the action. I want to witness history…
The Chase put on a stellar show at the club formerly known as Plaza last Tuesday. The five boys from Steveston opened the night for fellow Vancouver bands like Fighting for and CFOX’s 2009 Seeds winners Venice Queen.
Days before to the show, the Chase finished recording drum tracks at The Factory for their upcoming EP due to be released during the second or third quarter of 2010.