Sunday, May 06, 2007

sunday morning on the town













I do love taking photos of back alleys.
Because he is a product of his environment, if you look closely at the above photo you can see #2 son becoming one with the urban landscape.
And because there really was a purpose for prowling the back alleys of downtown Vancouver at 7.00 on a Sunday morning, here is #1 son nearing the end of the Vancouver Half Marathon:





19 Comments:

Blogger Debbie Egizio said...

These are fabulous images. The colors are just amazing. I want that builing in the first shot.

6/5/07 3:21 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I am charmed by these, Andrea. Reminds me of my childhood and youth in Vancouver. Army & Navy was the absolutely best place to buy fishing tackle so that we could go and catch the monster trout that inhabited Burnaby's Deer Lake in days of yore. Of course, the fish are all gone now since the lake area became high-rise city. Sigh.

Ian

6/5/07 3:37 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

The images are wonderful, plus I love how #2 son is "one with the urban environment".

Way to go for #1 son running 1/2 marathon. I ran the Denver 1/2 last October and it kicked my butt. I'm sure your much younger son could have done 2 compared to my 1.

Is that part of Robson Square in the background? I did a big research project on Robson Square, Cornelia Oberlander and Arthur Erickson when I was in landscape architecture program.

6/5/07 7:03 PM  
Anonymous kyknoord said...

Colourful and stark. Weirdly evocative of a rocky desert landscape.

6/5/07 11:08 PM  
Blogger Ilva said...

Such beautiful colours in the photos! (Interview coming up this week!)

7/5/07 12:12 AM  
Blogger Cream said...

Great photos, Andrea. I didn't know rundown places like this existed in your neck of the woods.
Way to go Numero Un!

7/5/07 1:39 AM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

The graffiti caught my eye, before I realised that was Adam.Not also the artist, I suppose?
Congrats to the marathon man!

7/5/07 5:09 AM  
Blogger homo escapeons said...

Cool faded glory from a bygone era.
You deserve a patina on the back!

#2 is resplendent in his urban camo and #1 is all heart & lungs for participating.

What the hey,
another beautiful grey day
in paradise eh?

7/5/07 8:29 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Debbie: It was a really grey morning so I had to pull out the ol' Photoshop (it's an addiction) on all but the last.

Ian: Yes, it's a shame about the Deer Lake area, but at least Army&Navy lives on.

Cynthia: He isn't even sore today! But he still has to catch my best half marathon time by 12 minutes -- and a whole lot more than that to catch my husband's best. But he's only 14 so I'm sure it won't be long! These shots are from the grungy parts of town skrting Gastown and the Downtown Eastside (Canada's poorest neighbourhood)... all miles away from Robson Square and the prettified business/retail part of downtown. (BTW my cousin is a landscape architect.)

Kyknoord: The urban equivalent would be NYC, right? This area is often used as a double for the grittier parts of NYC and just another reason why Vancouver is used as a 'stunt double' for so many other cities.

Ilva: Thanks and I'm looking forward to your interview!

Cream: Like I said to Kyknoord, we're not called Hollywood North for nothing!

Dinah: We like to think of Adam as the human equivalent to grafitti. :)

Home Escapeons: Said like a Winnipegonian. You say 'grey day' like it's a bad thing! :)

7/5/07 9:37 AM  
Blogger thepinkangel said...

what great graffiti at your disposal!! I would LOVE to have those walls to take photos of!

and back alleys are the best!!

kudos to #1 son. what an accomplishment! oh and #2 son for blending so well...heh!

7/5/07 9:43 AM  
Blogger andrea said...

Pinkangel: And it's so easy to get great shots of these types of urban scenes. Too easy.

7/5/07 10:31 AM  
Blogger jafabrit said...

Oh yes, that back alley is cool :)

7/5/07 2:32 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

The photos are great but I admire your son. I used to do 10K's and half marathons and marathons. So tell your son I said way to go and great job.

7/5/07 3:37 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Jafabrit: Some people just get it. :)

Toni: Why did you stop? I hope you didn't get injured like me -- but I hope to start training again by summer.

7/5/07 3:54 PM  
Blogger ** Terramia ** said...

You are multi-talented, my dear! What amazing images! I simply adore your building shots... they speak so loudly, and profoundly. And good on yer son... you must be proud!

7/5/07 7:18 PM  
Blogger CS said...

I like the urban shots - graffiti is so wild to me. And cool about your son. (and great hair.)

7/5/07 7:56 PM  
Blogger Tori said...

Great photos and congrats to your son!

9/5/07 4:58 PM  
Blogger Ces said...

Congratulations to your young son.

I love what you did with these photographs Andrea.

11/5/07 4:55 AM  
Anonymous roy said...

Prachtige bewerkingen, magnific.

19/5/07 12:29 AM  

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