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As night falls the house lights come up

August 2, 2014


The last few evenings, at around 9:30 p.m., I’ve been a fixture on Alder Street just south of 8th Avenue — me and my bike and trailer and my camera and (let’s be blunt) my homelessness.

Three times in a row I’ve been there taking photos towards creating a panoramic view of downtown Vancouver at twilight. This involves my standing in one place for five or ten minutes and taking up to 100 individual photos.

It’s not a very transparent process.

The residents in the neighbourhood weren’t impressed judging from the looks of concern they gave me.

The first night they seemed for the most part curious but by the third night — last night — I detected concern and hostility.

Casing the joint apparently.

Anyway, the above photograph is the result: a document of the nightly boundary event when the sun goes down and the city lights come up — the most interesting time to photograph a skyline, I think.

My camera would add, if it could, that it’s also the only practical time for a simple point-and-shoot auto-focus camera to take a decent shot of city lights. Click the image to enlarge it.

From → Fairview

  1. Slowcrow permalink

    How sad. Thanks for your persistence though. Fireworks sure seem shoddy compared to ‘just looking up’ sometimes. And ‘it’ is so quiet, the show is easily missed.


    • You’d think by now more of the residents who frequent that area on Alder would begin to get used to me, Over the last year I’ve taken a lot of photos, panoramic or otherwise, looking north from that spot.


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