Photographer's Note

This will be a post that probably won't get very many points, or attention.

Its a post that you will have to read to fully appreciate, its an education.

Yesterday I went on an Organized Photo Walking Tour of the Strathcona area of downtown Vancouver. It was fantastic. I learned so much about my own city, so many things I didn't even have a clue about!

This photo I posted is one example of that. I've walked and driven down this road so many times, but i've never noticed this unique architecture. Mixed with old victorian historic homes, this new modern house is actually 6 shipping containers! Can you see them? Blue on the bottom, with 2 red containers on top, and there are 3 more on the side to make 6 in total.

I was shocked when we were shown this, I can't believe i didn't notice this before. In the WS will be a similar but different view showing all 6 windows.

In the WS will be another photo in the oldest part of the Vancouver, the Railroad district. On that building, the owners who revamped an old rundown factory turned it into a studio. To maintain its history they made sure to include the actual railway ties used back in the 1860's when Vancouver was created. You can see the railway ties on the ceiling and above the front door.

Another interesting note about Vancouver...
If you look down into the potholes on the streets you will see railways and or wood placed ontop of the rails from the 1860's! I never knew that....think about it, how often do you actually look INTO a pothole! The guide showed us, and wouldn't you know it, we could see both! amazing.

The guide also showed us streets that used to be the Red Light District back in the 1860's to the early 1900's, homes that were used as Brothels. Again, I drive by these homes all the time and never knew about their histories. Some of these old Brothels have been re done and look clean and new, some still remain abandoned and look very ugly, but he pointed out many of the Art Deco details of them, and the artistic ceramic tiles used in the doorways etc...elements you would otherwise totally ignore if you were not on this tour.

The guide also walked us down old Japan Town...ummm...I didn't even know we HAD and old Japan town!!!!! And yes, he pointed out buildings that were built in the 1860's which still today have the Classic Japanese Temple construction, but they're apartments or offices. It was mind blowing to see them, and I actually DID notice its Japanese style...why didn't I notice this before???????

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Additional Photos by craig macintosh (macjake) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 7378 W: 88 N: 17966] (81443)
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