The Kenilworth on Flickr.
One of the better of the grand old apartment blocks of the West End of Vancouver, half of the Kenilworth is 100 years old this year. The other half is 101 years old.
According to a friend that lives there and the only online reference I could find for the building, this photo from the city of Vancouver archives, the southern wing of the building, on the corner of Cardero and Haro was built first, in 1911 with the northern wing following a year later.
It’s somewhat surprising that I can’t find more info on it online as, when it was built, it would’ve been one of the larger buildings in a West End composed mainly of single family houses at the time.
It’s a difficult building to get a good photograph of as the trees have grown tall around it, not to mention the excellent garden maintained by it’s tenants that spills out into the sidewalk at times but, it has always been one of the more desirable buildings to live in in the West End.
Malcolm Lowry was right. on Flickr.
His “Lament of the Pacific Northwest” is as astute an observation about Vancouver today as it was when he wrote it in 1949.
This poem was written about the very bandstand pictured here which, in over 20 years of living downtown, I have yet to see a band perform.
They are taking down the beautiful houses once built with loving hands
But still the old bandstand stands where no band stands
With clawbars they have gone to work on the poor lovely houses above the sands
At their callous work of eviction that no human law countermands
Calously at their work of hearbreak that no civic heart understands
In this pompous and joyless city of police moral perfection and one man stands
Where you are brutally thrown out of beer parlors for standing where no man stands
Where the pigeons roam free and the police listen to each pigeon’s demands
And they are taking down the beautiful homes once with loving hands
But still the old bandstand stands where no band stands.
Echos of Coal Harbour’s Past on Flickr.
While generally known these days as a forest of gleaming, glass towers, Coal Harbour was not always such.
For the first 100 years of Vancouver’s existence, Coal Harbour was a hub of industry. Factories, Warehouses and Diesel fumes abounded. The trainyard dominated and, at the edges were rooming houses, apartment blocks and a few old houses.
The trainyard is long gone, Factories and Warehouses but a memory but, a few of the old houses and apartment blocks remain. Along with this one old rooming house, sticking out like a sore thumb on Melville Street.
They now live out their lives enveloped in the shadows of their more grandiose neighbours, catching only the occasional shaft of sun each morning.
Rolleiflex Automat, Ilford Delta 100.
The Question Is… on Flickr.
Is it OK to upload pictures taken with my Rolleiflex on a Vancouver 4/3’s group wander into the Vancouver 4/3’s group? Or, is this maybe a sneak preview of Olympus’ upcoming ‘Tri-X with Uncoated Tessar Lens’ Art Filter?
Taken while ignoring the theme of a Vancouver Area 4/3’s Users photo walk.
Rolleiflex Automat, Tri-X, Rodinal. As the creator intended photos to be made. ;-)
When Ben Kenobi met Dracula on Flickr.
Yep, you heard it here first. In Lucas’ next edition of the star Wars saga, it is revealed that Ben Kenobi’s main mate isn’t Qui-Gon Jinn or Yoda or even Mace Windu but, rather, Dracula. The current popularity of Vampire films, he will claim, has nothing to do with this major change. His intention all along was that the Jedi were allied with the Vampires but, the technology of the time prevented him from including them in either the original trilogy or the prequel trilogy. Now that he’s finished the pre-pre-prequel trilogy though, all can be revealed.
Look for Vampires to be edited into all 6 other Star Wars movies, along with Kim Kardashian as herself, when the taupe-ray edition comes out in 2013.
On a more serious note, that’s William hanging with Trajan here. William’s Dad and I have been the tightest of friends for over 20 years now. Having kids in your 40’s is a whole lot easier when all your drinking buddies start at the same time. I’d like to think that Trajan and William will be friends in another 20 years but, who knows.
Shot on HP5+ with my Rolleiflex. Lit by one monobloc with a 60” umbrella.
Honda 350 on Flickr.
My buddy Pete gave me a couple rolls of T-Max 100 recently, having decided to stick to colour shooting. I haven’t shot T-Max in nearly 20 years. Always had a love/hate relationship with the film.
I’m pleased to announce that my love/hate relationship with T-Max continues. It’s just spiffy when everything comes together. Remarkable, even but, given that I’m shooting with a 64 year old Rolleiflex, well, the precise exposure required for the best results from T-Max just ain’t gonna happen. Both rolls shot, a couple of successes and a bunch of middling, muddling blech. I’ll stick to my more forgiving old school favourites, Tri-X and the like.
I like this old Honda though, shot near the entrance to Granville Island.
Thanks Marnie! on Flickr.
Big ‘family’ picnic at Second Beach yesterday. The Koala Punk dragged his folks out from the Valley, our ‘Brother from Another Mother’ and friend for nearly 35 years(!) Chris came out with his kids and his (significantly) better half Marnie, pictured here.
Trajan was very excited to finally get to properly thank Marnie in person. She is of course better known to followers of his saga as the extremely talented seamstress and all around master of the textile arts who made the lovely cover that adorned his incubator in the ICU and now hangs above his crib.