Monthly Archives: February 2015

Street Photography in Victoria

This is the last installment of a 10-part series of posts featuring photos from Victoria. I began with touristy photos, and end here as far from touristy as you can get — with street photos. Mostly of homeless people. There are a lot of homeless people in Victoria, and a lot of people with addiction problems.

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The Keyboard Fence

In west Victoria (at Head & Wollaston), there’s a fence painted like a piano keyboard. Must be the home of a music teacher. In light of my earlier post on the importance of the white picket fence in the annals of photography, I thought I add this (ahem) variation on a theme.

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Street Art in Victoria

Victoria has had a decent graffiti scene (probably because of the climate). But my impression is that the city has been trying to sanitize its appearance. Even so, there are still some places where you can find interesting street art. For example, there’s a wall on Discovery Street.

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Victoria – Animals

The 7th in a series of 10 posts featuring photos of Victoria, B.C. This time: animals. (It was too wet for whale watching. Maybe next time.)

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Victoria’s Shoreline

The 6th of 10 posts featuring photos of Victoria, B.C.

Today: photos taken while walking alone the shore below Dallas Road between Cook Street and the breakwater. Although most of my time in Victoria involved an umbrella in one hand while shooting with the other (the rainy season is from November to February), nevertheless, the sun was sometimes kind to me.

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Victoria – Architecture, Style, Design

The 5th of 10 posts about Victoria, B.C.

Victoria is unique to Canada in that it enjoys a cool-summer Mediterranean climate. That fact is reflected in the materials, colours, and design of many homes and other buildings.

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Stucco-covered house. Palm trees are common.

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Shopping in Victoria

My favourite place to shop in Victoria is Renaissance Books in Bastion Square, a used and antiquarian bookstore by the inner harbour. However, in deference to my wife, who has more “normal” shopping habits, I thought I’d share photos of destinations other than book stores.

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She She Shoes on View Street.

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Victoria At Night

Victoria is worth exploring at night, and not just because the legislature is lit up like a Christmas tree. February is off season, so the streets are really quiet. The winter emptiness underscores how much Victoria is dependent upon tourism.

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Looking up Bastion Square from Wharf Street.

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Victoria – The Inner Harbour

The 2nd of 10 posts featuring Victoria, B.C.

While the rest of Canada descends into a deep freeze, things stay balmy in Victoria. There’s a calm that settles over the waters of the inner harbour, broken from time to time by the sea planes, then still at night.

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Victoria, B.C. – The Tourist’s View

I just got back from a week in Victoria, B.C. It’s the first time I’ve been out there with my 5D Mark III, so (in between downpours) I spent a lot of time shooting the town. For the next 10 posts, I’ll be sharing the fruits of my labours (not that it was particularly laborious).

First, a few touristy shots, just to get them out of my system. The most obvious tourist shot is the provincial legislature at night. Victoria is the capital of British Columbia even though Vancouver is the economic centre for the west coast. The legislature sits on the south side of the inner harbour and, at night, the lights produce a beautiful reflection on the water.

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Even with this one night shot, I found myself straying from the strictly tourist experience of Victoria. That evening, I took a lot of my shots from the point by Songhees Walkway while these two guys named Ira and Santana polished off the better part of two six-packs and told me stories. Ira told about how he used to be in the navy and, when he was on shore leave, would take a camera to the beach and ask beautiful women if he could take their photos. He said that 7 out of 10 times, the women volunteered to take off their tops. He had all these amazing rolls of film in a bag, then he got drunk and someone stole his bag. That was a theme that ran through their stories: “then I got drunk … ” And they’d crack open another can of beer while they moved on to the next story.

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