What’s the first image that pops into your head when you hear the word ‘Vancouver?’
For me, I envision the view of the city as you drive north towards downtown; sprawling concrete and towers reaching skyward, with an almost-always snow-capped mountain backdrop.
As a Vancouverite, it’s easy to forgot how incredibly spoiled we are around here with our mountain and city views and lush greenery. Everyone likes to brag about the city they live in, but it wasn’t until recently that I truly stopped to appreciate the unique views we have around here.
Collectively, I’m sure I have spent the equivalent of weeks running around this city, camera bag and tripod in tow. I’ve laid down on the sidewalks in Gastown just to get lower angles, walked through Stanley Park well past dark for night shots (it’s spooky, trust me), and patiently waited for the tourists to dissipate around the seawall in False Creek to have a clear view of the city.
When I look at some of my favourite shots I’ve taken of this beautiful place, I realize the photos will never be as great as the real thing; however, it doesn’t mean I’ll ever give up on photographing those views. The beauty of an entire city, with all it’s minuscule parts, would be impossible to capture in one photo. I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to achieve a photo of my quintessential Vancouver view that I described, but I’ve realized there are millions of views in this city and I’m so lucky to live here to be able to snap a shot of even just one of them.