Granville Island and False Creek

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Friday’s sun was a welcome change from the preceding days of rain and wind in Metro Vancouver.  I headed over to Granville Island located south of downtown Vancouver along the south shore of False Creek looking for some photographic opportunities.  This non-island is a vibrant and busy hub of activity centred around the market, artist studios, house boats, and the Emily Carr University of Art and Design.  What makes this place particularly attractive and interesting from a photographer’s perspective, is the eclectic mixture of buildings and structures along with the adjacent marine views.  The other plus with photographing here is how welcoming you feel as a photographer.  This is not always the case with other public locations operated by private or volunteer organizations.  I suppose Granville Island is so welcoming in this regard because of the artistic and bohemian environment.  Here are a few photos taken inside the market itself showing the various vendors.

The views north and northeast along False Creek are feature rich with condos, boats, and the reflective water.

These next two photographs are a good example of looking for unusual compositions in unusual directions, in these photographs that was directly overhead.  In the first photo, I really like the juxtaposition of the curved, sinuous branches with the straight, hefty bridge girders (Granville Bridge).  In the second photo I was intrigued with the various hard metal surfaces and the blue cloud dappled sky.  That scene is located in a semi covered passage way through one of the Emily Carr University buildings and being directly overhead, it is not very noticeable.

Next up are two photographs of walls which again shows the interesting building materials present on Granville Island.  The first photo I converted to black and white and I love how the graphics pop against the silver toned sheet metal wall.  With the second photo, I wanted to show the various linear elements along with the texture differences.  These are the folds in the sheet metal wall, the window muntins, and the smooth glass.

I had taken the water taxi from the east end of False Creek to Granville Island rather than parking on the island.  This is a great way to get to the island as there are nice views of False Creek and the various marine activities.  On the way back from the island and nearing dusk, I took time to do some night photography of the various buildings at the east end of False Creek.  First up is a photo looking west down False Creek with BC Place stadium.  The second photo is of the iconic Science World building, an amazing sight to see at night.

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