Chasing the Light at Lower Lonsdale

Chris Wright Photo Trips

I have photographed the lower Lonsdale area in the City of North Vancouver on several occasions, and on each visit I see something new. It is rich in photographic possibilities with new and old buildings, interesting architecture, and the waterfront public space called The Shipyards. So I was excited to show fellow photographer Dennis Ducklow around the area. After a …

South Surrey, Seaside and Upland

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Recently a friend and I explored two areas in South Surrey, hoping to avoid the rain in the mountainous parts of Metro Vancouver. Starting off at Elgin Heritage Park, we walked along the shoreline of the Nicomekl River just upstream from its junction with Boundary Bay. The looming clouds to the west are clearly visible behind Wards Marina. One surprise …

Chasing the Light at UBC

Chris Wright Photo Trips

It was a very creative outing to UBC, producing documentary and abstract/expressionism compositions. The lighting was favourable, the shadows were strong, the subject matter seemed endless, and so did the possibilities! Here are my favourite 14 documentary compositions. The vantage point from an open staircase was ideal to capture the tones and textures in this courtyard scene at the Ponderosa …

Chasing the Light In New Westminster

Chris Wright Photo Trips

I had a fantastic time exploring the back streets and alleys in New Westminster. There is an eclectic mix of modern, old, and near derelict buildings; in certain parts of the city it feels like time has stood still. The Westminster Boiler and Tank Company buildings are clad in corrugated steel that have turned various shades of orange and red …

Walking the Downtown Vancouver

Chris Wright Photo Trips

It was an interesting photographic walk in the downtown, seeing how quiet and empty it was with the pandemic shutdowns. A very empty Smithe Street with sun dappled lighting through the spring growth. The curved wood trusses glowing in the early morning light at the Telus Garden building. Looking across the šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square at the reflection of the Hotel …

Kings Mill Walk to The Shipyards

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Early on a sunny morning I walked a portion of the North Shore Spirit Trail along the waterfront from Kings Mill Walk park to The Shipyards. This trail system has been under development for many years and in 2018 they completed this section through the Squamish Nation land. I started in the west at the Kings Mill Walk Park and …

Spring in Pacific Spirit

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Pacific Spirit Regional Park is a huge forested reserve located on Point Grey between Vancouver and UBC, stretching between the Fraser River northwards to English Bay. Last weekend we hiked the northern section and included stops at Spanish Banks Beach. It was a beautiful spring day with sun and clouds and the forest was full of spring growth. Starting off …

Quiet Ladner

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Recently I spent a Sunday morning looking for photo opportunities in Ladner (south Delta). The weather and lighting were perfect, sun with wispy clouds and warm morning lighting. This is my second time exploring in this area and it is enjoyable just how quiet and rural this part of Metro Vancouver is. It was quiet at the Ladner boat launch …

Greeting the Day at Willband Creek Park

Chris Wright Photo Trips

Willband Creek Park in Abbotsford was a beautiful location to start my Saturday with outstanding early morning light. It was one of those glorious early spring days here on the south coast, where it starts off cold and then with the rising sun, turns warm. I liked the juxtaposition and texture of the bare trees, the dried grass, and the …