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Vancouver – Photo Tip

Why edgy makes for better photos in Vancouver

Photo by Ton Koene

Vancouver – Photo Tip Why edgy makes for better photos in Vancouver

When searching for the highest level of civilization on this planet, you might well find it in Vancouver. But edgy makes for better photographs.

Ton Koene
Ton Koene Travel Photographer

Vancouver scores the highest on almost all social development indexes. The city is clean, wealthy and safe. No one refused to have his or her picture taken during my visit, as people are confident and pleasant.

“But when do people actually work?” I asked myself, as they all seemed to be doing some kind of outdoor activity like jogging, canoeing or hiking throughout the day. I felt almost guilty for not joining in.

However, when life is so "perfect" photos can be rather dull. That is where areas such as the old Chinatown and former industrial areas come into their own. Here, life is edgier and more rough. There are no yachts or joggers to be seen, but lots of hipsters in gritty-looking places. Tough chicks with tattoos on motorbikes. Guys with cockscombs smoking pot.

I still felt safe and unthreatened but, in these areas of imperfection, where personalities are more peculiar and out of the ordinary, photography is much more fun. These are the places where I feel excited taking photos.

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Matt Churchill is co-owner of The Standard bike shop in Vancouver's Chinatown. The creation of bicycle lanes as part of Vancouver's Green City strategy has seen a boom in cycling and marked reduction in car usage. Photo by Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Ton Koene

Canon EOS 5D-III

Aperture
ƒ/4
Exposure
1/60
ISO
400
Focal
24 mm

Matt Churchill is co-owner of The Standard bike shop in Vancouver's Chinatown. The creation of bicycle lanes as part of Vancouver's Green City strategy has seen a boom in cycling and marked reduction in car usage.

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