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