Fred Herzog’s Vintage Vancouver

Fred Herzog, Bogner’s Grocery (1960)

I’ve seen the street photography of Fred Herzog previously but a brief essay by Geoff Dyer in today’s New York Times Magazine prompted me to look anew at Herzog’s work.  Herzog came to Canada in the early 1950s from Germany and from the late 1950s through the 1960s pioneered color street photography in his adopted city of Vancouver.  His candid shots provide a splendid if unvarnished documentary of the city and its people during that period.  The vintage images also subtly illustrate many things that have changed in Vancouver and other urban areas throughout Canada (and America) in the past several decades.

More of Herzog’s work can be seen at Vancouver’s Equinox Gallery and on its website.

Fred Herzog, 2nd Hand Store Boy (1959)

 

Fred Herzog, Alexander Street (1967)

 

Fred Herzog, Granville Street from Granville Bridge (1966)

 

Fred Herzog, Granville/Robson (1959)

 

Fred Herzog, White Lunch Granville (1959)

 

Photo Credits:  Fred Herzog and Equinox Gallery

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Hello, Yellow . . .

Sun Carving by Local Artists David Taylor, Black Rock, N.S.

A collection of yellows from various photo outings across Canada to brighten the impending blue of winter.

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Seeing Red 

Stewart Jones’s Vivid Cityscapes

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Stewart Jones, Wellington Composition (2013)

Stewart Jones is an immensely talented Canadian artist with a passion for painting vivid cityscapes — many set in Ontario — that are simply wonderful.   He refers to his paintings as “love letters to the forgotten corners and alleyways” of our cities. Jones’s images often depict buildings at irregular angles or vantage points and feature lush brushstrokes that together energize his work and provide a fresh perspective on the often-overlooked, uncelebrated urban structures and byways that constantly surround us.  More of Jones’s beautiful art can be seen at his painting website here and on his Facebook page.

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Stewart Jones, CM Composition #1 (2013)

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Urban Alley (2014)

Stewart Jones, Urban Alley (2014)

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KINGSTON WALK WAY

Stewart Jones, Kingston Walkway (Year Unknown)

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@ THE ROYAL HOTEL PICTON

Stewart Jones, Royal Hotel Picton (2014)

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HAMILTON

Stewart Jones, Hamilton (2014)

Image Credits: Stewart Jones

Urban Art: Bronze Cows in Toronto

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Art in urban settings is great to bring us out of ourselves and to refresh our minds.  A wonderful example is artist Joe Fafard’s The Pasture, a group of bronze cows posed lazily resting in the bucolic setting of the Toronto-Dominion Centre office park (designed by Mies van der Rohe), is perfect for providing an unexpected feeling of being far away from the nearby hustle and bustle of the Financial District.

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Kensington Market, Toronto: Fresh, Funky and Fun

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There’s a little something for everyone in Toronto’s very colorful, very funky Kensington Market neighborhood!  Lot’s to look at, taste and absorb!

Neighborly Toronto!

The mosaic or melting pot, as you prefer, that is Toronto is notably defined by its many distinct neighborhoods.  By the time I realized I was working on a theme with these signage shots I had already overlooked about a dozen or so too many feet-miles earlier to readily retrace my steps.

 

Creativity Afoot!: Toronto’s Varied Manhole Covers

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A while back I posted a collection of Quebec City manhole covers as an offbeat photo subject.   From a recent trip to the wonderful urban melting pot that is Toronto, here’s another assortment of these often overlooked cast iron street fixtures.  Having encountered at least 25 variations, I’m intrigued by the subtle expressiveness reflected in these compact circular spaces.

Ever-Bustling Early 20th Century Toronto

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No Postmark– Around 1920s

The cityscape of Toronto, with its many tall buildings adorned with fine architectural detail and its bustling street-level activity, is most akin to what Americans encounter in the busy cities of New York and Chicago.  These early 20th century postcards highlight the magnitude of Toronto even then.  The people and vintage vehicles in these tinted images add interest and help define scale.

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No Postmark — Around 1920s

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Postmarked 1910

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 Postmarked 1918

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Postmarked 1939

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Quebec City at Night

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

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A few night time images from most recent trip (Spring 2013) to Quebec City.  The night was crazy cold and windy, which greatly challenged my patience and tripod so the images are not as sharp as I’d like.

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Along the Wall, Quebec City

Along the Wall, Quebec City

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Evening, Rue de St. Jean, Quebec City

Evening, Rue de St. Jean, Quebec City

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Night's Glow, Quebec City

Night’s Glow, Quebec City

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City Hall, Quebec City

City Hall, Quebec City

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Night Fall, Quebec City

Night Fall, Quebec City

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Night Above Lower Town, Quebec City

Night Above Lower Town, Quebec City

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Antique Shop at Night, Quebec City

Antique Shop at Night, Quebec City

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Windy Night Near Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

Windy Night Near Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

Random Images of Quebec City

Some random images from a recent trip to Quebec City.
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Tower on City Gate, Quebec City

Tower on City Gate, Quebec City

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Looking Out on the St. Lawrance, Quebec City

Looking Out on the St. Lawrance, Quebec City

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Rooftop Windows and Angles, Quebec City

Rooftop Windows and Angles, Quebec City

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Rustic Fire Hydrant, Quebec City

Rustic Fire Hydrant, Quebec City

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Looking Down the Avenue, Quebec City

Looking Down the Avenue, Quebec City

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Church Top, Quebec City

Church Top, Quebec City

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Sign Kiosk, Quebec City

Sign Kiosk, Quebec City

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Quebec's Banner, Quebec City

Quebec’s Banner Fluttering, Quebec City

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Colorful Roof, Quebec City

Colorful Roof, Quebec City

Closeup on Architectural Detail Around Montreal

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Quebec Month / Installment 14

Pediments, bas relief sculptures, window moldings, fanciful brickworks, roof fixtures and decorative doors are among the many intricate architectural details that vie for our attention as we walk down a street and absorb all that is before us.  Here are some pics of such adornments from a recent trip to Montreal.

Manhole Covers of Quebec City

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Quebec Month / Installment 13

Underfoot and mostly unnoticed as we trek to our destinations, manhole covers rest snugly in their circular grade-level perches all around Quebec City.  With their spare adornment, they are immovable except with great effort, securely guarding their underground treasures of utility.

Wall Art a la Montreal

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Not long ago I posted some pics I took of graffiti in Montreal.  Painted wall art is another form of creative expression that is different from graffiti, but sometimes in only subtle ways.  I’m sure someone has worked out the technical distinction between such things, but however these art forms are categorized, Montreal is a rich showcase for a great deal of both (as well as other street art variants — such as kinetic art, elaborate light shows and light sculptures — that I could not readily capture).

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Painted Cargo Container

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