In the nineteen-eighties I lived in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In between commercial work, I often loaded my Mamiyaflex medium format, twin-lens reflex camera and Tiltall tripod onto my bicycle and set out to explore the nooks and crannies of the city.
With Expo ’86 World’s Fair looming, I was aware that the city was due to experience a “boom” — at least that’s what its sponsors were promising, and the succeeding years have more than met their expectations.
Many heritage buildings not lucky enough to be deemed such by the City met the wrecker’s ball during this decade, making way for the glass towers now dominating areas like False Creek and neighbouring Yaletown.
This gallery features the results of those forays into the city I loved ― rough around the edges, but full of character.