Street Photography

Theme: Alleys by Craig Roberts

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I've long held a fascination with back alleys, wondering what secrets they kept from the front fascades they present to the public. Exploring them almost feels like an intrusion, being somewhere you shouldn't; the grafitti code for the stories of the streets, the air permeated with the raw and pungent odors of humanity.

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I'm drawn to the material textures of the buildings, looking to find balance within the barred windows and doors, the intrusion of nature, disgusted as it attempts to reclaim the land.

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These pathways are no longer just for interurban transportation and garbage collection - for some this is a microcosm of their existence: their bedroom, bathroom exposed to indignant views. This is their source of commerce, and even food - their survival. 

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Olympic Torch Relay Tour, Day 102 by Craig Roberts

Took the day off so the kids could appreciate the Olympic Torch relay tour as it wound its way through Langley just outside of our home ... its been difficult getting into the 'Olympic spirit' just because of the enormity of it, but today marks just 4 days until its arrival at the opening ceremonies on Friday.

It was evident, at least here locally, that people are not getting into it, and in a big way!  Event the noon-time torch arrival at the Langley Events Center drew a crowd of several thousands, and I have to admit - the community involvement & entertainment and ramping anticipation sure were top-shelf.

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102, Festivities

2010 Olympic Torch Relay, Day 102, Festivities

Early Morning Visit to Steveston by Craig Roberts

Mermaid Out of Water at Finn Slough, Richmond BC

Mermaid Out of Water at Finn Slough, Richmond BC

Up early this morning and headed down to Steveston village, in the rain no-less ... then a side trip to an area called Finn Slough, near southeast Richmond.  Finn Slough is a unique area, first inhabited by Finnish fishermen towards the end of the 19th century; because of its proximity to the South Arm of the Fraser River and the (at that time) hand-built dyke, many times the area would be under water at flood tides.  Houses were constructed on top of pilings to escape the flood waters, and still stand that way today.  Punctuated within the overgrowth and buildings is an eclectic collection of salvage, boats and trinkets.  The area is a throwback to the early 20th century, ramshackle buildings seemingly waiting to slid into the water - the last such fishing village of the many that existed along the banks of the Fraser River.

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC #4

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC #4

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC #3

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC #3

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC #2

House on Finn Slough, Richmond BC #2