Chinatown Portrait Project

 

As a photographer it's natural to photograph people in locations that relate to their lives. Vancouver's Chinatown-Strathcona neighbourhood offers an amazing opportunity to capture people and places with connections that span generations. My project is a personal and artistic endeavour and is strictly non-commercial. My goal is to capture some of the fascinating people and historic places that make up this colourful part of Vancouver, and share my images with others.

Technique and process

I wanted to use a photographic approach that would lend a nostalgic feel to the images. I decided to shoot this project using a Graflex Speed Graphic 4x5 press camera from the 1940s. I feel that the 4x5 film format will give the photographs a classic look that will go well with the historic theme and the vintage buildings.

Below is my first portrait for the project, taken August 6, 2017.  It represents the first in what I hope will be a series of at least 10 and possibly as many as 50 similar portraits of some of the interesting people and places of this historic part of Vancouver.

Nee Hung Au (left) and Yee Moi Au in front of 524 Keefer Street, which they purchased in 1970. Photograph made August 6, 2017 with Polaroid Type 55 film and a Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4x5 camera with 127mm Ektar lens. Exposure 1/50 sec. at f8.

Nee Hung Au (left) and Yee Moi Au in front of 524 Keefer Street, which they purchased in 1970. Photograph made August 6, 2017 with Polaroid Type 55 film and a Graflex Pacemaker Speed Graphic 4x5 camera with 127mm Ektar lens. Exposure 1/50 sec. at f8.

Please get in touch!

If you think you or someone you know may be a good fit for my project, please get in touch! I'm interested in talking to anyone with a connection to the Chinatown area. In particular, those with family or other connections to historic Chinatown-area buildings, storefronts or societies.

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