I’ve been trying to explore my city more.
One challenge that I face everyday, is trying to find new, interesting backdrops for my blog/instagram photos. With all the amazing travel photos that I’ve seen this summer, I’ve been inspired to put a little more effort into my photos than just using a plain white wall.
One location that I recently visited is the historical Woodward’s building in downtown, Vancouver. Originally, it was built for the Woodward’s department store, and was a feature attraction in Vancouver. but when Woodward’s went bankrupt, it was redeveloped, and finally became the residential/business building that it is today.
One feature that caught my attention the most, was the giant mural installation on the north wall inside the building. There is a 50 by 30 feet photograph of the Gastown riot, in 1971. Definitely one of the cooler art installations that I’ve seen around the city. I admire that they featured a snapshot that really captured a piece of our history that maybe not everyone would know about. After staring at it for ages, I even went ahead and researched about the scene captured. (If you know what I’m talking about, you can read more about it here ! http://thetyee.ca/ArtsAndCulture/2010/02/17/GastownRiot/)
If you haven’t been, I definitely recommend checking out the Woodward’s building, whether you’re a local or a tourist. There are some cool photo ops in and around the building, and being there definitely made me feel a little more connected to Vancouver’s history.