Monday, September 16, 2013

Watery Depths of Granville Island

Getting off the little shuttle-boat at Granville Island I was immediately distracted by the watery depths:


water a milky emerald green; 
 posts bejewelled with barnacles.


Lines and perspective;
light and dark.


Graphic lines like artists' marks.


Textures flirt with shadows.


The overworld breaks in.

Perhaps not the usual scenes a visitor would notice,
but definitely part of Granville Island's hidden charms.

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Thanks, Hilary, for the Post of the Week nod!

Linking to Weekend Reflections








46 comments:

  1. This sequence is my favourit since Finn Slough. Your camera is a magic bottle that captures the spirit of a place so that we may rub and wish, releasing the genie that shares with us your vision.

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    1. Wow, that's quite a compliment! The Finn Slough series holds some of my own favourite pictures. I do try to communicate the spirit of a place, rather than trying to make a technically good photograph (which I'm incapable of doing at any rate). Making a picture for me is a bit like making a painting...more about creating a feeling than recreating a scene. The genie I release is kept in various Photoshop potions that I enjoy mixing up; when I get them just right (usually after a lot of experimenting) she imbues the picture with a little bit of magic.
      :)

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  2. How lovely - especially the green water with those sunlit lines.

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    1. The green of the water was astounding, the dancing white lines delightful. And all very unexpected. I'm happy you like them as well.
      :)

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  3. Clearly, you are not the average sightseer. Your eye takes in all the subtle but stunning scenes. And your descriptions only enhance their beauty. I love the light on the water (and on the underside of the dock) .. the lines through the dock. I caught it in that second image and thought how nice it would be to crop it in close. You didn't disappoint. You never do.

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    1. What a lovely compliment, that I never disappoint! It gives me a needed boost to keep on keeping on with these humble offerings. How wonderful that you "get" what inspires me to click that shutter. I never forgot the words of an instructor in my first year at art school,"When you're finished here you'll look at the world with different eyes." I think, perhaps, I do.

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  4. Oh and I just noticed you dropped that first word (the one I never know how to spell but proudly have no trouble with the accents on my Mac, éh?) from your blog name. Please don't tell me that I'm excessively unobservant and that it's been gone for a year now..

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    1. Ha ha! Au contraire--you are perhaps excessively over-observant (which makes your photography so compelling). I just dropped "that word" this morning. Got fed up with all those accented é`s tumbling down it as thick and fast as crumbs falling from a flaky croissant.

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  5. Photos of the pilings are mysterious and haunting - capturing the "spirit" indeed :) It certainly gives me a *feel* for the place. Otherworldly...

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    1. So happy that you got a "feel" for the spirit of the place...especially if that feeling was otherworldly. You should feel in your element, in that case.
      ;)

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  6. Wow!
    Full cool pics!
    Éh! As per Hilary... Not dÉcollectÉe anymore?
    Full cool too!
    Free range glimpses then!

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    1. Glad you like the pix! "Free range glimpses"...ha ha...yup...this old bird got tired of people peering down her décolleté and wanted observers to look into her eyes...or through her eyes.

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    2. Décolleté or not you know how to bring Glimpses in the imagination's cleavage!

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    3. And I know for a fact that your imagination has its own depths!

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  7. Wow these photos have a really iconic quality....

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    1. I like the sound of that (even though I'm not entirely sure what's meant)!
      :)

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  8. Poetry.....with your camera and your words
    Spectacular.
    Congratulations on POTW.

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    1. Thank you so much! What a lovely thing to say.
      And thanks for the heads up re:POTW.

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  9. really beautiful! especially love the 'artist lines' shot. congrats on your POTW!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to visit and leaving your kind comment. Always interesting to learn what appeals to someone else.

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  10. Many of us let the beauty that surrounds us slip by, I like simple things

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    1. Yes, it's so true that the simplest things in life that we take for granted can bring us so much satisfaction if we just take the time to slow down and really engage with our surroundings.

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  11. Unusual perspectives are the very best! I love these.

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    1. In fact, I was pretty happy to have these unusual perspectives right in front of me without having to squat or bend or contort to get them. The old knees aren't quite what they used to be! Glad you like what you see here.

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  12. wow, the last one is particularly stunning. I love it!

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    1. I was pretty happy to notice that particular scene so perfectly and unusually framed like that. All I had to do was look up from the depths I had been focused on...and there it was. I'm happy that you respond to it so strongly. Thanks!

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  13. In love with the images and your pov . Fantastic colors and view.
    Congrats .. POTW.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm glad you like the colours--they were pretty stunning. I was pretty happy to find that viewpoint, myself.

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  14. Stunning serie ! The esmerald of the water is really amazing.

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    1. Thanks so much. I appreciate your comment and am happy the series pleases you.

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  15. A wonderful series of captures, Lynne. Thank you for sharing

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    1. And thank you for stopping by, Valerie, and taking the time to leave a kind comment.

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  16. I saw an emerald green colored lake off the Alcan Hiway once and you never forget how beautiful it is. That water is just an astounding color. Where is Granville Island? You took some really outstanding photos.

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    1. Oh, I agree--an emerald green body of water is so striking! (especially when it is not due to pollution). Granville Island is an area in Vancouver BC known for its food/flower/crafts market, artisan shops, theatres, restaurants, galleries, and Lafarge cement site, as well as the art school. It used to be an industrial wasteland until "gentrified" and is now a very popular shopping venue for Vancouverites and tourists alike. It's an "island" in that you have to cross the Granville Bridge to get to it. Oh yes, and there is also a marina and several condominium complexes there. Trendy! $$$$

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  17. Nice colors . Nice perspective. Like the depth in the shots. Well done

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    1. Thank you so much! I cherish such praise from someone whose photography I admire so greatly.

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  18. wow lovely composition...nicely done...

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    1. Thanks, Viera, for your compliment and taking the time to visit.

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  19. You have a good eye. I am always looking for the views and miss all of the little things. Daughter lies in Vancouver; I've been to Granville once.

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    1. Oh, it's good not to get caught up in the details and miss the Big Picture! ;)
      Next time you go visit your daughter, maybe you'll take the little boat over to Granville Island and see the underworld of the pier for yourself. I wonder what pictures you would come away with...

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  20. These would be the perfect backdrop to a fairy tale ~ enchanting.

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    1. Thanks! Do you think the tale would involve a mermaid???

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  21. this is amazing!!! i bet you have invented that emerald green in a dream, it can't be real! i love the wooden pillars but the abstract light lines are also fabulous.
    (and yes, i am thinking now of a painting with a mermaid mirrored in those light-line waters, maybe you could give it a try someday? :-)

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    1. Yes, it is a real colour! I don't know what it says about the health of the water...perhaps only that it is an emanation from a mermaid's enchanted dream. Although I haven't (yet) made a painting of a mermaid, I used to make mermaid dolls. The little ones were called mini-mers.
      :)

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