Photographer's Note

This is the fifteenth in my A Walk Down Main Street series. I ask that you view the series in order please (if you're so inclined of course!). The street has a story. Cheers!

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Welcome to the end of the road. And I mean that in more than one sense. This is Main and Hastings, the dirtiest, seediest, and most poverty stricken area of Vancouver.

Here you find people who are at the end of the line: the poor, the homeless, the addicts, the prostitutes... This corner used to be an open drug market. Nowadays, increased police presence means it's not as "open" as before. This said you can still see people openly chasing-the-dragon, and needle wrappers are everywhere.

According to study done by Simon Fraser University 2/3rds of downtown eastside users admitted to spending $50 or more on illicit drugs. Almost half admit to spending $100+. Of course this money comes from crime. In 2000, approx 50 reported violent crimes and 599 property crimes, went unsolved.

This is where our tour ends. I hope you all enjoyed the walk. Please be careful of your bags as you walk around. And try not to hang around after dark.

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This pic happened quickly. I was trying to shoot pics of the stree, but found them boring: too far away and with the setting sun the light was all funny when trying to shoot the shadows.

I wanted specifically to shoot the Carnegie Centre (the building to the left) where all the addicts and homeless hang out. But not being close enough the pics weren't working (why didn't I just go closer? Well, there's just something about the nature of drunk/high folk that is too unpredictable that I decided to put a buffer there!). So I decided to go for silouettes.

That's when this friendly, happy, homeless, drunk stumbled by and struck this pose. [what was that you were saying before about drunk people Mr. CameraGuy? heh heh heh] Having already adjusted for silouettes and knowing this would last only a 1/2 second I quickly sidestepped to put him in the middle of the lit street and dropped to a crouch and shot this pic. Then he was gone.

Pretty lucky!

This pic made my evening that night!

Post-pro: levels, curves, slight blurring of sky, wire cloned out of sky.

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