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Grey Block Facade



– Grey Block Facade
– Photographed by Brad Koop
Mediums: Photoboard, Metal, and Archival Paper


Grey Block Facade

Mediums: Photoboard, Metal, and Archival Paper


It has been said that city dwellers can always tell when someone is a tourist. They are wandering around looking up at the all the tall buildings around them. This has always made me think that there has been a certain loss of wonder. Certainly among those who have chosen to ignore the beauty of ever-changing light and textures rising above every sidewalk.

Cities present a wonderful tableau of old and new that is constantly blended by the shifting architectural tastes and technologies of the past and present. Gentrified facades stand side by side with the aging structures they are slowly replacing, and steel and glass towers above elegant brick and mortar while bathing them with shifting, radiant, reflected light.

A number of years ago, downtown Vancouver was the local destination for a Worldwide Photo Walk meet up and competition. The challenge of these photo walks is that you must deal with the setting and the lighting as you find them. Then mix in your creative talents to come up with a few shots worthy of entering into a world wide competition. The weather on that particular day was overcast; perfect for black and white.

This shot was taken handheld with a wonderfully sharp 105mm macro lens. Just in time to catch the brief highlight of a passing shaft of filtered sunlight.


The Fraser Valley has been my home for more than thirty years. The beauty of this region certainly captured me right from my youth, and exploring the outdoors was the common thread in all my interests. The lakes, rivers, and mountains that define the geography of this area continue to draw me into the backcountry and inspire my photographic pursuits. Even the urban centers of the southern coast of British Columbia are kissed by their intersection with their natural surroundings.

Ironically, photography became an integral part of my life when I left this province to work overseas. The zeal to capture the experience of living in a vibrant foreign city led me to delve into the relatively new realm of digital photography. The ability to capture what I was seeing in a way that expressed how it was making me feel became my artistic passion.

Over the last ten years I have worked to hone my craft both with the camera and the computer. In the field, this is all about finding locations that move me; locations that tell a story. In the post processing, it is all about highlighting the mood and lighting to evoke a response from the viewer. It is my hope that through my work people will be able to share in the sense of wonder I feel in the world around us.

Although all of images are color compatible for viewing online, most computer monitors vary in their color configurations. The images that you see may not have accurate color representation.

Additional information

Dimensions 8 × 10 in

Photoboard, Di-Bond Aluminum, Fuji Crystal DPII Paper (Matte)


12×18, 16×24, 20×30, 24×36, 28×42, 32×48


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