For over a decade, Gregory Geipel has walked the streets of Vancouver, carefully documenting the unique, yet often overlooked fixtures that have remained amidst the city’s rapid urbanization. His photographs are shot with meticulous, if not deadpan, composition and attention to moments of symmetry that are often difficult to find. A follow up to Geipel’s On The Corner series, Still Vancouver captures the quiet resilience of a city that refuses to disappear in an increasingly planned cityscape.
As the face of the city evolves, few structures have managed to withstand the change. The ones that do occupy a unique presence in the public subconscious: they are mainstays of the Vancouver experience, yet at the same time taken for granted – forgotten in their quiet, unassuming resilience. Their longevity has obscured their staying power. They’ve become the invisible, in-between places surrounded by more desirable, pristine destinations. But hidden in the cracked stucco, faded awnings, and dandelion-filled parking lots lies a vivid memory of Vancouver’s past. Still Vancouver captures the seemingly relentless inertia of a structural past that has remained timeless and refuses to be forgotten. As these buildings seem to defy the gravitational pull of modernity, one can’t help but wonder, for how long?
Still Vancouver is a collection of photographs that evoke hope and resilience in their fragility and strength.