This is the Koerner Library building at the University of British Columbia. I walked through UBC on my way back from taking pictures along the shoreline. I was amazed at how big the UBC campus is. To me, coming from a small town, it seemed enormous and I suppose this is just one of many libraries scattered throughout. The sun was setting behind the building so it added a dramatic flare, at least to my eyes which never saw this building before.
I think that faculty and students don't even bat an eye, and the thought of taking a picture of this might seem trite. That's the value of having fresh eyes. This happens to me all the time back in Florida. I can walk somewhere and not see a thing I'd consider remarkable, but someone from out of town would. We all become blind to things we consider commonplace. In fact, I almost didn't stop to take this picture because I noticed it was a library, what could be interesting about a library? I'm glad I did.
After taking the shot I continued back to the bus stop to catch a ride back to town. It was Saturday night and sure enough it was full of students heading into town to hang out. It was still pretty early so the bus wasn't that full, but I'm sure had I left a couple hours later this library would have been empty and all therein lined up at the bus stop for a night away from the library. Not that I know that to be a fact, I'm just sayin.
Saturday was an urbex rain day. Meaning that it was raining and I did a little urban exploration. I would say that pretty much every day is a rain day in Vancouver, but it's that's just how it is. For me it's a perfect excuse to get out and shoot rainy scenes, totally awesome.
I live on the East Coast and I try to stay in that time zone when I travel west. The advantage is I wake up super early and that helps me get a good start on the day. When I come to Vancouver that means photography in the morning. So by the time the sun rises, which by the way it never does, I've already been out for a couple of hours. Bonus. The downside of course is I turn into a pumpkin at about seven in the evening. So as long as I do fun stuff in the morning or day, I'm good.
In this case the morning was rainy and as I said, totally awesome. Something about people with umbrellas makes for an interesting picture. I don't really know what it is but I find it cool. We have umbrellas where I live, but people don't walk where I live. They walk from the parking lot to the store, that's most of it. So there are no busy streets with people dressed up carrying umbrellas. So anyway, I got a tonne of umbrella shots, maybe too many but I'll worry about that later. For now, this is the first of my urbex umbrella shots.
While in Collioure on my way to Barcelona I noticed this Catalonian woman walking along the shore. Little did I know that the residents of this region consider themselves Catalonian first, then French. Same goes for the Spaniards just south of here. The region they live is known as Catalonia.
If I can judge the people by the way they live, then they seem to be a solid bunch. When I was in Barcelona I noticed the Catalonian flag hanging from every apartment, literally tens of thousands. Silly me; I thought the flags had something to do with Barcelona FC, which if you don't know is the most awesome soccer team in the whole universe. But no, not BFC, the flags were in support of Catalonian independence.
I'm just a visitor to the area, I know nothing about the politics, but it quickly became apparent that many are serious about becoming a separate country. That was reinforced by news of votes and such in international headlines about the same time I was here. But it seems for now, Barcelona (Catalonia) is still part of Spain and Collioure is still part of France.
So back to this woman walking the beach. I'm going to go out on a limb here, but I suspect that Catalonian politics was the furthest thing from her mind.