Light and color by Andy Grellmann in Vancouver, BC, Canada

I take most of my photographs early in the morning or late in the day. The light and colour of the Pacific Northwest is pretty nice during those times. The light is blocked out downtown by all the buildings but a lot of it gets bounced around, which can look neat. The rain is real good out here. It’s best when it’s really airy and light, or when you’re in the woods. I like airy and light.

Name:Andy Grellmann

Trying to understand things, and then trying to take pictures of those things.

Tell us about Vancouver:

Vancouver, to quote a friend, is soft: the color, shapes, edges, stuff like that. It’s a destination city and a lot of its appeal is rooted in its easy access to a variety of amenities including the outdoors, the east and west sides, the downtown core, the beaches, and the lakes. It’s very easy to get away from, which is a huge plus.

A perfect day in Vancouver?

An early morning walk, conversations and food with friends, a nap, making photographs, maybe running into a nice little cat or dog. And then leaving for a week or so to camp.

If your city was a person or character who would it be?

I want it to be like Mr. Rogers, but it’s probably more like the neighbor who doesn’t want to talk to you.

Who are three of your favorite artists?

Right now I’m paying a lot of attention to the work of Irina Rozovsky and Gregory Halpern, and listening to a lot of Mstislav Rostropovich’s cello suites.


Name:Andy Grellmann


Favorite place to eat:

The best places to eat in the city are at a backyard BBQ or fire pit.

Favorite place to drink:

Visit a liquor store and then find a nice patch of grass to enjoy your purchase. It’s a real treat.

Favorite shop:

Vancouver Public Library

Local Tip:

Robson Street and Yaletown aren’t that great. Don’t waste your time or money there.

Must Do:

Hike to a lake, and then swim in it.