Posts in Category: bright colour

yellow bomb

yellow bomb

Vancouver 2013

I love walking around in the quickly disappearing industrial and warehouse district near Main and Terminal in Vancouver. Condo developments are squeezing out old buildings that once housed clothing manufacturers, carpet wholesalers and an assortment of metal and woodworking shops. There is a city block of particularly dingy side roads and shipping bays that draws a lot of unmentionables and which has been the subject matter for a few of my images, including the one above.

Despite having walked some strange parts of town in various parts of the world, like in the outskirts of Queens, Bogota, or Mexico City, I rarely feel intimidated by the surroundings or by some of the unsavory types that tend to hang around the darker alleys and doorways. On the particular afternoon I took this photo, though, I felt a little concerned about two black-hooded men, one on the street corner obviously acting as a “look-out” and another standing in front of a dilapidated entrance-way into one of the shadier looking buildings. It looked straight out of a bad movie. Something just told me to stay away and I did, turning on my heels, at which point I saw this image on the opposite wall above some brush and discarded aerosol cans.

air france


East Vancouver 2009

Minimalism meets simple shadows just off of Commercial Drive. One my favourites as it reminds me of how bright and sunny Vancouver can be on rare occasions.

summer shadow

summershadow square blogged

Mississauga 2007

Some of the best colours are in parking lots. This is probably the one and only picture I will ever take in Mississauga, Ontario. Not that I have anything against the place. It was taken killing time while waiting for a flight back to Japan after my sister’s wedding which was the highlight of a great summer.

dripped blue

Kagoshima 2007

Bright colour, texture, and decay caught my eye in Kagoshima with this image. It sometimes seems 3-dimensional, like you could run your fingers over the surface.

new book : city in shadows

Very happy to announce the release of my second collection of photography, city in shadows. It’s a collection of shadow-centred images taken in many of my favourite cities around the world, including Tokyo, Amsterdam, New York, my former home of Kagoshima, Japan, and my current home of Vancouver. A lot of my common themes come up regularly in this collection including minimalism, abstract imagery, and urban decay. I maxed out the size of the book at a particular price point to try and add as much value as possible, meaning that this includes almost eighty pages of my work in total. Check it out here and please let me know what you think. Thanks for your support!


Kagoshima 2007

This is one of a large set of images that I took during my last year living in Japan. Looking back at them now, I can see how introspective many of them are, and some of them seem infused with a sentimental or bittersweet melancholy. Having spent the better part of six years in Japan and being acutely aware of my imminent departure and the parting of ways from so many beloved friends and family, I suppose it was understandable. I named this after one of my favourite artists, Seattle troubadour Damien Jurado for his music which, for me, emulates so many of the same qualities that I mentioned above.

For those wondering, the image is a macro detail of a plastic bench at the stop where I used to take the tram in South Kagoshima. The scratches accumulated over time as generations of children’s school bags and office worker’s briefcases left their mark. I think the macro detail has always added to a certain element of mystery to the image that has always made it one of most lasting and most popular.


Vancouver 2009

For this shot I had to get down and dirty, on my hands and knees on the sidewalk.  It was taken on Commercial Drive on a bright and crisp morning in February before this store had opened for the day..


Vancouver 2012

The beautiful stretch of sunshine we had in Vancouver over early fall offered such bright sun-saturated colours combined with long shadows, two of my favourite photographic elements.

welcome to nolan webb photography

woman on wall (Kagoshima Japan, 2006)

This is my first foray into photoblogging beyond my usual dayjob over at flickr. I live in Vancouver Canada and very much appreciate comments and discussion. Feel free to repost images but please link back to this original site  I hope you enjoy your visit and look forward to hearing from you.

The image above was taken in Kagoshima Japan in 2006. I took it with a fairly primitive point and shoot, my first digital camera, downtown in a shopping arcade called Tenmonkan. It came right from gut, an instinct shot, and to this day I can still remember my heart pounding as I pushed the button to release the shutter. It was the first image that I was truly proud of, and marked the moment I knew I was hooked on photography.