Vancouver High Rises–A Closer Look

By Matthew Bamberg / Dec 18, 2012
Rectangular windows in close-up of a Vancouver, Canada high-rise
Circular-shaped balconies in close-up of a Vancouver, Canada high-rise
Patterned guardrails in close-up of a Vancouver, Canada high-rise
Modular design of a Vancouver high-rise
Circle-shaped balcony guardrails on a Vancouver high-rise
Extended balconies of a Vancouver high-rise
Canada flag reflected on glass of a Vancouver high-rise
Concrete and glass balconies in Vancouver high-rise
People engaged in different activities on the balconies of a Vancouver high-rise
Glass cubicles of a Vancouver high-rise

The highrises in Vancouver are all shapes and sizes, but some look strikingly similar when you look at them from a distance.

Peering into the balconies with a zoom lens seems as if it might be a bit intrusive. Despite that, the effect of seeing a series of close-ups of Vancouver high rises is nothing less than stunning–shapes, lines and forms that appear to be geometrically perfect.

These image show you how detailed the collaboration of architects, designers and construction workers can create such artistic looking works when one small part of the building is magnified in a photograph.

Using a zoom lens, though you can get a peek at how each one is different and, at times, view the activities of the residents. Living in these giant buildings gives the impression of a densely populated city with people packed in decorated boxes that soar into the sky.

These images were taken on a summer afternoon when the sky was clear with pleasant temperatures in the 70s about ten years ago.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).