It is beyond difficult to capture a city’s busiest streets completely void of all life unless you digitally alter the photos.
No matter what time of day or what time of year you will usually find enough people and cars to ruin your shots.
Irish photographer Derek Bermingham’s photos prove quite the contrary. However, this is only possible on one day of the year: Christmas Day. But more specifically on Christmas morning, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., while Vancouverites were busily spending time with loved ones and unwrapping gifts under their tree.
His photos show some of downtown Vancouver’s busiest arterial streets and areas completely empty of any foot and vehicle traffic.
“From my experience I have found that there is a two hour window on Christmas morning to best achieve these shots,” said Bermingham. “For eight years now I have set up my camera and tripod in the middle of the city centre at first light.”
He first began capturing these eerily quiet Christmas morning photos in Dublin, Ireland. You can view his Dublin Christmas morning collection by visiting his website at www.derekbermingham.com. This was Bermingham’s second Christmas in Vancouver.
Burrard Bridge looking north towards downtown
Georgia Viaduct looking from Beatty Street
Burrard Street looking north from Burnaby Street
Dunsmuir Viaduct looking from Beatty Street
Water Street in Gastown
Richard Street meeting West Cordova and Water Streets
The foot of Granville Street on West Cordova Street at Waterfront Station
West Pender Street looking east from Homer Street
West Pender Street looking west from Granville Street
West Cordova Street looking west from the Granville Street pedestrian overpass
The outdoor plaza at Granville Square next to Waterfront Station
West Cordova Street looking east from the Granville Street pedestrian overpass
The Cambie Street Bridge approach looking south
Images: Derek Bermingham