Photos of Vancouver streets completely void of life on Christmas morning

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Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

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

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Georgia Viaduct looking from Beatty Street

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Burrard Street looking north from Burnaby Street

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Dunsmuir Viaduct looking from Beatty Street

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Water Street in Gastown

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Richard Street meeting West Cordova and Water Streets

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

The foot of Granville Street on West Cordova Street at Waterfront Station

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

West Pender Street looking east from Homer Street

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

West Pender Street looking west from Granville Street

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Robson Square

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

West Cordova Street looking west from the Granville Street pedestrian overpass

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

The outdoor plaza at Granville Square next to Waterfront Station

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

West Cordova Street looking east from the Granville Street pedestrian overpass

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

The Cambie Street Bridge approach looking south

Vancouver Christmas morning quiet

Images: Derek Bermingham

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