Defying the established street grid, Kingsway cuts a slash across the city that extends from Vancouver in the north to the former British Columbia capital, New Westminster, in the south. Walking the length of the thoroughfare is similar to walking in the aftermath of a giant, earth moving, machine that's chosen the path of least resistance, leaving a trail of truncated and trapezoid shaped buildings in it's wake. Since it's origins as a foot path in the 19th century, people have been drawn in and pushed out of Kingsway's slipstream. Today, commuters, mechanics, working girls, and newcomers to Canada call the street home, a once necessary and crucial connection, Kingsway seems to be an anachronism within a city that continually promotes itself as a world leisure destination.

​When I first arrived in Vancouver 2010 it was easy to dismiss Kingsway as an unsightly street lined with strip malls, discount bins and used car lots whose only purpose was to get motorists from point A to point B. After renting an apartment, blocks away from it's beginning (or end depending on where you reside) and researching it's historical significance, I realized that Kingsway warranted a more thorough investigation, one that paid tribute to it's origins and contemplated it's place in present-day Vancouver.

​Inspired by images culled from the City of Vancouver Archives, this project is meant as a contemporary photographic survey of Vancouver's longest road constituting the backbone of the city. By walking the full length of Kingsway, I intend to utilize the street in it's original form and experience it in the same way one would view Edward Ruscha's Every Building on the Sunset Strip, as a seamless series of interconnected buildings, neighbourhoods and histories.

Fixing Hair, 2015

Fur Coat, 2014

China Airlines, 2015

Cut Branches, 2015

Sunset, 2015

Delivery Driver, 2015

Neon Palm, 2014

Red Hat, 2015

Splatter, 2015

Peach Wall, 2014

Cowboy, 2015

Bush and Fence, 2015

Trophies, 2015

Dry Plant, 2015

Tires, 2015

Sun Rays, 2015

Tree Halo, 2015

Angela, 2015

Burnt Residue, 2015

Couple, 2015

Billboard, 2014

Tree, 2015

Waiting for the Bus, 2015

Lindsay, 2015

Hyundai Dealership, 2015

Buffer, 2015

Carpets and Pink Gate, 2015

Colm, 2015

Curtain and Tile, 2015

E-Cig, 2015

Bikini Calender, 2015

Brooklyn, 2015

Greasy Wheel, 2015

Lawrence, 2015

Shark Motorcycle, 2015

Orchid, 2015

Intercity Motel, Burnaby, 2015

Brick Wall, 2015

Father & Daughter, 2015

Blossoms on Car, 2015

Drying Shirt, 2015

Juanita, 2015

Tires #2, 2015

Raj and Camero, 2015

Fresh Cut Grass, 2015

Chantell, 2015

Classic Car, 2015

Burnt-out House, 2015

Woman Sleeping on Bench, 2015

We Sell Tires, 2015

Soldier, 2015

All images © 2010-2021 Joel Stevenett