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Vancouver, BC is home to several art galleries spread out all over the city and suburbs. Many of the Vancouver art galleries showcase several types of art and very few showcase only photography. I have collected a list of many of the galleries that display fine art photographs, it’s definitely not every gallery in the city so if you know of another one please leave a comment below.

Roam Gallery
City Square Mall – Upper Level, 555 West, 12th Ave. Vancouver, BC Canada

Roam Gallery is committed to showcasing original works by emerging artists (Painters, Photographers, Mixed Media and Sculptors). We are a pay to show gallery and specialize in hosting group shows.

PhotoHaus Photographic Gallery
14 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC

PhotoHaus gallery showcases local photographers both amateur and professional. There are often group shows with the occasional opening featuring a single artist.

Jennifer Kostuik Gallery
1070 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2W9
Canada

The Jennifer Kostuik gallery represents emerging and mid-career visual artists from Canada, the USA, Japan, Mexico, Australia and The Netherlands. It brings together artists that explore similar themes and aesthetic approaches creating a relevant exploration and portrayal of beauty through composition, color and light.

Wil Aball Art Projects (WAAP)
2050 Scotia Street Suite #528
Buzzer #189 Vancouver BC V5T 4T1

Wil Aballe Art Projects (WAAP) is a new Vancouver-based commercial gallery, conceived to be both a private and public art experience. WAAP will showcase about a half dozen contemporary art exhibitions annually.

Republic Gallery
732 Richards Street, Third Floor
Vancouver, BC V6B 3A4

Presentation House Gallery
333 CHESTERFIELD AVENUE, NORTH VANCOUVER, BC V7M 3G9

Presentation House Gallery has a mandate to exhibit and disseminate photography and media art, emphasizing contemporary Canadian work within a context of historical and international art.

CSA Space
2422 Main St. Vancouver B.C

CSA Space is an independent Canadian project space owned and operated by Christopher Brayshaw, Adam Harrison, Steffanie Ling and Steven Tong.

Initial Gallery
2339 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6H 3G3

Satellite Gallery
560 Seymour Street, 2nd Floor
Vancouver, BC, V6B 3J5

Satellite Gallery is an experimental exhibition space that is shared between Charles H. Scott Gallery (ECUAD), the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery (UBC), the Museum of Anthropology (UBC), and Presentation House Gallery. It includes 3500 square feet of exhibition and programming space.

Gallery Gachet
88 East Cordova Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1K3

Gallery Gachet is a unique artist-run centre located in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Gachet is a collectively-run exhibition and studio space built to empower participants as artists, administrators and curators.

Winsor Gallery
258 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver, BC

Founded by Jennifer Winsor in 2002, Winsor Gallery has distinguished itself locally, nationally, and internationally as a premier source for contemporary art. Foremost a commercial gallery, Winsor Gallery strives to ensure the long-term development of our artists’ careers through promotion, collaboration, and thoughtful curation.

Pendulum Gallery
885 West Georgia
Vancouver, BC

The Pendulum Gallery was created under the City of Vancouver’s amenity bonus program as a legacy to enhance the experience of living and working in the downtown core.

Dina Goldstein
1380 Napier St, Vancouver, BC V5L 3L6
BACK ALLEY, PINK DOOR

Dina is a photographer and Pop Surrealist with a background in editorial/documentary photography. For Dina photography is intended not to produce an aesthetic that echoes current beauty standards, but to evoke and wrest feelings of shame, anger, shock and empathy from the observer so as to inspire insight into the human condition.

Museum of Vancouver
1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
British Columbia, V6J 3J9

Monte Clark Gallery
Unit 105-525 Great Northern Way
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5T 1E1

Kimoto Gallery
1525 West 6th Ave
(6th & Granville St)
Vancouver BC V6J 1R1

One of the goals at KIMOTO GALLERY is to offer the best fair market values available on original artworks. The gallery offers both accessible artworks for first-time buyers and art lovers, along with highly sought-after artworks by established and senior Canadian and International artists for the seasoned collectors.

Contemporary Art Gallery
555 Nelson Street Vancouver
British Columbia Canada, V6B 6R5

The Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG) is a non-profit public art gallery dedicated to the research, exhibition, education and documentation of contemporary visual art as it is practiced locally through to internationally. It aspires to generate significant audiences for its innovative and diverse programmes through free access and a profile that is international in scope.

Back Gallery Project
602 E Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6A 1R1

The Back Gallery Project, which started as a protégé of the Monte Clark Gallery, brings an informal part-gallery-part-studio environment within an intimate setting for experiencing art in a friendly and creative environment.

Positive Negative Gallery
436 Columbia Street
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6A 3X3

AHVA Gallery
AHVA Gallery, Audain Art Centre, room 1001
6398 University Blvd, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

I traveled to the Philippines a couple of years ago. Such a great country with wonderful people. During my trip I spent several hours on a bus or in a van traveling between cities. I decided to take my street photography to a different perspective by shooting from the window of the moving vehicle I was in.

The photographs are taken with a high ISO and a fast shutter speed in order to capture the subjects without camera shake from the bouncing vehicle and the fact that both were moving. Below are some photos from my trip.

View the full series here.

This isn’t normally a post I would write on my Travel and Landscape photography blog but I wanted to share a few quick tips that I have come across while working to optimize my SmugMug website for search engines. My job as a website developer has lead me to discover that template websites such as the ones created by SmugMug aren’t the easiest to optimize for SEO. Don’t get me wrong, SmugMug has come a long way and they have done an amazing job to create smart and beautiful looking website templates for photographers. I found it extremely easy to setup my SmugMug site. Most of this information is common knowledge throughout the internet and can also be applied to your SmugMug site.
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Optimize Your Image Meta Data

There are a few things you can do prior to uploading your images to SmugMug that will give your images a boost in google image search. If you use Adobe Lightroom to organize and edit your images you can add the meta data quite easily. I’m sure it’s available in other image editing software, just might look different.

1. Image File Name

Give your image filename something recognizable that may include a couple of keywords such as the location or type of image it is. Ie. landscape-sahara-desert.NEF or whatever your file extension might be.

2. Image Title & Caption

Give your image an appropriate title and describe it with the location as best you can in the caption. It’s up to you whether or not you want to fill these with a couple of keywords, just make sure it is relevant to the images content.

3. Image Keywords

Your image keywords can be added in a different section of the Adobe Lightroom editor or you can wait until it’s uploaded to add them. When adding keywords to your images try to use keywords that are less generic. Ie. “landscape” is very generic so try something like “sahara desert landscape”. Someone is much more likely to find what they are looking for on google with the latter.

4. Image Location Data – Coordinates

Adding location data or coordinates to your images gives you the opportunity to make use of the map feature in SmugMug as well as to help your images appear within Google Maps. Users may flip through the image gallery that appears when using google maps and there’s a chance this will help your images to appear there.

If you don’t optimize these items before you upload you are able to add your image title, caption and keywords and location data from within the SmugMug admin. Note that you are unable to edit your image filename after uploading your image. It must be done beforehand.
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Optimize Your Image Within SmugMug Admin

The new SmugMug has a great interface for editing your image meta data including a bulk editor to apply the same thing to a group of images. To edit your image meta data within SmugMug click on “Organize” and then select the gallery where your image is located. Select the image the click the “tool” icon and then click “Title, Caption, and keywords”. The rest is pretty straight forward.

To add your images location data follow the same procedure except click on “Location Data”. You will then see a map screen where you can add an approximate location for your image.

Optimize Your Website Page Title & Description

After a google search is made this is the first thing anyone sees for your website. When adding your page titles ensure you’re using the keywords you want to be ranked for the most. Ie. “Toronto Cityscape Photographs – John Doe Photography”. To add your Page Title & Description go to Account Settings > Discovery > Search and then locate the Title and page description boxes. The title should be around 50-60 characters long and the description should be no more than 160 characters long.
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Optimize Your Gallery Page Title & Description

Some of your website pages may just be simple gallery pages. These gallery pages leave you with very little room to optimize for SEO but there are a few things you can do that will help. Go to your gallery settings screen and there you can enter your gallery page title and description. This is the same as the website page title in the previous section and the character limit is the same. Note that it is possible to use HTML in the description if you want to make sure that <h1> tag gets in there. There is also an option to add meta keywords. Google no longer uses meta keywords to index website pages. The feature is still available in SmugMug though so if you have the time to make use of it there’s no harm done as it can help your site if you use the internal SmugMug search feature.

Optimize Your SmugMug Website Page Content

If you’re not using gallery pages and making use of the SmugMug custom pages you can really work on optimizing your sites content. Best practices are as follows:

1. Use only 1 <h1> tag per page

Just one <h1> heading should suffice and try to use one of two of the keywords you have used in your website page title.

2. Make use of Subheadings <h2>, <h3> etc.

Include a few keywords in each of these subheadings that you use as well, at least wherever it’s relevant.

3. Optimize your plain text with keywords

Don’t make sentences with every keyword you can think of! Just write as you normally would and be thoughtful and strategic with your content and placement of a few keywords to help optimize the content a little better.

Submit Your Website URL to Google

When your website is complete you can give Google a little kick by submitting your URL on this page. Chances are your website was already indexed when you started working on it but this will help to give google another little push to index your new content.

Using Google Webmaster Tools

Google webmaster tools is a great tool to monitor your websites statistics especially since Google Analytics has started hiding the organic keyword search terms being used to find your website. Webmaster tools can be found here: https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/. If you’re not very web savvy I don’t recommend going any further than the above optimization tips. Webmaster tools is used mostly by web developers and SEO specialists or marketing teams who monitor website data.

I would be happy to work with you to help you set this up for your website in hopes to help increase your rank on google. Simply contact me if you would like to inquire about additional info and a quote for the job.

Verify your SmugMug website with Webmaster Tools

Once you signup for an account with Google Webmaster tools, which is usually just an extension of your google account if you use that, you can then add your website URL and verify it. Webmaster tools will ask you to verify your website by using a meta tag they provide. Copy that entire meta tag and the go back to your website dashboard. On your website, go to Account Settings > Discovery > Search  and then locate “Webmaster Tools” at the bottom of the screen. Paste the meta tag in that box and then save your settings. Go back to webmaster tools and proceed with the verification process.

Submit Your SmugMug Website Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

A blog post by SmugMug states that you can simply turn on your website in the SmugMug settings to be indexed by google and SmugMug will take care of the rest. I believe every word of this because well…why would they lie. You just go to Account Settings > Discovery > Search > Google Search Visibility and then switch it to YES. I personally like to see the results right in front of me which is why I suggest taking this one step further and submitting your website sitemap to google webmaster tools.

The way that I have found works best is to submit a separate sitemap for your website pages and images. To submit the sitemap go to the sitemaps section in webmaster tools and click “add/test sitemap”. You will then be prompted with a box to put the location of your sitemap file. Simply add the following excluding the quotations of course “sitemap-base.xml”. Then click “Submit sitemap”. Refresh the screen and you’ll see your sitemap on the list as pending. It should only take an hour or so before it’s processed. Allow a few days before any data comes in to webmaster tools and over 2 weeks for google to re-index your website.

Submit Your SmugMug Website Image Sitemap to Google Webmaster Tools

Submitting your image sitemap is important as it helps google to index each of your images individually for google image search. The sitemap will include the majority of your image meta data including the title, caption, keywords and location so ensure you have optimized all your images prior to submitting your image sitemap. Submitting your image sitemap is exactly the same as the steps above so follow those except use the following for your sitemap filename: “sitemap-galleryimages.xml”.

Additional Tips for Optimization

Relevant Content

Remember that SEO is a tricky thing and that your best bet is to ensure your content is relevant.

Backlinking

Other than relevant content the one thing I have found that will make your rankings soar is good backlinks. The more other websites link to yours the better chance you’ll have in a great ranking.

Frequent Regular Blogging

Try creating a blog using WordPress or Tumblr and linking back to your SmugMug site. Unfortunately SmugMug does not have a blogging platform which would be super helpful! Frequent and regular blog posts help your site to become indexed for more keywords and content. It also gives your visitors a reason to come back to your site to view the new content.

Happy Optimizing!