The films of Yasujiro Ozu are sometimes noted for their long, spacious takes of landscapes or domestic scenes, without discernible relationship to plot. These cinematic rests are referred to as pillow shots, and have been employed by later filmmakers such as Tarkovsky to impart a meditative or reflective quality to the visual narrative.
Vancouver is an eminently photogenic city, when weather permits, and a great wealth of pillow shots. In a sense, this is my greatest enjoyment of riding a bicycle here, more than any motivation of health, thrift, or ecological guilt. It really is so easy to stop on a bicycle and admire the view, finding an aesthetic intermediate before resuming the day.
For the first of many, I offer a modest picture of The Naam at sunset. Framed by an arterial condo and dingbat apartments, the facade resembles a former era, what Douglas Coupland referred to as Beads and Granola. Inside, it continues to fill a specific social and culinary niche without competition, almost timelessly.