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Photographer Kris Krüg comes home from world travels to The Waldorf Hotel

Photos by Ewa Chruscicka

Kris Krüg is a Vancouver-based fashion, music and portraits photographer, technologist and author. His name is ubiquitous in conversations about the city's leading influencers, and has his hands in numerous projects, ranging from intimate photographic essays on the city's neighborhoods, to serving as a board member at the W2, a creative technology organization based in inspiring community media arts. A former resident of Silicon Valley, Krüg moved to Vancouver in 2004, and has known no other home since. 

Recently, Krüg took to the snowy fields of Alberta with DeSmogblog to document the massive tar sands development near Fort McMurray and the wolf culling that is being planned by government, ostensibly to help grow the caribou population.  It's not the first time the photographer has given his talents to social causes, however: he has traveled to Mali in 2011 to help a United Nations campaign to stop HIV/AIDS, and trains budding  videographers as a facilitator of the Reel Youth program. 

Krüg is one of the artists residing at the iconic Waldorf Hotel, East Vancouver's coolest cultural hot-spot. He shared his views about why The Waldorf, specifically, and Vancouver in general, was a place to watch. 

"The Waldorf is banging these days," he commented. "It's thriving. There must be 10 or 12 or more of us in here, living here full time, so the result of that is just remarkable."

"Three months ago, I interviewed Douglas Coupland here, and we ended up doing a project on which we share copyright...there's something going on here, which is Andy Warhol-type factory-like. Everyone's creative, looking out for each other."

"If you even look at a glance of all the top 10 arts and cultural places in Canada, you're going to see The Waldorf pop up again and again. It's not just The Waldorf. There's a technology scene, a start-up scene here. Something is in the air here."

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