This is where I’m going to subject you to some of my images, and explain why I like or dislike them. Feel free to comment in any way you see fit.
Graffiti and smokestacks.
At first glance it looks like a jumble of junk, old brickwork and dilapidated factory buildings. But people live here, people work here, it’s part of what we are as a city. It’s great!
Late in the winter, on a fairly warm day, my wife and I took a drive across the city to the strange moonscape known as Scarborough. I know to people who live there it seems normal but to a west-end boy like me everything looks pretty alien.
We ended up at Bluffers Park, at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs. I’ve lived here for thirty-seven years and this is only the second time I’ve been to that area.
There’s a community there of people who live on houseboats. I wonder how many people in Toronto know that about their own city. While we were there I caught this scene, a row of empty docks, the ice just melting. I liked the orderliness of it.
Wooden boxes, Summerhill Fruit Market
We have a subway station in Toronto named Summerhill. Very historically significant place. They actually used part of the old original train station when building a very upscale liquor store in the area. We were walking through the area and looking for photo ops when I found these crates, tossed into a little alcove outside a fruit market. Something about the arrangement caught my eye. It’s still one of my favourites for some reason.
Young Tamil Protestor, Toronto
Took my wife downtown a couple of weeks ago to show her where the University Ave. Courthouse is located, because she’s on jury duty. Took the opportunity to shoot some images of the ongoing Tamil protest across the street from the US Embassy. I felt bad for them, because it was a Sunday, and for sure the embassy was empty–kind of pointless to be there that day.
Native Canadian Street Artist, Toronto
While walking around the Yorkville area came across this gentleman producing native art. He was working so intently that he didn’t hear when I asked permission to take some pictures. I took them anyway and dropped a couple of dollars in his collection container.
Resident busker in Bloor West Village, Toronto
This interesting character frequents the Bloor West Village area on Bloor between Jane and Runnymede. He seems well known to the regulars there, and people frequently stop to chat. His musical style can best be described as unique, in my opinion. It’s good to see him and his dog there, week after week, a symbol of continuity.
Young violinist entertains strollers in Bloor West Village, Toronto.
- A young girl attends her clothing stall in Little India, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto.
- A store selling kitchenware, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto
- Clothing Store, Little India, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto
An artist shapes molten glass at the studio in Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, where the public can get a first-hand view of the creative process at work.
Caffe Novecento, Toronto
Last weekend we took part in Corso Italia, a yearly celebration which takes place on a few blocks of St. Clair Ave.
Taking a break, we stopped at Caffe Novecento for a drink on their very inviting patio. Quite honestly, it was like stepping out of Toronto and into a little corner of Europe. Phil, either a Manager or owner (not sure which) was interested in the pictures my wife and I were taking, so I promised to send him a few prints this week. He showed his thanks with two glasses of Prosecco. Very nice way to spend some time on a Saturday morning!
Caffe Novecento, more pictures
On Monday I mailed Phil 4 prints of shots I had taken (2 were colour and monochrome versions of the fountain). Yesterday I had voicemail on my cell phone from him. His words were “unbelievable” and “fabulous”. You would be right in thinking that that made my day! And we can go back for coffee on the house any time.
The coffee part is nice, but for me, the reaction of the viewer, that’s the important thing. I thought the shots were good, I just didn’t realize he would be that happy with them. Not to be crass, but it will be interesting to see if any business comes out of this.
Flowers and grasses with Fountain
I’m not usually much of a flower person. I’ve shot lots of them, but I rarely print them. I probably will frame this one though. I intentionally shot at a slower shutter speed to get the sense of motion from the fountain in the background, and the fuzzy tips of the ornamental grasses please me. Hope it give you, the viewer, some pleasure.
Early Morning, Toronto
Taken while driving around before daylight yesterday. Nothing too special, but I like the gleam of lights on the wet pavement.
Cupboard, barrel and hydrant, Distillery District, Toronto
Thought this colourful scene had a naturally attractive composition.