The Image Page

 

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.

City Scene Looking Over the Walls of Fort York
City Scene Looking Over the Walls of Fort York
Docks in partially frozen  Lake Ontario

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!

Docks in Partially Frozen Lake, Bluffers Park
Docks in Partially Frozen Lake, Bluffers Park

 

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

 

Wooden Boxes at Summerhill Station
Wooden Boxes at Summerhill Station

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

Young Tamil protesters gather on University Ave, Toronto, to draw attention to the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka
Young Tamil protesters gather on University Ave, Toronto, to draw attention to the plight of Tamils in Sri Lanka

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

Native Canadian Street Artist, Toronoto, 2009
Native Canadian Street Artist, Toronoto, 2009

 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

Busker taking a smoke break, Bloor West Village, Toronto
Busker taking a smoke break, 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.

Violinist, Bloor West Village, Toronto
Violinist, Bloor West Village, Toronto
 
This young lady very confidently unpacked her instrument and started playing, a nice contrast to the grunting engines, roaring motorcycles and harsh babble of pedestrians.
 
Scenes from Little India, Toronto.
On Saturday we visited Coxwell and Gerrard, Little India. Although I’ve lived here since 1972 and Anne was born here, neither of us have ever been to this area before. What we found was a place very similar to our favourite Mexican locations, but decidedly Indian. The second we stepped out of the car we could smell spices in the air. The street was a riot of colours, and every second address was a restaurant, it seemed. A very enjoyable exploration and a very enjoyable lunch to restore our energies after walking so far.
 
 
 A young lady attends her clothing Stall, India Bazaar, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto
 A young girl attends her clothing stall in Little India, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto.
 

A store selling kitchenware, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto

 

 A store selling kitchenware, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto
Clothing Store, Little India, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto Clothing Store, Little India, Coxwell and Gerrard, Toronto
 Comala Coffee Factory
Yellow pillar and arched stairway, Comala Coffee Factory, Mexico
Yellow pillar and arched stairway, Comala Coffee Factory, Mexico
Last year we took a trip to Las Hadas, Mexico. There, and in the surrounding towns, it was hard to find any scene that could not be described as picturesque.
Coming back to Etobicoke was something of a shock.
 
Punks in Love
Punks in Love
A couple of years ago we took a photography development course with the Royal Ontario Museum. The course was led by Robert Schecter, a wonderful teacher and experienced travel photographer, and was designed to develop our skills in street photography, portraiture and generally conducting oneself as a professional with a job to do, while engaging total strangers as subjects.
Our street-shooting started out at the ROM, progressed through various areas in the U of  T, moved through Queen’s Park and across China Town, ending up at Kensington Market, which is where the best characters were found.
This couple were walking towards me and I asked if I could shoot them. They willingly agreed, and posed this great comic shot that said a lot about their relationship. Just for the record, they are both standing, and yes, she was that much taller than him!
Working With Glass
Working With Glass

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

Caffe Novecento, Toronto
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

Caffe Novecento, Main Entrance
Caffe Novecento, Main Entrance

 

Two of my favourite things on display in a corner of Caffe Novecento
Two of my favourite things on display in a corner of Caffe Novecento

 

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

Garden at Exhibition Place, Toronto
Garden at Exhibition Place, Toronto
 
 

 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

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, TorontoCupboard, barrel and hydrant, Distillery District, Toronto

Thought this colourful scene had a naturally attractive composition.

 

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