Day 235: I used to take alot of photos of certain objects, like signs for example…. and collect them. Not so much for each individual photo, but rather to build a collection of similar photos with a variation. A series of images, a book, or some other derivative project inspired by a collection of images was one motivation. One shot I started collecting, was circular images framed in a square format. This one was shot during my work day at a customer’s house….
Day 232: One thing about living in Toronto, is that graffiti of all sorts is never very far from our view. Some of it is quite valid as an art form, and a lot of it is simply visual pollution. And a small portion of it is gang related or inspired by the associated culture that comes with gangs. This small tag in my neighbourhood makes me wonder if it’s truly a warning or just some kids having some mischievous fun…
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Day 229: Today’s shot is in my old neighbourhood in Parkdale, and it’s surprising I haven’t been down there more often for some shots. I’ve yet to see anyone actually use one of these chess tables, of which there are a couple.
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Day 226: I’m suffering from a bit of an artistic block lately, struggling to come up with something besides the usual type of shots. So I decided that this week I would put the DSLR down a little more often and play with some of the apps on my iPhone a bit again. I always like the Hipstamatic app, and haven’t used it in a bit so out it came today once I got home from work. Just outside my basement door is the where today’s shot happened. It’s amazing how such a fragile plant can crack and split concrete. There’s something a little Zen about it…. and reminds me of a eastern idea that the ability to yield is strength. For example, in a strong wind, the blade of grass bends with the wind, yet the massive strong and rigid tree breaks and falls. I once read a quote that expresses this much more eloquently, but you get the idea….
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Day 200: I always enjoy photographing graffiti wherever I find it, knowing that it will be cleaned up, or painted over at some point. Some places, like Queen Street West, are always changing, and I’ve seen most of the large pieces there change several times. Graffiti, or street art is not limited to large spray-painted murals though. Often I spot interesting, yet quite small stickers, stencils, and other tiny bits of art. Today’s shot is a small stencil that caught my eye while out tonight, a unique critter for sure….
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Day 160: Managed to get today’s shot while working downtown today, in the back alley behind the customers house…
Day 156: Took a quick way out today for my photo with a shot while at work. Installing new soffit, fascia and eavestrough. Neat fact: Eavestrough is a distinctly Canadian word. Elsewhere it is known as “gutter” among other things.
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Day 69: I never really got the chance to go get a photo today, but I did spend most of the day chasing down a new camera to replace my broken Canon XTi. Ended up buying a used 50D for the price of a 40D. A few hours of playing with it once I got home, and I can’t wait to get out with it tomorrow….
Day 68: Each day of this photo project takes me “somewhere”, that much is certain. And sometimes it will take me somewhere unexpected. Not every day will be pleasant scenery and images we find beautiful.
I was down at Ashbridge’s Bay, finding a cache and taking a few photos, and came upon a small memorial along Unwin Avenue. I’m sure I have driven by it a few times without taking much notice. It reminded me of similiar memorials I’ve seen in Venezuela, usually marking the spot where a traffic accident had occured. Inside the wood frame, surrounding a large inscribed rock were flowers, gently placed all around, some still fresh. And a single framed picture, stained with rain, hangs askew on the fence.
Her story is a sad one, no need to tell it here. It is well documented, as I soon found out on my iPhone in between pictures.
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Day 53: The old Canada Linseed Oil Company plant at 40 Wabash Avenue in Parkdale was abandoned in the 70’s. It now sits, fenced off in a corner of Sorauren Avenue park, a piece of land that once served as a TTC garage up to the 1980s
The city had planned to turn it into a municipal garage for garbage trucks, until the communtiy stepped in to fight it, and a community park was established in 1995. The 40,000 sq. ft solid concrete building is to one day become a community centre.