I’ve been working on a series of store fronts in Toronto and have found some interesting and unique locations. When looking at the large version of this store my first question was “who wired this building?”. More urban black and white photographs can be seen on my main website www.BlackandWhitePhotography.ca
10 Toronto Street is yet another building that always seems to have a vehicle parked in front of it when I show up to photograph it. To my delight there were none on this visit and the light was ideal for shooting this Toronto landmark.
If you live in or around the Distillery District you will be familiar with the old Canary Restaurant which is no longer there. This photograph which was taken in 2005 is a small reminder of this unique little corner restaurant.
Another black and white photograph of the whole restaurant is in the gallery on www.BlackandwhitePhotography.ca
What’s your favourite sign in Toronto?
I will be teaching another workshop on architecture photography at Pikto Studio in Toronto April 21st. Pikto is located in the Distillery District.
The above photograph shows the new method of framing I will be using from now on. Most of my prints have been matted with a charcoal mat. I will now be using a double mat, the inner one will be charcoal and the outer mat will be white. I will continue to use the same black wooden frames. It goes without saying that on the actual prints the copyright sign and website do not appear. My signature is below the image in the white space on the right hand side.
This image will be uploaded on www.BlackandWhitePhotography.ca soon.
Construction of Convocation Hall was completed in 1907. Some 105 years later I finally managed to photograph this beautiful building. I have visited this site on many occasions with the intention of shooting this building. There was always a banner of something that caused me to leave it for another day. On this day no obstructions and a balanced sky allowed this photograph to be taken.
Sometime around 2005 I photographed an abandoned house in Wainfleet Ontario. One of the images was of this window which I called “Haunted Window”. Later that year the PC is was using for my photography work failed and about 80 images that were not backed up (a hard lesson learned) were lost, including the original image of this window. A small jpg was still available and has been on my site www.BlackandWhitePhotography.ca for quite some time. I have received quite a few requests for this print but was unable to offer it to customers as the print file was gone. I recently re-shot the window and can now offer this print to those who are interested. The new print is called “Haunted Window II”.
Few buildings have required as many repeat visits as the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes on Sherbourne just south of Bloor. There was always something preventing me from photographing this building. A car parked out front, a banner across the pillars, the lights not on behind the pillars etc. The lights being on in this case is essential as the undercover and doors fall in very dark shadows early in the morning without them on. The second image below shows the dome.
More pictures of Toronto on my main website.
The Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion in Toronto can be seen from Lakeshore Drive. A favourite place for many Toronto residents to spend some time at the lakes edge and at the pool. With its wonderful architecture and facilities, Sunnyside is also a popular location for weddings and events. I believe this building was constructed in the late 1800′s. This photograph required a fair amount of thought during the composition process as the structure is quite wide and there is a limited amount of space in front of it. Click on the above image to see a larger version.
I suppose this image would be considered an abstract with its crossing lines and strong backlighting from the sun. Taken on King Street here in Toronto.
I set out to get a photograph of the ladder on top of Roy Thomson hall. (below) It seems that some other items made their way into the picture as well.
Part of the process I use in creating my black and white prints is creating a duotone file of the image I’m working with. The above photograph of the Quantex Technologies building shows what the image looks like in duotone. The original photograph had full detail in the trees that surround the building and as I frequently do I use a technique call burning which darkens the selected area. Burning to make parts of the photograph darker and dodging to make them lighter is a process that is used in the dark room while developing film. With digital images the process while different is similar in nature. While I don’t use Photoshop to manipulate images I do use the features that emulate the tools used in a dark room.
This statue, located at Toronto’s Union Station is passed by millions of people every year. The photograph was taken as the sun was coming up to catch the mood of this Toronto icon. This photo is available as a 16 x 20 print. Larger sizes are available upon request.
As I have in other photographs with people in them, this image was composed and then I simply waited until the scene unfolds as I had envisioned it for the building. The right combination of no other people, no cars, lighting, which changes frequently during the waiting period and timing of the moving subject all contribute to the resulting photograph. In this case the wait time was about 45 minutes which seems to be typical.
If you’re walking around Toronto early in the morning and you catch the scent of pipe tobacco, take a look around, it may be me just waiting. -AB-
The Seaton Butcher Shop on Queen Street is one of my favourite store fronts in Toronto. It’s one of those locations that I have thought about photographing for years but for what ever reason never got around to it. This image will be posted on www.BlackandWhitePhotography.ca soon. -AB-
Osgoode Hall is a wonderful building that I have admired for years. In this photograph which was taken just before 6am the lights shining on the windows behind the pillars worked to my advantage as they would otherwise be shaded at that time of the morning. This print is available in a square format and a wider format. The wider version can be viewed on www.BlackandWhitePhotography.ca
Below is a photograph of the sculpture at Trinity Square in Toronto. I will be shooting again at this location in the next month or so.
The Ryerson Athletics building entrance is a prime example of a hidden treasure of Toronto architecture. Unless you have attended Ryerson University you would probably not be aware of this unique structure which quietly sits almost a stones throw from Toronto’s bustling Yonge Dundas square. I stumbled upon this location in the summer of 2010 while observing the Egerton Ryerson statue (below).