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Nathan Phillips Square Toronto

Nathan Phillips Square Toronto black and white


A Couple New Images

Here are a couple new images from the last month. I have been working on storefronts here in Toronto for the last several months.

Hasting's Barber Shop on Gerrard Street East.

Hasting’s Barber Shop

College And Grace Toronto

College and Grace.

Kit Kat storefront on King Street Toronto Hey Lucy

Kit Kat on King

Black and white photography

Levack Block on Ossington

Levack Block on Ossington

Every once in a while I stumble upon a building I didn’t know existed. This was the case when one day in May 2015 I was walking up Ossington north of Queen and found the Levack Block building. Within a week I was back at the location with my platform truck, photographing this beautiful building.

Please e-mail me the location of any great buildings you’ve seen in Toronto.

On my main site you can see more black and white photographs of Toronto storefronts and neighbourhoods.

Court House Walkway Toronto

Court House walkway Toronto

Here’s a new image of the Court House walkway in Toronto. There are just a couple days left to see Harry Joy’s prints on display at the Market Gallery. The Exhibit ends May 9th.

Toronto Storefronts With Character

Galerie Voltaire

Galerie Voltaire on Bathurst in Toronto is a fine example of a store front with a lot of things going on. I like the small details that make this location unique. This image and other storefronts in Toronto can be viewed on

Canadian Opera Company Toronto

Canadian Opera Company Toronto

The lettering has been taken off this building (east side) 227 Front Street East.

Photography Exhibit

The Market Gallery will present an exhibition featuring close to 80 black and white photographs by Harry Joy, Doug Hemmy and Andy Brooks entitled “Toronto Observed Through Three Generations:”

The exhibition begins on January 24 and will be on display until May 9, 2015.

 “This exhibition is an engaging way for residents and visitors to see the city through different times and creative perspectives,” said Mayor John Tory.

The reception will be Saturday January 24th 1pm to 3pm. Click on the image below to view the full image. Additional links and details can be found on the Exhibits page on my main site.


What’s Going On Here?

What is going on here Queen Street West Toronto

Some interesting signage on a Queen West storefront related to the changes happening in the area. Below is a photograph of Barton’s storefront.

Barton Flooring Storefront on Queen

El Mocambo Sign on Spadina Toronto

El Mocambo sign on Spadina Toronto

Not all landmarks in Toronto are buildings or monuments. The El Mocambo sign is indeed a landmark and the bar itself is rich with music history. Big bands ranging from the Rolling Stones to U2 have played there over the years so the El Mocambo sign represents many memories for those who frequented the El Mocambo. I personally have memories of the El Mocambo and it’s steep staircase at the back of the building. As I have mentioned in previous posts, “back in the day”, meaning the 80’s, I was working in the sound, and staging business. I remember loading in and out of the upstairs via the back staircase which was never something I looked forward to.

The print above is 10×15 inch and is available in larger sizes if desired.

2 Cars and Massey Hall

Massey Hall Toronto

As is frequently the case when photographing a building there are cars parked within the image. This particular photograph is close to what I want for Massey Hall but the 2 cars mean it will need to be done again at some point in the near future. The print on my site of 10 Toronto street holds the record for visits due to parked cars. I think I visited that site some 20 times and then one day the light and lack of cars parked in front allowed me to get this image. The 10 Toronto Street print will be on display at The Market Gallery (with 7 other of my prints) in January. For details on this exhibit follow this link. Toronto Observed Through Three Generations

The Hideout Queen West Toronto

The Hideout on Queen West Toronto

This image is a reverse view of the print “Brothers Discount” which I posted a couple weeks ago. If you compare the two you’ll see the complete view of this intersection.

Below are a few more from my Queen Street collection.

Queen Mother Cafe Queen Street West Toronto

Skyline Restaurant on Queen Street West Toronto

The Rex Hotel Queen Street West Toronto

More Queen Street prints can be seen on

Storefronts Queen West Toronto

Historic, culturally diverse, artistic, however you want to describe Queen Street West it’s a great part of Toronto. The unique architectural details in the buildings and creative presence found at street level create this eclectic area of the city. The prints in this post have been added to the collection of Queen Street storefronts on

Black and white photo of man with fish on Queen St West Toronto

The Dog's Bollocks on Queen Street West Toronto

592 Queen Street West Toronto. Black and white photo

Black and white photo of Czehoski on Queen St West Toronto

More Queen Street West

Barton Floor Coverings on Queen Street West Toronto

I’ve always liked Barton’s storefront. It, like so many on Queen west has that old character that new stores just don’t have.

Black and white photographs of Queen Street West

Brothers Discount Store on Queen Street West

Brothers Discount store on Queen Street West Toronto TTC mural

I’ve been photographing buildings and storefronts on Queen Street west here in Toronto. The above photo is 30×10 inches and can be made much larger if a customer requests a larger print. The image shows the older store which is part of the community and the temporary pop up store in the background. There’s a lot of this going on all over the city. I’m using the techniques I’ve developed to get fine detail in these images which combined with a wide tonal range will produce a fine print.

More to come and there are new images of Queen Street Storefronts on my main website. -AB-

Toronto Storefronts

Computeron storefront Keele and Dundas Toronto

It is my understanding that these storefronts will be wrapped in scaffolding in the next couple days and renovated. Located at Keele and Dundas it will be interesting to see if they keep their character after the reno.

black and white prints of Toronto storefronts

The Rebel

Fine art black and white photography

Sometimes being a rebel just means being a bit different. When this scene unfolded in front of me “The Rebel” was the first thing that ran through my mind. It also reminded me of something I wrote years ago.

“As the tall grass bends to the will of the wind, an open road stretches beyond the horizon.

For those who leap from destiny’s cradle, may your lives be cleansed by the rains of freedom” -AB-

Lillian Massey Building

Lillian Massey building Toronto

The Lillian Massey building at Bloor and Queens Park is a classic Toronto landmark. Back in 2011 I photographed the Queens Park entrance and decided it was time to shoot the entire building. The previous image is called Department Of Household Science and the one above is simply called The Lillian Massey Building.

More pictures of Toronto Landmarks on

Sherbourne Common Park

Sherbourne Common Park Toronto

This photograph of Sherbourne Common Park was taken in the spring of 2013. It has been placed in the “Around The City” gallery on

The Gladstone Hotel Toronto

Gladstone Hotel on Queen Street Toronto

As part of the work I’m doing on Queen street The Gladstone Hotel is a landmark on Queen West. This print is available as a 20×16 and larger sizes are available.

More pictures of Toronto architecture and landmarks can be seen on

You’ve Changed

You've Changes sign on building Queen Street Toronto

When I first saw this sign on the side of a Queen Street building I thought of the lyrics in the Billy Joel song “Just The Way You Are”. You remember. Don’t go changing…to try to please me. Anyway the changes that are happening on Queen West are a bit concerning to me. This has always been the heart of the city with its eclectic mix of people and businesses. The old store fronts and wide variety of merchants all lend to the true character of Queen West and I hope it keeps that charm in the years to come. I know I said I was going to shoot store fronts during the summer but that didn’t really happen but I do plan on photographing  Queen West during the winter months. Hopefully the weather will cooperate as I don’t want any seasonal indicators in my work.

More Toronto architecture pictures on my main website.

Architectural Pillars Toronto

Black and white print of architectural pillars

More pillars and Toronto architecture pictures on

Mars Food All Day Breakfast on College Toronto

All Day Breakfast on College Toronto

Store fronts can tell a story and this one certainly does. In the details of this image you can see the old school traits of a restaurant like this. The Tetley Tea box on the counter the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box and the old style salt and pepper shakers on the table. All this and a store front that probably hasn’t changed in decades.

Catching Up


Dufferin Liberty Center Liberty Village

Toronto Carpet Factory Liberty Village Toronto

Trinity Square Toronto

Scotia Bank Theatre Richmond Street Toronto



Toronto Redpath Sugar Dock

Sugar loading lock on the Queens Quay Toronto

I would think that this scene will disappear in the next few years to make room for some new development. It may not though seeing how important sugar is to our everyday lives (it’s in everything). This print was photographed from Sugar Beach and is 59 inches by 16 inches in it’s natural state. Below is a crop of the image showing the detail of the crane that unloads the large ships that come into Toronto loaded with sugar.


Ship At Queens Quay Toronto

Another angle from a previous shoot when there was a ship in dock.

Visit my main website to see more images of Toronto.

Carlton and Parliament Toronto

Intersection of Carlton and Parliament Toronto

Toronto is known for it’s towering condos, many of which can be see while driving along the Gardiner Expressway. The reality is that Toronto is a collection of neighbourhoods and those neighbourhoods are what make the city great. Small pockets of cultural diversity allow one to visit the world within this great city. Intersections within the city can hold a special meaning to those who frequent it’s restaurants and stores. One of the many projects I am slowly working on is a body of work showing the intersections within the city. The above image is of Carlton and Parliament.

Shangri-La Hotel Toronto

Shangri-La Hotel in Toronto

The Shangri-La hotel in Toronto is one of the newer luxury hotels the city has to offer. The challenge photographing this building was that the sun can really blow out the glass on the front so the shot had to be taken just as the sun was rising so there is a minimal amount of sun on the outer glass but enough natural light to show the details of the structure. In addition to this I wanted the flag blowing which of course requires a breeze coming from the north. I had set up at this location 4 or 5 times hoping for the right conditions and finally came up with the image above. This image and hundreds more can be seen on my main website

Saint Lawrence Hall Toronto

Saint Lawrence Hall Toronto

I’m working on a “New Work” page for which will contain new images created this year. The above image is call “Passing Saint Lawrence Hall”

More Toronto street car pictures can be seen on my main website

All New


I am pleased to announce the launch of the all new redesigned

Thank you for visiting. -AB-

Ryerson Statues and Monuments Toronto

Ryerson Statues and Monuments Toronto

Ryerson Statues and Monuments Toronto

Ryerson Unniversity has a wonderful collection of campus areas and architecture. Once the leaves are down I will be shooting at Ryerson here in Toronto.

More Toronto architecture pictures are on my main site.