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.
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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 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).
The busy corner of Yonge and King sits quiet early in the morning.
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