Big Crane Falls Over

A big crane came crashing down onto the street just doors south of where I live. I was out at the time but when I arrived back home I came upon the aftermath. Rush in and grabbed the camera to document the mess. Thankfully no one was hurt. A woman did have to jump off her bicycle to avoid the falling crane. She’s okay, but the bike’s crushed. And I heard a guy on the scene was treated for shock. But no physical injuries at least.

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Winners

Shot this back in late May at the height of the pandemic. The reflection from the windows on the office tower across the street bathe this building in beautiful late day sunlight. I often find myself shooting this building when the opportunity presents itself.

So I’m finally beginning to go through my colour street photos for my next street photography book. My deadline is Black Friday in November, when Blurb offers a 50% discount on book orders. Like my last b/w street book, this too will be a limited edition of 26 copies, lettered A through Z and signed. I’ve already got people who purchased the last book asking for the same letter for this book, so that’s encouraging. My b/w book sold out within a week of the announcement, before I’d even placed the order. Hope it goes that way for this one.

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A dog and his shadow

This one dates back to early September, 2017. I don’t recall where I was but I think it’s from a neighbourhood in Toronto called Cabbagetown. Back then I lived in the suburbs of Scarborough about 20 minutes away by car. Little did I know just a couple of years alter I’d be living within walking distance if this downtown neighbourhood in a rental apartment. Just as surprising is that I’d be pretty much retired. You just never know what changes will come at you in life. All my worries from 2017 are way in my rearview mirror now, which is nice.

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Bright Spot

Shot this one back in the first day of 2017. Funny how much my life’s changed since then. Back then I was working full time in financial services for a multinational out of Australia. I didn’t hate the job, although it really wasn’t me. Little did I know that by mid-September that year I’d be packaged out and would spend the following 18 months looking for a new gig. I never did find one and ended up selling my house and moving downtown and semi-retiring. As many things in life do, this ended up being a blessing in disguise. I invested my equity from the house sale and have been living off the dividends ever since, and I have a beautiful, new condo style apartment walking distance away from everything I find appealing in downtown Toronto. Who knows what tomorrow will bring, mind you. Anyway, hope you like this shot.

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Tornado

This is an art installation along Toronto’s harbourfront. Sort of looks like a tornado to me. It’s pretty impressive. I shot this on June 27th, which is the last time I was out with my camera. It’s been too hot and humid to bother with my walkabouts. Today, though, I’m about to head out with the camera. Not sure how long I’ll last, since it’s supposed to be a scorcher today. We’ll see…

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Black Lives Matter

I got out and shot a BLM protest downtown a couple of weeks back. Very civil and respectful with none of the rioting we’re seeing south of the border. Even our police were marching with them. No doubt some of you might be thinking “but ALL lives matter” and you’re right. But for all lives to truly matter, black lives must be included. Imagine living in a reality where being pulled over by the cops for a simple traffic violation could end up with you being shot and killed.

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Take us to your leader

Snapped this back in early June. I’ve always thought this art installation looked like aliens. The CN Tower makes the shot for me. Hope you’re enjoying Canada Day. Me, I’ve been busy moving a friend of mine these past two days. Back breaking work but it’s finally over. She’s lucky I’m secretly in love with her. ūüôā

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Light & shadow play on Bay St.

I shot this back in early May when the lockdown was still in effect. I love the light and shadow play here and hung out on this corner for a good half hour or more. With so few cars on the road at the time it was easy to capture Bay St in a state of emptiness. Before the pandemic this shot, sans cars, was next to impossible. Or at least, I certainly didn’t have the patience to wait until I (1.) had a good subject with (2.) no cars distracting from it. Here we are approaching two months later and downtown traffic has gotten much worse, or in other words, it’s quickly returning to normal again.

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