Pandemic City

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Here’s a second slideshow featuring Toronto during the covid 19 (coronavirus) lockdown. There are still many people out and about but everyone seems to be doing a pretty good job of social distancing, except in the grocery stores where it’s very difficult.

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City on lockdown

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I decided to begin a documentary photography project to showcase what’s going on in Canada’s biggest city right now. Like many places around the globe, we’re in a virtual lockdown. Pretty much everything’s closed, in an effort to “flatten the curve” as they say. You can still shop and still grab coffee and meals to go, but that’s about it. The street in our downtown core were virtually dead yesterday, as I walked around taking photos. And yes, I was practicing “social distancing,” as strongly encouraged by all levels of government.

I’ll likely shoot almost daily for the next week or two and from it hopefully I’ll do a book or at least a slideshow. Here’s a few random images from yesterday’s outing. The mall you’re seeing is the Eaton Centre, Canada’s busiest mall, on a sunny Saturday at lunch hour. The only other time I see it like this is when I go on my Christmas day walkabout every year.

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I come in peace

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Got out for a nice walkabout downtown on the weekend. Sun day was beautiful and warm. Notice this girl on University Ave while I was waiting for the right people to come along into some nice light I’d found. I immediately stopped her and asked for a photo. She was a part of a cosplay meetup and on her way home. Talk about a lucky catch.

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Peek-a-bo

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Toronto’s famous CN Tower peeking out between buildings.

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My latest article for Petapixel Magazine

The Art of De-escalation in Street Photography

So I wrote another article for Petapixel. This one’s about dealing with confrontation when out making street photography. You can read it here. Be sure to scroll through the comments. The trolls were really active on this one. Very entertaining stuff.

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What?

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Had a fun day downtown today. Caught this little fella waiting on his owner. I had to call him to get him to turn my way. Worked out just how I was hoping. Tomorrow’s supposed to be like the best day we’ve had this winter, with the temps reaching a high of maybe 10 C (50 F). Hoping to get out again for a very long walkabout.

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Best ‘Sage

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Shot this ten days back. I was drawn to the nice light, and dialed it up further in post. They make some fine street dogs, although I rarely eat that stuff anymore.

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Red & White & Black

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Got out all weekend shooting again. Gosh I must have walked like 20 kms. Today we had some nice fluffy snowflakes, although by the time I made this image it was pretty much a rain event. I laughed when I noticed the dude’s jacket matched the colours of the bus. Talk about lucky timing on my part. I could have easily straightened the image in Lightroom but sometimes I like the angles. It sort of makes me think of Garry Winogrand’s style. Hope you got out for some shooting yourselves, if you’re into that.

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