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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Lady in Red

Shot this about three weeks back. I really liked the light here so I simply stuck around and waited for a strong subject to enter my frame. Her red outfit really pops here, which is why I left it in colour (although I did process a b/w version). Would have worked better had she looked my way when I made the image.

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Royal Alex Theatre

This is one of Toronto’s most famous theatres. Built in 1907, the 1,244-seat Royal Alex is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in North America. I’ve never been inside, but I hear it’s beautiful. The current show, Come From Away, is a musical that tells the story of 9/11 from the perspective of a small place in Newfoundland called Gander, where 7,000 airplanes from around the world were redirected in the wake of 9/11 and the U.S. closure of airspace within its borders. I hear it’s terrific, but I can’t stand musicals (or any other live theatre, for that matter).

Anyway, I shot this yesterday in the middle of the afternoon. Hardly an cars to speak of, but not for the reason you’d think. The city shut down King St to vehicular traffic, to make public transportation faster for commuters. It’s the only downtown street in Toronto that didn’t change when this pandemic forced a city-wide lockdown. It was dead before this pandemic and when things go back to normal it’ll still be dead.

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Late afternoon light on Bay St

Shot this on a Sunday afternoon downtown. Usually it would be busy as hell at this spot and this time of day, but not during this pandemic. I am noticing things getting much busier. Still not nearly back to normal but at least it’s not like a ghost town downtown anymore. Even our street vendors have been permitted to reopen, which is nice to see.

Anyway, hope y’all are keeping safe and getting through this mess. Best wishes.

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Cows

I shot this in the heart of Toronto’s financial district on the weekend. The cows are a part of a permanent art installation there. They’re always fun to shoot. In this case I just liked the play of light and shadow. I think many photographers new to street photography fail to take into consideration the way light and shadow can enhance an image. I often look for the light/shadow play first, then hang out and wait for potential subjects to enter my frame. And I’ll often pass over a good subject because the lighting is flat or dull. The not-so-secret secret is to hit the streets early in the day or late in the afternoon, to catch the best light and shadow play. I’m a big fan of long shadows caused by a low hanging sun.

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Quiet Queen Street

I shot this a month back. Things have picked up a lot since then. The Eaton Centre (our huge downtown mall) still remains closed, mind you, but some retailers have been allowed to reopen under certain strict conditions. Still no coffee shops or restaurants, other than take-out, mind you, but we’re getting there. The empty streets make for some neat, post-apocalyptic photography, but I’ve grown tired of it and just want things to return to normal.

Here in Toronto we’re seeing a lot of small retailers and restaurants shutter their businesses permanently because of this pandemic. Sadly, many are forced to because of greedy landlords. I’ve heard more than on instance where the landlord simply wasn’t interested in applying for financial support from the government, choosing to instead just kick out their commercial tenant. I’d love to see a site that lists all the heartless landlords in our city so potential tenants would know to stay clear of them.

On another note, if you’ve followed me for any length of time you’ll have noticed I’m posting less black & white shots. The reason is, I’m sort of using Instagram for my black & white work and my blog here for my colour work. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still post b/w stuff here, just not as often as before.

You can follow me on Instagram by clicking this link: @lazyphotographer.ca

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