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.

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2 Responses to Quiet Queen Street

  1. Ryan Garden says:

    Lovely shot, I like how you’ve captured the light in this shot & the reflection on the underside of what I think is a bridge.

    Personally only ventured in to my city centre once during lockdown to take photos of the abandoned streets. I’ve been focus more on the increase of native wildlife we’re seeing.

    • Thank you. Yes, the bridge joins the Eaton Centre to the Hudson’s Bay department store.
      I’ve noticed my “style” has changed during this lockdown, too. More architecture, window reflections, etc.

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