Patience is important

Patience is the cornerstone of good street photography, in my opinion. It’s sort of like fishing. You don’t row out to your favourite fishing spot, cast your line and when you get no bites in the first five minutes, reel it in and go home, right? No, you sit and wait, and wait some more. Sometimes for hours, even. But often that wait can result in a nice catch for dinner.

When I come across a scene or some interesting light & shadow play that I think has the makings of a good image, I usually park myself and wait for the rest of the components to coalesce into the shot I’ve envisioned. This isn’t some unique trick I’m employing, but a very common method used by many, if not most, street photographers.

In this case I’d already been walking for hours and just wanted to return home for the day, so I didn’t have the patience to wait around for this shot to come together. What’s missing? In my vision, I can see a cyclists riding by and caught in the storefront window’s reflection. I think that would have really completed the shot. As it stands, it’s okay, but it could have been much better if only I’d engaged in a little patience. Oh well. Hope you like the shot.

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Things are looking up

I don’t usually shoot a lot of skyscraper shots like this (what I call urban landscapes, or perhaps architecture) but with so few people out and about I’m having a hard time focusing on street photography alone. This pandemic and lock down is helping me see differently than I usually do when out with my camera. Sometimes that’s a good thing, I suppose. Anyway, hope you like this image.

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Do Photos Really Tell Stories?

Here’s my latest article for Petapixel Magazine. Simply, I raise the question, do photographs tell stories, and I attempt to make the argument that they do not. At least not single photos. A group of images that make up a photo essay can lead the viewer to a story, in my opinion, but not individual images. Give it a read, if you like, and feel free to offer your own opinion in the comments below. Hope you enjoy it.

Petapixel Magazine: Do Photos Really Tell Stories?

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Anti-Lockdown Protest

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As part of my Covid19 documentary project I would be remiss not to get some photos of protesters. I shot this at Queens Park (Ontario Parliament building) in Toronto yesterday. Sadly, many of these people are conspiracy theorists, and some even associated Covid19 with the new 5G cell network being implemented around the globe.

Anyway, it was a great day to be out and about. Way more people on our streets yesterday than just two weeks back. I think people are letting down their guard. Hope it doesn’t result in a resurgence of the pandemic.

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Coronavirus Playground

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I’m almost done collecting images for my Covid19 documentary project. I’ll be attending a big protest today at Queens Park. They’re protesting the lockdown and the government for not allow them to catch the virus and die. Joking, they are actually protesting the economic impact of the lockdown and trying to entice the government to reopen the economy. Me, I just want a couple of good images of this for my project.

Next week I’ve got a few frontline workers lined up for portraits. Hopefully that’s work out well. Last on my list is our public transit system. I need a couple of good shots of that, too.

I plan to put all these images together in a slideshow to music, but if they work out well I might produce another book. We’ll see. Too early to tell.

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Tall Buildings

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I’ve actually shot this one before, many years back, but I’d totally forgotten where I was. When I stumbled upon this spot again last Sunday, I couldn’t help but shoot it again. I think it turned out nice. I’m still processing images from last Sunday. It was beautiful here in Toronto and I kept catching neat stuff to shoot. It was maybe the best days of the year for me, until it became the worst.

I got home to a phone call from my dad’s landlord. Long story short, I found him dead on his living room floor. It was old age, not Covid19 related. Very heartbreaking. I’m now busy clearing out his apartment and dealing with his affairs. At least now he’s with mom again, if you believe in that sort of religious stuff. I guess that makes me an orphan.

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Back Seat Driver…

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I literally chased this car down the street to get the shot. I can’t imagine how stupid I must have looked to people. But it was worth the effort, I think. Hope you like it.

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AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario)

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This is one of the most beautiful buildings in Toronto. However, because of traffic and parked cars it’s next to impossible to get a clean shot of it. It’s also huge. The glass facade is over twice the length than what’s shown in the photo, but I was more focused on getting that streetcar reflection in the glass “roof.”

This weekend is going to be really interesting in Toronto. We’re still under a full lockdown but as we get nearer to opening things up again I’m seeing more and more people and cars out and about. This Saturday and Sunday will be the warmest, sunniest days of the year to date, with highs reaching 20+ C. My guess if we’ll see far more people breaking isolation than ever before. Could be bad news if it results in another spike in covid-19 cases. Let’s hope not. Anyway, hope you like the photo.

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