Category Archives: Cityscapes

Thursday Doors – April 13, 2017

“Veteran’s Memorial Building” - Unionville, Ontario

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Veteran’s Memorial Building” – Unionville, Ontario

In the small Ontario town of Unionville, well, not so small as Unionville is actually part of the city of Markham, sits this beautiful old building, which I thought was a church, until further inspection.

It’s now an audio/video store but the original doors are still there, so, whatever. In fact, I was going to go inside to check it out when I realized it was now retail space and quickly walked back out. Just too much of a contrast for me that day.

Unionville is a beautiful historic town, still quite well preserved among the high-tech landscape of surrounding Markham. The original buildings are quite well preserved but have mostly been converted into shops and restaurants. Have a quick Streetview tour, if you like.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/670sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 20

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Thursday Doors – April 06, 2017

“Inatowycz Hall’ - Royal Conservatory of Music

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Ihnatowycz Hall’ – Royal Conservatory of Music

Not far from my past two door posts, stands this lovely door, the entrance to the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Ihnatowycz Hall, which contains the Mazzoneli Concert Hall, a beautiful, intimate 237 seat concert hall. Originally known as McMaster Hall, the building underwent significant renovations in 2005 with a donation from Mr. Ian Ihnatowycz and his wife, Dr. Marta Witer — both Royal Conservatory alumni and was renamed in their honour. It’s one of Toronto’s hidden architectural gems. To my understanding, the building originally housed McMaster University, which moved to Hamilton, Ontario. The Royal Conservatory of Music moved into the building in 1963.

It’s a bit tough to get a good image of the door in the summer, as Bloor Street is lined with fairly thick trees. Despite this, the building has always attracted me, with its bright brickwork and I thought it high time that I add this to my door collection.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/340 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 20

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Thursday Doors – March 30, 2017

“Church of the Redeemer” - Toronto

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Church of the Redeemer” – Toronto

I have missed this beautiful door on the past few visits, as the church itself was undergoing renovations. The benefit to those renovations is that now we are presented with nicely restored doors.

There is something about the contrast of the rich red-brown doors and the slightly yellow limestone arches. Despite the renovations, there is still a nice patina on the stones of this church, which was founded in September 3, 1871. Old photos I’ve recently found are a sharp contrast to this church, which at the time, sat on farmland on the edge of a growing city. Have look at the Streetview compared to the unattributed 1879 image.churchotr1879

If you look back to last week’s post you will notice that the church is essentially across my right shoulder as I made the image of the museum doors.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/60 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 25

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“AGO Stairs in Mono”


This is perhaps the most photographed staircase in Toronto. The Douglas Fir clad stairs were designed by Frank Gehry as part of a major renovation of the Art Gallery of Ontario, known as the AGO and completed in 2008.

The curves, textures, and play of light are a photographer’s dream. I’ve made several images of the staircase, which extends up 5 stories and has 138 steps, but have never noticed this angle, which is shot from directly below the base. Had it not been for two small children looking up at it, I may have missed this opportunity. Ah, the eyes of children. They really do see things in the most wonderful ways.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/30 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 40

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Thursday Doors – March 23, 2017

“Royal Ontario Museum - Front Doors”

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Royal Ontario Museum – Front Doors”

Today, something more local (I’ll return to Mexican doors soon).

The doors above are the old main entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, known locally as the ROM. I say old doors because these are the original front entrance to the museum. The main entrance has since been moved to the extremely modern ‘Crystal‘, which faces north, and is, in my opinion, ‘boring’. Don’t get me wrong, the architecture is very unique, but the doors do nothing to enhance it.

The old doors, facing east, are beautiful; embellished with wonderful stonework and carvings, the windows above inset with stained glass. I did not have my Nikon with me but was able to get a nice image of the doors and surrounding architecture with my iPhone. The light that morning was quite subdued but balanced. This image would be difficult to make mid day, all the features would be washed out, as you can see in the linked Streetview image.

When I made the image, this past Monday, I was very deliberate to take the time to really look at the door and its details. Despite that, I still missed many things, like the unique columns above the door and the wonderful scrollwork at the very top. So much so, that I cropped it as I made the photo. Though, it is quite grand and hard to fit in the frame. I did, however, notice the bright blue banners to either side, which looked like the sky and framed the facade, isolating it beautifully and giving it the appearance of standing alone.

In considering the image further, I realized that these doors are no longer used, except as an emergency exit, which is a bit sad.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/120 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 32

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Tuesdays of Texture – Week 13, 2017

“Eroded”“Eroded”

“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social function, art must show the world as changeable. And help to change it.”
― Ernst Fischer

Here is my entry for Del Monte Y Mar’s Tuesdays of Texture Challenge Week 13 of 2017.

As I walked the streets of Todos Santos, Mexico a few brief weeks ago, enjoying the architecture, which is so different from home, I spotted this wall along one of the main streets.

It interested me immediately and I took the time to really look at it, to appreciate the textures and colours and create a mental story of the image. The exact location is a memory, but I could probably find it again.

What stood out at first, and what initially got my attention, was the deep reddish colour and grain of the exposed brick against, what at first, appeared to be a bright white wall. It was not till I looked closer that all the sub layers revealed themselves.

There’s the first layer of mortar, which holds the brick together and serves as an initial coating, then another layer of plaster, to smooth it out. That layer seems to have been painted a bright blue, and a subsequent layer of red, since weathered and coated with another layer of creamy adobe.

The crack exposes all these layers in a complex composition of colour and texture that just seems to work. Some may walk by and think it an eyesore, complaining that the building owner should repair it. But, there’s not much rain in this region and it will probably not be attended to for years to come. For some of us, a simple thing like a crack in a wall can become a world of its own, beauty in the mundane, and I’m happy to see it that way.

Nikon D800
Tamron SP AF 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro 1:1 (272ENII)@90mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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Thursday Doors – March 09, 2017

“Red Door” - Art District, San Jose del Cabo

This week’s submission to Norm 2.0‘s Thursday Doors.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favourite door photos from around the world.

“Red Door” – Art District, San Jose del Cabo

It would appear that I’m experiencing two distinct themes this month: One being the Humpback Whale series I have posted over the past few days, the other is the fascinating doors, so different from the Central Ontario doors I see every day. Most of the doors I will be sharing where in the Art District of San Jose del Cabo, a small town about 20 kilometers from the popular tourist area of Cabo San Lucas.

Where Cabo San Lucas is a busy tourist town with a significant party scene, San Jose is a lot quieter with a bit of a mission town feel, despite the numerous souvenir shops. They also have a very deliberate focus on the arts, with an art district just off the town square. Each shop has its own unique look and feel and it’s marvelously bohemian.

The red door above is testament to the ever-changing look of the evolving art district. As I retraced my steps through the street with Google Streetview I discovered that this door has changed form from its previous persona, check out the Streetview link above and you’ll see that the door was previously bare wood. I actually prefer the red version. And who knows, next time I visit, it may be blue.

I find it funny, that I can talk about a simple door at length, I’m sure most of you understand. There’s just so much going on in the image that we tend to miss when actually there and we wonder how we could possibly not have noticed. That is one of the many joys of photography.

The experience has also made me keenly aware of the variability of light between Ontario and the subtropics of the Baja Peninsula, making for interesting shadows.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/4000 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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