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“Defeat”

“Defeat”

“Among the detritus of winter lay the signs of resignation and defeat”
– Ed Lehming

Oh, I am so done with this winter. March is hanging on, raw and ragged, teasing with hints of warmth and melting the snow into dirty gray piles of grime. As the snows recede, the history of the winter gradually reveals itself. Usually, this is in the form of garbage, trapped in the layers of snow.

This scene did strike me as funny though. Sometime over the winter somebody had broken not one but two snow shovels and discarded them on the very thing that defeated them. There’s likely more to this story, but as I walked past it, a smile crossed my face and I made up my own story to explain this scene and I decided to stop and grab a quick image.

You may notice the Canadian flag, high and in the distance. The flag was deliberately placed within my frame. It made me think of mountain climbers leaving their flag at the top of a mountain, though not all manage to ‘summit’ and are also resigned to walk back down the hill, defeated, as someone else’s flag waves proudly above them. It also serves as a reminder of winters in Canada.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4 mm
1/590 sec; f/1.8; ISO 20

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“Top of Jarvis”

“Top of Jarvis”

“Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced.”
– Leo Tolstoy

This is a very non-typical photo for me, but I do have a habit of making images of things that I find interesting or unusual.

Yesterday, I spend a few hours touring the area of Bloor Street and Church Street in Toronto. It’s an area which I drive through frequently when visiting my daughter, who lives in the area. During these drives, I have noticed some interesting architecture and have made note of them for a future walking visit. That opportunity presented itself and I went to see some of these features close up.

One of the features that I’ve been intrigued with is this art installation at the very top of Jarvis street. It’s a series of tall red tubbes, which stand about ten to fifteen meters tall. There is a complimentary installation just south of it, consisting of thinner blue tubes on an angel. I prefer these red tubes, which appear to be reaching up the side of the building like some subterranean monster.

Like I said, this type of photography is not my  forte, but I was please at how the resulting photo portrayed the scene I witnessed.

For those interested, here’s a Google Streetview image of the location.

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

 

 

 

 

Thursday Doors | June 29, 2017

“Zaragoza 20 - 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.

“Zaragoza 20 – San Jose del Cabo”

These weather worn doors are the entrance to La Panga Antigua, a restaurant in the Art District of San Jose del Cabo in Baja California, Mexico. See here for what lies behind these ‘rustic’ doors. You’ll be surprised. I was and now will have to return to sample the interior. I’m also including a Streetview link so you have some context of the neighbourhood.

When I made the image I was simply intrigued by the chunk of wood suspended above the door. It just seemed odd and out of place. Now, as I look up the address and the name of the establishment, it all makes sense, sort of. A Panga, modern derivation traditional dugout fishing boat. Generally, if you say panga, it’s simply interpreted as ‘boat’.

Now it makes sense, La Panga Antigua means “the old boat” and the chunk of wood is actually a piece of an old wooden dugout. Anyways, that mystery is now solved and I can reflect back on the numerous interesting and unique doors in this area of San Jose del Cabo, the Art District. Each vendor trying to differentiate themselves from others, often through the use of doors.

Nikon D800
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF- @ 112mm
1/125 sec, f/5.6 ISO 200

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Thursday Doors | June 22, 2017

“322 Dundas Street West” - 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.

“322 Dundas Street West” – Toronto

In this image, it’s the doorway, not so much the doors that draw my attention. Along this stretch of Toronto heritage buildings, and across from the Art Gallery of Ontario, this one really stands out, with its fuchsia columns and yellow brick. I had to go through my media library to verify I had not posted it previously and it turns out that I have not.

I found that odd, that I have not yet posted an image of doors that I have enjoyed for several years. As it turns out, my oldest daughter’s friend lived here for a few years. It is a small world.

iPhone 7 back camera @ 4.0mm
1/300 sec;   f/1.8;   ISO 80

Thursday Doors – April 27, 2017

“Gloria’s - 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.

“Gloria’s – San Jose del Cabo”

I thought it would be a good day to revisit one of my Mexico photos today. You see, I had the full intention to build a large collection of Mexican doors from this trip. What I learned was, never try to do it before 9:00am, as they are all locked up.

In this case, and in many others, not just the doors are locked with wrought iron gates, but so are the windows. This practice seemed to be quite common in San Jose del Cabo, a moderate sized town at the south end of Mexico’s Baja peninsula. The concept of locked doors has also been replaced by a preference for chains and padlocks, which was evident even on the modern doors of some of teh local banks.

Sadly, I was not able to return on this visit to get a shot of the door by itself, it looks like a beauty, so will have to plan a return trip 🙂

iPhone 5S back camera @ 4.2mm
1/2000 sec;   f/2.2;  ISO 32

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Thursday Doors – March 16, 2017

“House of the War”

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.

“House of the War” – Art District, San Jose del Cabo

Today, I’m returning to yet another interesting door in San Jose del Cabo’s Art District. This one just screamed out “Take a picture of me!” It is such a bold and different door, though I’m not sure how practical it is, since the door panels overlap. It makes me wonder about the intent, both for the door and for the name of the art studio behind them. The bold red and painted flowers certainly got my attention.

Like last week, I checked out the door on Google Streetview and it looks completely different.

One final note on some of these facades, which is really what they are. What, at first glance, looks like concrete, is really, in most cases, styrofoam coated in adobe or plaster and painted to look like stone.

I do have to apologize for the quality of the image, which I usually take great pride in, but I was travelling in unknown parts and had to rely on my iPhone and harsh mid-day light.

iPhone 5s back camera @ 4.2mm
1/1150 sec;   f/2.2;   ISO 32

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Thursday Doors – December 15, 2016

“Neighbours” - Saint John, New Brunswick

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.

Back to Saint John, New Brunswick once more and it’s variety of lovely doors. This one is title “Neighbours”, for fairly obvious reasons. I found it very interesting how two adjacent doorways could look so different, based on the homeowner’s decorating style. It was also interesting just how much the light changed the colour of the stonework from warm to cool.