“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.
“Odors have a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power of an odor cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.” ― Patrick Süskind
As the days warm, aromatic flowers prevail, attracting bees and insects with their sweet perfumes. Pollinated flowers give way to fruits and green leaves darken as they mature from their pale spring forms.
The above photo was made of plants along a local walking trail. I liked the way the sun shone through the shadows, illuminating the grape leaves and honeysuckle blossoms, as well as the range of light within the composition, from the bright white of the blossoms to the darkness in the shadows.
Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G I AF-S VR Zoom @140mm 1/60 sec, f/14.0, ISO 1100
“The first problem of living is to minimize friction with the crowds that surround you on all sides.” ― Isaac Asimov
I wanted to capture the hustle and bustle of this Montreal intersection with an experimental long exposure. It was interesting to look back on it and see the woman in the foreground moving quickly across the frame, while the car is stopped.
This was also an experiment in light where I was trying to cover the whole spectrum for white to black.
Interestingly, growing up in Toronto, I really would not consider this a ‘rush’. For that, I could set up at Montreal’s Gare Centrale (about 18 million people pass through there every year) at quitting time. Perhaps on another visit?
Nikon D300 Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 70 mm 1/10 sec, f/22.0, ISO 200