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“OISE Windows” – Toronto

“OISE Windows” - Toronto

“Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.”
― Michael Shermer

OISE is the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, part of the University of Toronto. This is where people study to be ‘educators’ or ‘teachers’ as we know them. It is also where trends in education are studied and public policy, regarding education in Ontario, originates. I have several friends who are teachers and they have shared some interesting OISE stories with me. In the parlance of ‘teacher speak’ such gems as “Oracular Device for Conveyance of Knowledge” aka ‘a book’, came from this building.

Despite the reputation for over thinking the obvious, the building is quite interesting, architecturally and I was particularly drawn to the patterns of the windows in the mid-afternoon light as I walked along Bloor Street looking for new material. I tend to enjoy old buildings and complex stonework, but I did find this modern image interesting because of the repeating patterns and limited gradations of shading.

Nikon D800
Tamron 70-200 mm f/2.8 @ 145 mm
1/320 sec, f/9.0, ISO 200

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“Graduated Windows” – Montreal

Graduated Windows - Montreal(thumb)

I find interesting pattern everywhere. It’s something I can’t turn off, nor would I want to. Last week, during a trip to Montreal, I looked out my hotel window which faced an office tower cross the street.It would seem that different companies have varied tastes in lighting and this building went from bright warm lighting, to a cooler ‘sunlight’ style light, to dimmed lights.

The unfortunate thing was that the hotel windows were quite dirty and I was not able to sharpen the image beyond this. I had my Nikon DSLR with me but those shots were not much better than the iPhone. So, here it is. From a distance, people think this is a contact sheet and then they look closer. Every window seems like its own little world and no two are exactly alike. I hope you enjoy it.

iPhone 5S

“Brickworks Windows” – Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

“Brickworks Windows” - Evergreen Brickworks, Toronto

I spent a bit of time today at the Evergreen Brickworks, in the Don Valley area of Toronto. This was an operating Brickworks till 1989, when it was decommissioned. The building sat abandoned till a few years ago when a significant restoration was started. It is a beautiful mix of nature and industry. The old clay quarry has been repurposed with walking trails and ponds and the buildings have been designed to incorporate elements of the old industrial buildings and modern market space. I love the slightly abandoned and misused appearance of some of the original buildings. The red brick, often tattooed in graffiti and marked with signed of age. This is one of a series of photographs I made. The fogged windows add to the mystery of what might lie behind them, yet the lamp serves to illuminate that mystery.

Nikon D300
Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 70.mm
1/1600s @ f/2.8, ISO 250