Purple

Purple was someone’s favourite colour.

I’m not sure what this place was but apparently it was closed because the block at this particular place in the city has been sold to make way for condos. This is just north of the North East corner of Yonge and Davisville. The building is on the corner of Yonge and Millwood. Just south of this place is another huge empty retail place that was an LCBO. Weird that the LCBO up there has been so nomadic.

The light in here was brilliant. I’m going to return tomorrow and see if perhaps I can get crisper files. Right now these images are quite grainy¬†because it’s all low, available light. I’d love to shoot them on large format film, but that’s not going to happen soon and I bet this place is torn down before then. That’s even more likely because it will be a while before I get my act together with the large format. I should get a new bellows for the thing in a week and that’s a good step in what I’m sure will be a long journey of discovery.

It’s definitely a lot of purple. It also has the feel of a financial institution on the exterior. It’s very TD-Canada Trust looking but I doubt I’ll ever know what it was. It’s also been empty for a very long time. The Google Streetview image doesn’t give anything away, but you can see it was a bank at one time.

The light is truly spectacular. There are a lot of windows on two sides of the building. It ¬†also helps that there is nothing too tall in the area surrounding so the morning sun can make it’s way through the glass despite the crazy sunrise angle.

The shots I got today will be uploaded tonight, and they are much more subdued. There was no sun this morning but as I expected they are way more crisp, which i like for the possibility for printing large which has become sort of a habit. Although I love the sunlight, I like the images without it way more. See below.

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2 thoughts on “Purple

  1. Hi Chris,

    I am trying to find out more about this building and stumbled across your website. May I ask how you came across it and got inside? I’m fascinated by our historical buildings in Toronto and have managed to find this building in the background of some shots in the Toronto archives. I’m just starting my discovery but any info you have on the building would be great. I see it’s being torn down for condos??!

    Cheers,

    Lauren

    • Hi Lauren, Sorry to disappoint, but I’ve never actually been inside the building. Almost everything I shoot like this has been taken through the glass in windows or doors. I’ve found access to these sort of places is hard to obtain, and I’m not a fan of breaking and entering ; ) I’m pretty sure this particular building is slated for condo development, the whole strip along there north of the Starbucks is in the same boat. I could be misinformed about that.

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