Aug 8, 2015

Aug 8, 2015 Haircut day. How exciting is that? I walked part way to Avenue Road from Edwin along Dupont. Part way because I’m so slow that I had to take a bus for the last few kilometres to be on time for my appointment. Along the way I meandered and took pictures.

My mood is changing. I find myself excited about photography again. Maybe I just needed a period of feeling like I was crap to make me see things with fresh eyes. I’m not complaining, it just feels like a long time since I’ve been excited.

Today I was thinking about my own special Throw Back Saturday. So here’s a very obsolete item, the Yellow Pages. It’s not fir to say 100% obsolete because I’m sure the Yellow Pages are still used by seniors across the country. Once they stop using them though, their dead. I found a copy lying in a small gravel parking lot. It’s actually upside down in this shot, but when I rotated it in Photoshop the whole images gives me the shivers because the perspective is wrong. This weird feeling gives me a new idea for a series of images taken from untraditional vantage points. Nothing too complicated, but I’d like to experiment with the idea.

It’s hard to believe something so ubiquitous like the Yellow Pages will disappear in a few years when five years ago every home and office had a copy It’s the same with many things in my life though; the humble penny, one and two dollar bills, VCRs and CD players, land lines, fax machines, cassette tapes, etcetera. I’m not sentimental by nature but I find it interesting.

IMG_6004 Beside the phone-book-parking-lot is an industrial mall and there was a newly refurbished unit that I could see into. I love the clean white, skylight, cinderblock wall and dangling light bulbs. This is one of the more interesting found interiors I’ve seen in months, and one I almost wouldn’t have shot. I actually passed by it, then went back. I’m doing that a lot lately. I’ll see something and not notice it, then notice it as I walk and think. Backtracking is becoming part of the process.IMG_6007Below is another Thomas Demand inspired scene. These generic cups are so awesomely simple and beautiful. The abbreviated conical shape just makes me smile. This one was discarded in a street planter that contained a tree. Perfect white. IMG_6030
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July 12, 2015

July 12, 2015 Sunday. On this scorching day I ventured off to the AGO for a quick visit. There’s a lot of work up I really like. Peter Doig, Elizabeth McIntosh, Frank Stella, Robert Motherwell, Stephen Andrews, Gerhard Richter, Kent Monkman, Francis Bacon, Brian Jungen, Christi Belcourt, and I’m sure I’m missing a few other favourites. It’s nice to go every weekend for a bit and hang out.

Here’s a found image that reminds me of the Thomas Demand series Dailies. This image doesn’t really look like any specific Demand piece, but generic coffee cups always look like constructs to me and remind me of this work. I love this image for the colours and the simplicity. The only drag was that when I shot this image I crouched to get the right angle and was assaulted by the smell of pure urine. Apparently this is a favourite pissing doorway. Such a perfect shot for me, but I can see this being problematic for others. The colour, composition, and naturally occurring sculptural aspects of things like this are magic to me.

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Inside the AGO looking up through the central courtyard and out the skylights. In the haze you can see the outline of the central blue structure that holds the 5th floor contemporary galleries.IMG_5673 On Dundas Street West just west of the Go/UP/Via train tracks and before you hit the No Frills at Lansdowne is this weird rental place situated beside a wreckers yard. This is the facade of the building between those two businesses.IMG_5665

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