August 3, 2015

August 3 2015 East of Bathurst on the North side of Dundas West I found a newly vacated and very colourful interior. This was a place called Hair Essentials. It’s moved somewhere and there’s a note to say this in the front window, but I only took a cursory glance. As usual I shot this through that front window. This image is growing on me because it’s just so simple, linear and colourful. The repetition of “almost squares” in the square frame is pleasing to me as well. In particular I really like the white panel f paint on the rear wall and the rectangle of particle board visible in the lower right of the frame. I think I’ll print this if I can crop it a bit cleaner to remove more of the debris in the bottom left of the frame.

IMG_5929 copyI keep thinking of painting and this shot of the treads and jams of a public school entrance way is an extension of that thought process. Built in the late 1930′s the simple stone is solid and nicely abstracted here. There’s a nice illusion happening that makes the composition ambiguous to some degree. The shades of grey, the varied surface textures, and the degraded lines of mortar also capture my attention. otherwise it’s pretty damn boring.
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I’ve seen more of these glass pallets below since I first shot one about 8 months ago. They work well in a square frame and I’m drawn to them for some odd reason. They always appear slightly disheveled and well used. I’ve only ever seen them in green. This particular one is on the West Toronto Rail Path across from the newly constructed UP/GO station at Dundas West which incidentally is almost finished. In just a few more weeks it should be completed and still wildly unaffordable for most people. IMG_5936

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The End of 2014

The end of 2014 or the year of construction. Our neighbourhood has been marked by major infrastructure and housing projects but I feel like were not the only ones. There’s major renovation going on at the corner of Avenue Road and Yorkville with Yorkville Plaza. When I check it out on Google Maps and think about it, that construction has been happening for 2 or 3 years.  The shots below are of the old sales office and a close to completed doorway.IMG_4127 IMG_4124In the Junction Triangle we’ve been besieged by both the UP railway line construction and a major townhouse development. The orange tarps cover the work being done on the rail bridge across Bloor at the Bloor Go Station which will double as an UP Station.  IMG_4106I will be pretty happy to see the end of these railway ties. The smell of creosote is crazy strong every time you walk by them. I do however think they look pretty neat stacked up like this.IMG_4101Also, found: one right handed pink latex glove. If someone was washing up on the path and lost this I can tell you exactly where it is. It’s nestled snuggly on the West Toronto  Rail Path surrounded by aging dog feces. Word.IMG_4105

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