Touching Rust reviewed by Toronto Star

My Contact show Touching Rust was reviewed in today’s Toronto Star. If you’re a hard-copy sort of person, look to page 3 in the Arts section. For the rest of you, here is a link to the review in their Art blog.  There is a complete preview of the show in my “Recent Exhibitions” section (see the menu at the top of this page).

I have to admit this publicity caught me by surprise.  First there were some congratulatory phone messages, but none mentioned what it was about. Then late in the afternoon, I sat down to read the blogs that I follow… which includes the Murray Whyte Contemporary Art blog (a Toronto Star Blog). Scrolling down, I see a familiar photo… it takes a second to sink in…HEY! It’s MY photo! And some nice words about my show. The fame may last only 15 minutes, but it feels pretty good.

Doors of Alton

I went out on a photo walk at the Historic Alton Mill with the local camera club last night. Driving through Alton on the way to the mill, I noticed some interesting details on the old buildings I passed.  So after shooting at the mill for a while, I wandered back down the street with my camera and tripod.  There were two doorways that I thought were really interesting.  The sun had set about thirty minutes earlier, so there were lots of mysterious shadows to work with. Both of these were converted to b&w so I could alter what was bright and dark. I then added some colour back in, and on “A Heart of Stained Glass” added a smudged blur to the darker areas to soften some of the hard lines of the decorative grilles on the door.

Slipping Away
A heart of Stained glass.

Details, details.

I love details.  They’re the little things you see all the time, but never really notice.  Often they can be surprisingly beautiful.  A personal favourite of mine is old door hardware.  You see a lot of them in my Complications Portfolio. Here is a door latch I found in an alley in Port Hope:

In a Toronto alley, I spotted this interesting basement window with a woven steel mesh that has corroded nicely. I like the irregular spacing in the weave.

Pastry Weave

Vanishing Point

I was having some work done on my car last week, so I took a walk with my camera while I waited. I was in the old industrial part of Brampton. In one place I was walking down a twisting rail spur line that I thought would make an interesting photo. I converted it to black and white to allow me to darken and de-emphasize the background while highlighting the rails themselves. I vignetted it rather heavily to add even more emphasis to the rails.

Twisting trail