I have recently come across numerous abandoned houses. Some I have sought out, some I have been shown and yet others I just stumble across. They are all beautiful in their own ways. Here are some of my favourite photos of them.
I was recently in a part of Southern Ontario known for its intensive vegetable farming called the Holland Marsh. I loved the lines in the stacks of wooden crates that are all over the area. I came across a couple that were brimming with old onions.
Restless on a cold February day, I went for a drive to our local version of “Big Sky Country” in the area of the wind-farms north of Shelburne. The land is gently rolling in some spots, dead flat in others in a way reminiscent of the western plains. More often than not, my photos up here end up being about the sky because, well, there’s just so much of it showing.
I know that there are many who would say that surreal is a normal state of affairs for Toronto. But down on the waterfront at dawn last week, the juxtaposition of the yellow umbrellas, the beach, the moon and the remnants of a winter snowdrift struck me as being very odd. The umbrellas in particular fascinated me. My imagination took over from there, giving flight to the brollies and adding evidence of a sunbather on the frozen beach.
Much of the history of small-town Ontario is related to the rivers. Early industry found the combination of river transport and water-powered machinery key to choosing a location. This drew workers, and later the railroad. Another small Ontario town was born.
More than a hundred years later, many of these towns have grown into cities. Some of the early industrial stone structures are still in use, adapted for other uses. Many sit empty. I recently toured some of these river towns to try to capture fitting portraits of some of these old buildings. I’m sure I will be adding more to this series over time.
I am excited (and more than a little pleased) to have two of my photos selected by the jury to be in the Snap!2010 Show at the National Ballet School in Toronto on Sunday March 21. This is the third straight year that I had had the honour of being part of this fund-raising event. Those of you who regularly follow my posts here will recognize the two chosen works… in fact you watched them evolve from rough first pass to the final product. Here are the two that will be in the show: