A Blog About Nothing

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It was going to be a fun Wednesday night. The plans had been made, driveways rented, leaflets given out. Yes the highly acclaimed TV show “Suits” was coming to film a scene right in front of my house. I drove limousines in Toronto for years, I have seen lots of movie and television shoots, but this one was coming right in front of my window! My oldest son worked for this very production within the past year. I had a plan, a methodology that would take pics at regular intervals showing the arrival and set-up of what I knew to be an armada of trucks, trailers, equipment , lights, cameras, a couple of hundred people each knowing their part and more duct tape in more colours than anyone knew existed. The buzz around the neighborhood was palpable. At the local diner, at the delicatessen, on the street, people talked about these coming events.DSC_0600

It began with the appearance of the ever popular orange cones. They marked the vast area to be used. If you parked near them people would rush over and explain why you couldn’t park there. “Suits” is coming! I took the time to charge my camera battery, clean my lens. Surely this would be an entertaining evening!

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Soon what is normally a busy street was empty , except for locations people and those wonderful shiny cones.

A big truck pulled up and unloaded enough wires to hook up a small town. This crane showed up as well. A cadre of electrical types went to work hooking everything up in preparation and anticipation of the soon to be here armada.

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The scene seemed set. All was ready for the troops to arrive, plug in and make their television magic.

It started to snow and for a time it gave everything a weird eerie kind of feeling .  Anytime now this quiet and calm would be broken. The lights would come on, buzzers and bells would go of, and actors would take their cues.

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The quiet before the storm, the  peacefulness that would soon erupt.

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I looked out the window every 15 minutes or so, nothing yet. Then every half hour, still no sign. Then it happens. We got cancelled because of snow ! All the effort and anticipation was for naught. Sadly I put my camera away, shut off the lights and went to bed.  I had the feeling in my gut that reminded me of being stood up on a date. “excuse me sir, the bar is closing you have to go, I don’t think your friend is going to show up” .

I awoke in the morning to the last of the cones and propane bottles waiting to be picked up,the studio decided to recreate our street and film the scene in their studio. Our moment in the spotlight squandered , our fleeting moment of fame nothing more than a passing fancy. It was entertaining for a time, but could have been so much better!!!

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enjoy Toronto!~

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New Blog Experience

DSC_0309 DSC_0307  DSC_0304 DSC_0305DSC_0303 DSC_0280 DSC_0285 DSC_0286 DSC_0295 DSC_0297 DSC_0279 DSC_0272 DSC_0274 DSC_0275 DSC_0269 DSC_0264 DSC_0261 DSC_0219 DSC_0209 (2) DSC_0208 (2) DSC_0204 DSC_0203 DSC_0191 DSC_0177 DSC_0182 DSC_0175 DSC_0174 DSC_0151 DSC_0134 DSC_0132 DSC_0131 DSC_0120 DSC_0117 DSC_0111 DSC_0103 DSC_0101 DSC_0098 DSC_0092 DSC_0088 DSC_0083 DSC_0079 DSC_0078 DSC_0070 DSC_0060 DSC_0058 DSC_0045 DSC_0038 DSC_0027 DSC_0020 DSC_0019 DSC_0018 DSC_0010 DSC_0009 DSC_0007 cropped-dsc_0219.jpgWell it’s finally happened! I’m a blog !  As a born Torontonian  have always loved my city! My memories of sights,sounds, smells of various parts of the city evoke specific thoughts and memories. I have always loved photography but only recently have really begun to love it as much as I do. Someone had given me a decent camera as a gift years ago just prior to a winter driving journey to British Columbia and back. I just couldn’t get the thing to work by hook or crook. I researched, read the manual again and again but in the end was about one step from selling the damn thing online and moving on. Earlier this year a good friend of mine came to visit. She is an avid painter and photographer and did her best to help. her suggestion that my lens may not be compatible with my camera, even though they were the same brand got us to switch lenses from one of her Nikons to mine . Suddenly my camera took on a new life ! I have since refallen in love with takings photos !

In conversations with my sister , who relocated to Calgary with her family  I sensed that she missed Toronto a lot. I have since spoken to many old friends that have left Toronto, some longer ago, some recently and always get a sense that we all miss our city when we go away. This experience started as a project of mine to not only share my city with my friends but to also keep them a bit more up to date. I will post more cityscapes as I edit them. I avoid all the ” Big Ticket” events. I believe there is plenty of those shots already available. My focus has been to shoot the city as it goes about it’s daily routines. Simple things likes markets, streets, etc. You will notice I have a love for old masonry work. Back from the days when craftsmanship mattered. Buildings tell stories. People live stories and I hope that the shots I have taken of people show that.

I will begin with High Park . Fair to say , my sister’s and my favourite place of our childhoods. My parents fell in love with the place just after they moved here in the 50’s. We went there often , all seasons , all weather and always had fun ! When I had the opportunity to move into the neighborhood adjacent to it my own love for the place has been renewed . In the last many years I have walked my dogs there daily. Have met all manner of wildlife and birds. The park is an absolute jewel of a place. From stands of ancient and rare Black Elms , an array of fauna , ponds and watershed areas it represents some of the things that may have lived here in much greater numbers in years gone by but still manage to thrive with the train going by to the south, roads and highway within a stones throw and the traffic chopper above.

My goal is to continue to take and share pictures of my favourite city ! My home ! I hope these pics make you feel like I did when I took them. My new love for photography has also opened a new door. Not bad for a mid 50’s male. I would love to hear feedback and suggestions. If it is possible to make a living with my photography I am interested and very open minded . I do love honest feedback !!

Please enjoy, and maybe some of these shots can encourage you to visit Toronto and for those who are already here encourage you to get out and explore a neighbourhood or a market or any of the thousands of events that make this city such a cool place!!