Wednesday, December 2, 2009

What's Love Got To Do With It?

I was wandering the Distillery District in Toronto when I came upon this shot. I was stopped by the heart. Someone decided to reach through the bars to make a statement. And I couldn't help but wonder about this. Why here? Why behind the bars? Why in a setting like this? I started to wonder what love had to do with this scene - hence the title of the photo.

[ISO 800, f/13, 1/8 sec, 55 mm]

I wonder if the love has weathered better than the dusty window, rusting bars, and rotting wood. Or is it worn and battered, shed long ago from the lovers like the flecks of paint expelled from the shutter?

Is this a love that has endured? That remains, protected behind the bars of re-assuring embraces, keeping out the elements that might assail the commitments made?

Is this a new love, still fragile, seeking protection to keep it from being hurt? Yet bold enough to proclaim itself to all that might be passing by?

The hinges, the shutter, the hook... at the ready to seal out the world.

Yet worn, from being left open.

What's love got to do with it?


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  1. Very nice - the picture and the explanation.
    - Marisa

  2. Hey Marisa,
    looks like you found the blog in spite of the wrong address!

  3. Really digging your stuff.

    The colors on this photograph are what really stand out for me; bright yet worn and faded. And the heart drawn in dust seems to suggest both the mystery and enduring nature of love itself.

    Cheers, look forward to checking out more of your work in the future.


  4. Hey Cyndi - glad you like this. Hope to see you back regularly. :)