Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Nature of Being Neighbours

Neighbours share a landscape - tied to the location by proximity if by no other factors. I came across this scene in Toronto's Distillery District.

[ f/5.6, 1/80 sec, 32mm, ISO 200 ]


The wonderful brick textures, the symmetry provided by the windows, the offsetting green drain pipe complementing the color of the bicycles, which fit in so nicely with the nostalgic feel of a simpler time that this scene evokes; the feel of the cobblestone - all factors enough to make me want to take this shot. And it reminded me of two neighbours living together, sharing a neighbourhood.

Both are bound together, but both are also separated by an enforced distance. The one at the right, slightly turned away, not sure if it wants to interact or talk to his neighbour. The one on the left is a little more protective of her property, but the covering is in a bit of disrepair, the protection against the elements perhaps not as up to date as one would like.

But neighbours share a common lifestyle and are as much bound together by that which separates them. A good fence, for example, acts to separate and mark boundaries... but it also provides a leaning post over which to converse. Neighbours are always tied to each other - the bonds between them forming a sense of protection and security that comes from getting to know each other better.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Rise Above the Crowd

Driving along a country road outside of Carp, I came across this view. The winter corn was still standing, forming a wall along the side of the road. Over the top were a set of trees towering over the corn stalks, regal overlords peering over their kingdom.

[ f/9, 1/400, 45mm, ISO 200 ]


So many themes came to mind as I approached this scene:

Rise Above the Crowd
Assert Yourself
Live Your Dreams
Breaking Away

Any of which would have made a good theme or title for the story being played out by the simple rows of corn, and even simpler tree that stands watch over them. What theme or story plays out for you?

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Snowy Avenue

Winter is a season that is often surprisingly full of color. Oak leaves stubbornly hanging on, colorful architectural detail, or a splash of red - worn perhaps as a statement against the white snowy backgrounds and the colder air.

[ f/5, 1/640 sec, ISO 200, 24mm ]


"Snowy Avenue" evokes a moment of winter wonder, a clear day inviting you to take a stroll down a snowy avenue. I like the sense of 'journey' that the line of oaks suggest. Winter is an appropriate time for evaluating where you want to be. Venturing outside takes a more conscious decision than warmer days demand. Though I might hesitate on a decision to leave the warmth, a trip outside on a day such as this brings a breath of be-ing that only exists when braced by the freshness of a cold wind.

Cold at the start - yet a winter outing is rewarded with the warmth that results from the constant peek of color from behind the snow, the re-assuring crunch beneath the feet, red cheeks on fellow travellers...

and a sense of gladness or joy that comes from accepting Nature's invitation to experience a landscape so completely renewed when covered with a fresh layer of white...

After all, why else such stillness and virgin snow, devoid of footprints until you heed the call?

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Window Dressing

Walking in the Distillery District of Toronto is an eye-catching experience. The richness provided by a romanticized view of old world beauty combines harmoniously with contemporary fashion and art. And that describes a major aspect of the motivation behind taking this photo.

[ f/5.3, 1/160 sec, 165mm, ISO 100 ]


In "Window Dressing" there exists a most wonderful harmony between old and new. The immediate contrast between the items for sale viewed against the weathered window frame. A metaphor for inner renewal? For dressing up our imagination so one can escape the aging body? Or how about a contradiction to the old 'truism' of not being able to teach an old dog new tricks?

"Window Dressing"  - what theme plays out for you?
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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Resolute

"A wise man who stands firm is a statesman, a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe.” [attributed to Adlai Stevenson]
Looking at this photo, I wonder which of the two is represented.


[ISO 200, f/22, 6 sec, 16mm, ND filter]


Certainly there is a sense of struggle between opposing forces here. Many of us can well remember the times that we've been asked to stand firm against a rushing tide of opposing thought or opinion. In some ways the test of our resolve became an important step in our growth towards maturity. Holding fast to our principles may sometimes feel like we are pushing against the tide. When the tide is a threat to justice, it is important that we act as the statesman standing firm.

The tree against the rushing current. Water eroding the soil base. A courageous act of defience? Or a stubborn person hanging on to an idea in contradiction to the flow of enlightened opinion? Two enemies embraced by their conflicting character?

A river, by its very nature needs to move. Otherwise, it risks becoming a stagnant pond, running shallow and drying up. A tree needs to stand firm. It's roots solidly embracing the soil on which it's nourished. Otherwise, it risks being uprooted by even the merest wind.

Sticking to a decision that goes against the public opinion?
The foolish man trying to hold back the tides of change?

Perhaps its just another struggle, another story of life and death, of predator and prey.

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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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