Category Archives: Architecture/Landscapes

Post-Apocolyptic Beach

Sugar Beach, Toronto, Tanker, Mike Crisolago

Actually, it’s Sugar Beach in Toronto. Personally, I find it hard enough to get into the beach-going spirit in man-made sunning spots, where the sand is kept within a neat patch of land surrounded by sidewalks and large buildings. It doesn’t exactly scream “day at the beach.” However, when there’s a large rusty tanker dominating the view from your Muskoka chair it completely kills the illusion.

 

 

Sugar Beach, Toronto, Tanker, Mike Crisolago

The image of people at the beach with the tanker in the background evokes a post-apocolyptic city — a manufactured urban landscape, synthetic, even toxic. The funny thing is, the adjoining park and boardwalk near the Chorus entertainment building, and the building itself, is quite nice. In a city where condo developers (or more recently, enterprising casino builders) circle around empty patches of waterfront like birds of prey, it’s not a bad place to visit on a sunny afternoon. Just don’t turn your head to the right.

Lamps on the Boardwalk

Dufferin Terrace Boardwalk, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, Mike Crisolago, Photography

I got lucky here. No tripod. No solid surface to shoot from. Clear evening. The only bench on the Dufferin Terrace Boardwalk that wasn’t occupied. A camera that has a tendency to shoot less than crisp images.

Shot on a recent trip to Quebec City. The city never fails to inspire.

“What light through yonder window breaks….”

Toronto, Distillery District, Window, Lights, Cobblestone, Collection

“In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.” — Aaron Rose

A collection of shots I took in the Distillery District, Toronto

The Urban Solitude of Union Station

 

Toronto, Architecture, Union Station, Mike Crisolago, Snow

There were only footprints in the slush once the last train pulled away. Inside Union Station, there was a sense of urban solitude — a calm I’m glad I waited to experience before heading home.

While this image looks like a horizontal version of the shot from this post, it was actually taken on a different evening, using a different camera, during a different storm. Since it recalls, in me, the peacefulness of that evening, I thought I’d post it on this Sunday afternoon.

Hot Dog Cart in the Snow

Toronto, Snow, Hot Dog Cart, Street Photography, Mike Crisolago

I took this shot from inside a bus shelter as an evening snowfall picked up in Toronto a few weeks ago. I didn’t want my camera to get soaked, and I happened to get lucky that shelter’s glass wall was relatively clean. So clean, in fact, that you can see the reflection of the McDonald’s arches in them.

Inside Union Station During the Storm

Union Station, Toronto, Photography, Street Photography, Mike Crisolago

I had my camera with me at the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto for an event one evening last week, so as I headed home I decided to drop into Union Station on the way home to take a few photos. I’ve tried to take shots in Union Station before, inspired by the great shots I’ve seen of beautiful train stations from Union to Grand Central, but for some reason they’ve never turned out.

That evening, however, there was a different atmosphere inside the station. Outside the snow was falling quite hard and inside the mood was drowsy and slow, as if the weather had caused everyone to flee the downtown core early to head home. There were only a few souls left, slouched in chairs and wearily looking up at the train arrival times.

I didn’t have a tripod so I just backed up as far as I could, leaned against a wall, and started shooting. As well, since I’ve always tried to take shots from the west end of the station, since the big window on the east wall allows for great images of the sunlight coming in during the day, and my shots have never come out as I hoped, I tried shooting from the east end looking west. I like the result much more than I’ve ever liked my shots of Union Station in the past, so perhaps the change in location is key for me.

I’ll post more shots from that evening soon. Some are already up on my online photography portfolio.