Tag Archives: Architecture/Landscapes

Working the Night Shift, New York City

NEw York City, Radio City Music Hall, Mike Crisolago, Photography

Photographed outside Radio City Music Hall, New York City, October, 2012


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.

Outside Union Station In the Light as the Snow Begins to Fall

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

Outside Union Station as the snow begins to fall
The last I saw was your shadow disappearing along the wall
You ducked into the crowd pushing toward the train
And the ticket man only laughed when I shouted out your name
I thought my words would keep you, but that didn’t work at all
They’re in a puddle outside Union Station, as the snow begins to fall
Something random I wrote a few minutes ago to accompany the picture. A little dim for Valentine’s Day, I know, but it’s not a reflection of my mood or anything resembling reality. I’ve just been listening to a lot of Leonard Cohen tonight.

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.