I can share with you some images taken on my phone from the last few meetups with my Double Exposure participants. The marvelous sights I’ve seen as a recent immigrant to Toronto….I am delighted! I am very grateful for the time given to the preparation of the book – such generous and passionate cyclists have I met 🙂
Brian and I cycled from Etobicoke to his location of Riverside Cemetery & Cremation Centre for his photograph. He captured me in my cycling gear layering the remaining location photography on top of his portrait. I must admit that shooting in overcast weather has been most effective. The sun can cause funky flares on my lens that I may not notice until after processing.
Photograph by Brian Neary
Closeby to Brian (well, almost….on my way to Etobicoke) I passed what was to be Shelley’s location – Humber Bay Arch Bridge at the mouth of the Humber river. This site is a decent 30min cycle from Downtown Toronto. Using the Martin Goodman trail (pedestrian and cyclist friendly) makes it a very easy journey. There are lots of opportunities to stop, park your bike and enjoy the view of the lake. When you get to the bridge you go up a slight hill and then are suddenly in view of the stunning white supports that frame this bridge. There are some quirky features too – see the images below. What adorable sculpted characters that are embedded into the bridge side! There are carved symbols marking the native heritage of what was the “Toronto Carrying Place” trail. I had no idea about the meaning of the bridge at all before arriving here. The trail is an ancient aboriginal trading route leading north.
Geometric patterns that line the curve of the bridge – Designed in 1994 by Montgomery Sisam Architects of Toronto and Delcan Corporation (thanks Wikipedia!).
View from the path just under the bridge at the mouth of the river.
Just off of Dundas Street East near Yonge Street it Victoria Street Lane where there is a vibrant bicycle mural. This is where I shot the location photographs for Ali. The first time I visited it there had been an added artwork of Donald Trump! Fortunately, the Trump remark/image had been cleared away in time for Ali’s photographs. If you are a Ryerson student you may be familiar with the mural as it’s a very good shortcut to the library and Ryerson Image Centre. I think the mural is around 10 years old, it’s looking great for its age. Ali’s portrait was taken only about 100m from this location. He organizes a group bicycle ride on the last Friday of every month (starting in April), this is when I photographed him and joined his group.
I finished up the last round of portrait photography in the middle of March and now I’m meeting participants one on one to talk about their chosen location. My bicycle has been taken on 4 journeys around Toronto. We’ve been very lucky with the weather for some photo shoots whilst other times needed to be rescheduled.
On the first weekend of April I journeyed with Lee to Kensington market nice and early on Sunday morning. Lee’s shots consisted of the colorful street art and alleyways of Kensington. We took some snaps of the sculptural gardens and installations along the way too. That same afternoon I travelled to Dundas West to meet Jess and photograph the bike trail that she lives near and also taught a friend to cycle on. Regardless of where you travel to in Toronto there’s been some outstanding, funky graffiti.
I’m fresh from a beautiful trip to the Don Valley with Marcus, we visited the bridge near to where he had many adventures as a child. Marcus pointed out parts of the landscape that has since been redeveloped into housing. The nature hasn’t changed too much, one could find deer footprints along the path by the water. Later in the afternoon I met Andrew, aka Pie and we cycled all the way out to the charming lighthouse at Leslie Spit. The view of Toronto was remarkable, you could see Hamilton, Mississauga and even a bit of the Scarborough Bluffs.
Yesterday, Christopher met me at Cherry Street BBQ and we cycled through the marina area to get a view of the CN Tower, skyline and boats in the water. Tina and I met in Jack Goodlad park where she showed me the trail that she enjoys that was part of her childhood. The were some beautiful lilac snowdrop close-ups beside the metal bridge over the railway that were a stunning surprise. We also flipped the camera over to take some unusual compositions of the landscape.
Friday the 14th is when I’ll meet John next 🙂 We’re heading to another bike path that is just 20min away from where I live, shame on me for never having been there before!
I’d my 3rd workshop this weekend just past (March 4th) at bikeSauce. Below are the film rolls of fellow cyclists Jennifer, Erica and Christopher. I’ve been doing short presentations to show my participants the successful way to plan their double exposure. We’ve had a range of setups from white backgrounds to grey and even using the tools and backdrop of bikeSauce, every workshop so far has offered me a terrific range of cyclist explorers!
Excuse the quick snaps taken on my phone, the real photos of participants will be ready hopefully in May 🙂
On February 25th, I’d my first workshop of portraits on 35mm film – here are Ali, Brian, Lee and Marcus, resting in their little film containers 🙂 Big thanks to bikeSauce for the use of their space! There’s a total of four 1st stage photographs to capture the portraits of my participants before re-loading the film back into my camera for their 2nd stage location photograph. Every participant fills a roll of 24 exposures, many chances for their double exposure portrait!
February 15th is the last opportunity to get involved with my double exposure photography project! If you are on the waitlist you will be notified of any available positions in the next coming days. Volunteers are very welcome to assist 🙂 You’ll get a FREE copy of the book for assisting, email email@example.com for more information on dates.
Happy Valentines Day! Here’s a double exposure experiment of my partner with a maple leaf 🙂 Excuse the rough scan, I am updating my driver asap.
Hello to all my fellow bicycle enthusiasts and art loving friends,
Want to be featured in a book about being a cyclist in Toronto?
I’m looking for participants for my photography book project.
You get a FREE copy of the book. Check out my work in the Double Exposure page on this site. Email me if you have any questions – firstname.lastname@example.org
I am delighted to announce that my project Double Exposure has been selected for Art Starts Microgrants 2017!
Ward 30 Toronto-Danforth
Creating a participatory photographic double-exposure project assembled through the eyes of cyclists rediscovering parts of our vibrant city, while defining what sense of belonging, sense of place and sense of self are.
“This micro-grant will enable me to combine art, my passion for cycling and making more connections with communities in Toronto.”
A big thank you to Art Starts, Platform A and bikeSauce for supporting my project.
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