August 2015

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I live in one of Canada’s largest cities, Brampton Ontario, but for a photographer it unfortunately has very little to recommend it aesthetically speaking. There’s an old (late 19th Century) downtown core which is rapidly being replaced by modern offices and the City Hall. But Niagara on the Lake it is most certainly not. The rest of the city is a growing, sprawling mix of suburbia, apartments and low-cost housing. Brampton is one of those cities whose demographics change with each new generation and therefore it has little real, permanent, identity. However, one of the local attractions is the Saturday Farmers’ Market, held each year from June until October and somewhere where the old rural nature of the area is still in evidence. This weekend I took the camera down for a walkabout and picked up a few pictures from some of the stalls. Enjoy.

Red onions

Leeks

Corn

Parsnips

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This summer has been terrific for photography. Not only have I managed to get out to plenty of events, some new and some revisited, but I’ve shot on 35mm, 120 film, with a Bronica, a Holga, a Nikon F90x, my Fuji, D610 and D7100. What more could someone want? And the Fall promises to bring more events still.

One of the most enjoyable activities has been to join a new group for a few of us, not a camera club as such, more of a loose gathering of like-minded individuals who simply enjoy taking photographs and get to feed off each other’s enthusiasm. I’ve tried the traditional camera clubs and they just weren’t for me but this little group promises to be different. No judging, no rules, just people who get along, looking to each other to learn and progress.

And as it’s World Photography Day today I thought I ought to do something to celebrate. I’ve been considering taking on a small personal project for a while now but, as usual, was stuck for the creative spark. What should I take? What theme would be interesting enough to provide variety yet straightforward enough so that it could be accomplished without having to make complex plans or arrangements. So was born…100 Doors. The subject matter is everywhere, literally on the doorstep, but the area of Toronto where I work provides a massive variety of architecture, buildings new and old, businesses, personal dwellings, the University of Toronto etc etc etc. I have no excuse for not completing this. The first 8 are in the bag, only 92 to go.

Click on the picture below to see progress….

100 Doors

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