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stone to crystal

Stone To Crystal

no longer living in toronto, i did have the opportunity to stay at the posh park hyatt across the street from the royal ontario museum (rom) this past summer. a notoriously early riser, i let my body alarm clock wake me as usual; by the time i awoke at around 5:15am, daybreak had already begun. i hurried out to the streets and set up to shoot the latest incarnation of the rom buildings. on the left is the original facade from the early 1900’s while the right depicts the new, ultra-modern entrance to the museum known as ‘the crystal’.

the moon was indeed out and a pick-up truck stopped for a traffic light along bloor street. the cloudless sky was that early morning blue and it reflected off of the crystal’s glass panels.

this photographs can be found in the following gallery: architecture

 

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from another era

From A Different Era

i had the pleasure of returning to tobago for end of year holidays this past december and committed to seeing different sites than what i saw on my first trip there last year. my wife, maya, had spoken about a great set of doors at the mount irvine bay hotel & golf club when she stayed there for a conference some time ago. as we were staying in the most populated part of the island, in crown point, it was quite easy to get to. the hotel itself was built in the early 70’s when there was very little in the way of tourism on this beautiful island.

it was rather evident that today, this property is but a shadow of its former self. apparently a change in management and the recession that started in 2008 has led this once prominent resort to slip into a form of decay… walking the grounds i had a strange feeling – almost a nostalgia for what it must once have been like – there was scarcely a car in the parking lot!

when i researched the property online, after the fact, i came across this:

“The Mount Irvine Bay Hotel & Golf Club offered the leading accommodation on the island for the best part of 25 years. Sadly a change of ownership and policy has resulted in the steady demise of the island’s best hotel.

The old Colonial style of the hotel will not suite [sp.] everyone. The biggest problem is an apparent constant reduction in service levels (such as the closure or limited opening of some of the hotel’s restaurants and bars). Occupancy levels are so low that you are likely to have the hotel to yourself. This creates a very strange atmosphere that many will find unsettling…” – mytobago.info

my sentiments exactly! 🙁

in any event, the doors were indeed wonderful – thanks maya! 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: doors, windows & arches

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on a vine

On A Vine

captivated by some plants on a side street close to home, the lighting was ideal for getting a couple of shots in. alas, it was not my day as for the mostpart, they did not work out as i had hoped. this is what i salvaged from that shoot… incidentally, when i pointed the street out to my daughter the next day, this vine was gone…

reminds me of my passion for photography: “my images are created by happenstance. i rarely set out to photograph anything specific. with the camera never too far away, i photograph the world around me while ‘chasing the light fantastic’. the notion that my images capture a single, specific moment in time – no matter how fleeting, has always held great appeal for me.”

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: flowers, plants & trees

 

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from lockers point

From Lockers Point

robin g., the friend i met in st. anthony, took me through the town of roddickton-bide arm after we left main brook; we then proceeded further south to englee, newfoundland, where we were greeted by this beautiful glacier…

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous and still life

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well weathered

Well Weathered

oh, the stories this well weathered fishing shack could tell: long, tough winters of snow and ice; beautiful summer days with glorious sunsets; storms of all kinds; in short, life on the rock…  located in green point, nl, this scene was photographed in the late afternoon as a rain storm was pushing towards me – it was rather blustery indeed on this early july day!

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: country scenes

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clouds over the trail 1, 2 & 3

Clouds Over The Trail 1

Clouds Over The Trail 2

Clouds Over The Trail 3driving back to my home base of rocky harbour, nl, the clouds and scenes were too tempting to pass up on this beautiful afternoon. tripod setup right in the middle of the road, i did have to get out of the way once or twice, otherwise it was me in this wondrous landscape, all alone… 😉

these photographs can be found in the following gallery: roadscapes

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viking trail at the pond

Viking Trail At The Pond

the viking trail (highway 431 on newfoundland’s west coast) with the steep rock walls of western brook pond visible from a distance under a gorgeous sky.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: roadscapes

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grounded

Grounded

i happened into this little fishing village when i found the gate open at the top of the hill off the viking trail not too far from western brook pond – it seemed deserted on this day. this is the first photograph i took before i started looking for someone, anyone, in the village. after a cursory glance around and knocking on a few doors (to no avail) i did meet one thomas gilley who arrived after me. he gave me a brief history of the village and its name: gull marsh. after chatting for a bit, he gave me permission to photograph at my leisure… thanks thomas, if you ever stumble upon my work (i did leave him a business card), i hope you see this shot. 😉

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: miscellaneous and still life

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from the brink

From The Brink

originally named the lord nelson orange lodge, this building served as a social hall for the community of woody point hosting dances, meetings, weddings, and other social events starting in 1908. it eventually fell into disrepair and was abandoned for many years. in the late 1990’s the building got a new lease on life as it were, when a local musician and his wife purchased the property, restored it and renamed it the woody point heritage theatre. in 2012, it went up for sale and was purchased by the friends of writers at woody point, a group that holds an annual festival of words and music. today, not only does it host the festival, but it still serves as a community hall, the way it has since its inception in 1908.

this photograph can be found in the following gallery: architecture

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beyond the boulder

Beyond The Boulder

the woody point lighthouse in its surroundings on the western shore of the south arm of bonne bay. though a lighthouse was initially erected in 1919, the one that stands today was built in 1959 and used a battery-operated light instead of the previous kerosene (1919 -1923) and acetylene (1923-1959) ones.

 this photograph can be found in the following gallery: landscapes

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