Posts Tagged ‘holidays’
One of the nice things I like about festivals like WorldPride is that entire streets are closed off, allowing people unexpected vistas. I took two photos of the view south on Church towards Carlton, the first below with my regular camera and the second with my new smartphone. I lean towards preferring the first, myself; it feels more intimate, closer up.
The photo below of the statue of Alexander Wood is one of several orphans pictures of mine taken during Pride.
In October 2012 I took night-times photo of the statue. Below is one of the photos, and what I wrote at the time.
On the night of Nuit Blanche, I went to the northwestern corner of Church and Alexander–just two blocks south of the fabled intersection of Church and Wellesley–to take photos of sculptor Del Newbigging‘s statue of Scottish-born merchant Alexander Wood, unveiled in 2005. Located next to the compass painted on the sidewalk at the same corner, Newbigging’s statue of Wood has become something of a community landmark, quite literally a touchstone–apparently some locals rub the statue for good luck before dates.
This was my only shot of the rainbow-decaled 94 Wellesley bus, here photographed travelling east of Church towards Castle Frank.
I wanted to single out this one photo from the many I took on WorldPride because I’m so pleased with the composition of this photo.
Everything worked out: the posing of the drag queen (here, on Yonge just south of College); the distribution of the audience; at a courtly distance all around her; the light struggling down through the hot humid day as if casting a divine glow from above.
It was beautiful.
I went on an extended hike east and south across Toronto
Of course, I wore my red-and-white plaid shirt. How much more Canadian could I get?
I last shared a picture of this statue of King Edward VII, built for a park in Delhi but later relocated to Queen’s Park, in May 2009.
I love these art deco office buildings east of Queen’s Park.
I like what a simple Instagram trick did for this shot on Bay Street, looking south at the towers.
This alley lies just west of Yonge Street on Wellesley.
The painting on the side of the Armen Art Gallery is worn.
The display of some of the books on sale at the Glad Day Bookshop was fresh.
This mural at Church and Wellesley is part of a #pinbuttonpride street history project put on by the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives.
Crews & Tango was still colourfully decked out for Pride.
This rainbow of tulips planted outside a convenience store was adorable.
Outside Mies van der Rohe’s Toronto-Dominion Centre, the Pride flag flew alongside the flags of Canada and Ontario.
The twin towers of the Royal Bank of Canada headquarters, with their gold-impregnated windows, rise up.
I saw this rainbow on a parade float.
This rainbow was on an apartment balcony, a display by a man welcoming people to WorldPride.
This final rainbow was in the front window of Ladybug Florist just north of Church and Wellesley.