Exhibit Open: MEED3: When Photography Ruled the Street

I am thankful to have three street photography compositions selected for the nationally juried MEED3: When Photography Ruled the Street exhibition at Gallery 19 in Chicago. Juror Ahmed Ozsever is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago. The show opened July 12th and runs through August 2nd.

Snow, Sleet & Slush Cyclist Cityscape 1
Snow, Sleet & Slush Cyclist Cityscape 1
Snow Day Cityscape 2
Snow Day Cityscape 2
Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby
Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby

Cheers,

C. S.

Toronto Street Photography, pt 3

It’s time to leave Toronto with this final street photography post. I was fortunate to be in such a cool city with a mix of European contemporary flare, old city charm and diverse ethnic character. An excellent recipe for street photography!

Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 5
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 5
Adelaide St E Vignette 3
Adelaide St E Vignette 3
King St E Vignette 2
King St E Vignette 2
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 6
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 6

For the best viewing experience click on an image to view a high resolution version. For more Toronto street photography, see my Street Photograph – Toronto, CA and Monochrome Monday: Toronto Street Photography, pt 2 posts.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Toronto Street Photography, pt 2

As a follow up to my early November street photography post, I’ve included here eight additional compositions I curated from my 4 day visit.  As you view this series, I hope you find and enjoy the subtle and not so subtle features contained in these compositions.

Crossing King St E Composition
Crossing King St E Composition
Cathedral Church of St James Vignette 1
Cathedral Church of St James Vignette 1
Looking Right on Adelaide St E
Looking Right on Adelaide St E
Urban Locust Tree Composition 2
Urban Locust Tree Composition 2
Adelaide St E Vignette
Adelaide St E Vignette
Toronto Street Conversation
Toronto Street Conversation
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 1
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 1
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 2
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 2

Thank you for taking time to view my photography.  For the best visual experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

South Carolina Backroad Abandoned Building

While deliberately seeking out backroads on a return trip from Sumter, South Carolina, I was rewarded by finding this cool, abandoned structure on North Kings Highway (State Highway 261).  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any background info, it does appear to have been some type of manufacturing facility.

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 1
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 1

I shot with both my Nikon 28 – 300mm and my Tamron 15 – 30mm lens.  There was an abundance of cool light, shapes, textures and patterns.

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 6
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 6

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 4
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 4

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 5
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 5

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 3
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 3

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road 7
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road 7

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 2
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Street Photography – Toronto, CA

Canada Legal Day One at Saint James

For the past several years, I’ve enjoyed the street photography posted here on WP.  For the first time, I deliberately shot some street photos while visiting Toronto on business a few weeks ago.  Along with the urban landscapes and architectural abstracts, I had a blast shooting in Toronto!

Canada Legal Day One at Saint James
Canada Legal Day One at Saint James

Adelaide St E Vignette 1
Adelaide St E Vignette 1

Yonge St Composition 3
Yonge St Composition 3

King St E Vignette 1
King St E Vignette 1

King St E Composition 1
King St E Composition 1

I would be interested in your feedback on my first intentional street photography effort.  For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

See also, Toronto Street Photography 2 and Toronto Street Photography 3!

Cheers,

C. S.

Rainy Day in the New River Valley, pt 6 – Wabi-Sabi

For this Monochrome Monday, I felt this old, antique horse trailer was an opportunity to discuss the relationship between our appreciation of antiques and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Composition
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Composition

Most of us have an appreciation for antique objects. The rarity, classic construction, weathered surfaces and perhaps, the remembrance or our own distant past. Ironically, there is also intrinsic beauty found amidst rusty relics, patina surfaces and weathered structures.  These sensibilities can be associated with the traditional Japanese aesthetic Wabi-sabi.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 3 Monochrome
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 3 Monochrome

“Wabi” is the paradoxical beauty perceived from natural imperfection and asymmetry found in hand made objects.  This is in contrast with unnatural “perfection” derived from machine manufacturing.  Wabi originates from the notion of minimalism, peaceful existence and harmony with nature.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract

“Sabi” is the aesthetic qualities of well used, and well cared for objects, achieved only over a long period of time.  Think of a well-worn pair of blue jeans, green oxidized copper tools or sculpture, and upcycled, distressed barn wood home furnishings.  Sabi originates from Buddhist teachings around the temporariness aspects of life, and appreciation of the wisdom, dignity and grace that comes with old age.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Monochrome
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Monochrome

Brought together, in Wabi-Sabi there is a humility and simplicity, appreciation of the marks of time, acceptance of our transience in the natural cycle of life, and an enlightened communion with nature.  There is also an acceptance of the world, and ourselves, as genuine—without artificial adornment or embellishment.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Sepia
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Sepia

When I observe antique objects, or abandoned structures, I appreciate the craftsman’s labor of love and my mind envisions the souls who once used the objects or inhabited the spaces.   They were once part of, and contributed to, the life experiences of the original owner.  Made of wood, metal, stone or woven fabric, they are like us, subject to Mother Nature’s slow and persistent process of reclamation.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 2
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 2

Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog.  To appreciate the detailed textures and tonality, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.