I've been wandering around Toronto in my spare time, testing out routes for the Mapping Toronto project. After doing a few test runs in a couple of neighbourhoods, I realized some will take multiple trips just to scratch the surface. As well, the sheer volume of photos started to make the logistics of posting and editing a monumental task. I've rearranged and relabeled the files about 4 times as I grapple with staying organized.
Some areas have so much to look at, it's difficult to figure out what to leave out. I was in Cabbagetown recently and realized I could do one series of photos just documenting the historic plaques. I could spend another day photographing people along Parliament and another on the architecture. During summer months, Cabbagetown is stunning so that means another exclusively on the flower. Couple that with the trips to the library for historical info on each area, well, there you have it - years worth of work.
I've been wandering around casing out various neigbourhoods, testing possible routes for the Mapping Toronto project (read an update here) and found myself at Allen Gardens on the weekend. AG is a wonderful conservatory plonked in the downtown area of Toronto. The greenhouses cover 16,000 square feet of land, and is usually a beehive of activity. I haven't visited in years. I lurked around outside taking photos of the buildings. Along the backside, there is a stretch of windows that presented an interesting exercise, the sun was intense and the glare from the white window frames made setting the exposure difficult. So I fussed for awhile taking a number of random shots, testing out new ideas and then toddled off home. I fired up the photos and was surprised I managed to capture the plants inside quite well, which was one of the aims. But, the unexpected bonus was the occassional face framed by citrus fruit and leaves:
The long view gave a hint of what was there so I cropped a bit, played with the contrast and exposure and came up with this series of intriguing snippets of a Saturday afternoon at Allen Gardens:
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