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:
Excitement among the citrus
Each panel seems to be telling a different story, entirely by accident. My first thoughts were, I could use these photos to improve my exposure skills, but as I blew up each part of the original, there seemed to be a different tale being told. The end result isn't what I set out to do, but by letting the photos tell their own story, the images were far more interesting. This definitely means I have to go back for another try.