When on a business trip or vacation, photography usually takes a back seat. Still, I find stunning photographs, for a price of an early morning or a quick stop before the airport.
The first key is the discipline of having a camera that is small and unimposing but photographically capable. Photography on the road, for an amateur, becomes the parameter of compactness and efficiency. A fortunate part of current times that we are showered, almost daily, with gear that is portable and capable. Solid resolution, stunning image processors and wide range of lens options. Only required ingredients are, as always, inspiration and creativity.
Diversity and character of urban landscape is nothing unique to Toronto. Most cities in North America tend to be near or on a body of water. Most of them have also realized the importance of striking a balance between conservation and development. And, also, most of the places on this continent tend to have that complicated history of industrial boom/bust cycles. All this conspires to create an endless photographic opportunity, uniquely identifying and abstract at the same time.
From American River in Northern California to Northern Michigan shores, possibilities are endless. Relaxing mornings and contemplative evenings, slivers of time spent on regenerating, relaxing and preparing for a busy day on the road or slight departure from a slow pace of a vacation trip.
In the end, any place and every region has an endless visual offering, it comes down to us to capitalize on it. Interpretation is a funny thing, it depends more on observation perspective and effort to understand the location, background and context, than if the place has been “certified” as interesting and beautiful by the masses. The accomplishment of finding something unique in an unusual place rather than delivering a prescribed view among thousands of similar ones.