On Toronto’s Waters

My work from this long term project featuring prints of images from Humber Bay and Etobicoke Creek will be on display at Coolearth Architecture offices as a part of Scotiabank Contact 2016 Photography Festival and Photography in the Junction Open Exhibit. More details can be found here.

Stunning landscapes, both grand and intimate, exist within our reach. Living in Toronto, one is often thinking about long and exotic travel in order to reach scenic serenity.  Peaceful and beautiful landscapes, however, await within our reach, needing only more careful observation. On Toronto’s Water is a photography project aimed at discovering local surprises, nature’s serenity in our midst.

Sunnyside Beach, Toronto, October 2015
Sunnyside Beach, Toronto, October 2015

Busy urban life often makes us neglect the natural world that surrounds us. The hectic pace of stressful commute and long lists of errands signify our lives. So we rush past unsuspecting vistas and surprising calm that are right under our nose.  With more careful consideration and observation, one can find an escape that is local, an escape not requiring an expensive and exotic vacation. Offerings of stunning landscapes evolving with each sunrise and every sunset, year round, are there for us to relax, reflect and rejuvenate.

Humber Bay, January 2016
Humber Bay, January 2016

Lake Ontario’s shore and numerous creeks and their ravines define both Toronto’s map as well as provide key landmarks to the region’s rich and complicated history. The legacy of trading, settlement, industrialization and post-industrial revitalization, all told through our urban nature. The landscape is acting as an open history book with its various detours, departures and arrivals on the road to where we are today, a foundation for where we are headed.

Middle Road Bridge, Etobicoke, October 2015
Middle Road Bridge, Etobicoke, October 2015

Within our reach, Toronto’s Waters offer a great intimate landscape. Unsuspecting corners and stunning views within our busy lives offer instant relaxation and the ability to reflect and refresh. Markers of our heritage and keepers of our collective history, our waters and landscapes that surround us not only relax, but help us remember our past, our origins and give us a better vantage point to consider our future.

Skyline from Humber Bay, August 2015

The goal of this long term photo project is to provide interpretation of that surprising, local, landscape.