Toronto’s lakeshore changes as we evolve our relationship with nature. I keep returning to various points along the lake and sensation never seems to get old. For a few years now, photographs of various lakeshore parks, Humber Bay and Tom Thompson Park in particular, continue to inspire. Discovering this deeper meaning, pushing further, is the main goal behind Where We Meet, the new photo project.
In early Fall of 2016, I decided to look more carefully at photographs from my many return trips to Toronto’s lakeshore parks. Choosing a different medium, tweaking the technique, gave an alternate view onto the familiar. The change in the approach, started peeling layers behind the expected.
Black and white film, with longer exposure, offers a different perspective for well know parks. The change in medium was a jump off point. Experimenting with a square format and fairly rudimentary gear further adds to the “look” of the images and extends creative possibilities. Long exposure creates a more abstract view and possibility of a more introspective view.
Water’s motion, a blurred mist , creates a strong contrast against the stoic and sharp edges of rocks. The shoreline acts as a boundary. The dividing line between familiar and clear on one side, and fluid and unknown on the other. The waterline is the meeting point, it’s where we meet the world and the unfamiliar beyond reaches us. The rocks are where we safely stand, looking ahead into possibilities ahead.
Where we meet aims to explore this contrast in more detail. The project has its dedicated page where I will post updates. For now, the goal is to wrap up this work by the end of June 2017 and then review and finalize the output. This project is already producing a lot of fun and surprises, and I am only half way through it.