Posts Tagged With: Black and White

Toronto: A Canadian Staple

This shot was taken in May of 2013 in downtown Toronto. I was standing on a bridge across the railroad tracks facing towards Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Skydome)

This shot was taken in May of 2013 in downtown Toronto. I was standing on a bridge across the railroad tracks facing towards Rogers Centre (formerly known as the Skydome)

In a time of confusion, disappointment and opportunity, I impulsively hopped on a place to visit a few friends in Ontario. After spending some time in Ireland and unhappy with the results, I decided it was time to go home. All the way back to Vancouver was out of the question, so halfway between home and back east was where I met some of the kindest people I’ve encountered on this earth. The friends that I made in Toronto will undoubtedly bring me back there as soon as life will allow. Two of the people I encountered showed me to these places for these pictures to happen. Above is the CN Tower from the home of the Blue Jays, the bridge to Rogers Centre. Below is Casa Loma, a castle style residence that has been turned into a museums. To more adventures with amazing people!

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In downtown Toronto, a castle named Casa Loma is hiding behind George Brown College and Spadina Park. It inspired me with it's beauty a few times while I was living in and near Toronto.

In downtown Toronto, a castle named Casa Loma is hiding behind George Brown College and Spadina Park. It inspired me with it’s beauty a few times while I was living in and near Toronto.

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Beachy Head, East Dean

Beachy Head Turret

Beachy Head in East Dean, a suburb of Eastbourne in East Sussex (that was a lot of easts!) has seen quite a bit. The moment I saw this turret, I imagined what had brought these structures to this place. My estimation turned out to be the likeliest of scenarios.

Beachy Head had a royal air force radar station, which saw much activity in World War II covering the area from Brighton to Hastings from ten miles out to sea. This and other turrets scattered along the hillside along the edges of England where the land meets the sea is likely where soldiers were to defend their country in case of attack.

Keep in mind this east, east, east location… Right across the English Channel from France. Dieppe, to be exact, where a gruesome and bloody battle took place. Of the nearly 5,000 Canadian soldiers in this raid, more than 900 were killed (about 18 percent) and 1,874 taken prisoner (37%).

After reading quite a bit about the battle on the France side of the Channel (The Dieppe Raid), it hit me hard to know that this land I was standing on may have had the tiniest of contributions to one of the most disastrous battles that my fellow countrymen were apart of during the World War II.

I hope to find something similar when I go to Dieppe, Seine-Maritime, France. Maybe even something more telling of the historic battle.

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Montréal

While on the subject of the gorgeous art on the buildings in the city of Montréal, I thought I’d show a bit of the contrast. In the previous post (https://dailyjaunt.wordpress.com/2012/10/24/montreal/), I showed a side of the city’s art that is represented in a very rebellious way. Commonly, it’s thought of more as graffiti and “defemation” of public property. This is not necessarily always the case, but the style represents those ideals, along with many other. The indivuduals choose, of course, whether they subscribe to any of them. You will find a lot of words, messages or “tags” in this kind of street art. Sometimes it’s political, other times it is anarchist and every so often, it’s an alter-ego that someone has created for his or herself.

 

Another style of street art found in Montréal is a more traditionally artistic style, with few letters/writing. The message is the image, whether it’s people, animals, arcitechture, objects, fantasy… Anything you can draw is included! Often with this style, you see shading and definition in the images, but they tend to look more 2 dimentional in comparison with some style of graffiti art, intended to seem 3D. In Montréal, I noticed that the graffiti style was found a lot more in common areas, like parking lots, or buildings near parks or Metro stations. The more refined art is often found on main streets, be it doors of a store or the side of an apartment building. The most common spot, with often the most intricate pieces, were found on corners leading to an alleyway. The photograph below is a great example of that, found in the Plateau if memory serves me correctly.

Street art found in Montreal in the summer of 2012 in Le Plateau-Mont-Royal.

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