Ascending Into The Stacks

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Riding an escalator to a higher level at Robarts Library, University of Toronto.

Now and then I like to go through some of my old photographs and give them new treatments in Adobe Lightroom. I have learned so much from all these years of working with the software—and I follow a very different approach nowadays: warmer and more nuanced, less outlandish and cold. It is an interesting experience to retouch my old work with the benefit of experience and new eyes.

Toronto Standard Time

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A close look at the sundial on King’s College Circle in Toronto.

I visited my alma mater, the University of Toronto, one rainy afternoon in late October. Across from Convocation Hall I stopped to take a closer look at the various meteorological and timekeeping instruments that have stood along King’s College Circle for at least a century. I had no specific recollection of ever doing so despite having wandered by hundreds of time on the way to Gerstein or some such place. Strange, though it was only a few short years ago, I can hardly recall the crushing burden of school anymore. Time is the simplest thing.

In the Halls of the Physical Geography Building

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The bulletin board outside my professor’s office at the University of Toronto.

I have been spending a lot of time in the halls of the physical geography building as of late, meeting with my professor, attending labs, and handing in assignments. I also take the time to appreciate what I find on the walls: research papers, student assignments, elaborate maps, and bulletin boards covered with photographs from past expeditions. After a lifetime of interest in the subject it is really something else to be here now, studying the shaping of the world we live in.