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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection

Toronto is the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada. I lived here most of my adult life and know it quite well but haven't blogged about it as much as I would like.

Ascending Into The Stacks

Ascending to the third floor at Robarts Library
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.

My Last Weekend in Toronto for a While

This’ll be my last weekend in Toronto for a while. I’m heading off the continent for the winter. It’s been lovely staying here a few months and reconnecting with friends and family but I have to keep moving; my work isn’t done. This is “see ya later” but not “goodbye”, for I will return.

Toronto Standard Time

Toronto time
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.

Toronto Skyline From Regent Park

The downtown core from Regent Park
The downtown core from the edge of Regent Park.

I seldom post many photos from Canada so you’d be forgiven for thinking I still reside in Taiwan 台灣! But, in fact, I have been living not far Toronto for nearly three months now. In that time I haven’t been taking that many photos—not like in Asia, anyway—which has given me time to catch up. I was many months behind when I first arrived here and only this week did I manage to dispense with the very last of my photos from overseas.

Anyhow, now that I am on to processing some more recent work I thought I might skip ahead a bit and share something lovely from my hometown. I captured this simple skyline shot from a high rise on the edge of Regent Park on a pleasant mid-summer’s afternoon.

Red Rocket

Vintage TTC streetcar
PCC streetcar number 4500, originally built in the 1950s, still plying the streets of Toronto in 2014.

Pictured here is a vintage 1950s PCC streetcar, one of the original Red Rockets, refurbished in the late 1980s for use with chartered tours. Strangely enough, despite growing up in Toronto and living here most of my adult life I don’t recall ever seeing one before today. Imagine my surprise as I was cruising down Bathurst street, eyes peeled for the futuristic new TTC streetcars, when I saw this vintage burgundy and cream beauty pull out of the Hillcrest Complex.

Intersections

Intersections
Two of the towers at the Toronto-Dominion Centre in the downtown core.

Depending on what metrics you use the Toronto-Dominion Centre is one of the largest—if not the largest—office building complex in Canada. Located at the heart of the Financial District, these towers near the intersection of King and Bay can be seen in almost any photograph of the Toronto skyline. I shot this particular image back in late 2009 when I was starting to get serious about photography. Now and then I rifle through my archives and apply new post-processing techniques to old images like this. I liked how this one turned out so I am sharing it once again.