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Synapticism

An experiential journal of synchronicity and connection

University of Toronto is centered on the St. George campus in downtown Toronto.

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.

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.

Containment Unit

Varsity Stadium in wintertime
Varsity Stadium in wintertime.

Two weeks into the new year and winter has arrived in Toronto. The university has set up a big white bubble on the Varsity Stadium grounds. It almost looks as if the city has become as inhospitable as the surface of another planet.

In the Halls of the Physical Geography Building

In the halls of the physical geography building
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.