This one has been lying around for a couple of weeks. Waiting.
I wished to post it right away. But, what to say?
There’s no great story to tell about how it was captured.
And, the subject isn’t really self-evident. It’s unusual and requires explanation.
Or, does it?
Well, it’s a fragment of the beautiful entrance-way overhang to a building downtown. The overhang is made of the water-like, blue-tinged glass, with the gorgeous texture beneath it. The glass windows of the second and third floors, (and beyond) reflect the construction across the street.
I simply like it. The texture. The colour. The reflections. It’s abstract. Un-knowable. There’s no flow for the eye to follow. No natural narrative to understand or assume.
It just is. Elements. Combined. Captured.
And, for now, in this moment, that’s enough.
There she is.
Walking on air.
Happy for a job well done?
Comfortable in her own skin?
Joy-filled because she’s doing her thing?
We don’t really know.
We just see her, making her way in the world.
Happy to be where she is.
Happy to be on the move.
The woman in the red dress.
Walking on air.
Another in the drive-by photography series. This time on Front Street in Toronto. This figure is part of a wonderful outdoor art installation by Catherine Widgery, called ‘City People’. Enjoy!
Well, not really.
Perfect, that is.
Look closely, and it’s out of focus. No sharpness. No definition.
But, it doesn’t matter.
At least, not to me.
For some reason, I still think it’s perfect.
The way the sun splashes across the lush green ivy and lays across the bench.
The coolness of the shadows.
It’s a place to rest – for the body, the soul, and the eye.
That’s why I like it, I think.
It’s the invitation of it. The ease of it.
Gracious. Green. Space.
To me, at least, a picture-perfect scene, a picture-perfect moment, captured as I make the drive home following a pretty picture-perfect kind of day.
I announced my departure from work the day before. The end to a 31-year career working for a place I love – the CBC. It’s hard to leave. The place, the people, the work we do, the audiences we serve. But, it’s time to go, and give wings to other parts of life.
Now, I don’t actually leave for another month. But, the day this photograph was taken, in effect, was the first day of the rest of my life.
And, it was kind of…well, picture perfect.
There they were. The three of them. Standing side by side.
Keeping each other company.
Waiting for the news to arrive. Waiting for passers-by.
Chain-arms wrapped round their sign-post buddies.
A little bit old-fashioned.
A little bit worse for wear.
There’s that eye-catching orange again!
Who can resist?
And, okay, it’s neither the full doorway, nor the whole window. But, sometimes that’s all you can get on a drive-by, just a glimpse of the whole.
I”m hoping the orange flash, and the smooth, pale blue glass, and that striking iron work…I’m hoping all of it together forms something that grabs your eye, like it did mine.
Sometimes just a glimpse is just enough.
Have a wonderful day.
Drive-by Photography, on Carlaw Avenue, Toronto. When I snap (or glimpse!) a photograph while waiting for the light to change.
This mirrored office tower is ‘green’ in the old-fashioned sense.
It may be ‘green’ in the contemporary, environmental way, too. That I do not know.
But, this old-fashioned approach to green is pretty spectacular – panes of glass reflecting the trees across the street. The, it’s-June-and-the-trees-are-fully-gorgeously-leafy-green kind of green.
How gorgeous. How wonderful. In the midst of towering concrete and glass, there’s this much green – planted – and – reflected – on just one downtown street corner.
Someone thought of this.
Someone planned that the glass would reflect nature. (Well, I’m going to assume it was planned!)
What a gift. Thank you.
Hello, summer. Hello, urban landscape of leaves. Hello, green!
This contemplation of green is part of the series, ‘Drive By Photography’, where I take a photograph while waiting for the light to turn, yes, green!