Going through my scraps and edits, I found a few photos I took a couple of years back. Sometimes a mundane scene will jump out and strike a chord with how I am feeling or something I am thinking about. Here are some that I related to the onset of the cold and long Canadian winters (as well as a strike that interrupted our lives for around 3 months).
November 28, 2008
I shot this riding in my friend’s car. He was taking me to see a Dr. I had a nasty case of bronchitis. I wanted to add a cold and bluish tint to the image so I shot it on a tungsten white balance. It was a dark and rainy day, with a burst of sunlight breaking through the clouds behind us. I felt it captured the oppressive mood of the ongoing strike that was keeping us out of our university classes and jobs. You get nothing looking back, and nothing looking forward. Its all just a blur…
December 2, 2008
Brittle and baron, the se trees stand naked. An entangled mesh of colorless mass against these bright symbols of accomplishment.
I shot both of these buildings from an undergraduate rally to end the strike at York. The first was trying to capture the contrast of the rounded and organic lines of the trees against the stark and rigid lines formed by the buildings.
Nothing but the reflections of high rise buildings lost in the glass of another tower. A raging duel between these colossal swords. Who’s is bigger? Perhaps a peek inside would offer another view of life in the fast lane… An adventure well hidden behind the introspective nature of these mirrors.
I shot this image in Toronto, just outside of Queen’s Park. I went to a rally to protest the strike that had been barring my education for the past four weeks. Would the bullshit ever end?
December 10, 2008
As the fire’s embers die out in the North’s fury, we hold on to every last breath of warmth. The south retreats for now, and leaves behind a final flicker in its trail.
As the frosty evening bit my fingers, I could not help but feel drawn towards the last bit of warmth that the sun had to offer. It hit this willow like plant on its way behind the buildings to the west. This photo marks one of my last days at a Campus without classes before heading home for Christmas.