Wall to Wall – OFF THE WALL!
December 5, 2013 – December 14, 2013 Opening Reception: Thursday December 5, 6PM – 9PM
And just for fun, here’s a shot of the Filmores Hotel from my 1995 photo book project One Block Radius about the neighborhood, when I was a resident!
The print is terrible (my enlarging lens or carrier was out of whack ), but it’s “clear” Filmores Hotel hasn’t changed much (and neither has their sense of humor – sumptuous menu? please!) in almost 2 decades.
In the mid-1990’s this skull face was on every Calvin Klein TTC shelter ad along Queen St. West (Toronto) , which wasn’t the gentrified condo/club land it is today. It was the era of heroin chic models and Queen St. West was gritty and miles from the mainstream. Queen West was CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health), appliance/vintage shops on every block, indie art galleries and cheap rentals. After dark it was desolate and seedy.
I’m revisiting old photos of Toronto examining how I assessed the quality of my images and what I was printing and dismissing and thought it would be fun to share some of my fiber prints from my art school years. I primarily shot black and white in art school, it was inexpensive (Ilford bulk loaded) and I could process and print it myself at school OR in my apartment darkroom. I’m also curious to see if a then and now series could be made – only time will tell.
These images (the ones o printed from that day) were all shot from the CN Tower, with my Pentax MX, with a 28-70mm lens. I love aerial photography and the CN Tower was the best I could do without access to a helicopter! There is an accompanying super 8 movie about my ascent of the CN Tower, alas, the transfer is on tape!