Filmores Hotel Toronto

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I will have several 11″x11″ prints of Filmores Hotel Hubby Daycare for sale at Gallery 44’s Wall to Wall – OFF THE WALL print sale and party. It’s a wild and crazy affair, come and hobnob with talented photographers and buy some art right-off-the-wall!

Wall to Wall – OFF THE WALL!
December 5, 2013 – December 14, 2013
Opening Reception: Thursday December 5, 6PM – 9PM
FREE

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!

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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.

elegant 1990’s graffiti

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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.

A view from the CN Tower 1995/96

Toronto from the CN tower, circa 1995/96.

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!

 

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