My Work at the Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant

Until November 2014 I have these 5 pieces on display at the Tappo Wine Bar & Restaurant in Toronto’s Distillery District. The photographs are from my series Urban Remains and Abandoned Places.

All of the works are 24″x24″ or 20″x30″, framed and printed on Hahnemühle FineArt paper.

Filmores Hotel Toronto


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

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.

A Tresspass of Time and a little love from Montreal

I’m excited to finally announce my upcoming exhibition and artist talk dates tresspass-of-time-RForsey-MPP-Albanese-version-f-backfor A Trespass of Time at the Mount Dennis Toronto Public Library
(1123 Weston Road, Toronto, ON M6N 3S3). The exhibition runs: July 13 – August 1, 2013 and there is an opening reception, artist talk and presentation
with MPP Albanese on July 18, July 25,  6-8pm.

I’m going to be extolling the value(s) of urban exploration photography and exhibiting some of my early work from my Urban Remains series (2006-2008) that I photographed in the York South-Weston riding: Kodak Toronto, Benjamin Moore Paint, Symes Waste Transfer, Bunge and the New York Pork Exchange. MPP Albanese will be giving a talk about the history of the sites I have photographed and others in the York South-Weston riding.

In other news, my exhibition Paysages affectifs at Galerie Youn was reviewed last week in Vie Des Arts and featured in a Montreal.TV webisode (that i was completely unprepared to be interviewed in, i prefer my side of the lens, but it was wonderful none the less)! The printed love from Montreal is pretty sweet.

Lunar Eclipse November 18, 1994

I am becoming a member of Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography this week; and one of the many perks of my membership is access to their wet darkrooms. Before I can use the darkrooms I must attend the darkroom orientation this week which is immediately followed by a G44 printing party! So I was digging through my darkroom boxes in my studio tonight looking for my scope and filters set etc when I came upon this print of a lunar eclipse I shot and printed in 1994.

The photo is pretty laughable, it looks more like a photogram than a photo from a negative- which it is. In my defense, I shot this on a whim and as it was in the time before the internet was something almost everyone had at their fingertips I had to wing it.  I was also in art school.

I plan/hope/intend on making some killer prints this week with some vintage papers I picked up this year.

We’ll see.

The Harvey Woods Building – an authorized visit

On Saturday (November 24),  3 photographer friends from the Residue Group (link no longer is valid), Peter Brickell, Rimma Skeini and Kevin McBride and I accepted an invitation to photograph the Harvey Woods Building on Vansittart Ave in Woodstock ON. Authorized opportunities to shoot vacant buildings  are rare and stranger still we were given unlimited access!  We were only asked to mind the broken glass and to not lock anyone inside the safe as the combination is still unknown and the former treasurer wouldn’t be back from Florida for a few more months! So we packed the car with everything but the darkroom sink (4×5, 8×10 view cameras, TLRs, SLRs and an iPhone camera) and to Woodstock we sped!

A little history:

Kenneth W. Harvey started Oxford Knitting Co. in 1906, on Ingersoll Ave. at Oxford, but sold it in 1909. In 1912 he opened Ken Knit, at 95 Wilson, in Woodstock ON. Ken Knit made ladies and children’s underwear. In 1920 Kenneth W. Harvey opened his second factory on Vansittart Ave in Woodstock  as Hoisery Ltd. to capitalize on the popularity of hosiery. In the late 1920s, the senior officers of a competing company, Zimmerknit Co. of Hamilton, were killed in a rail crossing accident. Kenneth. W. Harvey bought their company and he ran the three factories until 1937 when York Knitting Co (owned by .D. Woods), bought and took over the three businesses: Zimmerknit Co. of Hamilton, the Harvey Knitting Company and Hosiers Ltd in Woodstock. In 1964 York Knitting moved all its manufacturing to Woodstock and in 1966 officially changed its name to Harvey Woods Ltd. to match the retail name of its products.

Business began to fall off in the 1980’s and to reduce costs Harvey Woods Ltd began to consolidate it’s factories, but it wasn’t enough to keep the business independent and in 1983 it was bought out by the T.A.G. Apparel Group. Business continued to decline until 1990 when in March of that year the T.A.G. Apparel Group went into receivership and laid off it’s last 600 employees.

The Harvey Woods building, known as one of Woodstock’s top 10 neglected buildings  has been sitting “empty” since going into receivership in the 1990’s. It was recently purchased by Homestead Christian Care and they have plans to convert/renovate the building into a 50 unit affordable housing complex.

Today the building is a brick shell with little evidence of its former purpose left: the machinery, the socks, the underwear, the signage, even the toilets are gone. But as with all spaces that become neglected, the elements take over and an empty building transcends the neglect and decay and is now something wonderful to photograph.

Until I get my film back from the lab  you will have to be satisfied with snapshots from my super awesome iPhone 5.

UPDATED! I have added 11 new photos shot with my TLR.