Put the Needle to the Record

Wellington Destructor August, 2012.

I am in love with my new Rolleiflex E2. Not just because it’s a Rollei, my other TLR is a Minolta Autocord and it is an equally amazing photo machine that has taken many, many terrific, and sharp photos for me. Perhaps it’s because it’s new or that my E2 allows me to shoot without a handheld light meter, (it has a fitted light meter) or because I went a  little wild and accessorized the camera with a prism finder, filters (polarizer, UV, cloud, IR) and the like and it is just so easy to play with!

Although I was seriously disappointed with my regular labs developing of my film from the Wellington Destructor due to inadequate action of the bleach or bleach-fix that caused a muddy grey appearance on all my slides, (I am toying with the idea of dusting off my darkroom and doing it myself), with a little help from Photoshop, I was able to rescue a couple of the images like the one above. And although I know the slide itself isn’t perfect (i am hoping to repair my film), the image in my mind still delivers as I composed it.

Fisher Price was once a producer of well designed and built children’s objects and this turntable is a perfect example. It rolled off the assembly line in in the late 1970’s and besides some dirt it is still in near mint condition. Fisher Price could never match this product today. Instead we are left with quasi computer games for the TV that generally suck.  maybe I’m bitter and nostalgic, but a light weight, “portable” 1970’s turntable for ages 4 and up beats making photo albums with a giant 3 button console on the TV.


The Doll – love lost in the Wellington Destructor


I recently had an opportunity to photograph the interior of the Wellington Destructor (mental note: return this winter for tree free exteriors!).

Near the end of my shoot, after just listening to the squeals and screams of pigs entering the neighboring slaughter house (not awesome), I quite literally stumbled on the remains of this artifact from someone’s childhood that had found it’s way into the collection inside the Wellington Destructor.

Half buried in the foam from a pillow or possibly another doll,  it is ironic that this doll was included in the collection in the hopes that it would find a child or forever home (isn’t there a movie about anthropomorphizing toys?) and instead it is about to become part of the living carpet in the Destructor.

the doll - love lost in the wellington destructor


The Wellington Destructor began operations in 1925 as a garbage incineration facility for the City of Toronto, it was adopted for historical preservation by Toronto City Council on June 14, 15, 16, 2005