Archive for ‘Toronto’ Category
Posted on 16:52, September 12th, 2010 by Many Ayromlou
I finally got a chance to go through 3000 frames of TIA2010 this weekend. Here is a sampling of what was buzzing/roaring around Toronto…..The full set is on flickr as usual.
Posted on 17:37, February 1st, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Dutch street theatre troupe, Close-Act, transformed Nathan Phillips Square into a mythical under-water world that floats high above the audience. I had a chance to see the show twice (Friday and Saturday Night) and have to admit…..It was amazing.
Themes of global warming and environmental struggles were evident, but at its heart this is a story of forbidden love that combines theatre, music, fire, dance and incredible props. It will be here for another two shows next weekend, so if you live in Toronto (or are visiting), definitely drop by City Hall and check out the show. It’s about 1 hour and well worth it.
Posted on 12:16, January 26th, 2009 by Many Ayromlou
Well it finally happened yesterday. I busted the shutter curtain on my faithful Canon 1DMKII. Took a trip to Toronto Zoo and about an hour into the trip the shutter literally ripped (Damn Orangutans, I think one of them jinxed the camera :-)). I think the cooling (-15C outside) and heating (+25C inside) might have had something to do with it, plus the fact I was firing off at 8 frames/s. Anyways, I did get to fire off the couple of shots before camera went nuclear on me….
More on flickr.…
This is a bit of old news I guess, since it happened almost 2 weeks ago. But it was a fantastic concert and I finally got around to checking out the pictures I took. Gotta admit the Canon G9 did a decent job for a $400 semi-slr camera.
More pics from the concert can be viewed on flickr.
More info on Podcamptoronto.org….
Posted on 23:47, October 5th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Once again Toronto celebrated Nuit Blanche this past weekend (October 04-05). I did not go to last years event, but had attended the very first one (best one thus far IMHO) in 2006. Although the event this year went without a hitch, there were a lot of intoxicated people on the streets and the whole atmosphere was different than first year. From what I understand, news sources are reporting 1,000,000 people. I don’t know about you, but that was seriously pushing the capacities of some of the events/venues.
I went downtown around 8:00 PM with Camera and tripod in tow and after seeing the see of people at dundas square decided to get a coffee from the nearby Tim Hortons and chill in my office at Ryerson — just next door. Well timmies was packed, one untrained cashier trying to please 15-20 people in line, I gave up. Next I dropped my gear off in the office and decided to head over to the New/Old Metro (Dominion) on gould street. Nuked some pasta and wolfed down some chocolate — figuring the sugar should help keep me awake. I went outside again around 9:30 PM and noticed that Ryerson exhibits were still drowning in people…..back to the office to watch the latest Indiana Jones.
Back out around midnight, well the scene had changed. Less people/kids, more intoxicated teens/tweens, but now it was easier to navigate the streets and exhibits. I decided to start with Katherine Lannin’s “House of Leaves” installation since it was close. Due to the line up I decided to go to where people were exiting and took a couple of snaps. Pretty neat installation, but very busy even at midnight.
Next came the Devonian Square and Annick Mitchell and Sholem Dolgoy’s Sitting Ducks installation, except that (again) people totally ignored the fact that this was a ART INSTALLATION and (some) started “duck hunting”. Now maybe the artist didn’t care, or even encouraged it, don’t know. What I do know is that a lot of those ducks got taken pre-maturely.
Be part of nature in the city and visit the ducks of Devonian Pond – located in the heart of the Ryerson University campus. For one night only, the live ducks that traditionally visit the pond will be replaced by hundreds of environmentally friendly man-made ducks – bedazzled with light and playfullly moving throughout the water.
I then made my way through the crowd and ended up watching the end of Jonathan Aitkens “Dislocation” show. Very impressive, but sadly my images came out blurry. I skipped the installations inside Heaslip House — it was a zoo in there — and took some pictures from Arpad Szoke’s Sculptural Installation, “Polly”, in front. The Strobe light was acting like a big magnet for the crowds, and it took a while to find a spot to plunck down my tripod.
I then walked over to Dundas Square to see if I could grab a image that screamed “Fifteen Seconds” and I think I got it.
Next on the agenda was Sam the Record Man’s Sign. You see I’d always wanted to photograph it, but for some reason or other didn’t. Then Sam went under and the sign was turned off for what seemed like forever. Well, although it wasn’t in the official program, Ryerson (the new owners of the buildings) decided to turn the signs on one more time before they get taken down and stored starting tomorrow (October 06). THANKS!!!! :-).
Zombies were next on the list with Jillian McDonald’s “Zombies in Condoland”. Although I missed the initial “ceremonies”, just as I was about to leave, I caught the tail end of the Zombies march. Man these people were scaaarryyy :-). I specially love the look of the dude with glasses….priceless.
The best shot of the night — atleast as far as framing/timing goes — was the following. Too bad I did not have my 1DMKII camera body with me. The 5D’s focusing was just not fast enough to keep up.
I then decided to leave the undead alone and walked up Elizabeth Street to check out Adam Brown’s Video Installation — “Time Piece”.
In “Time-Piece”, Adam David Brown has produced a sequence of images that show the moon moving through its 27 different phases, from new moon to crescent to full moon and back again. Time has been compressed so that we can observe all the phases of the moon in a relatively short period of time rather than spread out over the length of a month. “Time-Piece” will appear much larger than if it were observed in nature, giving us an opportunity to look at the moon in a way that we never have before; a larger, faster moon, revealing itself to us again and again, steadily rising and falling.
Right next door was Roy Kohn’s multimedia installation — Meeky. I figured the line up was just too long to waste time at 2:30 AM. Took a couple of pic’s of the crowd and left.
I then got on the subway at Queen’s Park station and headed south to Queen station to check out Fujiwara Takahiro’s beautiful “Into the Blue” Sculpture. For a change I was able to get close and also noticed that the crowds were dying down slowly. I was finally starting to enjoy the events.
Next on the list was Domaine de l’angle #2, 2008 over at Massey Hall, a short hop away from Eaton Centre. I personally thought that this was the coolest installation of all. You know you’ve done something right when almost every single teenager — and some adults as well — are wondering “Where is the Art?”. Man some people are just too dense. Thanks BGL ;-).
Next up, Distillery District. I got on Kings street’s Blue line and started exploring the galleries. Lots of neat stuff here, too bad it was getting a bit late (4:00 AM).
I met a group of artists there for whom I have no information, but all I can say is….FILM Heaven…..Ahhhh, nothing like a EIKI mono speaker “chirping” through the otherwise silent night.
That was magic. I took a bunch of pics here, which was located right beside the Balzac Coffee place. At this point the Neurons were having problem firing, so I decided to get a coffee. But my luck, Balzac’s had just closed….Hmmmm, okay more sugar…..couple of Twix bars.
I left Gooderham and Worts totally satisfied and high on sugar at around 5:00 AM grabbed the first street car at 5:30 AM and came back downtown. Got off at Yonge and King and walked up to City Hall to check out the Stereoscope, a Project Blinkedlights installation from Berlin, Germany. But before that I just had to have a Hotdog as I was getting pretty hungry. Let me tell you there is nothing like an old, leathery hotdog first thing in the morning (6:00 AM I think).
I spent a bit of time wondering the square until I found the ramp to the (supposedly) restricted terrace. The crowds were down to a handfull of people and it was great to just sit on the floor and absorb the blinkie lights in (almost) silence.
It was 6:30′ish AM and the sun was coming out soon so I decided to go to the other side of the square and take a picture of the fountains.
By the time I walked over to University and Queen it was about 7:30 AM and I was in no mood to ride the subway — which turned out to be closed until 9:00 AM — so I grabbed a cab and came home to my wonderful BED :-).
Hopefully next year there will be more people going around with questions like “Where is the art? Can you see the Art?” and such. That to me means….mission accomplished….Art is working. People start to THINK…..what a novel idea :-). At this point please remember — specially now with elections coming up — without art, we might as well start peeling bananas and banging coconuts on rocks. Thanks for hanging in there and see you all next year.
Posted on 23:23, October 5th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Well, I’ve been a busy beaver and as you can see got a lot of pics to share. They are not necessarily in the order taken, but are all recent. First is the results from our Toronto Strobists Meeting on September 27. We got a bit lucky and ended up having access to a green screen in the studio. So I decided to spend most of my energy on figuring out how you can create a seamless green background using a couple of strobes (SB-26′s). The results are not great, but I think are good enough for a initial effort. The rest of the time was spent to try out and learn about using specular highlight as a background enhancer and to produce some single light portraits. As usual you can find the full set of pictures on my flickr page.
Next is the TPMG (Toronto Photographers Meetup Group) visit to Ontario Place for the annual Chinese Lantern Festival. The visit that almost didn’t happen (due to weather) took place last friday (October 03) and although we escaped the rain the wind by the lake was a tad chilly :-) Shooting these lanterns was very different. I ended up settling on spot-meter mode on the camera since Matrix and Centre meter modes were not working properly (over exposure). The entire set is on flickr as usual….follow this link.
Posted on 17:59, February 24th, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Posted on 17:12, February 23rd, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Posted on 15:32, February 23rd, 2008 by Many Ayromlou
Well, We kicked off Podcamp Toronto 2008 this morning at 10:00 am. We are expecting 350-400 participants to walk through the Rogers Communications Centre during the two days. Here is a taste of what you’re missing if you’re sitting on your behind at home reading this blog :-) For more info and live streams go to the wiki and click on schedule….. (more pics here).
Note: If you get a RTSP error, right click on the stream link in your browser, copy the link and manually paste it in Quicktime (File/Open URL).
It’s that time of the year again, PodCamp Toronto is once again taking place at Rogers Communications Center in Toronto, Canada. If you’re in/around/close to toronto on the weekend of Feb 23-24 make sure you drop by and check it out…It’s FREE. The complete video archive of last years podcamp is also online so be sure to check it out. More info here.
Posted on 11:49, December 23rd, 2007 by Many Ayromlou
This year again — like the past 19 — Red Pepper Spectacle Arts put on a great show. I’m talking about the Kensington Market Festival of Lights. If you’re ever in Toronto during the holidays you should check this event out (go earlier and check out Kensington Market area on foot as well). This was my second year attending, so I was well prepared to shoot the celebrations (or so I thought). Check out this link for the gallery of this event. I got to Bellevue Square/Park around 16:45 and ended up standing in one place until about 19:00 when the procession reached the park. And let me tell you, it doesn’t matter how warm it seems outside (I think it was 2 degrees C that night), if you’re standing still for a while, you’ll get cold :-). Anyways, the reason for this madness was that I actually shot the processsion last year and got to the park at the same time as they did and couldn’t get any decent pictures of the finale, so I think you’ll agree that a bit of cold was well worth it. And don’t forget to check out the rest of my photo gallery.
Okay, so I missed this event. This is a shot of festivities at the opening of Royal Ontario Museums new extension, lovingly known as the “Iceberg“. Image credit goes to Sam Javanrouh, my new favourite torontonian shutterbug. Check out his main site Daily Dose of Imagery, absolutely fantastic stuff.