Tuesday 9 July 2019

Heritage Toronto - Architectural Photography Tour, Toronto, ON

This evening Gord and I did the Architectual Photography Tour for members of Heritage Toronto.

See the city through fresh eyes as we focus our discussion on how composition and light can help you get the best building shots for your personal portfolio or Instagram page.This tour is co-led by Heritage Toronto staff and architectural photographer Vik Pahwa. 

Vik Pahwa has been documenting the GTA since 2011. Vik’s work includes shoots for the Ontario Media Development Corporation film locations library, Toronto-based architects and builders, and Spacing and Azure magazines.

We've done Heritage Toronto walks in the past and enjoyed them.  About Heritage Toronto ...

We celebrate and commemorate our city’s rich heritage and the diverse stories of its people, places, and events – both to make sense of our present and to inform the future. Our Vision To be the recognized voice of Toronto’s heritage stories.

We met in Berzcy Park on Front Street E.  Katelyn from Heritage Toronto was our host.  She gave us tidbits of information as we went from site to site.  Vik is self-taught and gave us suggestions to look at things differently.  Both were approachable if you had questions.

We spent some time at Berzcy Park and were encouraged to take pictures of whatever caught our eye.  I headed to the fountain.  It's a fun fountain with cast-iron statues of 27 dogs and a lone cat.  It opened in 2018 and was nominated in the 2018 Heritage Awards.  The dogs are all looking up towards a large bone perched on the fountain's peak. The cat is looking north at statues of two small birds perched on the arm of a lamp post about three metres away from the fountain.

The Flatiron Building is one of the most famous buildings in Toronto, built by George Gooderham in 1891.  We headed east towards it.

We headed toward St. James Cathedral on King Street E, which opened in June 1853.

10 Toronto St was Toronto's seventh post office, which opened in 1853.  The back back of the building has curved walls for easy access for the horse and carriages that were used to transport the mail.

We headed west towards Yonge Street.

We kept heading west to the Commerce Court courtyard.

Next on our stop westward to the TD Centre.

I briefly worked in one of the buildings in the TD Centre and HATED
my job ... I spent a lot of time sitting next to this cow on my lunch breaks

Our last stop was southbound to Union Station.

I had taken my Nikon D5100 DSLR.  I've gotten lazy and haven't used it for years.  After doing this tour, it reminded me that I've got to get it out more often and take photographs rather than just pictures.

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