The Industrial Doors of South Riverside

On the 1st of February I went on my inaugural walk with the Toronto Photo Walks Group. I met up with about 25 fellow photo walkers at a local coffee shop in Riverside before we began our two hour journey. Walking south and east from Queen Street East and Broadview, in the direction of the lakeshore, we wandered through a mix of residential, small business and light industrial areas.

The most noteworthy doors were in the business and industrial areas – hence the title of this post. The day was overcast, but the various colours of the doors and storefronts were what attracted me the most. I found enough images of doors on this walk to share my experience with Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors group this week.

Toronto Photo Walks is a group on Facebook, where upcoming walks are announced and shared. Members can post images from their walks on the Toronto Photo Walks group in Flickr. Our walk started at a coffee shop and ended at a pub for lunch, so they are a very sociable group as well as a keen photographers.

100 percent visible
A grey building on a grey day
Nick’s Shipping – it’s not the door but the name above the door that caught my eye
This film studio has only two delivery doors – you have a 50% chance of correctly guessing what’s behind the door
Habitat for Humanity ReStore – they resell doors at this site, but they are not included in this image
The urban zoo – only a steel guardrail separating me from this elephant-sized truck

Black & White & Red

I enjoy converting some of my photographs into monochrome black and white images. This usually occurs in situations where the colours do not add anything to the overall quality of the image. However, sometimes there are situations where a little added colour can have a great impact.

The following are two examples where I think that a touch of colour has a great effect. In both cases, the colour is red, which is a “hot” button that immediately draws your attention to the main focus point.

bilbao industrial waterfront cw
Industrial waterfront, Bilbao, Spain

waiting for the tour cw
“I’m ready, where’s everyone else?”

 

Small Buildings – Series 2

These three buildings are closer to home – they are all located in Canada.

Customs House is an historic building prominently located on Wharf Street in downtown Victoria. It was built in the 1870’s – which is very old for anywhere in Western Canada. The pink exterior blends in nicely with the pink cherry blossoms when they arrive in the spring.

The lighthouse from Prince Edward Island is one of many similar structures located on the island. I love the serenity of this image.

The waterfront industrial building is located on the north shore of Burrard Inlet in North Vancouver. It represents a waning marine and logging industry in a growing metropolitan area. Eventually to become another waterfront condominium development?

custom house 12x16
Customs House, Victoria, BC

North Rustico lighthouse 16x16
North Rustico Lighthouse, PEI

industrial waterfront 16x16
Industrial waterfront, North Vancouver, BC