Modernism, capitalism and nobody around by Eric DeLorme

TD Centre Plaque

When New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday, it’s incredible how many people take the whole week off. I guess it has something to do with the fact that just about all schools are closed that week. The financial district in downtown Toronto is usually bustling with activity, but this particular Thursday (around lunchtime) there was barely anyone to be seen.

That’s okay; less is almost always more.

Here are some scenes from the “largest Mies in the world,” the modernist Toronto-Dominion Centre, designed by the famed architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. I’m particularly drawn to the copper-tinted windows set against the simple, stark black buildings.

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Random acts of ornamenting by Eric DeLorme

Just this past Sunday I went for a little walk in the woods near my house. To get some fresh air. To clear my head. To take a few pictures. To escape the ever-intensifying drumbeat of Christmas, Trump, Brexit and all the other calamities befalling us these days.

I didn’t know what kind of pictures I would take. It was a typical overcast, dreary Ottawa winter (well, late fall for the pedantic) day. The light was, for the lack of a better word, shitty. Flat. Lifeless. Not exactly inspirational.

Then I saw the balls.

Whimsical, lonely little Xmas ornaments on random trees here and there. They put a smile on my face.

They brightened up an otherwise dull day.

I’m sure there are more out there, so I’ll have to go back.

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All images shot with Fujifilm X-T2, XF16MM F1.4 and processed in Capture One.

The Peanut in Acros by Eric DeLorme

We have this great peanut-shaped lamp in our living room; a study in minimalism, it has clean lines and gives off a nice, diffuse glow.

I’ve always wanted to shoot it, but there are only so many ways it can be shot with visual interest. Then it hit me: what about a double exposure?

These are all in-camera Acros double exposures on my X-T2, straight out of camera.

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Câline de blues by Eric DeLorme

A blue sky is something to be celebrated at this time of year. It’s all too rare.

They say you get the blues when you’re down; I find blue in the right places uplifting. Liberating. Light.

After the cold by Eric DeLorme

Winter has arrived early and aggressively this year in Ottawa. There’s been snow on the ground since just after Remembrance Day and it hasn’t let up, with record-cold temperatures for the past 10 days.

The cold has finally let up, and fog came in its wake.

This is gonna be a long one.

Can you hear me now?