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This gallery came together in the Spring and Summer of 2017, with most of its images taken with a new camera (a Canon Rebel T6s) and a new lens (a Canon 24-70 mm zoon). I made a conscious effort to capture transitory events and more complicated subject matter. Images of this sort include Bird, Building and Sky, On Ramp to the Gardiner, and New World Order. Many of the images share a particular colour palette of light to dark gray: for example, the gray paw in Fritz the Cat’s Stereo, the gray clouds in Highway in the Rain, and the gray background in Red Graffiti. About a fifth of the images also feature reflections or reflective surfaces: for example, Ripples, A Visit to the Dentist, and Reflected Garage.


A number of environmental factors contributed to this gallery. The new camera meant that I used new software to develop RAW files, and this may have had some effect on the tones that appear in most of the images. The period during which I put this gallery together overlapped with the period during which I ripped many of my old CDs to MP3s, meaning I played a lot of music (New Order, The Smiths, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, etc.), some of which seeped into the spaces between the images. Toronto had a wet spring and summer, with frequent rainstorms; this often meant interesting light and cloud formations. Finally, I spent some time reading about two of my favourite photographers (Jay Maisel and John Hedgecoe), which provided me with some ideas to try out on my own.


All Images © Tom Onyshko, 2017