The Wall

Photography can be a fickle thing at times:  some projects involve countless hours of planning, execution, blood and sweat, while others seem to materialize out of nowhere and come together quickly.

I was recently in Toronto for a week of work that included a 3 day street photography workshop, a photo walk with my friends at Fujifilm Canada, a day of private education with a student and a few other meetings with some of my peers.  It was a busy week, productive and incredibly fun.  On my first night in the city I walked past a brightly lit wall on one of the busier city streets.   I love shooting silhouettes, so of course I had to stop and shoot for a few minutes.

Walls like this offer so many photographic opportunities:  slower shutter speeds (in this case anything below 1/125th) will catch the entire wall when it is lit, but when you speed up your shutter speed you will catch some lights on and some off as they cycle.  The magical thing about this is how random it is… you never really know when you are going to catch the lights on or off.   Add in the variety of people walking past and the rapidly changing weather that week and it became so much fun to shoot at this spot.  Each night I would spend 10 or 20 minutes at the wall, coming back to my hotel room with some frames that didn’t work and a few that I liked.  Post production on images like this is very quick, usually just a black and white conversation, possibly a crop and adjusting the contrast as required.

While this series came together quickly it is worth noting that it only happened because I found a good location while out wandering, and then I was willing to invest the time to go back to it repeatedly to make photos.  Never forget that photography is an active process, you need to be out there!

I hope you enjoy this short series.  Until next time,


23 thoughts on “The Wall

    • Ian says:

      I appreciate you popping by and taking the time to comment. It is rare to stumble across something and have a series arises from it, but it was a lot of fun to make.

  1. Paulo Martins says:

    Good work Ian! I Like all the pics 🙂 But my favourit it’s the BMX one (but I’m suspicious, because I ride BMX bikes too) 🙂

  2. Christian says:

    Hello Ian,
    I always look forward to your articles; they are inspirational. I do hope you publish more travel photography stuff soon. Off topic, but I was curious to know your philosophy on photo sharing websites like 500px. I noticed you use this blog and Instagram, but I couldn’t find your work elsewhere. —-Christian

    • Ian says:

      Hey Christian!

      More travel coming VERY soon as a matter of fact. 🙂

      I only use this site, IG and Twitter for my social media… solely for the reason that my time is somewhat limited.



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