New Photographs and Shows

Abstract Image of Liverpool UK

Here are two new photographs to prove I’m still hard at work creating images and appearing in shows!

I’m really pleased that both of these photographs appear in the Fleck Fine Art Spring catalogue and one of them will appear in the group exhibition that goes with it.

The image at the top of this posting is a composite of several of photographs taken in Liverpool over a number of years. I’ve tried to show highlights and challenges the city faced during the time I was growing up there and how it is now re-inventing itself. If you look closely, you’ll see echoes of a bombed out Albert Dock, Stanley Park, woolly mammoths, travelling fairgrounds and terraced streets. All these things still stand out in my mind.

Image of derelict Textron building in Gananoque, Ontario
The old Textron warehouse in Gananoque, standing derelict.

This second image  is a more straightforward, back to what I enjoy, derelict building in all it’s majesty. The structure, brickwork, signage and many other features are still prominent as the building stands in all its glory on a beautiful autumn day. This is the old Textron building in Gananoque, Ontario.

The Fleck Gallery Spring Group Exhibition takes place from April 4th – April 18th, with the opening reception on Thursday, April 5th  from 7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m.  The Elaine Fleck Gallery is located at 1351 Queen Street West, Toronto. You can find more information here

The Photography Show Goes On!

Image of the Sea of Marmara

After  a great launch  the  Helios Taranteau photography show continues for the next three weeks.  You can see my work and that of three other photographers at:

Paint Cabin, 723 Gerrard Street East, Toronto,  on

Fridays 6-10pm

Saturdays 1pm-12am

Sundays 1pm-5pm

We’ll also be having a closing party the evening of June 15th. Come and join us!

Image of Niagara Falls SkyWheel at nght
Detail of ferris wheel in Niagara Falls, Canada

Istanbul

Blue Mosque

I recently had the opportunity to spend some time in Istanbul while I was on a trip to Turkey. Often referred to as the Gateway to Asia, at least if you’re coming from the west (otherwise, the Gateway to Europe!), Istanbul straddles the border of the two continents. The Bosphorus provides the natural divide and the bridges across connect the two.

Blue Mosque
A view of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque from a rooftop patio as the sun goes down

An ancient city that’s had a few names before Istanbul (Constantinople, Byzantium), and been at the centre of a few empires, this is a city with tons of things for its millions of visitors to explore.

 

Key attractions include the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, also known as the Blue Mosque. This is an outstanding example of classical architecture that combines Islamic and Byzantine Christian features, among others. Apart from this, you can also find the Hippodrome, the Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace just steps away. So you can cover a lot of ground, so to speak, in this one small area. Well worth it.

 

For a taste of something different, just a short walk away is the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the oldest and biggest covered markets in the world with around 4,000 shops spread over sixty one streets. Shoppers paradise! You’ll not see many markets like that. Just a walk through is an experience in itself, again because of the fantastic architecture, and the busy atmosphere. And if you’re wanting to buy, you can get all sorts of things – clothes, accessories, sweets, furniture, carpets – and they’re keen to make a sale. The whole process of haggling (which is pretty much mandatory) is an entertainment in itself, though it can sometimes be hard to work out how much of a bargain you actually get in the end, assuming you buy something.

 

And then of course, off-the-beaten track of the main attractions are plenty of back streets with small comfortable hotels (I stayed at the Asmali Hotel), restaurants with great food and atmosphere, street-side and rooftop patios, and great views. The locals are great to talk with and really helpful.

Istanbul
One of the many rooftop patios, looking out over the Sea of Marmara at sunset

There’s no doubt that businesses in Istanbul and other parts of Turkey are hurting right now, and that’s unfortunate. It’s a great place to be, and in terms of security, barring the south-east of the country, I would feel no more at risk than in any other large city, in fact, maybe less so.