One of the joys of being a photographer is seeing and capturing the different seasons as they happen. As you know I love winter photography,with its sometimes unearthly and startling rendition of the urban landscape. And summer on Toronto waterfront is always beautiful. Few things come close though to Fall – or Autumn as we Brits call it. Fall on the Toronto Waterfront is simply beautiful. In Canada Fall shows us the season’s most amazing colours. In fact going to see the leaves “turning” is actually a national thing in Canada, and there are spots you can go to get spectacular views of the trees in all their finery. The colours only last a few weeks and as I write this the trees are now bereft of their beautiful leaves. [Read more…]
So I promised we are going on a London journey through my London England photos… and we will. I have so many great photos that it’s actually hard to pick which ones to work on first! So I started with sorting them out which meant going through them and what a treat – I love being able to revisit all the wonderful places I went during the summer. Of course that did take me away from sorting for a bit. As the dark winter nights become the norm, I have bright sunny days through through re-living my holidays. What a wonderful thing to be able to do.
While I’m working on London though I did nip out to take in the Toronto skyline. I love photographs of the Toronto skyline. Lately it occurred to me that I didn’t have a recent one (I had several from when I first came to Toronto 10 years ago, the skyline has changed quite a bit since then).
More commonly shots of Toronto’s skyline are taken from a distance so that you can see the outline of the entire skyline, however not the individual buildings (at least not as clearly). I wanted to do something a little different. I wanted to capture the buildings that make up the Toronto skyline, the skyscrapers of different colours and structures that make up this iconic landscape. [Read more…]
Since being back from my trip home to England it’s been busy, and almost every weekend there’s been something on. As they say, it’s all good, however it does mean I’ve been less able to do production on all my images. My gallery at the Arts Market is fun – it is great to select new art for printing and mounting, and go hunting for frames to match. Printing and mounting my work has been somewhat amazing in the way it helps me open up conversations with people. As I write, I am preparing some of my art photography prints to hang in local businesses and all sorts of opportunities seem to arise from that. I can say there is a huge difference between talking about pixels and talking about prints. Prints are physical… and they give me an even greater appreciation of my work… especially when I show them. I’m loving it. Anyway, stay tuned for some more updates – I have lots more! Remember if you are local to Toronto you can come and visit me at the Arts Market Leslieville, 1114 Queen St East. Drop in and let’s talk art photography – I’d love to see you.
Sky over Skyline in Toronto
It’s Autumn in Toronto and while the summer days are a bit of a memory now I have been out and about in the beautiful autumn weather, made even more stunning by the leaves “turning” shades of red, gold and green. If you’ve been following my Flickr site you’ll see I’ve posted some of my recent photos there. it never fails to amaze me how I can discover new things just by going out on a walk with my camera. While I have several of my London urban photographs to post, a couple of weeks ago I went walking along the waterfront (as I often do). This time I walked further than I normally do and discovered a new skyline. While many are familiar with our Toronto skyline (and stay tuned), here is a skyline that caught my attention. I was struck by the stillness of the water, the colour and the haziness of the skyline in the distance. I also loved the slightly “minimalist” appearance of this Toronto skyline under the beautiful blue sky. In the distance are the condominiums of Palace Pier and while I have travelled past this skyline many times I’d never seen it from this spot. Another quite novel aspect was that I was able to stand in an elevated spot. I hope you enjoy this art photograph as much as I enjoyed making it.
Coming up – Exploring London!
Winter Morning on Toronto Waterfront a Finalist Winner!
What an exciting night! It was a wonderful feeling to be recognized for my photography, especially as it is for a theme that is dear to my heart – The Toronto Waterfront. My art photograph, “Winter Morning on Toronto Waterfront” is on display along with the other 49 finalists/winners in the Atrium in the Queens Quay Terminal Building. It was chosen as one of the winning photos in the My Toronto Waterfront Photography Contest 2014. I’m so proud to be a finalist and to see my work hanging in the Atrium was and is something very special. The Artist’s Preview Gala was wonderful too… instant celebrity status is pretty darn cool! The Waterfront Photography Exhibit will be on until November 2, 10 to 6pm every day and free! So if you’re in the area, please pop in and view the display.
Nicky Jameson Art Photography Debuting at the Arts Market, Leslieville August 2014
So, an eventful summer continues with some great news. My art photography will soon be available at the Arts Market! Hurrah! I’m thrilled to bits. I am very thrilled to have been selected to join over 50 other fellow creative souls at Toronto’s only indoor year-round Arts Market. It’s a unique opportunity for me to introduce and showcase my artwork to a wider audience of potential admirers and buyers, connect with them in person, build my business as well as to be involved with and support the local Toronto artist community. What a great way to start the new month of August. I am pretty stoked! So what’s the Arts Market? Created by owner Daniel Cohen, Arts Market is a unique space for artistic entrepreneurs minus the red tape or bureaucracy. There are two locations, one in the West end of Toronto at 846 College Street and the other in the East end at 1114 Queen Street (at Caroline), in Leslieville. Find out more here and, if you’re in Toronto or even just visiting, head on down and have a look.
I will be keeping you up to date as I get my gallery ready for my gallery launch-day later this month– so stay tuned for some behind the scenes shots of the preparation and a launch announcement when we’re all ready to do. I’ll still be publishing my regular art photography posts, however I was so excited about my Arts Market news this week it was the most important thing I wanted to share with you. [Read more…]
With the beautiful summer days and long evenings I am spending most of my time out enjoying the sunshine. I’ve been out and about making photographs and creating art - which I’ll duly be sharing with you, however I have made an deliberate effort to unplug and spend more time outside in the lovely weather – and less behind my computer. So, dear reader, in lieu of a longer blog post today, I am simply going to share some of my Toronto skyline art with you. I hope you like them!
Toronto Waterfront Skyline – 1
This is one of the iconic views of the Toronto skyline. The building you can see in the foreground is called Kings Landing. It was designed by the architect Arthur Erickson. it was completed in 1984 and was one of the first condominiums to be built in the former industrial region along the lake shore. Hard to imagine that most of the Toronto waterfront was all industrial and then landfill not so many years ago. That’s a story for another day. Kings landing also houses the headquarters of the Walter Carsen Centre for the Canadian National Ballet. The lower levels of King’s Landing were always intended to be arts space, linked to the Harbourfront facility further down on Queens Quay. In the background is the white roof of the Rogers Centre (a.k.a Skydome) Toronto Dominium Bank Towers, TD Canada Trust Building, the CN Tower, BMO (Bank of Montreal tower and Scotia Plaza (the reddish building). I captured this photograph because, in addition to the beautiful view of the Toronto Waterfront Skyline, I always marvel at the distinctive architecture of Kings landing. I like to look for different perspectives of the Toronto skyline. This view of the Toronto waterfront is iconic – not least because of King’s Landing which is, unsurprisingly, an oft-photographed landmark along the waterfront.
Nightlines is one of those art photographs that simply presented itself. I took the photograph after a late evening at work and I was heading over to wait for a street car. And of course, great architecture always stops me in my tracks. This building is the Toronto Dominion Bank headquarters at King and Bay, in the heart of Toronto’s financial district. In any photographs of Toronto’s skyline, six of the skyscrapers you see will include the TD Centre Towers on Bay, King, Wellington and Front Streets. The TD Tower is one of six black towers of amazing architecture, and it’s another major Toronto landmark.
What made this shot special was how the lighting from within brought the beautiful architectural details to life. And instead of shooting from one side of the building I knew I wanted a different perspective - both sides of the building captured all the lines and let them lead. I can remember it was very much a “wow” moment for me and so I was pretty pleased at how it came out. To see Night Lines full screen click on the image – it will take you to the photograph on my Flickr site where you can see it at full resolution.
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Toronto Waterfront Art Photography features Tall Ship Kajama
One of the things I love most about Toronto is that I live near the waterfront, which – if geography was not your strongest subject at school – is the north-western shore of Lake Ontario. I love nothing more than wandering down to the Toronto harbour and watching life as it goes about its daily business on the water and I take quite a few photographs of ships,boats and of course beaches.
I headed down to the waterfront one day last week and was delighted to be greeted by the familiar sight of the tall ship I’ve captured in the art print above, just as it came into the harbour on the start of a cruise across Lake Ontario. This gorgeous-looking vessel is a traditional 165-foot three-masted schooner; a type of boat that was first used by Dutch sailors in the 1600s. Schooners were adopted as the “boat of choice” in North America in the 1700s, especially around New England.
This vessel, which is named “Kajama”, has quite a history. She was built at the Nobiskrug shipyard in Rendsburg, Germany, and was launched on July 26, 1930 under her original name of “Wilfried”. For the next thirty years she operated from her home port of Hamburg until 1960, when she was bought by a Dane, Captain Andreas Kohler Asmussen. It was Asmussen who gave Wilfried a new name, “Kajama” after his family – sons Kaywe and Jan, and wife Maria.
Kajama continued as a trading vessel under Asmussen’s command for just under forty years, until Asmussen very sadly suffered cardiac arrest whilst at the helm of the vessel, from which he passed away. The Kajama ran aground in Malmö, Sweden in the incident, but thankfully suffered very little damage.
In 1999 Kajama was purchased by the Great Lakes Schooner Company of Toronto, and she was brought to Canada. For ten months, the ship underwent a complete overhaul to restore her to how she may have looked on the day of her launch. She now operates daily from Toronto harbour, for general cruising, educational trips and company charters.
I’ve often seen Kajama on her way in and out of Toronto harbour. She always reminds me of a grand old lady, as she really stands out as something ancient among the modern vessels which habitually line the waterfront here in Toronto. When I saw her approach on this occasion I knew I had to shoot quickly as I wanted to get as much of her in the frame as I could – and she was approaching at a fair rate of knots! And one of the main reasons I wanted this shot is because I wanted a shot of her in full sail…which I don’t always see unless it’s a sail-past of tall ships. I considered myself very fortunate to have been there right at the time she was sailing past. I also wanted to test out my new 55-250mm lens (fans who are curious about the Exif can view it on my Flickr. I hope you feel I have captured this beautiful vessel in all her glory.
On a future shoot I’d like to take the photograph from the opposite shore of Lake Ontario, so I could give Kajama a wonderful background of the modern skyline of Toronto. As you know, I think the juxtaposition of the ancient with the modern gives rise to interesting compositions. For that set up I’d have to be on the Toronto Islands – or on another boat. The chances of the Kajama sailing in full sail by a the precise moment I’m over there isn’t one I’d be willing to bet on, however you never know. A trip to Toronto Islands is long overdue, summer’s here so watch this space. I might even be on a tall ship myself soon!
That’s all for the moment. I hope you like my art photograph of Kajama, and thank you for allowing me the time to share with you a little of this famous Toronto resident’s rich and varied history. As always you can buy framed art prints and canvases of the Kajama here.
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The Canada Day festivities usually begin with a firework display at the Waterfront. And in case you’re wondering, Canada is 147 years old. In years past the Canada Day fireworks would have been held at Ontario Place, however Ontario Place is being rebuilt into something else… probably a theme park.
Some people headed down to the Toronto waterfront to get a good spot to watch the Canada Day fireworks display, others enjoyed the colourful fireworks from boats dotted about on the harbour. I hadn’t actually planned to film the fireworks, it was completely impromptu, but when I heard the first “boom” I grabbed my camera and started filming. In all I shot about 15 minutes of the fireworks, I edited it to just a few minutes to capture the amazing finale. Harry and I loved the fireworks which we thought were spectacular (you can probably tell) and one of the best parts was the clapping and cheering from others who had stopped on the street to watch the display. All in all it was a truly wonderful performance and the perfect start to Canada Day 2014.
Trees on the Lake – Summer at Canada’s Sugar Beach
If you’re a regular follower of my blog (and why wouldn’t you be?) then you’ll know that Sugar Beach here in Toronto is one of my most frequent photographic subjects – you can catch up with my many photographs of Sugar Beach right here on my personal website or on my artist’s website. If you have been really following my blog then you will know that many of my most recent art photographs of Sugar Beach have shown it shuddering under a freezing carpet of snow, ice and fog. Beautiful, but very cold.
Vive la différence at Canada’s Sugar Beach!
You may find it hard to believe, but the latest addition to my art portfolio is a picture of Sugar Beach; or at least the tree-lined pathway heading towards the lake by Sugar Beach. As much as I love winter for the unique, almost alien landscapes it can create and the unique photographic opportunities it provides me with, you just cannot beat summer for vibrancy, inspiration and above all, colour.
Even if I say so myself, I am really proud of this shot, and the way the colours just seem to explode out of it and draw the viewer in. Isn’t nature simply amazing – whilst we mere humans toil and fret and experiment endlessly to create things of beauty, with nature it comes naturally. Why is that? Whether or not you personally believe there to be some master-plan lurking beneath existence, nature does seem so effortlessly to get things spot on when it comes to creating beauty and inspiration. It’s my job, as a humble fine art photographer, simply to spot and capture the opportunities that nature so readily provides.
Path to the Lake
What I really like about this shot is the welcoming invitation the trees are giving the viewer – to walk forwards along the path to the water beyond to enjoy even more natural beauty. I love the feeling of peace, and still feel amazed that I captured such a serene moment just by being there. Taking this shot I had a strong feeling that the trees were suddenly very happy about being fully dressed trees again and that distinct impression is still there when I look at the resulting art print. Their branches are no longer bare but are instead decked out in their beautiful green finery. Who wants to be out and about when not looking their best? These poor old trees have spent the winter standing completely naked in front of everyone.
Thanks to the endless circle of the seasons the trees are at last able to start showing off a little, and they seem very cheery about it. In fact, if you look carefully at the top of the closest tree on the right of the photograph, you can see a huge, happy smiley face. Okay, you might have to squint a little, I confess, but I promise you it is there!
I managed to capture this photograph when no one else was actually on the path. It was a “magic moment” for which I waited patiently. As it’s summer people are out and about at Sugar Beach very early. The beach is a beautiful spot for us all so I just had to wait and grab my moment – my patience definitely paid off. Sometimes I like to include people in my shots, as they can add interest. Sometimes I don’t have a choice, people are part of the story. This time I was pleased that no one else was on the path as I wanted nothing to distract from the wonderful, colourful scene that nature had created for me. I hope you think that I have done the opportunity justice!
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Each week I usually post one of my art photographs with the story of the inspiration behind it, or a little bit about the history of the photograph or an inspirational quote by one of my favourite photographers. As last week was a rather important week for me I decided I’d do something a little different: celebrate two big anniversaries through my art photography, sharing a few random photographs I took during the last week of May.
So what are the two anniversaries? Well, the first is that May 30th was the first anniversary of my Dad’s passing, which I blogged about here. This time is important in and of itself however in many ways it was shortly after (and perhaps because of) this time that my photography took a leap forwards during the months following his passing. May 30th was a tough day and I still miss my Dad very much. However it was good to remember and celebrate his life and acknowledge as a family how far we’d come over the last year, not knowing how it was going to be. It was very much a case of taking one day one at a time.
May 31st was Harry and I’s 11th wedding anniversary. Our 10th (and a big milestone) went by almost in a haze last year for the reasons I’ve noted above. Which meant that this year it was extra special to mark our 11th, which we did by going for a lovely dinner at Nawlins, one of our favourite restaurants. And oddly enough Nawlins featured as one of my art photographs and blog a couple of weeks ago.
Nawlins, featuring the piano on the wall
Photograph of Billie Holiday on the wall at Nawlins
The Martini menu at Nawlins
It’s said that a major milestone can make us focus more closely on our own lives, and the things we’d like to do with the life we have – always remembering that we’re not guaranteed tomorrow. In my case, after my Dad’s passing away I refocused on my art photography with more intention, taking more photographs, exploring my style sharing, selling, blogging,starting my art photography newsletter as well as talking to more collectors offline about my work and art stories. I also joined Crate and was a featured artist.
Talking to people about my art photography has led to some interesting new opportunities – including exhibiting and participating in a couple of local art fairs later this year. I wasn’t too sure I was ready to exhibit… it’s going to be an interesting new step.
Spherical Reflections 401 Richmond, Doors Open Toronto 2014
With a few other things on the horizon I’m looking forward to some exciting times ahead. I’ll be sharing them with you on the blog and in my newsletter (you can sign up for the newsletter here). It’s been an interesting year and nothing at all like I thought it would be. I thank you for viewing my art and reading and I hope you’ll continue with me on my art journey!