Inspirational, Mediums, Photos

Stories made in the coldest winter…

As illustrated by  snowshellyjackson

“To approach snow too closely is to forget what it is,” said the girl who cried snowflakes.

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“Through a microscope one discovers that there are many kinds of snow: those made up of tiny painting of shipwrecks in the style of Bonaventura Peeters, those made up of miniature bowls of wax fruit, very beautifully and realiztically formed, except for the size; those made up of the clippings of babies; and those made up of the trimmed and tattooed scalps of shrews used as money by certain native peoples of the southern Urals.

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There are snows made of clock faces and circular slie rules of maps to undiscovered countries, of the shattered breath clouds of those who have cried out for help unheard on a clear winter day.

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Obviously there is snow made of the unread letters of unloved lovers and metal snow made of discs with serrated edges, to mention only one of the innumerable members of the great class of the snows of war for there is no end to forms of cruelty.

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But there are innumerable kindly snow as well, such as those made of the golden crumbs of sleepy and dainty snows made of miniature ladies underpants, some with persimmon-colored ribbons woven through the lace, some embroidered with tiny green apples.

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There are hungry snow made of ground teeth and sacrificial snows made of…

p.s. In case you didn’t notice what I did, the complete title is: “Stories made in the coldest winter… to may of unloved snows ”

What other sentences can you make from her words?

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Photography, Photos, The Bicycle Project

Top View

This past weekend I got on my bicycle and pedalled to Tommy Thompson Park. Tommy Thompson park is a unique urban wilderness in Toronto; although, some people think it’s just a pile of junk. I think it’s takes a personal view to get any sense of appreciation of the park.

I used Ride with GPS to get a sense of my trip and it was a fun ride. At some point I did loose my way around the park because I took a wrong turn and then my phone was about to die while I was using it to find my way. The one thing on my mind was to get back on the Waterfront trail before my phone died or I was doing an impromptu camping that I was ill-prepared for.

Below are some of my favourite pictures that I took. I have more on my Flickr page.

Cherry Beach

Lifeguard tower at Cherry Beach

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It was like Tera (yes! i named the bird) was waiting for me because she flew away after the shot

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Summer is over and they know it

Tommy Thompson Park

Getting this shot was why I lost my way

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At Thompson Park Lighthouse, I decided to rest a while

I know it is a little late but happy labour day!

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Mediums, Photos

The Burning House

I’ve been on and off Tumblr for quite a while constantly trying to decide if I can maintain a Tumblr and this blog. I recently started my Tumblr life from ground Zero as a photo blog which I feel is easier to maintain. The thing I love about Tumblr are the interesting blogs dedicated to just one thing like Humans Of New York which I’ve feature. Today’s feature is The Burning House. The Burning House is based on one question: If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s interesting what people say they would take and you can learn a lot about a person from what they choose to constantly hold onto. Below are some interesting ones I’ve seen so far:

Shamil R| 27| LA| Character Animator
Chrome Bag; Whiskey; NB Minimus; Wallet, pack of gum and some change; iPhone/Laptop; Glasses; Passport and old memories; Nikon D40 + Lens/Tripod; Klein Reve Roadbike

Vinni Del Poço| 22| São Paulo, Brazil|  Graphic Designer
DSLR + 50mm lens, Lomography Camera, Knife, Favorite T-shirt, Earbuds, Favorite book, Watch, Sketchbooks, Glasses and sunglasses, Favorite records

Camille| 23| Toulouse, France| Physics engineer
handbag with my keys, glasses, phone, money, ID…; My pair of Repettos; My childhood bear, as old as me; Four swedish leprechauns, a Christmas gift from one of my best friend; Pink cashmere scarf; Picture of me and my sister from my grandparents house Three pairs of earrings – one belonged to my great-great-grandmother, the other two are gifts from my mother; Necklace I got for my 20th birthday; Aquamarine necklace I got for my Christening; The mug that started my mug hoarding; One earthenware couple, a gift from my boyfriend after an Amsterdam trip; Small bottle of blue pigment I just brought back from Marrakech; Tumbler cat, because it is funny and cute; Necklace that belonged to another great-great-grandmother; A copy of “Rebecca”, my favourite book

Çiğdem Yalırsu| 27| İstanbul| Architect
My bag; Top

Here’s mine:

The Burning House/ Tuti

Tuti| 21| Toronto, Canada| Support Developer, QA Analyst & IT specialist
Raleigh Womens Detour 3.5; Glasses; Watch; Passport; TOMS shoes, iPhone & Macbook[w/chargers]; Handbag [contains Sony NEX-6 camera, wallet, pens, notebook, current book I’m reading (Quiet), gum, apt keys, sunglasses Sennheiser headphones, sunglasses, Apple earpods]

 I’ve submitted mine. My challenge to you is to answer the question, if you can take a picture, head on to The Burning House and submit it.

Images 1 – 4: The Burning House Image 5: Tugraphos| Flickr

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Mediums, Photos

Humans of New York

I was looking at the webby award winners for this year and I came across Humans of New York . Due to a busy schedule, I have not been able to binge on it as I usually do when I come across an amazing blog.

Humans of New York (HONY) started in 2010 when Brandon [the photographer] decided to do a photographic census of people in New York and now he provides the world a glimpse of strangers in New York.

I love it because of the character and stories that the pictures tell you. It also makes you think about what amazing people are or could be in your city that you have overlooked. Here are some of my favorite shots, you can view more here.

They can take away his license, but they’ll never take his pride.

[Brandon] decided to drop a heavy question on him, and asked: “What’s the secret to living a good life?” He immediately answered: “Don’t think bad thoughts.”

His heart’s just not in it anymore.

[Update: I’ve added one image that just makes me smile]

“Do you want to see a flying side kick?”
“I absolutely do.”

All Images via Humans of New York

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While I have passed through Kensington Market several times, I honestly have only been there once. That was going to change once I heard about pedestrian Sundays*. I took very little pictures because I forgot to charge my Camera and unfortunately had left it on in my bag since… God knows! Here are some of my favorite shots.

Pedestrian Sunday

Pedestrian Sunday

Pedestrian Sunday

I am hoping to get more shots next time I am in Kensington Market,

* – Pedestrian Sunday occurs every last Sunday at Kensington from 12pm – 7pm in the months of May – October.

Mediums, Photos

Pedestrian Sunday

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This past week was the annual Beaches International Jazz Festival at Woodbine park. For the first time they had a few session during the week leading up to the festival called “Taste of Jazz“. I was quite luck to attend although I got there a little late and left a little early, however, I got some good shots.

Going to this event was part of a Sony Meetup which allowed me to sample the following Sony lenses with my camera: 55-210mm Zoom lens, 18-200mm lens (not too sure which e-mount with this zoom range) and 10-18mm Wide-Angle Zoom lens. Suffice to say, I have added to my wish list. Below are a few shots I took and some others are on flickr.

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Mediums, Photos

Taste of Jazz

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Mediums, Personal, Photos

Summer Shoes

Today was a weird day. At the last-minute (this morning) I had to take my sister to her appointment which resulted in me working remotely all day. Also, I had to go to the mall in-between to run some errands for her. The good thing was she got me new TOMS – which would make it my 7th/8th pair of TOMS shoes. While at the store, I saw this cute flat shoes (See 3) for a deal 🙂 Anyways I thought I show my new shoes and other go-to summer shoes .

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1. TOMS Crochet Women’s Classics flats| 2. Zara Ankle Strap sandals| 3. Splash series by Inuovo flats| 4. TOMS Natural Zebra Zag wedges

I got lazy and skipped my Soludos espadrilles mainly because I’ve worn it so much that it’s not so presentable. I wear flats a lot in the summer – mostly because I bike everywhere and it’s less stressful wearing flats. The TOMS wedge gives me a dressy day look with the Zara heels for the night.

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