31 Day Photo Series

Texting and Walking

Someone made a comment earlier in the year about visiting Toronto and noticing that everyone walked and texted at the same time. I didn’t think about it much until I read that comment, but I started to pay attention to the people I passed on the street and noticed that she was right.

Oddly enough, the people in these images aren’t walking and texting, but they definitely seem engrossed in their phone conversations.

I’ll never forget having my mind blown one afternoon in 2001 when my boss told me that I could type a message into my phone and send it. Today, I couldn’t imagine spending a minute of my day without my phone… and I barely use it to make calls with.

Do you remember the first time you texted? What was the message? Who was it to?

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Announcement: I Have A New Facebook Page

I am so happy to finally announce the launch of my Facebook page for Shane Francescut Photography.

I was an early adapter of the platform once it became open to the public, but have grown cold with Facebook in recent years and haven’t spent much time on it. However, my interests in sharing and community have been renewed, largely due to WordPress and all the wonderful friends I’ve made here, so I have decided that starting this page is a natural next step in the growth of my brand.

Click on the hyperlinked text above, or here, to visit and like my page. I promise (at least for now) that this will be the only time that I ask you to visit and like my page… because you obviously have no obligation to and it often annoys me when others ask the same thing… but you never know, I may become one of those Facebook “liker addicts”. But, I doubt it 🙂

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Early summer in the city

This is my 100th post! I can’t believe I’ve made it to this point, but it is due in large part to the amazing blogging community that you guys and gals make up. Having said that, I would like to share a post written by one of the great friends I’ve met through blogging.

There’s no doubt that I love to cycle, and I love Toronto. So, after reading this post by my blogger friend Kat, I simply had to share it. She writes a perfect descroption of the sights, sounds, and smells of the morning Toronto bike commuter, and adds a selection of perfect images, all shot from her handlebars with her cell phone, that you can actually feel and smell the commute through her post.

Please take a few moments to read this and click over to her blog to see more of Kat’s amazing work.

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Early summer in the city and I start my days in the paradise of our back yard. There is a soft coo of turtle doves in the air, the high chirps of sparrows and robins.  The mornings are cool and fresh, pungent with lilacs – May has given us a series of purple and white blooms.

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Heading down to work on my bike, the sun has risen a little higher into bright towering blue sky days.

Passing through the cool of Allan Gardens park, the homeless guys are still on their benches, emerging from sleeping bags and newspaper blankets, starting their daily routines.

Out onto Sherbourne St, the summer emerges in full force – the streets are starting to exude that heat, the concrete gathering up the suns rays and radiating back a thick smelly weight of warmth.

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Taxis cruise by, lazily looking for fares, windows down, music wafting with…

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The ROM: Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of the largest museums in North America, and in 2007, became one of Toronto’s most beautiful and interesting pieces of architecture.

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Opening for business on March 19, 1914, the ROM sits on the north-east corner of one of Canada’s most storied universities, the University of Toronto. Like many other major museums around the world, the ROM houses thousands of incredible, beautiful, and unbelievable pieces of art. But it was in 2007, after a major architectural transformation, that it became a stand-out piece of architecture in the city, if not THE stand-out piece, with the unveiling of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal.

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The Crystal, which is also the main entrance, is such a commanding and dominant piece of artwork in itself. Standing three stories tall, the aim of the Crystal is to blur the lines between the public openness of the street, and the private interior of the museum. It almost peaks out over the street below.

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