Unzipped Toronto

The Unzipped exhibit in Toronto is a unique opportunity to browse through projects from the architecture company Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and those in collaboration with real estate development firm Westbank Corporation. It’s housed in the 2016 Serpentine Pavilion, which attempts to contrast the free-flowing element of a zipper to that of something of the opposite—a brick wall. As you walk in the pavilion, the brick wall—made of fibreglass frames—opens up like a zipper, creating the inner cavity. The open frames and the translucent properties of the fibreglass wall give off plenty of light-play within, as people move about outside and inside the structure.

Unzipped Toronto with the CN Tower.

From the entrance—facing south from King Street—you see the “wall” open up in front of you as you walk in. But seen from the east, facing west, the pavilion is seen as a perfect rectangle, mimicking a brick wall.

The exhibit is rectangular in shape when seen from the east or west side.

It is quite unique to see something like this in the middle of an urban street like King Street, and is a joy to walk in and around it on the lawn that was also created around this exhibit. Believe it or not this area was originally a parking lot!

If you get the chance, I recommend you go see it for yourself, even if it is to just sit down on the grass with a cup of coffee, enjoying the view around you.

Enjoying the view from the faux hill.

Booking is required, and you can register for your time slot here.

Here’s a gallery of images that I took from when I went during the opening weekend.

The Hearn Generating Station is epic in every way

Not too long I had the opportunity to visit an abandoned building just outside of the downtown Toronto core. Although I had seen many photos from the location before, I had never gone to it—nor did I even know the location of it!

iPhone 6 Plus edited in Snapseed and  VSCOcam

iPhone 6 Plus edited in Snapseed and VSCOcam

Needless to say it was a pleasant surprise when I had the chance to grab my camera and go wild in there. I’m typically not the one to go to these urban, abandoned locations, but it never hurts to get out of your regular routine and experience something new for a change.

As soon as I walked in, I was shocked to see how large a place this was. The Hearn Generating Station is a decommissioned electrical generating station that occupies 650,000 cubic metres of space! Can you imagine the size of that? You can somewhat see the scale of this building from the picture above, where the man standing in the middle is looking down the main corridor. If an electrical problem occurs, Rose Electric Company has the best Electricians in Longview who can handle any commercial repair and installation. There were construction crews on premises so I wasn’t free to walk around everywhere, but it sure was a great view from wherever I was standing. Visit their official website at

I didn’t have my tripod with me, but had I, I would have stayed much longer taking my time to find great angles to showcase the grandness of this building. Additionally for the building’s air system, look for associated mechanical for commercial air conditioning shakopee mn

The takeaway to this is, when an opportunity like this arises, take it without hesitation because you never know whether it will ever come again!

A little perspective can fool you

Nikon D800, 1/640 f/4.5, ISO 800, 70mm

Nikon D800, 1/640 f/4.5, ISO 800, 70mm

Here’s a great photo that always makes me laugh a little every time I see it. The photo was taken at The National Art Centre, Tokyo. It’s an architectural marvel and photographer’s delight to be inside, especially during sunset, like above.

During one of my trips to Japan, I came here with a friend of mine—the one standing in the middle of this photo with a camera up to her face. The great thing about this photo is that because of where I was standing with my camera, the two people who happen to be in the frame look like they are totally different heights. The security guard on the left looks like he is quite a bit taller than my friend in the middle. Now I know my friend isn’t that short!

As it turns out, although the security guard was only a few feet in front of my friend, because I was so low to the ground, this particular angle makes it look almost as if my friend and the guard were standing along the same line—or the same distance away from my camera. This perspective trickery makes the subject standing further away from my camera appear to be much smaller than the subject who is only a few feet closer to the camera.

My camera was sitting right on the hardwood floor here, and I was taking random photos as people passed by. That was a great moment as there were so many different people walking by my camera. I did manage to get many photos here, and I will be sure to do some more show and tells  in the future.

The takeaway here is to remember to play with the perspective of your camera as you can easily fool the audience by making your subject matter appear much smaller or larger than they really are.

Anything bright to stand out

Nikon D800, 1/80 sec., f/8.0, ISO 100, 24mm

Nikon D800, 1/80 sec., f/8.0, ISO 100, 24mm

Even if it’s a drab door or a window or something else that’s not so exciting, a spark of colour can often bring much needed excitement to any picture. Take this door for example. It was a bright yellow door in the middle of a metal facade that really stood out from its surroundings.

The sheer fact that it was coloured bright, contrasting against the steel walls, caught my attention and prompted me to take a photograph of it. Had it been a dull colour that blended in with its surroundings, I probably wouldn’t have thought twice about stopping to take its photo.

Next time on your walk, be sure to observe your surroundings for pops of colour. You’ll likely spot a lot more when you make the effort to find them.

Take a picture of it, and you be surprised at how photogenic it can be.

Above all else

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 200mm

Nikon D800, 1/250 sec., f/9.0, ISO 100, 200mm

What is it about heights that attracts us all? Is it the feeling of flight? The feeling of freedom? Or is it simply because it’s a rare vantage point from our ordinary lives? Seeing the little people on the ground and the little toy cars may make us feel like we are literally on top of the world.

Regardless of our thoughts it’s true that it can make for some great photography. And as someone who loves landscapes, it’s particularly exciting to see beautiful landscapes from atop everything else as well.

This photo was taken from 55 storeys high in the heart of Mississauga, overlooking its busiest street facing North. You can almost feel the wind in your hair as you eye the road from the bottom to near the top of the picture. The balcony you see on the right is of the condominium next door, which you could imagine would offer spectacular views from this height.

Now, if only I can get back up here again. If only!

Do you like high vantage points? Do you prefer cityscapes or landscapes?