Siobhan and I went to the portlands area here in Toronto, where they’ve set up art exhibits inside the decommissioned Hearn Generating Station. It seems art exhibits and museums are a natural fit for the large spaces of former power generating facilities, such as the Turbine Halls of London’s Tate Modern or the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
I really enjoyed these industrial spaces, though I’m not a regular photographer of such urban decay or manufactured landscapes.
Most attractive was the huge ceiling with it’s trusses spanning over the open area which used to hold generating turbines. The concrete mounts for them are huge, the size of houses.
The palette inside is mostly rust and concrete, punctuated by the occasional institutional lavatory green of industrial instrumentation. The plant has had major chunks taken out for asbestos removal, which yields unusual cross sections.
I’m sure there are many pictures of the actual art at the Luminato Festival, but I just thought the building was really interesting.
I took this photo in the Bologna Centrale train station back in 2011. Shortly after, a new underground platform was built in 2013. But when we visited, high speed trains called at these old platforms and their latticework covered overhangs.
Despite a fear of heights, I love climbing tall things on vacation. This is a photo from one of the Two Towers of Bologna, the Asinelli Tower. Bologna is a medieval town, where you can still see the remnants of the surrounding walls and tower structures. At one point, there could have been a hundred or more of these towers, but only a few are left today.
It was a treat to climb up the tower and look out at the rustic and warm roofs of this city in the brisk December morning air.
In late 2011, Siobhan and I went on a trip to Vienna, Austria, then took a train down Northern Italy to Rome. Along the way, we stopped in Bologna, which I think is probably my second favourite Italian city, just behind Siena.
Bologna is a working, industrial city, yet full of life amongst the reddish hues in its streets and medieval inner streets. I took this photo on Via Castiglione, just off the main square, with the morning sunlight filtering in between the buildings. What I loved about the city was that it was unapologetically un-touristy, to the point that the tourist map didn’t actually identify tourist points of interest properly.
A few images from around Toronto this spring and summer, at least until a major trip comes along:
I took a picture of this duck in Toronto’s High Park. I was surprised how domesticated they seem.
I went out for the first sail of the season in the Toronto Harbour, with 25 knot, gusting to 29 knot winds. I actually ended up doing more towing of boats and pulling in race buoy marks than photography.
One of the major attractions in Charleston is Patriots Point, a gathering of old warships, including the USS Yorktown, a World War II era aircraft carrier. They also have a submarine, which is really fun to squeeze through, and a destroyer docked nearby.
This photo is of some gauges in the Yorktown engine room, which, dimly lit, is cavernous and labyrinthine.
The most amusing part of the ship is the galley, which has been well preserved as an exhibition. It features mannequins preparing meals for the ship’s crew, and even items like a monorail system which brings munitions swinging around the chow line. There’s also a lot of surprises, even for someone who has watched all ten hours of PBS’ Carrier documentary. For example, there is an escalator that carries pilots up to the flight deck. I never realized this was a feature of some older aircraft carriers.
On the Yorktown’s deck are a collection of naval aircraft. Their graceful lines evoke birds who can’t fly, chained down to the top of the ship. It’s a treat to see aircraft up close, but the weather has taken their toll on these majestic machines.
This peacock lived on the grounds of the Magnolia Plantation, walking among tourists who come to visit.