Four Blocks

A CONTACT 2018 Photography Exhibition


I started this project approximately one year ago. I had planned to exhibit some of my work in the CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto in May of 2017 but just as I was starting to prepare my application, I suffered a heart attack. This put a complete damper on my plans, there is quite a bit of work required to prepare the application and I was in no position to complete it.

A few weeks later I started my rehab. I could get around outdoors again but I found I did not have the strength nor the stamina for my usual long walks along our beaches in east Toronto. I was disappointed that all I could manage were rather short walks in my very familiar neighbourhood.  

I have often thought that we (all of us) tend to ignore or overlook what is closest to us. Maybe it is boredom. Maybe our senses are dulled by the familiarity. I thought I was above this inclination but recognized this was as true for me as anyone else. Being suddenly limited to very short walks, initially only a block or two, was an eye opener. A new challenge presented itself. Could I find anything of interest in my new limited radius?

Months later, I started to plan my exhibition for CONTACT 2018. I remembered my rehab and all the pictures I had been taking of things right around my neighbourhood. The “boring stuff”. Reviewing my photographs of that time, I noticed many interesting and beautiful images in my collection. It was then I decided to share these images in an exhibition and book.

The exhibition will be on display at Cobalt Gallery, 870 Kingston Rd. Toronto from May 2 through May 31st. I hope you can come to view it.