I took this photo only a couple of weeks back, but I’ve carried it around in my head for 20+ years. The location is the Lakeshore Blvd, which is a roadway under the Gardiner Expressway. The raised road trailing off to the right of the shot is the Don Valley Parkway turnoff. I’m standing on a rail line before a bridge that crosses the Don River. So here’s the deal. Many many years ago, long before I had an interest in photography (well, that’s not entirely true — I had an interest but no patience for film photography, digital was years away), I knew a professional photographer — Keith — who worked for the Toronto Star newspaper. I didn’t know him well. We both were regulars at a little breakfast place I still go to to this day. Well, one day we got talking about photography and I mentioned to him that if I ever got into it I’d take my camera down to the foot of the Don Valley Parkway under the Gardiner at night and shoot the expressway above. I reasoned that the light spilling out of the lampposts would create a neat effect on all that concrete. I also mentioned the straight lines of the train tracks and the curvature of the Parkway above. He seemed to think that was interesting but I couldn’t tell if he was simply being polite. Then, a few months later, the owner of the restaurant allowed Keith to display a bunch of his photos, framed for sale. Low and behold, there were a handful of night shots taken exactly where I told him to go. Oddly, he never mentioned it to me. I think he might have forgotten where the idea came from. I didn’t care, mind you. I was just proud of the fact that a professional photographer took my idea and turned it into something neat. Anyway, flash forward 20 years and here I am standing in the same spot shooting the subject I had had on my mind all those years ago. Funny, eh?