Carried this photo for 20 years


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?

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9 Responses to Carried this photo for 20 years

  1. kseverny says:

    i like that idea.
    Carried in you head for so long.
    Finally made it onto print.
    that really says something

    • davecandoit says:

      Thanks Kokot. The funny part (to me) is that way WAY back then I had no idea that by way of technology and the Internet that I’d one day be discussing this very photo/scene with someone from England who I haven’t even met. Way back then the Internet was so new it wasn’t widely known — at least no one told me about it. 🙂

      Isn’t it late where you are right now? Your comment arrived after 9:00 PM by my time, which is like 2:00 AM your time, no? I could be wrong, of course. Thanks for popping by.

  2. lynnwiles says:

    Let’s see, you got your DSLR and posted an image of a long imagined shot all in one week. Pretty good week I’d say.

    • davecandoit says:

      Never thought of it like that, but yeah.

      On the T2i front: I’m now stuck waiting to get my USB port fixed before I can do anything with the new camera. I’ve already got shots on it that I can’t review. Worse yet, I’ve got less than a week left to exchange it if there are any problems, but I can’t check for problems because I can’t review my photos. Sometimes technology sucks.

  3. milkayphoto says:

    And, MAN are my arms tired! Ba-dump-bum, ting! 🙂

    Sorry, couldn’t resist!

    So these days, hopefully you are keeping your photographic ideas to yourself before someone else steals them? 🙂

  4. davecandoit says:

    It totally is a compliment. My favourite people are the kooky ones. 🙂

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