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Yonge and Edward

Posted by
Damon Schreiber (Toronto, Canada) on 1 August 2007 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Sakamoto/Schreiber - Toronto 1977-2007 series starts here.

Continued from yesterday

But I went out and took some photos - I sent some to Sakamoto-san too, but over time I grew frustrated with the project for a number of reasons. First, I noticed that the lens on my Canon G3 wasn't quite wide enough to capture the viewpoint in the original images. My original idea of capturing the same scenes devolved into a perfectionist obsession with duplicating the exact angles and perspectives. My camera just wasn't really up to it with its 35mm (equiv.) lens. Also, there was a tremendous amount of construction going on in Toronto that year - and most of the sites seemed to be in the exact places I wanted to photograph. I know it's part of city life, but when a whole series is devoted to construction sites, you get a warped view of that city.

So I put it off. Every once in awhile, I'd go out and take a few more, but my heart wasn't really in it the way it was at first. Then something bad happened... I lost touch with Sakamoto-san. My bookmark just gave me a Page Not Found 404 error. His email address no longer worked. This was a pity, although I had saved many of his photos onto my hard drive.

Continued tomorrow.

Note: This was a bit harder to find location-wise than some. But a few buildings are recognisable. Here's an example of construction that never seems to end these days - interestingly, they're building a movie theatre. It's just down the street from Sam the Record Man. In the original photo, note the Trudeau-era fashion. Also note that what was a 'Stereo Mart' is now an 'Internet Centre'. That seems about right.

Top image copyright Shige Sakamoto - 坂本政恵

High-res here (my image) and here (1977 image). The entire 1977 series can be viewed in context starting here.

[Edward & Yonge, Toronto]