Last weekend I had the chance to shoot a roll of film at St John’s Norway Cemetery and Crematorium, a beautiful 160-year-old cemetery near The Beaches. (Which is a beautiful neighbourhood itself. Travel just a few blocks south, and you can take a stroll along the boardwalk – not many cities I’ve been to have the option of beach-in-city, which is a huge perk if you live around these parts!)
As you may know if you’ve read this blog before, I have a thing for cemeteries. The main draws are the quiet, the sprawling grounds, and the chance to be alone with your own terrifying contemplation of mortality instead of being absorbed into a screen of some sort, the comforting distraction of which seems to dominate the rest of our waking hours these days.
The film I used was likely salvaged from some corner of my apartment, given to me ages ago by an old friend. Hence the tint of these photos – no photoshop or filter required. Although I can’t process my own film, and this makes for a real process to get it developed and then put on the internet, I still love it for this unpredictable quality. Case in point, check out the film burn in the bottom left corner:
A few of my favourite shots:
Check out my flickr for more of this roll, and some travel photos from ages ago, when I was lucky enough to live in Vienna and hop on a bus or a train to go to Krakow, Budapest, or Prague on a whim (I know, it was the worst ever). Happy Sunday!
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. Thursday 1. Get out of work at 1:00 p.m. because your work is awesome and always gets out early before a long weekend. Celebrate in style with some beers with colleagues at The Wheat Sheaf, one of Toronto’s oldest pubs, because it is so chill that you can learn the waitresses’ names, if you […]
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First, a pause to remember the veterans on this Remembrance Day, including my grandparents. (This is made extra-special by the fact that none of us will get to see this exact date again.) And on to the less important stuff… I am off in a little bit to get on with the mad scramble that […]
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Mount Vesuvius was an experience not to be replicated, to be sure, but the city of Pompeii itself is a fantastic, hazy dream. Here’s some reading accompaniment by an artist I recently discovered, SBTRKT. This song, “Right Place,” samples Radiohead’s “Everything in Its Right Place” – who would have thought that this audioperfection could ever […]
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For our second day in the Czech Republic, over coffee Mink and I figured out how to get to Kutná Hora to visit the Sedlac Ossuary. This is the bone church that Mink’s parents told us about when I had been in Vienna for less than a day and had been dreaming of going to […]
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This photo reminded me a song, “Lazarus” by Porcupine Tree, which is rather atypical for their sound but evokes something similar to what I feel when I’m in graveyards. Strange to think that the name Lazarus Drey once signified some haphazard combination of flesh and blood and consciousness, and now it’s just two words engraved […]
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Here’s some David Bowie, because it’s summer, I’m happy, and we all love to sing about ch-ch-ch-changes… Hi friends! My apologies for being remiss in rambling on about my recent life adventures for the past month or so. I spent four weeks in Strasbourg, France because of some family stuff, and although all’s well now, […]
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