Writing with Light

Toronto Brickworks

Project 52 Entry #17

I went exploring last weekend. It’s funny how sometimes we forget that there are great places to photograph in your own city.

The Don Valley Brick Works company was established in 1889 near the Don River in Toronto. This quarry & brick making plant operated for nearly 100 years producing high quality brick that was used in the construction of many famous Toronto landmarks including the Ontario Legislature and Casa Loma. By the mid-1980’s most of the usable clay had been quarried and the company decided to sell the land to the government for conservation purposes.

Today the space has been readapted by Evergreen, a Canadian non-profit organization that works to make cities greener and more environmentally friendly. Restoration to the main building which houses the kilns included structural reinforcements and preserving the building original red brick masonry.

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24 responses

  1. Really awesome processing here Edith, outstanding POV too, I love how you can see the graffiti!


    September 19, 2011 at 9:55 am

  2. Nice leading lines here.


    September 19, 2011 at 10:05 am

  3. Nicely balanced image with a great perspective – all lines heading to the vanishing point.


    September 19, 2011 at 10:40 am

  4. Rob

    Cool shot! Sometimes I become complacent and take the city we live in for granted.


    September 19, 2011 at 12:55 pm

  5. Very nice Edith. The processing really brings out all the great details.


    September 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm

  6. Great composition and the detail is spot on!


    September 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm

  7. This is awesome, wow, what a place Edith!


    September 19, 2011 at 6:24 pm

  8. Great image Edith, love the lines and the processing is wonderful!


    September 19, 2011 at 7:35 pm

  9. Love this shot, Edith. Nice color tones and detail. You nailed the processing on this.


    September 19, 2011 at 9:01 pm

  10. Amazing!


    September 20, 2011 at 1:02 am

  11. Great job Edith. I love the processing!


    September 20, 2011 at 1:07 am

  12. Beautiful shot. Well done on the processing Edith! Love the warm tones.


    September 20, 2011 at 1:16 am

  13. This is an excellent reminder that there are great things to shoot in our own cities – what a fascinating building!


    September 20, 2011 at 7:50 am

  14. Edith, Neat shot! I like the framing inside the framing!!


    September 20, 2011 at 8:06 am

  15. As i mentioned on G+, I love the play of light here. Someone should convert this into a steam-punk mansion 🙂


    September 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

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  17. Great picture! You have given me inspiration to explore my own city 🙂


    September 22, 2011 at 10:39 am

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  19. Gerry

    Hi Edith; The brick colour tone throughout the photograph gives a warm, embracing feeling which I found to be pleasing. The railway tracks leading to the back of the building raises thoughts of steam trains shunting back and forth, and in itself gives life to the photograph; not mention the movement of workers and other machinery. I was going to suggest a black and white for this photo as well, but I believe your colour tones give this photograph more life; I think black and white woud deaden the picture and impose a feeling of loss. Gerry


    October 16, 2011 at 12:43 am

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