Monday, September 15, 2014

The Earliest Known Photographs of Toronto

Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. The history of Toronto began in the late 18th century when the British Crown purchased its land from the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The settlement established there became York, which lieutenant governor John Graves Simcoe designated as the capital of Upper Canada. In 1834, York became a city and renamed to Toronto.

Here, below is a set of photographs, via the City of Toronto, championing the advantages of its streets, buildings and its physical situation on Lake Ontario. These photographs are the earliest known images taken in Toronto. They give us a fascinating glimpse into our past, clearly showing the street grid that still exists, but also showing how much has changed.

Parliament Buildings: Front Street West, ca. 1856 or 1857. (City of Toronto Archives)

Second United Presbyterian Church under construction, ca. 1856 or 1857. (City of Toronto Archives)

King Street East: south side, looking west, ca. 1856 or 1857. (City of Toronto Archives)

Trinity College: Queen Street West, north side, ca. 1856 or 1857. (City of Toronto Archives)

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Film Photography by Suwanchart Suwanjaroen

Suwanchart Suwanjaroen is a 20 year-old Thai photographer, based-in Bangkok. He started photographing about one and a half year ago. "The reason why I love shooting film is I didn't have enough money to buy a DSLR, so I got a wonderful Pentax K1000 instead. I had chances to use digital cameras later but never liked it."

Suwanchart currently shoots mostly on film, his photos are often about his friends, street and nature.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014


Elephants are large mammals of the family Elephantidae and the order Proboscidea. Traditionally, two species are recognised, the African elephant (Loxodonta africana) and the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), although some evidence suggests that African bush elephants and African forest elephants are separate species (L. africana and L. cyclotis respectively). Elephants are scattered throughout sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia. Male African elephants are the largest surviving terrestrial animals and can reach a height of 4 m (13 ft) and weigh 7,000 kg (15,000 lb). All elephants have several distinctive features the most notable of which is a long trunk or proboscis, used for many purposes, particularly breathing, lifting water and grasping objects. Their incisors grow into tusks, which can serve as weapons and as tools for moving objects and digging. Elephants' large ear flaps help to control their body temperature. Their pillar-like legs can carry their great weight. African elephants have larger ears and concave backs while Asian elephants have smaller ears and convex or level backs.

Elephants are also herbivorous and can be found in different habitats including savannahs, forests, deserts and marshes. They prefer to stay near water.

La Caravane d'éléphants by cdolls

An African sunset by BoazImages

Le solitaire by happylou64

Tsavo Reflection.jpg by SteveMcN

elefantakia by poly_mnia

Elephants by decafinata

Untitled by Arnaud Tudoret

Elephant babies crossing the road, supervised by mum by cox-on-the-box - we have rain!

Elephants by saviorjosh

Elephants by thecaveofthedead

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Oliver Petersen - Me and my film cameras

Oliver Petersen, a 18 year-old Danish photographer, is a student of art in "Det fri gymnasium"(The free gymnasium) based-in Copenhagen. "I bought my first analogue camera when I was 15 years old, it was a Canon AE-1 and I remember that I was sitting all day and night in weeks to learn everyting about my camera, then it has just become a part of my life and I always take it everywhere I go." He says.

Oliver, also known as opphotos on Flickr, shoots mostly on film and his photos are often about his friends and nature.

See more of his work at his photostream on Flickr.

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Stunning Floating Markets in Asia

A floating market is a market where goods are sold from boats. Originating in times and places where water transport played an important role in daily life, most floating markets operating today mainly serve as tourist attractions, and are chiefly found in Thailand, Indonesia and Vietnam. The sellers often gather at 3:00 and come back at 11:00.

The following are stunning analogue photos of daily life in floating markets in Asia.

. by Nguyên Trung

The Floating Market, Mekhong Delta by Binar Sknoom

floating market, Thailand by terrosa

Can Tho - Floating Markets - 7:00 AM by Rantanplanx

Pasar Lokbaintan by naugastyle

Amphawa Floating Market by REM (rembcc)

Untitled by _aurore_

Bangkok Floating Market by Jim Delcid

Chợ sớm... (Market in the early morning) by Nobita - ^0^

Untitled by The Integer Club

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Viviana Levrino - 5 things I love about Film

Viviana Levrino is a 34 year-old Italian photographer, based-in Turin. She started taking pictures 10 years ago but really shooting film for 5 years and since then she has shot mostly on film with 35mm, 120mm and instant films.

Viviana, also known as ViannaVi on Flickr, who had been featured once on our website today came back to share main reasons that make her love shooting film.

1. Shooting film it's like a magical moment, every shoot is deeply meditated and you must wait for discover the surprising results.

2. Films have their own soul, they are alive.

3. The imperfections, the light leaks, the grain, the unique and original colours.

4. The vintage and nostalgic feelings.

5. The smell, the sound, the touch of the films...Work with films it's a synesthetic experience.

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Awesome Portrait Instant Film Photography by Philippe Bourgoin

Philippe Bourgoin is a French instant film photographer, based-in Paris. He uses a Polaroid 600SE as his main equipment and always makes magic with instant film. He shoots mostly nude portrait with only female models and his friends.

Philippe who had been featured once on Shooting Film nearly 2 years ago is really a true artist that captures pure, real and awesome photographs with all his heart and soul.

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