On this hot summer day, in a typical central cosmopolitan gathering spot called Yonge Dundas Square, complete with fountains for children to play in, live music for the urbanites, food trucks abound with chargrill odors wafting through the air and city folks walkin’ runnin’ and sttin’ in the ambiance of city life when I noticed a particular man leaning against a pillar. As I strolled Toronto’s version of Times Square with a group of street photographers, my favorite category, he continued to hold my gaze from afar. After what seemed like a long time I circled around looking for the right angle to show what he was so engrossed in. For the longest time he kept looking at and playing with his watch or time piece seemingly oblivious to the organized chaos that surrounds him. I start to wonder what could he be listening to? Music? News? A Philosophical Discussion? Old War Stories or maybe nothing but an attempt to shut the world out? Yes I could easy have engaged him but I did not want to interfere with his thoughts. For the man at least time is irrelevant compared to what appears to be teeming throngs of organized, timed structured people running ragged and without nary a thought of their own being of the day.
Award Winner: Photo of the Day | September 17
Award Score: 67 (Value 12, Clarity 13, Composition 18, Style 12, Skill 12)
Photo of the Day Award Category: Night Photography
Photograph Location: Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Photographer: Stephen Chu (Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada) Registered
‘Expressions, serendipitous, emotional, urban, beautiful, RAW, present’ … that’s what Stephen Chu says … Having lived in the USA for many years, this Toronto native returned to his hometown of Canada in 2016. As a well-traveled, past photography club event organizer he considers himself a lifelong student of the world. Unafraid and willing to try everything at least once he’s a foodie at heart loving all that is ethnic and diverse. He has a tremendous observational love for all of humanity’s quirks, foibles’ and emotions – what surrounds and encompasses society, something we call life. Purest in the sense, through his mind’s eye, he clicks at the RAW, as it happens and documents the moments that whispers in the wind. His compassion for those who possess less exceeds his own passion for reality. Ultimately he strives to imbue into his images a sense of humanity and through many years of continual training, honing his skills and practicing through the lens. As he journeys on this train, he’ll continue to strive and capture in his mind’s eye, the world and it’s never ending rotation we call life.