Street Scenes of 2020 - Phone Edition

January 11, 2021

"Nothing happens when you sit at home.

I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times...

I just shoot at what interests me at that moment."

— Elliott Erwitt

 

In this blog post I share my favourite street scenes that I made with my phone in 2020.

Danny's Hairstylist for Men

I shared several posts in 2020 featuring scenes that directly relate to COVID-19 and the pandemic:

Birds of Gerrard Street East

In this post though, I only share street scenes that are free from COVID-19 events or messaging (as much as they can be, given that they are from 2020).

Rainy Skyline

Most of the images I share here were captured while out on runs - an activity I was already doing before the lockdown, but which has been very helpful for my physical and mental health.

Wok & Roast Chinese BBQ

Running allowed me to see parts of the city I would simply not have gotten to this year, given the lockdown and my busy life at home.

Free From Time

I ran at least three times a week, distances ranging from 5 or 6 kms on weekdays, to 20-22 kms on my weekend run.

So while it may appear that I took photos more than I ran, that was not the case! :)

Lucky Star Restaurant

I've always loved the look of the Lucky Star Restaurant. There is clearly such character and history in this place. Unfortunately I believe it has recently closed.

 

China Lily

China Lily is another place that I love the appearance of (click here to see a photo I took here a while ago).

Sadly the China Lily sign was recently taken down - a likely indicator of changes to come at this spot.

 

Count me in on any old school signage and typography - such as is found at the Leslieville Variety...

Leslieville Variety

 

Some scenes seemed to tell a story...

Altered Priorities

 

I live close to the Danforth, and love the character and variety of what can be found there.

So naturally I am drawn to Danforth signage...

(Each of the above images were taken on different dates.)

 

Pape Avenue always offered interesting scenes...

Vincent on Pape

 

I Acknowledge

(A land acknowledgement in a store window.)

Take For Free

 

At the Crossroads

 

Early in the summer I was in Ottawa and went for a run through the city...

Statue honouring the life and music of Oscar Peterson by Ruth Abernathy.

 

The Canadian Bank of Commerce on Sparks Street

 

Running for Office

(Canadian Parliament Buildings, view from Wellington Street)

 

Back in Toronto I encountered a number of things that made me smile...

The Original Tweet

Call Mom

Hello wonderful

Nooo Men

Slow Dance With Me

Free Compliments

 

These scenes from a summer trip to the Kawartha Lakes region also made me laugh...

No Trespassing Paul

(So specific!)

 

0 Assing

 

Some of my runs took me through downtown Toronto...

The Saj

Spadina Morning

 

You & Me

Honest

 

Dundas Dragons

 

Let's Go

 

The Solitude of Yonge

Condos Ahead!

Full Of Style

  Prince Edward Viaduct

 

Shopping carts made a regular appearance in curious ways...

Canadian Cart

Stay Well Toronto

 

Free Free Now

 

Secure Shopping

 

Broke Every Record

 

This early morning sky took my breath away...

And this neon scene made an evening run extra sweet...

 

Circus Books and Music often caught my eye...

Across the Lines

 

Along A Long Road

 

Book Ends

 

Curious items and arrangements caught my eye...

Fenced In

 

True Prep

90% Angel

 

First Class Seat - 2020 Edition

 

Lines Are Drawn

 

Over the months I observed changes in graffiti...

This is stupid, for good!

 

Tokyo!

(This graffiti artist is very active in this area, near Woodbine and Gerrard.)

 

I enjoyed a number of runs along the scenic boardwalk in The Beach neighbourhood...

I'll share a few more scenes from along the Danforth...

Mary's Brigadeiro

(A wonderful Danforth chocolate shop. Click the above link to visit them online.)

Trail of Toffee

Heading East

 

Two more from Gerrard Street East...

Birds of Gerrard Street East II

Wheels on Gerrard

 

And I will end with this...

Lonely Nights In Toronto

 

I am very thankful I could get out the door in 2020 to run, and to take photos.

Thank you for sticking with me, and for viewing my images.

Please stay tuned for a post with my favourite photo moments of 2020. (An annual tradition for me.)

Best wishes to you in 2021!


Culture Snap Photography features the work of Toronto-based photographer Henry VanderSpek. Henry specializes in documenting the work of local and international non-profit organizations, special events, live music, street and art photography. To hire Henry for an assignment, please click here to get in touch.
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