Saturday, March 21, 2009

Day 80: What came before?

Day 80: What came before?, originally uploaded by susanvg.

Sometimes I take photographs because I am caught by the visual; sometimes photographs are about the story. I met a friend for brunch in a cafe in Toronto. The building it is in was built in the early 20th century as a factory for Model T Fords. We ate in what was once the showroom. Take away the tables, the counter, the people and picture the shiny new cars parked near the pillars. Perhaps a few people should remain in this image, marvelling over the vehicles, anxious to try one, yet reticent at the same time. Times were changing. In 2009, it is hard to imagine life without cars. We take them for granted as part of our lives and the landscape. But if these pillars could talk they would have other stories to tell.

Read more about the story of this building on this photograph.

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