#866, Hoopsadaisy

Penny has opened a shop on Etsy - thepolishedpenny.etsy.com - for her hand-made silver jewellery. It's well worth a browse.

I've been encouraged to experiment more with colour for her shop photos, and I like the results. This is one of my favourite photos so far, but there are a lot that I really like. This is a really big part of what I do, and are photos that I enjoy taking, so I'll occasionally be posting some of the photos and the stories behind them here.


#440, Helvetica Pucks

Inside the Don Mills Civitan arena.


(1016) #463, Rocket Ship

Back in Don Mills for the first time since the end of 2007.


#511, No Smoking

Something that I noticed with a colleagues' photos is that even an unremarkable scene is given extra weight if it's photographed with film.

I hear using a manual focus camera earns extra style points, but I still prefer my Nikon F100 to my old Yashica rangefinders.


#527, Red and White

This weekend I'll be heading back to my old neighbourhood with Penny for the first time. There's a Gem & Mineral show being held in the arena where I played hockey as a kid. I had a perfect record for my first season - the team lost every game that I played. I was left wing - call it foreshadowing - and my physical skills were matched by my knowledge of the game.

I was six.

Of course, it could have been the coach's fault.


#508, New York

Toronto Bus Terminal.


#513, If You're Happy And You Know It

I can't look at this and not smile.

(1015) #522, 15 April 2010

The cherry blossoms were out in force on Monday, weeks earlier than usual. By Thursday, when I took this photo, some of the petals were already starting to fall.

University of Toronto - Robarts Library, Provia 400X.


#504, Slide

I just got my first roll of 135 transparency developed - Fujichome Provia 400X.

Everyone else would call that 'slide film'.


#008, Red and White

This could be one of my favourite photos of the (admittedly young) year, even though the words are out of focus. I may be branching out a bit.

(1014) #009, Red and Green

After a week of rain, everything is turning green.

Or rusting.


(1013) #489, Foodland

In Bobcaygeon for the weekend, I took a few shots in my most-photographed spot.

Compare this with April 11, 2008.

I have broken the links to hundreds and hundreds of photos, which will take a long time to repair. The workaround is to replace "photo.matthewpiers" in the link URL with "matthewpiers.smugmug". Awkward, but only temporary.

This is happening because I have revamped matthewpiers dot com. More of what I write and photograph will be going there, so check it out as well.

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