I've been going to the Leslie Street Spit for a decade. Officially known as Tommy Thompson Park, it's a nature reserve that's open to the public on the weekends, but during the week it's the city's tipping site for construction waste. It's the largest of the infill projects that have reshaped the waterfront.

The side of the spit that faces the city is covered with trees and is home to a massive colony of gulls. The side that I like faces the lake, and it's a sculpted environment of brick beaches, tangled rebar, and stacked concrete hydro poles.

Conceived and photographed as a series, the "Lakefill" photos on white is the first significant personal project in eighteen months that I've captured with a digital camera. Taken with a manual-focus shift lens, many of these photos combine two or three frames for the best possible reproduction quality. While the series is not yet complete, my eventual goal is to have a gallery or book presentation for these photographs.


nia said...

Beautifully captured. Fascinated me. Thank you dear Matthew, seems that it would be so nice to see more landscape photographs from you. With my love,

Anonymous said...

I would buy that book. Amazing stuff.


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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