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Ever-changing landscapes: Toronto photographer follows the evolution of high-rise construction

Ever-changing landscapes: Toronto photographer follows the evolution of high-rise construction

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by May 9, 2017 Exhibitions

For Toronto photographer Paul Casselman, the evolution of cities is a fascinating thing. Watching old buildings get demolished, to see new steel and glass structures rise up in their place; the flurry of construction and human activity, as people build their lives within the structures they create – these are all points of interest for Casselman, who is now known as one of the leading photographers in the real estate sector.

In his current photography exhibit, entitled “Transient Topography: High-rise Construction as Landscape,” Casselman presents his 2013 commissioned project to photograph the redevelopment of One York and Harbour Plaza. The project covers the various stages of construction and the workers themselves, over a period of 4 years.

The photos aren’t just a chronicle of a building’s journey from the very first floors up to its completion. It’s also a testament to the rapid development in Toronto, and the beauty of architecture and construction.

For some of his best shots, Casselman takes to the skies. He climbs up hundreds of feet and, perched on top of a crane, he waits for the perfect ray of light, the perfect burst of action, before taking the shot.

The Toronto photographer also finds joy in capturing the radiant lights in the city, bouncing off steel and glass.

“The shadows are filled in by the bouncing and refracted light; it’s turning us all into movie stars. There are times when you can walk down the street and you’ve got million-dollar lighting. Everything and everybody that you’re seeing is so vibrant,” he says on Toronto Storeys.

“It’s giving us lighting that human beings have never experienced before, other than Hollywood celebrities perhaps. I love that part of it, it’s beautiful,” he adds.

The play of light and color, and Casselman’s ability to capture this in his photographic love letter to the city, can be seen in his exhibit, which will be extended into the summer. Visit for more information.


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