Posted by Rick (Toronto, Canada) on 26 September 2011 in Documentary & Street.
A typically busy weekend on Toronto's Spadina avenue.
chinatown | toronto | sidewalk | busy
great shot, I love the balancec of colors, the dull green on the right and the chaos of colors on the left.
26 Sep 2011 5:10am
@Chris Pereira: Thanks Chris. This is a very wide street and both sides are jammed with pedestrians, even on weekdays but especially Saturdays. It has that semi run-down feel but is also vibrantly alive and eclectic. I love Chinatown, but I pick my spots!
A rich tapestry of life. Great shot.
26 Sep 2011 6:02am
@morgan: Thanks, morgan. I advise anyone reading my replies to go and check out your photography and in particular the most recent "pepper picker" serial.
Plus un espace de libre ! ni au sol ni sur les façades avec ces enseignes ! un monde grouillant de vie ! Bonne journée Rick
26 Sep 2011 8:42am
@JacklineG: Oui, C'est la ruche humaine!
A lot of people and colors , really dynamic shot , Phil
26 Sep 2011 8:47am
@Phil: The riot of sights sounds and smells... I'll go back some time with the tripod for evening shots. It's a dynamic street. Cheers Phil.
Splendid street shot, Rick. You get a wonderful depth to the scene - so full of interest both at street level and with the colourful signs all across the facade.
26 Sep 2011 8:51am
@Stephen: I'm glad it came across as intended. I wanted to pass along some of that in-the-midst sensation. Cheers, Stephen.
Looks busier than London's Chinatown!
26 Sep 2011 9:31am
@London Caller: I want to visit someday! It's a busy one here for sure. I've watched it grow massively over the past three decades.
Chinese areas are so crowdy and lively all around the world, from San Francisco to Paris, it is quite similar... a great mix of young and old people, fruits and vegetables everywhere...
A kind of friendliness.
26 Sep 2011 10:05am
@Florence: True words. Vancouver's Chinatown is smaller than Toronto's but is very busy. Victoria's is quite compact but is Canada's oldest one, and it rocks too. The vending, the shopping, the deals... it is a rich tapestry. I like your closing observation very much. Thanks.
Strange how this exports itself so easily and carries that unmistakable feeling of fervent commerce wherever it goes ! . .
26 Sep 2011 10:45am
@Ronnie 2¢: Indeed. Then there are the posh shopping districts (here it is Yorkville and Bloor West) that also contain similar feels, albeit much much different from what is shown above.
a busy place!
26 Sep 2011 10:55am
@JCJ: You can say that again.
Super street shot , Rick . Glad to see this China girl in a corner ;) We all rush there , we all find something cheap and lovely in China market / stores ;)
26 Sep 2011 11:00am
@Mariana M.: Thanks, M. I wanted that partial face nice and close to give the shoulder-to-shoulder feeling that I was having in the moment. You can go right up to people in these crowds and snap away; everyone is too busy looking for deals! I found t-shirts priced at 7 for ten bucks. Pretty decent shirts, too. :)
A wonderful jumble! In my day this would have been Dundas not Spadina.
26 Sep 2011 12:36pm
@Williams: Thanks, Paul. Love your fog shot for today! Yeah, Dundas is still the hustling and bustling street of your memories, and the days of Spadina being mostly Jewish (days I remember well, especially Switzer's Deli) are long gone. This is a huge pocket now. The smaller one over at Broadview and Gerrard has grown also, and is equally busy.
Wow, what a hoppin' place. Wonderful street scene - I really like how the lady with the tats stands out here. Excellent shot Rick!
26 Sep 2011 2:10pm
@Jason Politte: I present a hoppin' place and you present a hoppin' toad named Trevor today. Delightful! Yes, we have eclectic humanity in this city. The entire world lives here. Cheers, J.
A wonderful street scene of the hectic street crowds on this interesting avenue. Fine detail and much to look at and see in this packed frame!
26 Sep 2011 3:06pm
@Don - Slackwater: Thanks very much, Don. These are the types of streets that beg for a good long stroll.
Wow...just WOW This is fantastic and claustrophobic too..like NYC or SFO....looks almost like you had to stand on these ladie's fresh veggies to get the shot..this is an amazing shot Rick, no joke - I love it ;-)
26 Sep 2011 3:41pm
@Denny Jump Photo: Even though I've been living the crowded downtown existence for 24 years, it still freaks me out how we all manage to move around and not be constantly in conflict under these conditions of minimized personal space. I say that with a smile, though. It makes my time away from busy streets all the sweeter. Thanks for the great comment, Denny. I was just walking and stopping to take pictures, and behind me to the south, even more people thronging. Cheers!
People and activity... and perhaps what characterizes the Chinatowns of major cities ...
26 Sep 2011 3:55pm
@Nina: Yes, I think you are right. If I see a quiet Chinatown somewhere, I don't think it has much to offer and won't even try the food!
not the loneliest place for a sunday walk ;-) i´ve seen china town in new york and london, they look very similar i think round the world and in every town, they are really a hotspot! i love the depht in this shot! and great is the sign, which says ... welcome to china town ... where else you could find such a plenty of chinese billboards!! ;-)
26 Sep 2011 4:11pm
@klausZ: Ha ha... I can be lonely in the midst of tens of thousands, but it depends on my mood and what is going on in my life. You are correct, though; the Chinatowns are thriving places of retail and street life. There should be no clean order within them, but rather this jumble of lively activity! Thanks, klausZ; absolutely love your photo for today.
Beautifully crammed full image Rick. Loved that sky and the handler too :)
26 Sep 2011 4:25pm
@grouser: Thank you, good sir. Very nice of you to catch up on older images the way you do.
A wonderful busy shot that you captured here! It's amazing to see how crowded the pedestrian life is along this street. A great PoV as well which helps add nice depth to this composition.
26 Sep 2011 5:44pm
@Steven: Much appreciated feedback, Steven. You would know quite well from your own metropolis experience in a thriving city, that these are ambiance-choked places. It amazes me how we learn the special kind of radar that allows us to weave through such a mess!
Wow, the frenzy activity jumps out of the image. You've captured the essence of this market perfectly. Great framing and wonderful colors.
26 Sep 2011 6:36pm
@Francisco Romero: I would love to take my tripod and just boldly set it up somewhere at a great POV, to capture a detailed long-shot under various exposure lengths... just might do it some day, but for now I say thank you for the kind comment!
A very interesting street shot, full of details
26 Sep 2011 7:17pm
@Calusarus: Nice of you to have a look and leave your comment. Thank you!
a lively crowd apparently, and an intriguing are! i like the variety of people you can see in such places, such as the woman in black, whos tattooed arms look as if her blouse had lace sleeves ... i also like the perspective and the tele-effect here!
26 Sep 2011 7:22pm
@franz: It is a fantastic people-watching area, for sure. (me being the long-haired hippy looking dude, I fit right into the fold) I see another guy ahead of her with inked arms, too. Come to think of it, there are a lot of tattooed people here. (me, no) Thanks for sharing in what I share, franz.
Super busy, colorful "people river." I can feel the strolling flow and sense of losing self in the Collective. King's Noodle Restaurant! I'd suck into that place and slurp up a huge bowl of whatever with lots of soy sauce and green chilis. Nicely framed and entertaining image Mr. long haired hippy dude.
26 Sep 2011 10:18pm
@Twojays: I like that, "people river"... very apt. Hey, they make a nice hot and sour soup in King's Noodle. A great big bowl for cheap cheap. Perfect for the cold weather months between November and April. Cheers, Joyce.
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