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Door Stops: Photographing the Doors (and Walls, and Textures) of Toronto

A new photo project that stops and looks—really looks—at the ordinary textures that make up the city.

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Editor’s note: Andrew Louis has been one of Torontoist‘s photographers for several years; he’s got a particular interest in architecture. Recently he started a new photo project, about what seems ordinary—the walls and doors and everyday textures that we see every day on the city’s streets. It’s a neat way to approach Toronto’s landscape with fresh eyes, and we asked him to tell us about more about it.

Though I have the fancy lenses and big gear that comes with being a photographer, earlier this year I found myself with a new easy way to take photos (a new phone with a usable camera) and new things to take photos of (having moved to an office in a part of Toronto rapidly transitioning from warehouses to condos).

In recent years photography has been democratized both by high-quality, affordable cameras (chances are you already have one) and easy ways of sharing these photos. These days, the way many people most easily share and consume photos is via Instagram. Toronto’s cats, dogs, and plates of food are already well-represented on the service; as a way to balance things out, I decided to start posting photos of our city’s various textures. I started with close-ups of walls. In February, I switched to looking for interesting doors (you can see some of them in the gallery above) and March will be—well, I’ll keep the next theme a mystery.

The project has been a good reminder of how adding an arbitrary constraint to your life can change the way you perceive the environments you move through—when I switched from shooting walls to looking for doors, the same areas I had already captured appeared totally different to me.

You can follow along on Instagram and Tumblr.

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