Each weekday morning, we pick a recent image from the Torontoist Flickr Pool and feature it here on the site. It’s our way to give the many excellent photographers in our pool the attention they deserve!
At some point or another since March, we’re sure you’ve been affected by the streetcar track reconstruction along Dundas. This image of work being done at the intersection of Dundas and Beverley by Cyclopean View is fantastic. The photographer surmises that the worker is welding but we believe that some cutting could also be the cause for the bright sparks. The high contrast of the image really focuses our attention to the point of contact along the rails and fades out nicely with a quaint streetscape.
However, if you’ve ever tried your hand at welding you’ll know that one of the best aspects of the photo is how it captures what it is like to be behind those big safety masks. With all the dangers invoked by such high ultraviolet light, welders must wear tinted eye protection to prevent damage to the cornea or retina. The tinting of a safety helmet is so heavy that wearing one shrouds you in darkness and the flame appears as a glowing beam that barely lights your work surface. Very light sabre-esque.
Construction along Dundas St will be continuing until late November and may interfere with your summer fun. If you’d like to know more about closures in different sections of the city and suggested alternate routes, visit the very informative City of Toronto projects website.