ABOVE: "If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is - infinite" --William Blake.



Is there a difference between urban and street photography? I, probably like most, use the terms interchangeably but even I can appreciate the opinions of those who insist on drawing a line between the two genres; even though it is a very fine line.

The simplest way to define urban photography as a distinguished photographic genre is to say that it is largely landscape photography; equally featuring great and hardly celebrated man-made structures, in an urban setting that usually only indicates the presence of human beings, and only rarely shows the actual presence of them. These structures could be skyscrapers, bungalows, streetlights, park benches, bridges, sidewalks and more, and they could be in tip-top or abysmal condition.

The easiest way for me to explain street photography, on the other hand, is by stating that it almost always deliberately depicts actual human beings experiencing urban life. That is, virtually all aspects of urban life.

Obviously, the commonalities of both sub-genres are that they both feature urban settings, they both show a human element; stopping just short of being voyeuristic, and that they both make superficial to profound, and uncontroversial or controversial social statements. It is these dominant likenesses that cause many photographers to view these sub-genres as one and the same thing.

What is most important to understand, is that street/urban photography is a mirror reflecting the health or ill-health of modernized civilization. As observers, we determine if what is reflected is beautiful or repulsive depending on our individual perceptions of what is acceptable or not for society.




Ainsliee Wood & Cootes Paradise A


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Ainslie Wood Urban Photography Access: The links tabled below lead to the image gallery web pages bearing image criteria, purchasing, verification, leasing and shipping information of Ainslie Wood Street Photgraphy. All listed prices are in Canadian funds, and a Statement of Authenticity is provided with all purchased fine art prints. The images are also available through Art Rental and Leasing Agreements (some restrictions apply). Use the contact link at the bottom of the pages to inquire about rental and leasing conditions, commissioning photography, or even if you just want to say hello and talk about art and photography. MOF reserves the right to edit and post any letters it deems appropriate on this web site.





Jess

Crescent Moon Over Ainslie Wood

Waiting

Tree Climber

Lost Medicine

Reality is Sometimes Elegant

Al Reclining

Longwood Overpass

Crossing Main Street

I Will Learn

Halfway Down the Line




Bartonville


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Bartonville Photography Access: The links tabled below lead to the image gallery web pages bearing image criteria, purchasing, verification, leasing and shipping information of Bartonville Street Photgraphy. All listed prices are in Canadian funds, and a Statement of Authenticity is provided with all purchased fine art prints. The images are also available through Art Rental and Leasing Agreements (some restrictions apply). Use the contact link at the bottom of the pages to inquire about rental and leasing conditions, commissioning photography, or even if you just want to say hello and talk about art and photography. MOF reserves the right to edit and post any letters it deems appropriate on this web site.





Black Malkin

Keep Going




Beasley


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Beasley Photography Access: The links tabled below lead to the image gallery web pages bearing image criteria, purchasing, verification, leasing and shipping information of Beasley Street Photgraphy. All listed prices are in Canadian funds, and a Statement of Authenticity is provided with all purchased fine art prints. The images are also available through Art Rental and Leasing Agreements (some restrictions apply). Use the contact link at the bottom of the pages to inquire about rental and leasing conditions, commissioning photography, or even if you just want to say hello and talk about art and photography. MOF reserves the right to edit and post any letters it deems appropriate on this web site.





Do Not Disturb

Homicide Investigation

Gore Park Fountain at Night

The Quietest Moment

Backstairs

Staggering Around in the Dark

Black Market Shoe Emporium

The Getaway Car

John St. Time Traveler

Crossing Lanes

Gargoyle

Fire Stn. 1

No Angel Gonna Greet Me

Just About to Holler

Here to Help

Voting Dadaism

Emerging from Darkness




Central


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Central Photography Access: The links tabled below lead to the image gallery web pages bearing image criteria, purchasing, verification, leasing and shipping information of Central Street Photgraphy. All listed prices are in Canadian funds, and a Statement of Authenticity is provided with all purchased fine art prints. The images are also available through Art Rental and Leasing Agreements (some restrictions apply). Use the contact link at the bottom of the pages to inquire about rental and leasing conditions, commissioning photography, or even if you just want to say hello and talk about art and photography. MOF reserves the right to edit and post any letters it deems appropriate on this web site.





God's Messenger

Sidewalk Prayer

Holding On to Love

Showin' 'Em How It's Done

Self-Disposal

Blue Collar

Sk8R

Keeping Our Distances

Reading On

George Street

Uplifted

Have a Nice Day




Corktown


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Corktown Photography Access: The links tabled below lead to the image gallery web pages bearing image criteria, purchasing, verification, leasing and shipping information of Corktown Street Photgraphy. All listed prices are in Canadian funds, and a Statement of Authenticity is provided with all purchased fine art prints. The images are also available through Art Rental and Leasing Agreements (some restrictions apply). Use the contact link at the bottom of the pages to inquire about rental and leasing conditions, commissioning photography, or even if you just want to say hello and talk about art and photography. MOF reserves the right to edit and post any letters it deems appropriate on this web site.





James South & Bold by Day

Oasis

James South & Bold by Night

In Descent

Sunny Lane

The Way From

Dying for a Smoke













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