The landscape of downtown Toronto is changing at a rapid pace. For the past few years, (and many more years to come), a significant contribution to this growing change has been the presence of high rise cranes. They are building some of the tallest structures the city has ever seen. If you are in the core you can see one almost anywhere you look.
Tower Automotive Building – One of Toronto’s first skyscrapers
As a Toronto native, watching the city transform before my eyes, I was inspired to talk to the people who build these incredible towers; specifically, high rise crane operators and concrete workers. With interviews of company officials that provide insight on the monumental construction process itself, I wanted to capture the stories of the people who create this extraordinary work, through photos and videos.
The fascination for me was the new views of the city from vantage points previously unattainable, unless you were a bird or in a helicopter. So up the ladder I climbed…
Top of the Concert Tower 88 Scott 669ft – 204m
One foot over the edge at 700 feet!
I will be displaying my work in a photography exhibition with some breath-taking views of the city of Toronto, from the vantage point of a crane operator. George Petrantonakis and Craig Gibson of Local 793 at the Concert Tower at 88 Scott were my first subjects.
Crane Operator George Petrantonakis
Crane Operator Craig Gibson
An opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 9th, from 6 to 9pm. The pop-up gallery will open to the public on – and through – November 12th. The pop-up will feature a unique collection of large-scale prints on various formats. The goal is to help guests appreciate the scope of this work and to experience the views in a large format, as close as possible to real life. The photos and video installations will present an interactive curatorial component in the exhibition room. To attend contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is a live video from the top:
Here are some more photos from the top: