Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope Toronto 2019


This month I had the wonderful opportunity to volunteer for the Make-A-Wish® Rope for Hope, here in Toronto. This is a unique challenge event that calls on participants to raise pledges in exchange for a once-in-a-lifetime experience to rappel down the edge of a high-profile building. We did it on the east tower of Toronto’s City Hall, a height of 350 feet or 107 metres. All money raised by Make-A-Wish Rope for Hope rappellers goes to granting the wishes of children with critical illnesses in each respective local market. Going over the edge and capturing the participants’ expressions was priceless. I hope the kids get the same expressions of joy from their wishes coming true!






Cranes in the Winter City


As a follow up to my recent story Cranes in the City, I wanted to see what the work is like in the winter season. Toronto is notorious for having drastic temperature drops and unseasonal highs. This makes construction in the city challenging although it never seems to stop. The day I went up was a typical bitterly cold day during the first week of February, and the temperature up top was severely colder. Factor in the high winds for a pretty chilled workplace.





Cranes in the City


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. 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. 

I will be displaying the results in a photography exhibition with some breath-taking views of the city of Toronto, from the vantage point of a crane operator. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 from 6 to 9pm. The pop-up gallery will be open to the public through November 11th. 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 please contact me at



Tower Automotive Building – One of Toronto’s first skyscrapers




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!




George Petrantonakis and Craig Gibson of Local 793 at the Concert Tower at 88 Scott were my first subjects.


Crane Operator George Petrantonakis

Craig Gibson - Crane Operator

Crane Operator Craig Gibson


Here is a live video from the top:


Here are some more photos from the top: