Introducing Alina Kulesh

I’m very happy to announce that Alina Kulesh has joined the photojunkie family to write a weekly Arts and Culture column. With a background in the Arts, she is going to be an amazing asset to the site. Her first article goes live tomorrow, and you’ll be able to catch her every Wednesday right here.

In other news, I am on a open call for a few more weekly contributors, to possibly write columns in the topics of Films, Social Media, Video Games or whatever you think might be interesting. If you are interested and think you have got what it takes drop me a line at photojunkie AT gmail DOT com.

Men in the Cities – Robert Longo

Men in the Cities is a public installation found along King Street, just outside of Metro Hall. These dynamic images of contorted men and women in business attire pose an interesting juxtaposition against the constant pedestrian traffic along this strip. Most passing by hardly take notice of the images, yet the pedestrians themselves blend in with the installation unintentionally becoming part of it to any viewers on the other side of the street, the vantage point in which these photos were taken.

These images were originally taken in the 1980’s by Robert Longo, as source material for Longo’s iconic pencil drawings and now they stand here in our city three decades later as their own exhibit.

The 13 panels which make up the installation are being taken down today, the last official day of CONTACT. The Festival Wrap Party & BMW Exhibition Prize Announcement is happening this evening at The Spoke Club, 600 King St W 4th Floor starting at 6pm.

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Bixi Bikes at Union Station

Taken yesterday afternoon, after a photo shoot in the financial district. I was walking on the north side of the street, but was drawn to take this shot after seeing the number of Bixi bikes in this hub.

Loserkaraoke – Rolling in the Deep

Last Thursday, we celebrated the return of Randeep to Toronto (for his birthday weekend) with a #deepaoki edition of #loserkaraoke at Tequila Sunrise with Jason Rolland.

Happy Birthday Randeep!

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Week-End, Alex Prager

All this week, I’m going to be featuring various CONTACT public installations, the first is Week-End by Alex Pager.

All the work features women in various Hollywood-esque classic film vignettes, which almost seem like pinups for the guys working in the garage and car rental places below. I have to wonder if this placement of this work at this location is intentional.

The work is featured on four billboards and four panels at the south east corner of Strachan & Adelaide St W and can be seen until June 4th.

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Mike Tompkins covers Adele’s Rolling in the Deep

I’m always amazed when I see any of Mike Tompkins videos. And the kid lives here in Toronto. I would love to snap a photo of him for the blog. I gotta see if I can make that happen.