Warsaw in 35mm

Warsaw is a city rich in architectural history, with infrastructure heavily influenced by its tumultuous past. Expansive Soviet blocks, neoclassical palaces, and contemporary architecture are just a few of the styles which compose Warsaw's unique urban fabric. 

Photos from Warsaw taken with my Canon A-1.  

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Poland through the iPhone

I was recently in Poland for my good friend Sophia's wedding. It was a whirlwind of a trip, with only two days in Kraków, one day in Niepołomice for the wedding, and one day in Warsaw - paired with three entire days of travelling around Poland via every mode of transportation imaginable. In retrospect, I should have planned a longer stay in each city, but I had an amazing adventure through Poland regardless. Sleep is overrated anyway!

While in Kraków, we visited many historic sites from World War II - the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau as well as Oskar Schindler's Enamel Factory, among others. We toured the Wieliczka Salt Mine and visited MOCAK, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Kraków. In Warsaw we walked the entire city, using must-see architectural wonders as our guide, which included a stop at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a fantastic museum. I fell head over heels in love with Poland on this trip: the history, the architecture, the food, and the people - and I hope one day I can make it back here.

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An Honest Farewell

Honest Ed's is one of Toronto's most iconic landmarks. Located in the heart of the Annex, Honest Ed's has been a Toronto fixture since it's opening in 1948. As fate would have it, the land was sold in 2013 to private developers to make way for condominiums - an all too familiar trend in Toronto.

To pay homage to this celebrated institution, the Centre for Social Innovation hosted An Honest Farewell, a four-day long festival of art, live performances, parties, and interactive installations, all within the Honest Ed's building. I was able to check out aMAZEment, and it was by far one of the coolest experiences I've ever had in Toronto. The many rooms, stairwells, and corridors of Honest Ed's were transformed into an interactive gallery of artwork and performances by local artists and members of the community alike. Honest Ed's would have made a fantastic permanent art space, and I hope in the future the City of Toronto puts more effort into maintaining our unique urban history.

Farewell Honest Ed's - you will be missed.

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