Walk two minutes north from my front door and you will reach Dupont Street. A relatively unremarkable Toronto thoroughfare, Dupont runs east to west for five kilometers between Avenue Road and Dundas Street. Situated just north of the street is an active Canadian Pacific Rail line that long ago marked Toronto’s city limits. Though it was once home to bustling industry, Dupont Street currently offers everything from building supplies to hip restaurants, from auto repair shops to art galleries. While such diversity is not uncommon in contemporary post-industrial urban spaces, the inevitability of rapid redevelopment in the near future raises a pressing question: What will be the result of this change?
For me, Dupont Street epitomizes the fact that our modern, urban landscape is always in flux. It became a geographic boundary within which I could explore the notion of place. Presented as a series of personal observations marking this specific moment in time, the photographs remain fluid, as does the subject itself. This installation expresses the complexity of Dupont Street through intersecting narratives while simultaneously accentuating how photographs can guide and construct our understanding of place.
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