Gooderham Flatiron Building - Toronto 2022

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Stories from behind the lens

With every press of the shutter button, there's a story, a plan, an impulse and a feeling behind the image it produces. I love to get out and shoot, whether it captures award-winners or not, just getting out into the world to take in the beauty all around before pulling the Nikon out of my bag is a pure and gratifying pleasure. These are the stories of the how, when, where and why behind the photos, and the inspirations behind the photographer.

Gooderham Flatiron Building - Toronto 2022
Gooderham Flatiron Building - Toronto 2022

The Gooderham Flatiron Building continues to be one of my favourite structures in the world, and one of my most photographed locations in Toronto. But I'm not the only one. Everytime I'm here to shoot during any season, there is always another half-dozen or more photographers who show up to give each other a nod and a smile. In fact, this location is so frequently captured, there's a site dedicated to photos of this iconic landmark including my own: Gooderham Building Toronto

Built in 1891, the Gooderham Building, also known as the Flatiron Building, was designed to fill the triangular lot where Front Street and Wellington Street cross in Toronto's St. Lawrence Market District. The five-storey building assumes a wedge-like shape which reportedly inspired the design of the Flatiron Building in New York built 11 years later in 1902.


Today, the Flatiron Building in downtown Toronto attracts tourists from all over the world. Its unique juxtaposition with the skyscraper cityscape as a backdrop highlights this building as a live glimpse into Toronto's history.

The beauty of the Flatiron is never more prominent than when it's lit up in the evening.

ABOVE: Face-to-face from the air with the Gooderham Building as night falls.

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