Photos 2000-2005

At the turn of the century — long before Instagram or Blogger — kevinsteele.com was one of Toronto’s proto-photoblogs.
tiny coolpix Camera in hand I roamed the city, sometimes uploading series the same day to my hand-coded site. Here are the photo sets, sorted by subject and date posted:

queen west & parkdale

2001 queen w rainy day 11.30

building & flourescent tires 12.02

misc photos one week 12.11

2002 Dundas at Lisgar 2.02

dumpster behind Queen 2.02

alleys of parkdale 5.05

alley behind rhino bar & grill 5.05

near bathurst & queen march 5.05

misc parkdale 5.05

winter came late 5.05

2003 parkdale december – no snow 1.04

queen west december – snow 1.20

brock street near florence avenue 3.16

february in parkdale 3.16

more west toronto dec 4.04

three blocks of queen w | large 9.01

scenes from the blackout 9.08

lisgar street near queen 9.15

queen west end of april 9.22

seven tall pics near queen w 10.06

more photos from october 11.21

streetcar ride along queen w 11.21

queen w, walking 11.21

2004 queen west may 6.07

3 blocks of queen at bathurst 11.02

queen west & nearby, summer 11.02

fog at Trinity bellwoods park 11.02

midsummer along queen west 11.02

toronto life

2000 winter 2000 12.15

2001 toronto 12.02.01 12.02

postcards from toronto 12.11

anonymous Toronto 12.02

2002 Yonge at Dundas, day 1.11

Yonge at Dundas, night 2.02

other side of the street 5.05

more anonymous Toronto 1 05.05

toronto summer 11.22

more anonymous toronto 2 11.22

some buildings 12.15

view from north york condo 12.19

toronto fall 12.19

2003  winter in black and white 3.16

winter downtown 3.16

extra wide shots downtown 6.09

(man with the) city hall rats 9.08

a walk along harbourfront 9.15

a walk up yonge to bloor 09.22

beach in january east 3.16

beach in january west 3.16

dundas square unveiled 3.16

spadina mall at night 3.16

toronto winter nights 3.16

john & richmond may rainy day 6.09

toronto july 9.01

more postcards from toronto 9.08

condos near skydome 9.15

2004 spadina may 6.07

if you build it... 6.07

more pictures from midsummer 11.02

2005 queen triptychs 1: dovercourt on 2.10

queen triptychs 2: palmerston on 2.10

more scenes near king & spadina 2.10

more pictures of fellows I know 2.10

the meeting of the cyclops 2.10

road trip to an art show 2.10

transit

2002 ttc subway stations 12.19

2003 streetcars 3.16

ttc escalator & turnstiles 9.29

toronto more abstract

2001 toronto 12.02.01 12.02

winter 12.15

a little bit of color 12.15

walls with windows 12.15

walls with doors 12.15

walls with shadows 12.15

2002 red five three 2.02

five things 2.02

welcome 2.02

concrete jungle 5.05

2003 the signs are clear 11.21

brand name litter

2001 The original collections

2002 Frutopia lays crystal chunk

tim hortons wonder bread

2003 coffee & cigarettes

eat | drink | whatever

hydrants & other collections

2001 look down: curbs 1.11

look up (poles & wires) 11.21

siamese connector selector 12.01

132 hydrants 12.14

poles (more poster decay) 12.15

poster decay 12.15

2002 locks 2.02

things I don't know what to call 2.02

news in boxes 5.05

2003 look down more 3.16

family & friends

2001 class of 81 high school reunion 5.29

durian durian 11.19

dave gets a coffee 12.02

2002 bowling for Anji 1.11

some people i know 5.05

family gathering at shushwap lake 11.22

brother marlon 11.22

saskatoon: some friends 11.22

pool at the rivoli with friends 12.19

2003 more people i know 3.16

some familiar faces (to me) 11.21

2004 family gathering, laura turns 85 11.02

laura turns 85 11.02

cats and other creatures

2001 Angelo 1983-2001 12.01

some birds 12.11

meet Xena 12.11

more Xena 12.11

some dogs 12.15

2002 some cats 2.02

Xena’s magic belly 8.29

travelling: the dogs of summer 11.22

Xena and her favourite rug 11.22

2003 Xena’s adventures 6.09

kitty paparazzi 9.29

saskatoon

2000 winter 12.15

2002 laura’s sunflowers 11.22

sunrise 11.22

summer 11.22

2004 mayfair in may 6.07

South saskatchewan river 11.02

other travels

2002 inconvenience store 11.22

on the road 11.22

stopping by a great lake 11.22

travelling: some b & w pics 11.22

2003 lanark county dogs, cat, cousins 09.22

seasonal colours 11.21

2004 new york city sunday august 11.02

a little more random

2001 six colour pictures 11.16

six b+w pictures 11.16

still | life 11.20

what a difference a year makes 12.01

thoughtless 12.15

2002 some unrelated pictures 1.11

cardboard cutouts 1.15

interesting cloud formation 2.02

2003 a few last pictures from winter 3.16

a month goes by so fast 4.17

2004 pictures seen on my home page 11.21

Original notes (c. 2002)

I shoot digital because I’m interested in photography as an input to digital media. The near free cost of digital exposures allows me to explore picture taking/making in ways I never could have with film.
Since my mom gave me my first camerathe ’70s I’ve dabbled with many cameras: rangefinders, single- & twin-lens reflexes; hand-made pinholes, instamatics, disposables & photo booths; video and film movie cameras. Once I started to get my hands on decent digital cameras in the late ’90s I began shooting more and more. Shots from 2001-2003 were taken with my beloved Nikon Coolpix 990 tiny coolpix, a delightful swivelling design made possible by electronics. I replaced that with a Coolpix 4500 tiny coolpix, already discontinued by the time I bought it. I went through a few pocket cameras, most notably a Olympus Stylus 720SW, which was the size of a deck of cards, built like a tank and waterproof.

Addendum 2005

In spring 2005 my mom gifted me a membership so I started posting new pictures on Flickr. I loved the site immediately because it was well-suited to my habits, and I found inspiration in the community, even going to local meet-ups.

Please contact me if you are interested in using a picture or have other photographic inquiries.

1999-2019 Kevin Steele