Toronto Architectural Abstract

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Adelaide St E Architectural Abstract 5 Monochrome

Adelaide St E Architectural Abstract 5 Monochrome

Please visit my portfolio site to see more Toronto architectural abstract compositions.


C. S.

Toronto Skyline, Again

Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography

I have a very similar shot to this which was posted a while ago on this site. This one is much better as far as I’m concerned. better contrast and better light, but that should be obvious as I was talking this at dawn. Either way, I really love this shot, especially in black and white.

Street Car Yard

Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography


I love my tripod but sometimes there is an image that just needs to be taken, and it doesn’t matter how dark and tripod-less you are that moment. I took this on a Canon 7D at 1000 ISO!! With all the fine details, and especially all the black space I was super worried that this shot would be way too noisy. Though, as luck would have it, my camera handled this light level just perfectly, and I can’t believe I was able to get it so sharp at only 1/15th of a second.

Anyway, I won’t ramble – I just think this is one of my all time favorite images. I can’t wait for you all to see it.


Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography


I love the way this shot, turned out. It’s originally a color photo but I think this black and white conversion works almost as well.

This photo has an extremely unbalanced composition, but I really feel like it works – at least for me. I usually find myself drawn to the symmetry and regular shapes. This is another departure for me – I find that when I look at this photograph I find myself focusing on the black, and imagining all kinds of dramatic scenes taking place in the shadows, just out of view.

Bah, who am I kidding, everything I’m imaging here would look better in a Mel Brooks movie.


Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography

Toronto-R (1 of 1)

This one of my favorite recent shots. A lot of people have taken similar ones, but it took me more than an hour to walk here in the middle of the night. When all was said and done, however, I think it was worth it.

Gooderham Building

Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography

Gooderhambuilding-R (1 of 1)

It’s a Toronto landmark, and it’s older than the Flatiron in NYC. There are a million photos of this building but I haven’t seen one that looks quite like this. I don’t want to get so used to the way things are that I forget about all the wonderful things around me.

Guest Post – Devon MacKay

Black And White Photography, Devon, Photography

I originally started following Devon on Instagram and was amazed at his images.  After realizing he also had a WordPress site and viewing his work I quickly contacted him and asked if he would contribute to Monochomia.  I strongly suggest you visit his site to view his work.

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This is an old photo. But I really love the mood created by this bridge.
Some say the grass is always greener on the other side. They were right in this case – there’s a golf course on the other side. LOL

My name is Devon and I grew up in Calgary, Alberta but I now live in Toronto, Ontario. Although I miss the mountains and the west coast I don’t think they don’t figure into my favorite subject matter. I live to take late night architectural, cityscape and street photography. I very rarely shoot during the day as I feel a special affection for the city at night.

I am rather a late comer to the world of photography I have only been actively and enthusiastically shooting for the last couple years or so. Prior to taking up photography I had hardly even used the camera on my phone. A chance trip to Iceland really ignited my interest in this hobby and art-form as I found myself monopolizing my travel partner’s camera, much to their chagrin.

Shooting in Black and White at night is a special challenge, finding a balance between bright artificial light and deep dark shadows. Monochrome can expose people to the places they inhabit every day in a way they have rarely seen before. It can also strip familiar places of their identity allowing me to create a new and mysterious streetscape.

I hope you enjoy my images, thank you. If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website – here or on Instagram – devon_mac