Opening Soon


The former White Castle at 3600 East Lake Street has been undergoing a transformation during the past month or so. At the end of this week, the construction fence came down; now cartons, furniture, and balloons fill the inside, while signs announce the opening, new jobs for the community, and an impending drive thru at the new Tim Horton’s.

Photo: Jane Strauss

No-Face Space


Exactly nine months ago, I photographed the Happy Face Space, and heard the hopes and dreams of Evan-Amos and Nichole Smith for the tiny building, revived after a March fire.

Things change, life, happens, and today, a “for sale” sign graces the roof of the partially-renovated building while Nichole puts together textiles, art and household goods for a sale to be held in the space this coming weekend.

“I asked the realtor not to take down the happy face from the roof,” she lamented, “But they did it anyway.”

Photo: Jane Strauss

S.A.D. – Seasonally Artistic Dynamics


Anita White,, one of the founding members of LoLA, has been experimenting with  ehtereal, dynamic ice sculptures this winter and displaying them in her front yard. From a “lab” in the back yard, she mixes colors, adds textures, and freezes blocks which, once they are liberated from their molds, sublimate, enlarge with added snow,  or melt depending on the weather. Here, several new shapes, predominantly in shades of orange and turquoise and made luminous by the morning sun, rest on weathered stumps, providing textural contrast.

Photo: Jane Strauss

Jane Strauss Transitioning in Time and Space


Ending the year with a hint of Brit, as it began – and picking up on an ongoing 2014 theme – a trick of the eye warps proportions of the photographer and the TARDIS, here seen as a Little Free Library on 46th Street, near 45th Avenue. (For those not in the know, the TARDIS is the time and space traveling machine “bigger on the inside” used by the Doctor in the British SF series “Dr. Who”

Longfellow 365 was a pretty wild ride, with an amazing number of opportunities to discover hidden gems and even right wrongs. Participation took a long time, and was gone in the blink of an eye. At times, I warped my schedule to accommodate, and it was worth every bit of that.

Photography, while inherently a solitary pursuit, is an excellent vehicle for building and maintaining community, and showing that community to the viewer. And it is always – ALWAYS – a race to discover the patterns and pathways, the sense of place, of a particular location and to freeze its moments in perpetuity.

Happy New Year to all!

Photo: Jane Strauss