It’s rare to see any location within Toronto completely devoid of people, which is why these photos by Roland Shainidze are particularly special. From transit locations to museums, Shainidze is able to capture still frames of these places when no one or nearly nobody is around. These spaces are thus pushed into the limelight, and viewers are able to examine the characteristics of a subway train or the city hall building without being distracted by people.
The absence of humans aside, Roland Shainidze is also notable for the way he composes pictures. He often creates images that are monochromatic, but accented with highly saturated elements, like the regal red seats of the TTC Subway trains or the yellow subway strips warning passengers where they should stand behind.
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