In May, it is easy to remember how beautiful and lush the Canadian environment can be without snow. Whenever I see Cherry blossoms in bloom, it becomes difficult to accept that the beauty of the pink flowers is short-lived and will soon disappear. Lucky for me, I have a camera to take photos that will remind me that what is lost can be regained with time.

Before I purchased a 35 mm lens for my Cannon EOS M50, I was using a wide angle converter to achieve wide angled photos. Each time I used the converter, it became more and more obvious that there were distortions in the lens. Take a look at these two photos taken at the Steam Whistle brewery in Toronto Ontario Canada to see if you can spot the distortions. The photos are of large decommissioned trains that I photographed with a wide angle lens converter in 2021.

Do you like the effect that the wide angle distortions gives to each photo?

Steam Whistle Brewery Grounds in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photography by Stephanie Konu 2021.

The strong yet minimally detailed faces of concrete structures are often labelled as eye sores. For some, the neutral colours and blunt edges of a large concrete building are not beautiful, or interesting. In this photo tour we look at four examples of of concrete structures in Mississauga and Toronto Canada to examine the concept of beauty.

The CN Tower is the largest concrete structure that few natives of the Greater Toronto Area ever visit, other than in their minds as they drive past. It has an imposing presence in the Toronto skyline, but is it truly beautiful?

The answer to that question depends on the person asked of course.

I contrasted the figure of the CN tower in this photo tour against the plain, yet similarly striking photo of black spherical security cameras posted within a concrete parking structure. This is in turn put against a signpost for an attraction called "The Rec Room" that has been placed above a rail station silo, which in my eyes is most assuredly "un-beautiful" due to its run-down looking walls.

Which photo has the most beautiful or "un-beautiful" subject matter in your eyes?

Photos by Stephanie Konu Photography 2021. Mississauga and Toronto Ontario Canada.