My name is Stephane I am a professional photographer I’ve always wondered how my peers work so I packed my bag and I went meet them Hi everyone ! Today, change of scenery ! I invite you to discover Canada’s largest city Toronto Like you’ve never seen it before a surprising immersion through the eyes of a talended photographer Roland Shainidze His expert view transforms buildings and streets into true works of art To have a better understanding of what makes Toronto so special We are going to go up a little I am going to meet Roland at the top of the CN Tower A 553 m-high building (1,815 ft) that overhangs the city Built in 1976 This giant radio antenna was then the tallest one in the World Hello Roland ! So why did you want to meet on top of the city ? And what do you specialize in ? And where are you taking me today ? The Financial District of Toronto is the largest of the country sometimes with very modern architecture An ideal playing field for Roland Through his expert eye each building becomes a work of art This afternoon He takes me at the foot of the City Hall of Toronto a building that seems very common at first sight but appearances can be misleading So we are now at the place you mentionned What do you find so special here ? Oh yes, it looks quite good like that There are various ways of photographing a city its buildings and architecture But let’s focus on one of Roland’s favorite technics black and white Black and white is a technical bias that allows several advantages First of all It helps create a specific atmosphere By removing colors in Photoshop Nothing is left that can distract the eye The photo composition is clean and geometry brings out Let’s see an example with the picture of a building I took with Roland, not edited If we compare it with a picture taken by Roland, fully edited We can notice that by changing the color of the sky from blue to black the atmosphere is clearly more dramatic and are left of the clouds intially part of Roland’s picture a geometric halo only Let’s now zoom on Roland’s picture We can see clearly the various gray densities bring out lines forms and masses light and reflections Finally It takes advantage of materials and textures to reveal their graphic aspect by sublimating them while materials can no longer be identified picture then bends towards abstract how started your passion for photography? And according to you What does it take to be a good architectural photographer ? And what would be the 3 advices you’d give to someone willing to go ahead with architectural photography ? In addition to being a talented photographer with an incredible vision Roland has a real captivating character very open and always happy to take some time to share his passion In short I’m super happy we met ! Sadly It is time for me to leave Toronto as a photo safari now awaits me Next stop : New-York !