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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by local photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, meet the Torontonians! This time, let's have a look at Toronto through the lens of Paul Bica!
The Distillery District is one of the most popular locations in Toronto, and not only for the many filming productions that are regular guests here. This historic district is the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery and has one of the finest collections of Victorian-era heritage buildings. The distillery once belonged among largest of such districts in the whole world. Today, this National Historic Site is a popular neighbourhood boosting cafés, restaurants, and shops that is successfully bringing art, culture, and entertainment into this vibrant area in Downtown Toronto.
If you’re a big fan of art, you will definitely recognize the glass and aluminium design of the entrance to the Royal Ontario Museum and the geometric forms of The Crystal by Daniel Libeskind. Opened in 2007, it definitely puts the ROM, Canada’s largest museum of world culture and natural history, on the shortlist of Toronto’s landmarks.
The Union Station is one of the busiest commuter train stations, and it lies in the very heart of the Financial District. It’s maybe one of the first locations you’ll see when arriving in Toronto. With the daily numbers of more than 200,000 passengers served, the station services inter-city trains, GO Transit trains and buses, and the TTC subway and streetcar system. When you’re not in a rush for work, slow down and take a closer look at the beautiful architecture of this station, listed as a National Historic Site.
The Skywalk of the Union Station
This beautiful Medieval Castle that goes by the name of "the house on the hill" takes you back in time and allows you to wander dreamily around its corridors and along its 98 rooms. Casa Loma might be over a century old, but it continues to draw large crowds of visitors every year. If you decide to visit the castle, you can explore its secret passageways, 800-foot tunnel, breath-taking towers, grand staircase, or take a look at its stunning interiors. Casa Loma belongs to the top filming locations in Toronto, making an appearance in Hollywood blockbusters such as X-Men, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Chicago and many more.
Meet The Photographer
Paul has some extraordinary skills in HDR Photography, creating stunningly sharp and vivid pictures. As he says about his work: "I'm a hobby photographer living in Toronto. I use an Olympus E-5 with 4 lenses from 7mm to 200mm, and always use a tripod. I'm fascinated by architecture and landscapes in unusual light."