David Topping of Torontoist has a piece in the National Post today about his summer project 69 Stations — he took a trip every day to one of Toronto’s subway stops and did a short photo essay. In the end, he posted a photo from every station. Here’s an excerpt or read the full story.
I should’ve listened to that bus driver at Jane Station.
It was May 23rd. Two weeks before, I’d decided that I wanted to photograph all of Toronto’s TTC stations, and bring Torontoist along for the ride. Jane was only the fifth station out of sixty-nine, and by the end of the project – including travel time, shooting, and editing – the project would suck up more than 300 hours of my summer. At the time, however, I was blissfully unaware of how consuming the project would become.
Motioning towards my camera as I got on the bus, the driver — young, wearing orange sunglasses with a black baseball cap on top of his shaved head, and a light blue TTC collared shirt – asked if I was “taking pictures of all the hot girls.”
“Nah, I’m doing this project over the summer where I’m taking pictures of all the TTC stations.”
“I don’t know, it seemed like a cool idea.”
He paused. “Sounds pretty boring…”