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Summer doldrums

Richard Lautens, Staff Photographer


Occasionally in the news business there is very little news going on.  Summer months can be especially difficult as government, schools and much of the business community have effectively shut down.  This time can be fun for photographers however.  It is often a chance to go and be more photographer than journalist.

If it is quiet or we are not working on a personal project, we go out on a feature hunt.  In the biz we call them ‘weather pictures’.  These are little slices of life in the city that can often be hooked to the weather of the day – umbrellas on a rainy day, kids with ice-cream in the park on a sunny day – light and shadow against an interesting architectural feature are all possibilities.

In a big city like Toronto it is amazing how many times you can drive for hours and yet find nothing to photograph, particularly when you have been covering the same streets for the past 22 years. 

I, like many photographers keep a notebook in the car and jot down ideas for future feature photos for those quiet days.

Here is a small selection from the past few months.








Only the last one of the above was published.


Richard Lautens/Toronto Star


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