The Toronto area has several Chinatowns. The main one is downtown, centered on the corner of Dundas Street and Spadina Avenue. There's another on the east side of the city, at Gerrard and Broadview. The newest is just north of Toronto proper, in Markham.
The city even has what one might think of as a "ghost Chinatown" at the location of City Hall. This was where the early Chinatown stood, only to be forcibly moved (against the will of its inhabitants) to make way for our new City Hall when the old one became too small. The site was actually chosen in 1946, which might explain the gross cultural insensitivity. Things hadn't improved enough by the early 60s, when construction was begun, for there to be an effective protest. The building was finished in 1965. It's a unique structure, and I like it, but I wish they'd located it somewhere else and left the community where it was.
In any case, this picture was taken in the Markham Chinatown, north of the city, where a large proportion of Toronto's many Chinese immigrants now choose to settle. Personally I prefer the older Chinatowns. The northern one is a little sterile, but in one of the ignored corners of a huge mall I found this man hard at work.
Footnote: At least two of these "Chinatowns," the one in Markham and the main one, might really be called "Asiatowns" by now, since significant populations of Vietnamese and other Asians have also taken up residence and/or opened businesses there.
This photo is a partner for, and a contrast to, another one, The Pharmacist II
Tech stuff: cropping, curves, a layer, and some very very minute cloning to remove unintentional effects caused by the other adjustments.
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dopiro (830) 2005-04-21 22:54
Very interesting photo and an enlighting note.
The photoI like the blurred lucky bamboo in foreground, the jars full of traditionnal medicine. There is something very soothing about this. The busy man filling a prescription maybe ... I wish the front edge of his cap was in the composition somehow, or that we could see his working hands.
Nice work Lee!
kinginexile (2598) 2005-04-21 23:11
Nicely composed. Thanks for a very informative note as well. I think a corner of the world we had not seen on TE before.
jeanfrancois (1259) 2005-04-22 4:24
I love this image. Very original and Audacious.
It's nice that you focused on the background, not on the plant.
I love the kanjis on the bottles too.
It's fun to see traditionnal medicine shops in Canada..
Why don't you post more often ?
andrebonavita (0) 2005-04-22 11:34
Hi Lee! By the title of your picture you call my attention! I'm a biologist, but now I'm studing to be came a pharmacist, but not like that with medicine roots and plants, but I really like then too!
Good colours you have and I liked the unfocous plant in the first plan. Intersting note too! Good job.
Furachan (0) 2005-05-23 11:19
Lee, this is a sure winner. Fine situational portrait. the man is like a servant to the plant kingdom (both the dried variety behind and the live fresh one in the foreground). Perfectly cropped where the old guy is paying you no mind and almost leaving from stage right. Excellent work, Francis
- Copyright: Lee Sato (ElSato) (824)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-03-26
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Minolta Dimage A1
- Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Sato: Forget it Jake, It's Chinatown, Sato: Toronto is a Trip! [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-04-21 22:35