I commute to and from work. It’s not rocket science, it’s just an hour and a bit, sometimes an hour-and-a-half, of blasting Beyoncé on my iPod, reading the latest of Rob Ford and/or Justin Bieber via the Metro paper in my hand, taking deep breaths when people cough without covering their mouths (making my blood actually boil) and looking at all the different characters that step on board the subway car – some are rather stinky, some are quite polite, others are hysterical and some are willing to share their life with you just because you happened to look their way. Despite random signal delays every day at Davisville Station and the gush of wind that comes down the Osgoode Station steps, taking the subway to and from work is really not that bad (I might feel differently as soon as I get off the subway, but when I put things into perspective afterwards, I tend to come to this realization).
Over the past two weeks, I challenged myself to take pictures of the “simple treasures” of my commute (and then I put a ton of filter on these said photos, because well, that’s what you do to make pictures of subway signs look cool).
Bay Station, a somewhat lonely place as most of the people who get off and on here are willing to spend way too much on their dinner.
Before the storm: An evening walk to the subway from Richmond St W.
Paying a ridiculous amount of money ($2.90) for a green tea that wasn’t even from Starbucks deserves a selfie like this one.
Sheppard-Yonge Station, the only place where I’m lucky enough to eventually find a spot to sit. This joint is the only station from which people actually get off between Eglinton and Finch.
It was a clear day, but this filter determines otherwise, as this pedestrian treks across Queen St W, towards Bay St in Toronto. Photo by: Leviana Coccia.
The ceiling art in 2 Queen St E.
Running through a streetcar window smudge.
A commuter’s life: Boots, layers and bags.
I assume this fellow is making his way to the GoodLife Fitness at Queen St. W and McCaul St, just a few blocks away. Here he is passing Osgoode Hall.
What the sidewalk on Richmond St W between John St and Spadina Ave in Toronto looks like when ploughed. Photo by: Leviana Coccia.
I spend so much time here, so it would be crazy not to stop and take a photo. Here’s the grim, and often naked, Finch Station.
I’ve finally arrived to my destination. Here’s the view from my window at work – looking out on Richmond St W. I’m looking forward to seeing how this looks in the summer.
The beautiful atrium at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. No, this stop wasn’t a part of my daily commute, but I frequent the Centre for work purposes and couldn’t resist a shot.
When the sun is shining and there isn’t a traffic jam at Richmond St. W and John St.
Cameron House décor: This is Paradise. Check it out for yourself. Address: 408 Queen St W. in Toronto. Photo by: Leviana Coccia.
What are the simple joys you get to experience when you’re on the way to work or school?