Vintage Toronto Photography

After flipping through the new October issue of House & Home — on newsstands this week — I was really drawn to Cameron MacNeil’s DIY project of turning Instagram photos into wall art. I always think that rooms feel more complete when there is something interesting or artistic on the walls, so I’m looking for something with high impact for my own apartment.

I found a great option after recently scrolling through my Twitter feed. Back in October of last year, BlogTO posted about vintage photographs of Toronto at nighttime. These photos are not only beautiful and graphic, but rare — when compared to day shots — because of the long exposure time needed on cameras from the 1950s. Even better, they’re available in a number of sizes and for incredibly reasonable prices on the City of Toronto Archives website.

BlogTO posted 31 photos, but this one is by far my favourite. Prints can be ordered as large as 16″ x 20″, so this could be a stand-alone piece. A selection of six or eight of these night shots would also create impact if framed in simple white matting and black or white frames, grouped close together on a white wall.

Here are some of my other favourite shots:

Create an easy and affordable gallery wall by custom ordering mats from DeSerres or Michaels to fit basic Ikea frames.

Ribba frames in white, black and aluminum are always popular.

How have you added a bit of personality through art? Comment below!

See our Great Gallery Walls photo gallery for more inspiration.

Photo credits:
1-4. BlogTO
5. Ribba Frames, Ikea
6. Ribba Frame in aluminum, Ikea

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