Alexander Quick captures the John P. Robarts library in its natural habitat
Alexander Quick (TS 2011) was strolling along St. George Street in the fall of 2009 on his way back from a hot dog stand. He had his camera with him, and impulsively photographed the library from the perspective that makes most believe the building was designed to look like a peacock – despite the fact that this was never documented.
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Many scorn Robarts for its brutalist architecture, but Quick likes it. “Designing a library – or any building for that matter – that looks like a giant bird or dragon takes imagination,” says Quick. He combined three exposures and used GIMP software to burn highlights and dodge lowlights.
Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Quick moved to Toronto in 2009 to pursue a Master’s degree in Theological studies. “I’m interested in religion and theology because what we believe about God informs what we believe about the world around us, the people around us, and ourselves,” he says.
He stumbled into photography while fulfilling his elective requirements at community college. Quick enjoys rural landscape photography, but also the wide variety of architecture, street life and people that make up Toronto. “On a whole, I try to take photos that highlight the condition of the world around us that we may miss because of their familiarity or our inattentiveness.”