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Abstractions of the Urban Landscape by 

These images are the result of explorations in the urban environment. The results come from streets and alleys where paint is peeling, flaking and cracking on doors, windows and walls; from dumpsters where layers of paint are revealed in scratches and chemical peelings, from cube van graffiti mixed with scratches, from decaying chair upholstery, from painted wood that’s warping and natural wood that’s mouldy, and from scuffed plastic.

These are the everyday decays that we pass by in travels because they are so ordinary. We may avoid them because they are decay and are unworthy of our attention. They sometimes are so small that we don’t look to notice them, or they are in out-of-the way places and elude our attention.

I have experienced wonder and magic in the everyday urban environments in Toronto and the surrounding area. These are my favourite images.

Gardener and photographer exploring the magic and wonder of plants and gardens in the natural world and the abstract art in the everyday decays around us. All photographs are © copyrighted and owned by Marilyn Cornwell.

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  • Marilyn Cornwell
    Marilyn Cornwellabout 4 years ago

    Please give me your comments and input on these selections. I appreciate your insights and guidance always!


  • Andrew Bradsworth
    Andrew Bradsworthabout 4 years ago

    A great selection Marilyn

  • Thanks Andrew – you are so very kind. Marilyn

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatabout 4 years ago

    Wow what a great selection…

  • Thanks so very much!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • sedge808
    sedge808about 4 years ago

    I love November.

  • Thanks so much for letting me know your favourite. It’s intriguing that all of the clothing bins by this organization OASIS – have landscapes in the miniscule wear and tear. It’s like an alignment with their name and mission. I hope there are enough bins in the city to get to a show. I’ve got 4 so far.

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • monaiman
    monaimanabout 4 years ago

    Fantastic collection Marilyn ! love January and March :)

  • Thanks so very much – I appreciate you letting me know your favourites!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

  • olga zamora
    olga zamoraabout 4 years ago

    hi Marilyn – interesting calendar of your texture close-ups. Olga

  • Thanks Olga! Happy Thanksgiving!

    – Marilyn Cornwell

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