The onset of 2020 brings with it our new website “The Streets Of Calgary” brought to you by myself, Chris Toombes or as some of you may know me, City Street Photos. Why a new website you ask?
Well previously I have posted content and other interesting stuff I’ve come across on the streets of Calgary via other sites I run, plus numerous social media sites. Last year for instance my street photos received over 6m views on my Ello site and I was followed by 10k followers. On Instagram 13k people follow me and each post averages over 1300 likes. On Twitter I’m followed by over 6k people with an engagement rate of over 7%. All this activity takes time to manage and often content is missed or shorten.
So I’ve decided to consolidate all my content and post to one site, “The Streets Of Calgary”. This means I’ll be able to post longer articles, more photos and document better, the things, I come across while out and about around the “The Streets Of Calgary”.
You’ll still find me posting content and being active on social media but everything will be driven via “The Streets Of Calgary”. One thing I hope to do more of during 2020 is interview people from Calgary’s diverse and growing creative community. So if you’re an artist, craftsman or run a creative business get in touch and let’s talk and let’s tell your story.
I was lucky enough to have one of my street portraits hung in a gallery exhibition across the pond at The Glasgow Gallery of Photography. The portrait called "Talk is cheap" was of a young lad with a heavily tattooed face that I met outside the court buildings in Calgary, Alberta. To my knowledge he hadn't been appearing before the bench and was just passing by.
The exhibition ran from 21st November - 30th November 2019 and the portrait was one of eighty selected from around the world. To say I was pleased was an understatment and it's my first major gallery portrait.
You can find links to The Glasgow Gallery of Photography and a list of their most recent exhibitions here
Just received my copy of the June 2019 issue of Alberta Views magazine which has one of my street photos published inside (page 15). Looks great don't you think?
I was recently contacted by the editors at JAAMZIN CREATIVE magazine and asked if they could feature a couple of street photos as well as a short bio. Well I'm never one to turn down publicity for my work. You can find the feature and my photos by following this link. The photos can be found on page 6.