Racket on a Bus

On a slow cross-town bus I was dared
By an old bitty who assumed I should be pared.
She said, “I’m sitting here ‘til we’re through.”
I replied, “Actually, had you
Just kept your mouth shut I wouldn’t have cared!”


Allan Hamilton is the name.  I am TheMOFMan; visual artist for life.

Main website: www.modesofflight.com.


Purchasing, verification, leasing and shipping: All images are copyrighted, and certain images are available for sale, rental, lease and/or licensing.  Please inquire regarding any desired purchases or image use licenses.

All listed prices are in Canadian funds.  As computer monitor display settings can vary, prints may not exactly match the likeness of the image as seen on your monitor. Orders will begin processing upon receiving full payment.  Shipping and handling costs are added to the price of all orders (I personally deliver to addresses within 40 kilometres of the city of Hamilton, ON, Canada as part of a meet and greet, and waive the shipping costs).

North American orders will be shipped by Canada Post Xpresspost.  Costs for packaging and shipping range from $20-40 depending on size and destination, and include insurance and tracking.  A physical address is required for all orders.  Post Office Box addresses are not accepted.  Most items are expected to reach their destinations within 2 to 3 weeks after an order is placed but prints may also take up to 8 weeks to arrive depending on the image chosen, and Modes of Flight’s (MOF’s) assignment travel schedule.  For rush orders or special needs, please contact MOF. Also contact MOF for outside North America shipping charges and delivery time estimates.  Overseas orders are subject to duties and taxes which are charged upon delivery.

All prints are carefully created and inspected for the highest image reproduction standard, and packed securely for shipping.  In the rare case where an order is incorrect, damaged in transit or flawed in some way, please contact MOF immediately to advise.  MOF will take the necessary measures to correct the situation.  Please retain all packaging exactly as received in damage insurance related claims.  After the carrier has inspected the item or contacted you for a statement, and settled with MOF, MOF will replace the item at no cost to you.  MOF takes pride in providing only the finest quality art products.  All sales are final.

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All the best,

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to visit and view my photo — and to comment. I couldn’t resist hopping over to see you. I really am impressed with the two photos on your home page. The sign on the store window is hilarious, and many people would have passed it by without even realizing it was special enough to photograph. And your photo of the city is gorgeous!

    I have always had this romantic attachment to night photos of cities. I remember when my family and I first moved to Nashville, TN (although I no longer live there.) My sister and I were still in elementary school, and we had never lived in a large city before. Our home towns before had been between 8,000 and 11,000 people. But there was a large hill that surrounded the capital building in the center of Nashville, and many people drove up there at night to see the entire lighted city spread out before them. It was one of our favorite treats. And for years, after we moved away, when we went back to visit, we looked forward to the first approach to the city — which was also by way of a very high hill at the time — so that we could see our beloved city all lit up an glorious! We sat on the edge of our seats, almost holding our breath with expectation. I’ve been in many, many cities since then, and enjoyed the extravagant lighted views of all of them. But none captures my heart quite like those very early experiences. Thanks for the memories.

    • Thank you, Sandra!

      I’ve had the same experiences in my life when many others around me thought of it as no big deal. I’ve enjoyed firsthand seeing the beautiful nighttime skylines of Vancouver, BC, Houston, TX, Toronto, ON, and NYC from the Jersey shore. NYC is especially breathtaking all lit up in the evening.

      I’ve only seen outstanding nighttime skyline landscape photos of Hong Kong. I’ve never been there but I would love to see that city with my own eyes, and photograph it myself; especially during the fireworks displays of the Chinese New Year.

      In my opinion, Hamilton has an underappreciated skyline. So, as I enjoy looking at and making nighttime skyline landscapes I wanted to do justice for the Steeltown, and show everyone what I see.

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  3. I’m glad you stopped by my blog and left a comment…thank you! I am VERY impressed by what I’ve seen here thus far…in the interest of time, I’m weighing in under this heading re: whether Street Photography is an art form—> IMO it’s one of the few art forms I truly enjoy. In fact, the only art I ever hang on my walls is SP related. It’s accessible, enjoyable and ALWAYS unique; it makes you think in ways that depictions of still life or landscapes cannot. and if that’s not art, I don’t know what is!

  4. Allan, thank you for visiting my blog and the nice comments. I love to view street photography, no matter how much it may be cliche or not. The gritty B&W seems to bring out emotions in me. While I do steet photography of sorts, I don’t consider myself a street photographer. I seem to always want to make everything into a portrait. I can go to Yellowstone or Yosemite and walk away with a bunch of people pictures. Keep up to good work and sharing others work, I look forward to your future posts.

  5. Allan, you replied to my windows post today and I don’t know if you get to see the reply. I just wanted to thank you. That 300% remark by Bob really ruined my day. I’m no pro photo rat, but I didn’t think I was as bad as he made me out to be. There’s always room for improvement, but that stung! Thanks for your kind words. Grmma

    • Thank you so much for stopping by. It is a pleasure to have mentioned you, I am a fan.

      I hope that you find your way back from time-to-time, and check out the Hammer Home Street Photography project.

      All the best to you.

  6. Smiles. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I wasn’t sure where I should thank you. I have been popping in and out of you Lower Hamilton blog for a few weeks now. I love the issues you present and absolutely love b&w, photography. God Bless.

      • Here is something else that might interest you on the subject of the creative brain and changing the way you think, what our brains can achieve, and whether or not we can change the way our brain functions and solves issues.

        I can probably find a better link later but this is a start, if you are able to watch the 3 episodes somehow then I would highly recommend it, its an eye opening experience to see the way he trains his brain to work in a more creative and “outside the box” way.


        • Impressive.

          There have also been some profound studies regarding feral children; perhaps particularly those somewhat raised by wild animals. The folds in the lobes of their brains were highly underdeveloped, presumably due to that lack of stimulation by human love, care, social behavior and bonding, and human speach. The result is and acutely lower intellect.

          A biological law is that “form meets function” but while the folds in neurons themselves don’t appear to serve a mechanical function, they at least are indicators of higher intelligence in humans. The theory is that the more pronounced (deeper, which at some point would require larger neurons and; therefore larger brains overall) we can cause the folds to be, the smarter we are.

          • Exactly, I guess its like an abandoned highway network , waiting for the first car to travel along it before it turns the street lights on. Once the street lights are on, other cars can see the highway and want to use it. Sorry for the analogy but I just woke up!

  7. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for liking some of my work. I am now following you and from my brief stay I will have to say you are very talented my friend!

  8. Good Morning , nice to meet You and Your blog 🙂 Great posts, great ideas , pleasure to be here , i wish You the best,in free time see my little place too, Regards from Poland , EM

  9. Wow..what a site , full of gorgeous stuff (photos! and words!), so extensive that I shall have to get to know it slowly over time, by returning to it often. Very glad I found you..you found me and are followers in ‘ART’

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  11. A pleasure to meet you, Allan. Is this your main website? Your Gravatar had many, many sites and I wasn’t sure which was best to follow you out. In any case, well met! Looking forward to seeing more of your photography in the future. 🙂

    • This is the main blog. The main site is here:


      It’s a bit dated in appearance. I’m going to have to find time to update it one of these days.

      I’m glad you’ll keep coming back. There will always be more photography. As I also work my way back to my illustration roots, I aim to post more of my sketches, comps, drawings and paintings.

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