About Us

Invisible Threads is located in Toronto, Canada and run by Kendall Anderson: a programmer formally trained as an architect who spends too much time playing with a camera.

He's been developing computer applications for over 2 decades and working with photography since the mid-1990s.

We focus on 2 things: photography and interactive media. This site is about the photography. It's an on-going experiment — an excuse to take photos and get better at the craft of image-making.

The Photography

There are two main sections:

  1. The Galleries contain photo collections of abandoned or discarded environments.
  2. The Archives let you search for gallery and other photos by keyword.

Some of the popular galleries are:

And finally, here are some of my favourites.

Photography Prints and Licensing

Some of the photos on this site are available for purchase through our Redbubble.com store portfolio. Photos available this way will have a “Buy print” link below the image. All prints and products are fulfilled and shipped by Redbubble.com.

Visit our RedBubble store portfolio

Otherwise, most photos are available as custom prints or for licensed use.

Pricing will vary depending on the request but as a general guideline, custom prints and licensing start around $100 (CAD). To discuss details about acquiring a print or licensing an image, you can send us an email.

Beyond the Website

Before we took an indefinite break in 2006, some of this work made its way from the website into the ‘real’ world.

Selected Exhibitions

Sharing Our Places
2006, Edmonton, AB
Memories from the Day Shift
2006, Newmarket, ON
In Transit
2006, Toronto, ON
Picture the Cure
2005, Toronto, ON
Enemies of the Ordinary
2005, Toronto, ON
Diamond & Schmitt Retrospective
2004, Toronto, ON
Figure Studies & Daily Photography
2004, Unionville, ON

Selected Publications

2008 Calendar: Green Arts Barns
Toronto Artscape, Nov 2007
Life in the Decay: Per Contra Interviews Kendall Anderson
Per Contra Magazine, Spring 2006
L'exploration urbaine, Ça vaut le detour
Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, air date: Feb 4 2006
Shipbreaking… Bad News Good News
Lake Erie Beacon, Dec 23 2005 & Jan 6 2006
The Brick Works — The Place That Built Toronto
Eye Magazine, Oct 27 2005
New DVD A Trespasser's Delight
The Globe and Mail, Sep 16 2005
Echoes of Forgotten Places
(documentary film), Jun 2005
Empty Endeavours — Kendall Anderson
CBC Radio 3, Oct 29 2004 issue

Site History

In 2003 a friend told me about a website where the owner was posting a new photo each day. It was a photoblog, although that term wasn't familiar at the time.

I'd recently bought a digital point-and-shoot camera: the Canon G2. The challenge of a photoblog — a forced posting on a regular basis — seemed like a great way to gain experience with the camera and hopefully get better at making images.

This led to many photographs, numerous adventures, and a bunch of web development. The website's timeline sort of looks like this:

Version 1 (Dec 2003 to Feb 2004)
Anyone can post a photo each day, right? Let's just whip up some HTML and photograph something around the apartment…
Version 2 (Mar 2004 to Dec 2005)
This isn't manageable. It's time for a template-based database-driven site. And, I'm running out of things to photograph in the neighbourhood.
Version 3 (Dec 2005 to May 2006)
A 4-hour drive to photograph something crumbling is entirely reasonable. Things are looking stale so it's time for a site redesign.
Version 4 (Jan 2011 to Nov 2014)
Two kids and 5 years later… Life is a little more complicated now. There'll be a photo every once in awhile, but we're no longer a photoblog!
Version 5 (Nov 2014 to Dec 2019)
Yet another site redesign, treating it primarily about the abandoned/industrial photo galleries.
Version 6 (Jan 2020 onwards)
Well it's been about 5 years, time to redesign again right? This time it's a static site build using NodeJS, mobile-first and accessible.
Portrait photo of Kendall Anderson

This site is run by Kendall Anderson, seen in the self-portrait above practicing his “Would you like fries with that?” pose. (Taken at the Lakeview Generating Station prior to demolition in 2006.)

Contact Us

We're always interested in hearing from you. You can reach us via our email address.

Other Work

I'm also involved in a few projects unrelated to the photography here.

Powered by…

Earlier versions of this site were built entirely with the Drupal framework. Over time that evolved to be a headless Drupal instance.

The current incarnation is a static site generated offline via NodeJS, with custom tools written myself. No database, no server side code. Faster, and more secure.

Maybe one day I'll get around to writing a technical overview but these days (2019) you can find everything you need on the web anyways so it's likely not needed. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.