Yonge Street // July 24, 2013
Reykjavík, Iceland (2012) // Stone Town, Zanzibar (2011)
I cannot believe that it is September already. Back to school for my final year in Ryerson’s MFA Doc Media program. While organizing my workspace I found some old street work from April 2011 that I completely forgot about. I recall getting the processed roll back to discover some unexpected surprises. It appeared that I had shot these street scenes on an old roll that had been exposed several years ago before I moved to Toronto. Many of the original exposures are simple snapshots of the CN tower, the Toronto Skyline and what looks to be a punk show (The Fullblast). With many of these images, it is interesting to see how my visual representations have changed as a result of my current relationship with the city as a resident.
Street shots at Toronto’s Pride Parade. Torontoist Post here.
Some Oly XA2 shots from last week. Kodak TriX 400.
Shot with my recently acquired Olympus XA2.
Kodak Ektar 100
Kodak Porta NC 400
Tonight I spent a couple of hours walking the streets. I immediately noticed the increased police presence. It seemed as though every corner I turned a new swarm of armed personnel stood, waiting, watching my every move. One overzealous security guard warned me that I would be arrested if I continued to shoot, as police in the vicinity had arrested several photographers earlier in the day. I continued to shoot without incident.
I will be covering G20 related stories this weekend for Torontoist.com. Be sure to check their live blog often during the summit for the most up to date information from both inside and outside of the heavily fortified Convention Centre.
I have been keeping very busy as of late. I just returned from a week trip in Jamaica where my good friend Steve was getting married. I had the pleasure of shooting the wedding and some of the festivities throughout the week there. I will post some here soon.
Upon my return I was informed that I had been awarded the Scotia Bank Scholarship for the Magnum Workshop Toronto at Contact 2010. I have been placed to work with American photographer, Constantine Manos, for the workshop. I am very excited for this amazing opportunity and look forward to learning from the best while pushing my photographic vision to new levels.
In the meantime, I took advantage of the great weather this afternoon and went out to shoot for an hour or so. Below are scenes that I saw in my neighborhood this afternoon.
This was shot back in December during the holiday season. BMV Books on Edward St, Toronto.
I have been very busy with a number of projects, thus the lack of updates. Stay tuned.
update can also be seen here
A series from a Sunday afternoon skate at Nathan Phillps Square.