I met her playing her guitar and singing in downtown Toronto on one of the last of the hot summer days.
One of my favourite things to do is to watch people in their element, be it singing or dancing or anything else. I love to see when people become so present in what their doing that they forget everything else. This was one of those moments.
This is me doing something I don’t usually do. I don’t usually edit my photos. I like to publish them as they are. However I also enjoying playing with my photos. So this is still medium format, just edited a little here and there.
Since I currently reside in Toronto, I figured I should share some of the shots I’ve taken since I’ve been here.
I enjoyed taking this shot. I’d bumped into a group of teens leaving school. I love watching young ones, they fascinate me. Their perception is so different, so much more dramatic, intense (and hormonal). It makes me smile and remember days of old when I was a teen.
While living in Korea I truly got to experience what it is to feel and be perceived as foreign. I remember feeling awkward about the fact that us foreigners were often referred to as alien. We were certainly treated differently to a Korean. I find that it is things like this that separate us. I resisted this concept of foreign for a while until I came to the conclusion that foreign is just another word for different. These things, these variations of how we do things, where we are born, cultures etc are just different.
This photo was taken at a market in the town of Maseok, South Korea. I remember feeling incredibly out of place at the time because I’m not a meat eater so I tend to squirm at meat markets but also because I didn’t understand the language and I certainly didn’t look like I was from the same small town so I stuck out like a sore thumb.
I’m fascinated with the interaction of people in markets. The energy at a market is different to the energy you’d find at a store or a mall. I think that is the same no matter where you go in the world. The markets have a different feeling of their own and it’s one that amazes and intrigues me.
Taken in Namyang-ju, South Korea while on something of a hike with my school. I am fascinated with animals. In part because I believe they carry a message with them, but also because they’re amazing in what they do and how they do it. I love spiders, they’re amazing creatures.
For those interested in animal totems, they represent infinity, linking the past to the future. Spiders are also weavers of stories, dreams, illusions and fate. Spiders remind you to maintain balance.
Some of you are probably wondering why this is my idea of what happy looks like. Granted, Iman’s face doesn’t look very impressed does it, but it makes me laugh. She’s such an amazing being and to know her makes me happy. Being able to look at her and see an expression that reminds me of her great-grandmother, my grandmother makes me happy. Family makes me happy.