2020 is here and I am excited for all that it may hold.
Before jumping into 2020 though, please join me as I celebrate my favourite photo moments of 2019.
I had the privilege of exhibiting my work in a number of shows this past year:
For the third year in a row I had images in this national photo exhibit held in Edmonton, Alberta. In 2019 I had two images - Grid City and Gooderham Snowfall (seen below) - in the show.
Gooderham SnowfallCaptured on a beautiful snowy night in late 2017. This image will be on exhibit in the annual InFocus Photo Exhibit in Edmonton, AB in February 2019 and is eligible for the People's Choice Award.
This image is available as a print, on a greeting card, or also as a pillow.
The images were on exhibit the same night as a talk by talented and accomplished photographer Caitlin Cronenberg. I really enjoyed learning more about Caitlin Cronenberg's career, which has included shooting many celebrities, such as Toronto's Drake.
Thank you Nikon Canada for celebrating Canadian photo artists!
In June 2019 the Artists' Network held a wonderful exhibit of artwork inspired by Toronto's beloved streetcars. There were all types of mediums represented - oil, collage, photography, and more.
I was proud to have my Broadview Hotel Snowfall image on display in the good company of so many talented artists.
In early November I had two images of my images in the Elaine Fleck Gallery's New Submissions exhibit.
It was great to have my images alongside talented artists from a range of styles, and to also share a few words about my work with those present at the opening reception.
For the month of November I had an exhibit entitled "A Way With Words" at the Northern District Library near Yonge and Eglinton.
The show consisted of my favourite Toronto street photos where words have a role to play in each scene.
I was encouraged by some great feedback on my work in the guest book I had on display, as well as by several inquiries about purchasing images that came from this exhibit.
To read more about this show, please see my blog post about it.
To view more of my art images, including ones featured in the "A Way With Words" show, please click here.
My thanks to the staff at Northern District Library - and to those running the Toronto Library Arts Program - for this opportunity!
I worked for 15+ years in the non-profit sector, prior to launching my photography career, so I feel a strong affinity to any organization doing meaningful work for social good.
It was a gift then, to be able to capture and tell the stories of several non-profit organizations this past year. Here are some of them:
Early in the year I was hired by the Metcalf Foundation to capture two important events for them.
Additional images from these events may be found on the Metcalf Foundation's website:
I captured two citizenship ceremonies for the Institute for Canadian Citizenship this past year.
One ceremony was just before Canada Day in The Bentway (a unique park beneath the Gardiner Expressway), which I documented in a blog post.
I captured another ceremony in mid-November at Ryerson University.
I always find these ceremonies quite moving, and a wonderful reminder of all that we in Canada stand for and represent as a country.
My thanks to the ICC for the opportunity to work for them again in 2019.
I captured the Annual General Meeting for Woodgreen Foundation at the East York Civic Centre in late September.
In March I visited Havana with my family. I'm very thankful we arranged for a local photographer (Alfredo Sarabia) to guide us around, as he offered us an insider's view of Havana that we would never have had otherwise.
Havana is such a beautiful city. I would gladly visit there many more times again.
I have written about the experience in several blog posts, which may be seen here:
I have at least one more blog post to share - of film photos taken in Havana. Stay tuned for that in 2020!
My Silver Dollar Room image was featured in Photo Life Magazine's regular feature called "Showtime".
I was thrilled to have several of my film images featured in a two page spread in PhotoEd Magazine's online edition also.
Thank you to Photo Life and PhotoEd magazines!
Thanks to the wonderful folks at Funkyture in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood, I had set decorators purchase my pillows for two different TV shows. My Gooderham Snowfall and BUY pillows were bought to be on the sets of In the Dark and of Glamorous.
While Glamorous was shot as a pilot only, and has not been broadcast, In the Dark aired a full season of episodes. I managed to get a screen capture from that show where you can see one of my pillows in the background:
We had a great time visiting many corners of the city.
I try to find learning opportunities wherever I travel, and this trip was no exception. I had an excellent time joining Leanne Staples of Shoot New York City on a mid-town Manhattan photo walk. I hope to share more about that experience in an upcoming blog post.
Here are my posts so far from that trip:
I expect to have at least two more blog posts about New York City, including film photos, so please stay tuned!
In 2017 I worked for director Cat Mills as on-set photographer for her very fun "Big Men, Small Dogs" documentary.
In 2019 I had the privilege to again work for Cat Mills on her latest short documentary, Mesdames of Mayhem. It felt good seeing my photos in a number of spots on CBC's website...
It was very fun learning more about this collective of authors!
I only shared two blog posts of film images in 2019:
I shot a lot more 35mm film in 2019 though than what I've shared in the above two posts. All of it was developed by the good folks at Downtown Camera.
I've recently added Part One of my Favourite Colour Photos of 2019.
Please stay tuned as I will share more of my favourite colour and black and white photos of 2019 in the coming weeks.
In 2019 I began offering street photography training.
I enjoyed providing one-on-one sessions with several individuals in Toronto.
Thanks to an invitation from Diana Nazareth, founder of Project Kids and Cameras, I also was a guest photographer with the Crescent Town Club's PhotoVoice project.
While there, I had the opportunity to share about doing documentary work and to coach participants on approaching people to share their stories and to have their portrait taken, as a way of telling the stories of their neighbourhood. It was inspiring to see the students succeed in taking on this challenge.
I also ran a week-long summer camp for my daughter and her friends in August.
The camp included...
And visiting Gallery 44's darkroom, as well as other significant Toronto photo galleries and organizations. My thanks to each of them for opening their doors to us and helping my students learn!
I look forward to doing more photo training in 2020. If interested, please contact me for details.
Since showing my "Taxi Drivers of Toronto" exhibit in 2017, I have been working on a new project that celebrates older shoe stores of Toronto.
In 2019 I visited ten different shoe selling and shoe repair stores to document their work, some of them for repeated visits in order to interview customers and/or their students.
It was a joy to learn of their stories and how they have contributed to Toronto's rich cultural life.
I have a few more stores to document in early 2020.
I am planning for an exhibit, but dates are still to be determined. Please stay tuned for details.
It has been quite a year. Thank you for being part of it!
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Best wishes to you in 2020!