Sample images from my documentary project "Old World Shoes".
As a way of celebrating all the good things that small businesses bring to Toronto, I chose to focus my on one theme - small shoe and shoe repair stores. These stores have been touchstones in communities for decades, and when they are gone, something is lost along with them.
Since late 2017 I have interviewed close to 20 store owners, and have encountered not only the nostalgic side, but also signs of life and renewal in this field.
This project - documented in images, words and video - will be exhibited as part of the Contact Photo Festival in May 2021.
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All images © Henry VanderSpek and are not to be shared or used without express written permission.