Hometown/Location: Toronto, Ontario
Do you recall how your interest in photography originated?
I just kept looking at old photo albums from my youth and I sort of drew inspiration to document my surroundings and memories through that. I started bringing my camera everywhere with me; whether it was a point and shoot, a DSLR, or even a cell phone.
Why do you take photos?
This sounds so cliché, but I just love being able to compose an image in which can never really be duplicated. Every photo can be replicated, but not duplicated. I haven’t been working on any photography projects recently because I’ve been busy with work, but I love shooting community events the most; for example, I’ve shot events such as Occupy Toronto, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, and Markham Expo. All of these events involved the community in one way or another.
What style or genre do your photos fall under? If there isn’t one, how are you creating your own?
I guess you can say that most of it falls under documentary, but I think I might focus on portraiture for a while. I guess you can say a mix of both is photojournalism.
What do you think makes a memorable photograph?
When a connection between the photography and subject(s) is evident.
Do you have a favorite photographer and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Francesca Woodman has always been a favourite photography of mine. Her photographs are shot in black and white film and a majority of her work is self-portraiture. I was shocked when I first saw her work and I’m sure whoever else sees it for the first time will be shocked too.
Has writing or any other art form played a role in your work?
Not yet, but I have plenty of ideas that I hope to bring to life in the near future.
What is the most challenging thing about what you do?
I think the most challenging thing about what I do is asking people if I can photograph them, especially for the purposes of a “Humans of…” photography project I started last semester. It’s not as challenging as it was before, but I still have difficulty coming up with questions to truly engage with the subject.
Do you have a favourite quote or piece of advice that you would like to share with us?
Ball is life.
Do you have any advice for other photographers?
Keep challenging yourself and experimenting with your work. Through experimentation, you’ll learn how to master the use of your camera.
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