Before the cold winter months began to take effect, I promised myself I would not let my photography suffer. I had a mental checklist of all the things I wanted to photograph that I missed out on our last glacial Toronto winter. My camera bag has been packed and ready to go by the door since the extreme cold set in. Every time I make plans, I opt against it as soon as I take one step outside. I miss photographing! During the summer months I was out practically everyday with camera in hand. Now for the past several months my camera sits untouched collecting dust.
I have gone on a total of two shoots with portrait photographers in the recent past chilly months. I was anticipating learning the basics but usually leave frustrated and with an empty memory card. After my cohorts have finished setting up the lighting and adjusting their camera settings I am already overwhelmed and end up throwing in the towel before the shoot has even begun.
I have been back living in Toronto now almost a year and a half and I still find myself fascinated when photographing architecture and cityscapes. I believe, as I have mentioned in the past, that each city I visit, I find myself inspired by different elements. When I first began shooting, when I was living in Paris, I would mostly shoot the sunsetting, the Seine and recognizable landmarks. Eventually I became fascinated on photographing candid images of people. I have always been moved by images of people captured in their natural state. Once people are aware the camera is pointed at them they change their demeanour immediately.
We have all been guilty of taking a selfie at some point. Some of us more frequently than others. And I’m sure that many of those times most of us have not been thrilled with that image of ourselves staring right back at us. I have often thought to myself, “is this what I really look like?” I then attempt to take another image from a different angle or make some sort of duck face in hopes of living up to my own narcissistic expectations.
At one time, not that long ago it was the younger generation posing in front of their phone putting on their best face, but now more and more you will see that all generations are doing the exact same thing. Today if you search for #selfie on Instagram over 150,000,000 images have used that hashtag. Strange to think that a word we heard nothing about a few years ago is now known by many people of all ages and common enough to be included in the Oxford English Dictionary in 2013.