Rob Ford is no longer welcome in (downtown) Toronto. There are certain insults in my repertoire that can cause certain people to die from heart attacks.

Dan on the Street – 15


Dan on the Street – 14

I was going to turn this into one part of a Russian nesting doll-style Jafar Panahi-style film where I then have a similar discussion with the woman this guy was hitting on, only it would be a staged dialogue with an actor blah blah it was going to be very navel-gazey. Maybe I’ll make it next summer.

Dan on the Street #13

Apparently, I’m totally not bothered by people messing up my shots unless they are messing up a shot of a cute puppy. However, I was more taken aback by someone sitting right in front of me while I was already crouched on the pavement.
Filming aside, you shouldn’t block someone’s view of a puppy.
Later on, I was so enthusiastic as I biked to catch up to a cyclist with a large kayak attached to a trailer that he was a bit confused, and while I was patiently waiting for him to bike across the road and cross the frame in a shot I was setting up, he stopped and waited. I thought he was maybe waiting for cars to pass, but eventually he got off his bike. While my enthusiasm/strangeness hadn’t upset him, he had different expectations regarding the photographic procedure and ethics, and I had a really great conversation with him about contemporary street photography- I’m absolutely sure that Scott Schuman the Sartorialist is really great at making eye contact and giving a slight nod to convey his respect and photographic intent to certain kinds of older men in candid situations, but I am making motion pictures, and I was concerned with a type of screen-clearing movement, and not a detailed portrait. In a few years when we’re all wearing google glass or some variant, I could invisibly tag people with art links that also includes an opt-in commercial photo release that pops up when they get home.
I will re-examine some of my methods when engaging in these more voyeuristic shots. It might just be the Hemingway safari books (it is) but his passages about hunting elusive prey are sometimes relevant to the making of the Street Style videos. I should probably ditch the hunting/filming metaphors. On occasion, there has been a very stylish person having a phone conversation, and I will trail them from a distance for up to three blocks hoping they will end their conversation. After three blocks if they are still talking I will bike ahead of them and set up six or more blocks down the street. That way, I am still looking for street style but might get another chance to photograph the intended subject. So I might reduce that to following for one block and then setting up four or five blocks down the street. Gotta set the regulations.

Dan on the Street #12

I haven’t had a laughing fit this bad since I listened to the Will Ferrell commentary on the Anchorman: the Legend of Ron Burgundy DVD.

Dan on the Street #11

I just love the great variety of tshirts this summer!
If you wear a shirt that says “ex-ninja” be prepared to get killed by ninjas.
Resume bending is what allows me to say I was part of ‘cinema management’ because that’s what it said on my name tag.

Dan on the Street #10

How about Tin Man hats? How about Cowardly Lion mane-hats? How about a Scarecrow hat?
What if everyone was wearing just the ruby slippers?

Dan on the Street #9


Dan on the Street #8

I was not surprised that this gentleman dressed himself.

Dan on the Street #7

I have blown my cover. But this is illustrative of the predicament I face when trying to film Toronto’s most stylish older women. I have approached this woman many times but she has refused to let me put her in my series.
This behaviour is not by any means limited to women- there’s a cool old punk guy from Germany that is too respectable and cool to be photographed. But it is exclusively women that cite their age as a reason why I shouldn’t be interested in taking their pictures.

Dan on the Street #6

Making Werner Herzog proud.

Dan on the Street #5

Talking with one of the amazing people who appear in the streetstyle videos. She hadn’t actually checked out my website, but remembered being photographed by me. What a nice person.

Dan on the Street #4

Despite my insistence on filming fashion in an outdoor setting, I am not naive about the limitations of filmmaking in regards to depicting reality. Rather, in the video Street Style, I am trying to have a mediated unreality.
All I mean to say is that I find it incredibly annoying that people will go out of their way to avoid walking in front of my shots sometimes. While on a certain level it is polite and considerate of them to not want to ruin my shot, but inherent in that is the assumption that it is okay to dominate public space in such a way.
I will from now on respond to any sort of queries in a more positive manner. In this specific case, I wanted to get this shot so I wasn’t late to see the Superman film for Father’s Day. I FUCKING HATE THE SUPERMAN FILM BUT I WOULD LOVE IT IF I WAS AN 8-YEAR OLD. I might also try not responding to anything anyone says until the shot is finished.
I’m sorry to have offended you, nameless faceless photographer. DON’T TAKE IT PERSONAL.

Dan on the Street #3

“which one of us do you like more?” SAY SOMETHING INSPIRING, Batman and Superman.


This would make a better gif or a vine maybe.
RACISM AND SEXISM I am dealing with issues head-on.

Dan on the Street #1

DIRECT ENGAGEMENT- I’m trying it out.
Have you googled ‘Chinese comedy’ yet?

Street Style #50

1.5 years of Toronto Street Style AND the theory of Special Relativity in 5 minutes. Dedicated to my BFF homies Albert Eisenstein and Sergei Einstein.

I would like to send a message of love to the people who have allowed me to take their picture for these videos. Making this series has helped me become a better artist and better person. I see things differently now. We are surrounded by beauty and creativity and genius.

Hitler Cat

cat Hitler
I was rewarded with the appearance of this rare cat Hitler right around the 1-year anniversary of the Street Style series. Should I have attempted to capture or purchase this cat?



City Symphony

The Street does not mess around. It is a source of truth.