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.
PSYCHICS WHERE ARE YOU.
Resume bending is what allows me to say I was part of ‘cinema management’ because that’s what it said on my name tag.
Sharks, but specifically the shark from JAWS are the most popular t-shirt of the summer. While on the island ferry, I saw a guy with a tshirt that said PAWS and had a version of the movie poster with a giant cat. Next to him, a sign advertising a harbourfront event said “we’re going to need a bigger dock”. TRINITY-BELLWOODS PARK IS NOT AMITY ISLAND. WE DO NOT NEED OUR FAITH RESTORED IN AUTHORITY FIGURES THERE IS NO SHARK PREYING ON US IN THAT PARK, ONLY SUMMER FUN.
One of my recent portrait subjects (I need a special term to describe the ‘models’ in these videos…) apologized for “being so awkward” on camera when I was the one who was crouching down in front of her and filming her, starting with the feet. I should be apologizing! (I actually do- “sorry to bother you, but I am a fashion photographer….” starts off every interaction) Few of my subjects are familiar with the videos ahead of time, so even if they don’t find the experience discomforting, it certainly is novel. I believe that my method still has advantages compared to still photography. It’s common to be uncomfortable on camera, and my crouching-standing camera move offloads some discomfort from the subject, who instead of worrying about how they look on camera, might also be thinking ‘what is this weird dude’s deal’? And my filming is over after about 13 seconds. Still, I have made the decision that even if my process does result in the discomfort of some of my subjects, either from being interrupted on the street or being photographed/objectified, I can still justify doing it based on the final product.
THIS IS GOING TO GET REAL EXAMINED REAL SOON AND GET REAL FAKE REAL REAL META.
DAN ON THE STREETSTYLE
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 STYLE.
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.
Oprah Winfrey Network these streets as the beat gets faster. Don’t just wear a bike helmet for safety wear it for that sweet helmet hair. And even though this could have had footage of a naked bike ride protest that redefined the term wipeout, I decided against it. I regret not getting a shot of a Batmobile being loaded onto a car trailer.
I seem to be causing a high percentage of people to laugh and be extremely weirded out. But there also have been a lot of really positive and supportive folks in the past two weeks which makes me really happy.
THERE IS NO REALITY BUT THERE IS TRUTH.
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.
Almost made a fashion video.
The streets have been a place of endless beauty and positivity, but in my pursuit of inspiration, I often expose myself to negative and upsetting truths. The last two weeks in particular have challenged my conscience, and I will work hard to develop new creative solutions in addressing this range of experience. Deepest gratitude to the amazing people who allow me to capture their images for these videos, and who constantly inspire me.