Month: June 2015

The Palace Arms

A 5-year resident of The Palace Arms is silhouetted while in his room at the rooming house in Toronto.

A 5-year resident of The Palace Arms is silhouetted while in his room at the rooming house in Toronto.

A few months ago, I was asked to try and make acquaintances with residents of The Palace Arms in hopes of getting a glimpse of life inside the dilapidated rooming house before it goes up for sale. My first attempt ended as I had anticipated – I was yelled at and kicked off the premises, but I went back a second time and had the good fortune of meeting an incredibly nice man who was more than generous with his time.

I was invited into the gentleman’s room which has been his home for over 5 years. The man was reluctant to have his portrait taken and didn’t want his name used, but he agreed to be silhouetted and make the picture more about the space – I was happy to focus on the portrait of The King.

A link to Arthur White’s accompanying story for the Globe and Mail – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/last-call-at-the-palace-arms-developers-covet-the-king-west-property-but-where-will-its-poor-tenants-go/article25156724/

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iRun Magazine

Here’s a shoot that I did for iRun Magazine with 85-year-old marathoner Ed Whitlock that is finally out on the rack. Ed was a great sport and was very generous with his time. Aside from his incredible athletic ability, perhaps most astonishing is the fact that he still runs in his Brooks sneakers from 1995!

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T. Thomason

I had the immense pleasure of spending time photographing T., a musician who recently came out as transgender, while listening to Bob Dylan records and talking about our roots in the Maritimes.

Thomason expresses themselves as masculine, but identifies as non-binary, somewhere between the semantic confines of male and female. It’s a change that makes T. comfortable, but it’s not without complexities. “The English language just isn’t as flexible as I wish it was,” Thomason says. “You worry not only about fans, but also industry people taking you seriously.”

The wonderful accompanying text by Josh O’Kane can be found here – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/how-t-thomason-is-claiming-a-stake-in-the-music-world—and-helping-other-transgender-artists-do-the-same/article24822533/

T. Thomason, a Nova Scotian singer-songwriter who has come out as a non-binary trans-masculine person, poses in Toronto.

T. Thomason, a Nova Scotian singer-songwriter who has come out as a non-binary trans-masculine person, poses in Toronto.

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The Hayloft Dancehall

Had the pleasure of spending an evening photographing at the Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Edward County, Ont. – I even brought my wife as a beer-drinking assistant.

Accompanying story by Brad Wheeler – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/hinterland-whos-who-how-hipsters-took-over-prince-edward-county/article24692130/

A couple shares a moment between sets at the Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Edward County, Ont. Darren Calabrese for The Globe and Mail

A couple shares a moment between sets at the Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Edward County, Ont.

Merchandise for sale under a sign inside the Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Edward County. Ont.

Merchandise for sale under a sign inside the Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Edward County. Ont.