I work as a busy professional in Downtown Toronto and had been in desperate need of something meaningful outside of my work to get re-centered and reconnect to the moment.
Though I had started shooting analog photography in and around 2003 with a Nikon F65, with the exception of some fun toy camera photography, I had been on a photography hiatus for the last decade. I decided to get back into photography in the late-fall of 2018, and have made my way into the wonderful world of the little Olympus XA. The camera is perfect for me to carry around in my pocket while meandering the streets of Toronto as I walk to-and-from work, and low-profile enough to not be intimidating to my subjects.
The first roll of colour film that I shot in my Oly XA was Kodak’s Ektar 100, in March of 2019. The winters in Toronto are long, cold and grey, so I was concerned that shooting this film (which loves bright light) at box speed might not work out, and March in Toronto was no exception. On the advice of one of the clerks at Downtown Camera, I went for it. The five photos below are my five favourite shots from my first roll of Ektar 100, shot at box speed, and I was not let down by either the film or that clerk’s advice.
Shooting photos in the streets of Toronto has done exactly what I had hoped it would do — it has allowed me to reconnect to the fleeting moments all around me, and to appreciate the here-and-now in a way that seems all too easily lost during the rat race of big city living.
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