Saturday, April 4, 2015

ERIC

Visiting Toronto from his home in Berkeley, California, international street photographer, Eric Kim poses for the Hello Project well away from the streets! He is in a lecture hall in in the University of Toronto where he speaks to, and entertains, a capacity room about his particular genre of photography.

Born in 1988 and a graduate of UCLA, Berkeley, Eric combines his studies in sociology with his love of photography. The result is an insightful and poignant look at society through street photography. Eric's work is richly layered and goes beyond snap & grab photos of unwitting passers-by on the street. Visit his website and you will begin to appreciate what he sees. There, you can also enjoy his blog and learn more about street photography.   http://erickimphotography.com/

Though he does have digital cameras, he is almost never seen without his Leica M6 film camera and permanently attached flash. He prefers a flash in order to illuminate and isolate his subject from the background.

QUOTE OF THE EVENING: When talking about those who photograph people from a distance, he laughs and says "Creepiness is proportionate to the length of lens you have"! The lecture this night was about getting over your fears of photographing people.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Friday, April 3, 2015

GEORGE

Recently recognized by the city of Toronto and covered by mainstream media, George lliadis has been cutting hair for 50 years. Older than most of the boulevard trees along the Leslieville stretch of Queen Street east, George is proud of his life and career.

George loves his birthplace in Greece, but Canada is home. He returns to Greece every year to keep up the connection to his roots.

Walk into George’s Broadview Beauty Parlour and you won't find floor-to-ceiling mirrors, there is no hipster music, no barista offering up coffee with extra foam half-pack Splenda vanilla spit-shot with a squirt of sugar-free cinnamon and extra room! 

Walk into George’s and what you will get is friendly conversation steeped in a Greek accent, a Leslieville history lesson, a face-wrapped hot towel straight razor shave, an old fashioned vibro stim-u-lax shoulder massage and a great haircut.


QUOTE: “If I was not doing good haircuts, I would have been out of business years ago. I do everything. I’m the best in town”!

Opa!


PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Thursday, April 2, 2015

LESLIE

Born in Tokyo, raised in South Australia, West Virginia and Alberta, Canada would normally be enough to conjure up an image of a person I want to know about. But that is just the start of who Leslie Scrivener is.

Leslie has lived on a houseboat in Kashmir and also taught English in Iran in the days of the Shah.

For decades, Leslie worked as a feature writer at the Toronto Star and as a Faith and Ethics writer. Her writing about the human spirit feeds her curiosity about belief, motivation and change. WHY is the biggest question that drives her most. 

Leslie knew Terry Fox and wrote a biography of him after he died. She is now part of a group working to see a Terry Fox memorial erected in Toronto. She is always working, even if she’s not! She is constantly observing people and situations, "I see stories everywhere - they are there, at our feet, waiting to be uncovered and told". 

Along with her architect husband David, they have raised four children and live in an beautiful house he designed and built. 

She is now working on a project for Voices from the Street, an exceptional leadership training program in Parkdale that delivers awesome, life changing outcomes. Participants have gone on to affect social policy, find jobs, and understand they have a lot to contribute to society. 

Leslie plays her baby grand piano and gets swoony over a Brahms intermezzo. But also digs country music! 


MOST UNLIKELY INTERVIEW:  An anarchist punk in Morocco. Poor, unemployed, hanging around the street, he explained why he was loyal to Morocco's king and why it was unlikely the revolutions that rocked the Arab world in 2011 were unlikely to explode in his country. 

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

HELEN

Rising from the ashes, Helen was born the year Canada scrapped the legendary Avro Arrow. 

Helen Hayter Borg was born in Toronto, the daughter of one of the workers on the Avro Arrow interceptor fighter aircraft. It was a busy time in the Berg home then so there are no pictures of baby Helen!

As Toronto grew, and prices began to sky rocket, Helen moved north to the then, small and sleepy town of Barrie, Ontario. In 1988, she was way ahead of the game!

A mom of two tall sons, Helen loves music and gardening, writing and reading and is a self-confessed member of the grammar police! So if asked “How are you”, do not reply with, “Good”! Helen has worked for Fujifilm for 3 1/2 years and is point person for Canada's Fuji X-Photographers, which would also suggest she is skilled at herding cats!


HELEN FUN FACT: Speaking of cats, she has a house full of pets including a dog, cat and fish, bearded dragon, Sudan plated lizard, African water frog, two geckos and a tortoise. 

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

BILL

Born in the small coal mining town of Bishop Auckland in the north of England, Bill Taylor’s career as a journalist is still writing itself and features many publications, positions and adventures.

A three-month trial at the Evening Gazette on Teesside led him to the Northern Echo in Darlington, England. In 1973 he moved to New York to work for the British government. While working for the government, he also freelanced for the Northern Echo, the National Star and automotive magazines in England and Australia.

Before landing at the Toronto Star newspaper, Bill held positions of reporter, city editor, deputy managing editor and columnist for the Philadelphia Journal during its 4-year run. After taking a buyout from the Star, he has continued to freelance for the Star.

Journalism has been a way for Bill to see and experience the world. He has covered American political conventions, was a travel editor, had his byline in every section of the Toronto Star, and once went around the world in 30 days with only one change of clothes!

Bill took part in a five-car, three-day road test in Australia for Modern Motor magazine and wrecked a prototype Holden station wagon in the Outback. By some convoluted editorial logic, instead of firing him they promoted him to North American editor!

Since 2003, Bill has been keenly interested in photography, preferring to work in black and white. He is also an avid hiker, loves the outdoors, travel, good food and wine. 


BILL FUN FACT: He got his start in automotive journalism by unexpectedly getting into a highly illegal drag race (which he won) on the main street of a small town in Pennsylvania and selling a story about it to Britain’s toniest car magazine, CAR. They immediately hired him as their North American columnist!

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Monday, March 30, 2015

ALASTAIR

A chance meeting with a former art college friend in London’s Heathrow airport resulted in this Scotsman, Alastair Dickson visiting Canada, specifically the Toronto Islands where his friend had grown up. He loved the relaxed island life and decided to stay for a little while. 

That was in 1981. . .  when he acquired the very apt nickname “The Artful Lodger”

He met and won his true love by exhibiting his advanced carpentry skills, irresistible to a recent Ward’s Island home owner. His fancy footwork on the dance floor was also an asset and sealed the deal!

Alastair is a sculptor and has a studio at the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, also on the Toronto islands. Tim Burton, take notice! He exhibits regularly and his work can be seen at www.alastairdickson.com


Fun Fact: He speaks very good German and has put it to good use at more than one Oktoberfest.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN

Sunday, March 29, 2015

JO-ANN

Born in London, England in 1956, the world of style and fashion changed forever!

Toddler, Jo-Ann Dodds and family moved a few years later and settled in the colony city of Toronto. Arts was to be a huge part of her life as she developed into a woman with style and a flair for colour, design and fashion.

She studied French at McGill university in Montreal, received her BA in French and German and then attended OCA (Then, the Ontario College of Art) in Toronto.

Jo-Ann’s spent 25 years at the Toronto Star newspaper where she won many editorial design awards for Canada’s largest newspaper. Her design style also contributed in winning the prestigious, Newspaper of the Year award from the Society of News Design, the international newspaper design body.

After a restructuring and outsourcing at the paper, Jo-Ann is now designing a new direction for herself. She is now studying English as a Second Language using her passion for languages to teach ESL.


JO-ANN FUN FACT: There are too many to mention, but in addition to taking ukulele lessons, she is an almost daily shopper at the neighbourhood shift store, Value Village! Everything she is wearing in this photo, from the blue suede boots to the tortoise shell shades and vintage hat was punched at Value Village! She has her own style and loves it that way.

PHOTO: SPENCER WYNN