North of the Boarder

I spent the past week up in Toronto, continuing my journey across the country and well other countries at this point. James Nixon, who runs a fashion magazine based in Toronto, invited me to the city to hang out and shoot. I wasn’t sure what to expect from my encounter with James or of the city in general. It had been about 15 years since I was last in Toronto. I went there to play a hockey tournament once when I was a kid, so it had certainly been awhile. Like I do in most cities, I spent a lot of time just walking around and aimlessly wondering trying to get a feel for the city. Every place I go to seems to have it’s own vibe and identity. To me, Toronto very much felt like a city in transition, a city searching for its identity. It’s made up of all these different areas, each with its own vibe, but it was lacking cohesion. There were some bright spots though; I enjoyed walking down Queen St. and Yorkville. Kensington Market is a funky, little bohemian area that had a lot of personality. Some great bars and good vibes. I had a good tour guide of the city.

James runs a magazine called Fantastics and has been working in the industry for a long time. We began talking months ago when I had submitted to the magazine. Over the months we got to talk more and offered up his couch if I ever made it to Toronto. So almost on a whim, I made the trip. We spent most of the days shooting all sorts of new stuff and then at night drinking our way across the city. I got a chance to work with Mckenzie James, one of the most talented photographers in Toronto. The knowledge that Mckenzie and James have and offered up to me was beyond priceless. The photos we shot took things to a new level, a new direction for me. I can’t want to share everything. I want to say a big thank you to James and be on the lookout for new things to come.

Mike