Cricket.Herself

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This is Cricket, the 18-year-old beauty queen who stopped off at my studio to shave her head en route to represent Canada in the Top Model of the World pageant in Egypt. The photos were shot on 120mm film and are published with Cricket’s full interview on Herself.com. Take a peek! xo

What does the word ‘woman’ mean to you?

The word woman to me means strong. Regardless of the sex assigned to you at birth, your ethnicity, your race, your religion, your sexuality, you are fighting a systemic pull. Of course, the factors stated above can make this pull stronger, and the battle harder. There’s the trickle-down effect of ingrained systemic misogyny, leftover from the fights fought by women before us, and the alive and thriving oppression that we have not yet tackled. We’re all fighting. And it’s important to help each other in our battles. It is especially crucial for woman born with privileges (e.g. white, cis) to assist our sisters in their more heavily-rooted battles.

 

Niall McClelland: Hot Sauce @ Clint Roenisch Gallery

Niall McClelland’s new show “Hot Sauce” opened last night at the Clint Roenisch Gallery. The usual crowd of Toronto’s most stylish, artsy, quirky and endearing were in attendance taking in the art and warming up by the new, quintessentially Canadian fire pit situated out front of the space on St. Helens Ave. Niall’s work was beat up and free in essence. Here’s a note from Niall himself on his style taken from his recent interview with Mark Hall-Patch for 01Magazine:

A lot of artists envy the freedom that you put into theses works, some of them being dragged over land and destroyed but almost in a loving way.

Ha, I look at it more like punishment than freedom! Yeah I mean I don’t throw things around that easily either. A while back I came across Wabi Sabi, you know that Japanese idea of embracing transience and imperfection? Just the idea of the age and the experience and the life that these objects have is valuable. The more life they have the more important and valuable they are. If they have been dented up and nicked and paint is chipped, that’s desirable in Wabi Sabi. I saw that and I thought it was so lined up with how I see things, it totally distilled these vagues thoughts I had about what I was making. It’s something that has been done for centuries and it’s how I think about things too. I like everything around me to be worn, including art . I like it when a drawing has been beat up and kicked around. I like the holes in the corners after they have been displayed multiple times, the stained areas where something has been water damaged, I think that’s interesting. – Niall McClelland

Fall.

SpiritQuest-3SpiritQuest-2SpiritQuest-4When the water is so still it contains the entire world in its mirror and the water’s edge is its spine. Add the palate of a Canadian Autumn and beauty reigns supreme…. xo

Cordova Lake II.

Cottage.Aug.14-1Cottage.Aug.14-4Cottage.Aug.14-2Cottage.Aug.14-3  If you’ve ever wondered about the quality difference between film and digital photography comparing this set of cottage pics to a recent post HERE is a good example. Neither format is better, they’re simply of different qualities. These photos were shot on an old SLR Minolta on 35mm. Which do you like better? xo

Ambur Braid I.

Ambur-7 Ambur-5 Ambur-6I had the extreme pleasure of shooting some new portraits for internationally renowned soprano Ambur Braid a couple of weeks ago in the penthouse at The Ritz in Toronto. Here she is decked out in head-to-toe Gucci. Stay tuned for more excerpts in the coming days. xo

TYLER/APRIL

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I had the pleasure of shooting professional dancer Tyler Gledhill for Northbound Leather a couple weeks back. Tyler is a 31-year-old Canadian Taurus with smouldering good looks and the flexibility of a contortionist. In addition, his good grace, his warm smile and the way he fills out his tights surely make him the full package (no pun intended). You can see Tyler in action from April 9th to 11th performing in “The Land of Fuck (a fable)” with the Dietrich Group at The Citadel in Regent Park. He will then be dancing in “The Man In Black / Looking for Elvis” with Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie also at The Citadel from May 21st to the 31st. I hope you enjoy these photos of him in the meantime. Does Game of Thrones start tonight?! xo

Photography: Jennifer Toole // Styling: Cheryl Kocot

Shot on location at The Extension Room.

David Bowie AGO Exhibit Opening.

1mickrock-82MickRock-182MickRock-151mickrock-72MickRock-162MickRock-131mickrock-512MickRock-851mickrock-401mickrock-11mickrock-331mickrock-5   1mickrock-9 1mickrock-13 1mickrock-14 1mickrock-15 1mickrock-16 1mickrock-20 1mickrock-21 1mickrock-25 1mickrock-27 1mickrock-29 1mickrock-30 1mickrock-32  1mickrock-34 1mickrock-36 1mickrock-37 1mickrock-39  1mickrock-44 1mickrock-48 1mickrock-50  1mickrock-52 1mickrock-53 1mickrock-63      2MickRock-34 2MickRock-17In this growing city of ours, it can at times be difficult to catch a vibe at a party that transcends Torontonians’ characteristic apathy and just lets loose. I had the pleasure of experiencing Toronto at its finest during the David Bowie AGO exhibit opening and the Mick Rock photo exhibit / after party at the Templar Hotel on Sept. 24th. Mick Rock, Bowie’s photographer on the road during the Ziggy Stardust era, was the guest of honour. His particular blend of rock and roll mixed with that edge only seasoned veterans of the 70’s can muster set the tone of the evening. Darling astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has the voice of an angel, performed a moving rendition of Bowie’s “Space Oddity” to an enraptured crowd. Other stars studding the crowd included David Sutcliffe of TV series “Cracked”, Emily Haines of Metric, Brenden Canning of Broken Social Scene and CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi. I hope you enjoy the pics and I also hope to attend a party as fun as this one in the very near future. x

Special thanks to Arthouse.

Northbound Leather 2014 Catalogue!

NBLTears-1 NBLTears-2 NBLTears-3 NBLTears-7 NBLTears-6 NBLTears-5 NBLTears-4 NBLTears-8 NBLTears-9 NBLTears-10 NBLTears-11 NBLTears-12 NBLTears-13 NBLTears-14 NBLTears-15 NBLTears-16 NBLTears-17 NBLTears-18 NBLTears-19Shot and art directed by me for Northbound Leather. Pick up your copy now in store at 586 Yonge St. xo