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T / happy monday / the female gaze


Photo Credit: Leeor Wild

What differentiates me from another photographer?  And more specifically: What differentiates me from a dude photographer?  It’s one of the main things I still think about every time I pick up my camera.  Through a few little life lessons, I’m starting to get it.  The difference, that is.  Because there is one and I started thinking about it a few months ago.

And I’m glad that people are finally beginning to take notice.  More specifically, I’m glad that lady photographers are beginning to take notice.  When peeps at my home town photographer collective The Creator Class shared this video, I was through the roof.  The Female Gaze. It is a thing.  It’s about how you shoot.  How you might make your models feel.  Empowerment is a big theme.  Stories too.  And seeing beyond the skin (especially when your photos involve a lot of that like mine sometimes do).  I’m so thrilled there’s now a forum for this and that people are indeed talking about it.  Yipppeee.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

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T / happy monday / this is toronto

I’ve never thought about Toronto in this light. Perhaps because I’m Canadian and nothing is ever better than it is below the 49th.  I know we’re a creative people (hello everyone that’s funny – drop mic). Maybe because it’s home and you don’t think of home that way.  Perhaps it’s because it feels as if Toronto seems like a producer of talent. Not the type of place that talent stays. We’re a small town compared to the metropolises of the world.  Especially now that I live in Asia. But Free Agency and their Creator Class changed all that for me this past week.  I’ve never seen my hometown in a better light. Especially from abroad.

In any case, a little local pride today. And it made miss home in a big way.

PS – The Creator Class is a great resource for photographers looking to up their game.  I’ve taken a bunch of online courses, but these guys make learning about aperture beyond pretty.