Enframe

Hand bound, hand beaded book
panoramas, digital capture inkjet prints

Cities cannot be conceived in their totality, and in understanding this I chose to photograph Toronto incompletely. I think that the images depicted as Toronto in this book probably bear little resemblance to the Toronto of others. We all have our own understanding of our neighborhood, whether it is fluctuating with the condominium boom or dieing out with old, run down shops. These different backgrounds, and understandings are what makes Toronto.

As time passes, our cities become common place; everyday surroundings. Sometimes we lose our understanding of what that means to us and others. My photographs take these habitual frames which disappear long enough that through another version of en-framing, a sort of essence is distilled.

The journey of finding my own place within the city of Toronto has been an interesting process. Originally from Inuvik, Northwest Territories, I find myself missing my family over the long distance, especially my grandmother, Annie Norbert.

She was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, went through surgery, and has since recovered wonderfully. She has been in my heart and mind, especially over these past few months.

I chose to bead my photographs with those same colors that she has been beading my slippers (moccasins) with, since I was a baby. There is always a piece of her with me; her essence is always with me here in Toronto.

I would like to dedicate this book to Annie Norbert, a caring, humorous jijoo (grandmother).

All art prints are available for purchase.

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Enframe
Hand bound, hand beaded book
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Enframe panoramas
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