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Sophie

Walking in a winterland is what dog walkers do best. We had already met Sophie on the trail and I had the camera loaded with black and white film. It occurred to me at the time to ask her to be in my project especially with her dogs being black and white. But then my goofy puppy was being a bit obnoxious with her dogs and the moment was gone. Luckily, we met up again at the end of the loop. I like this portrait in colour. Sophie was kind enough to pose with her Bostons. She has been hiking this area for about seven years. Turns out she knows my partner from working at the Hillside Festival in the summer. This city is sometimes like living in a small village….Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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Ross

The Really Big Boss is this man, Ross Davidson-Pilon. He is the boss of Studio 404 , a commercial photography studio located in Guelph. Ross was kind enough to offer his gorgeous studio space for a bunch of creative types to hold a show and sale. He spied my camera when I was photographing Frances. Ross has been a successful commercial photographer for over 30 years. The last eleven years he has been exclusively digital. BUT he has an AMAZING collection of vintage cameras in his office that had me drooling. He even has the camera from a U2 bomber. I can’t believe that I haven’t met Ross before in Guelph, but I have spied him driving around on his vintage motorcycle (I snapped a shot of it with my Holga a few years ago). I am glad that Ross allowed a bunch of us to sell our wares out of his space.

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Frances

December is a crazy busy month for those of us who make a living doing shows selling our art/craft work. Some shows are awesome and some not so much. My gear was set up near this lovely woman and during a lull in the show, I pulled out my camera to see if I could amuse myself. Frances exuded a lovely energy and I had hoped she would be up for helping somebody finish an art project……She recently moved to Guelph from Toronto and has set up a great business called The Necessary Arts Company. They offer studio space and rental of sewing machines and have workshops. She is a visual artist and an interior designer AND a Mum! That is a lot of juggling but she seems pretty balanced and focused. Frances is a welcome addition to Guelph’s creative community and I wish her continued success.

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Joel#88

Once my son had finished his visit to the barbershop, I decided that I needed to see if I could get my hands on some new music for my studio. My favourite used CD shop was a hop, skip and a jump away from Franco’s Barbershop. I hadn’t packed my camera away yet and Joel spied it while I was asking him if he had the latest CD from Robert Plant. We got to talking about film cameras and film, then talked about old school barbershops and how they are disappearing too. I asked Joel if he wanted to participate in my 100 Strangers project. Obviously, the answer was yes……Joel is the manager of The Beat Goes On and he grew up in Guelph. He did spend some time in Cambridge, but was sucked back to Guelph by the ‘Guelph Vortex’. Joel’s wife is taking pyschology and art up at the UofG. She hopes to be an art therapist (Good to know, cause I might need one! HA). Joel was a good sport for being part of my project. I am glad that his photo turned out because I had some equipment issues in the next few frames…..ACK!………Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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100Strangers#87Dwight

While I was photographing my son’s haircut with Franco, this man was interested in knowing how many megapixels my camera took. I told him I didn’t speak the digital language and had to explain that film is still made. I think I had a harder time trying to convince him that a film photograph looks nicer than a digital image. I asked Dwight if he would be interested in being part of my 100 Stranger Project. I had his son squeeze in for the shot too. After showing me the pics he took with his cell phone of his musician friend, I realized that Dwight didn’t grasp my enthusiasm for the beauty of film. I hope his friend was happy with the shots that Dwight took…..Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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100Strangers#86

Nearing the end of our fun day at the railway museum, I managed to persuade Jim to be part of my project. I had met Harold last summer and my son ‘photobombed’ the shot. It is nice to know the guys that spent their retirement sharing their knowledge with people who are interested in trains and rail travel. Jim doesn’t know this, but years ago in my ‘digital years’, I caught a number of interesting images of him wandering around the place. Maybe I should share them at some point…. Jim has been a volunteer at the HCRR for 16 years. Way to go Jim! Maybe one day I will show him my other shots…….Find out more about the project and see pictures taken by other photographers from around the world, in the Flickr group 100 Strangers.

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cameron

He is a blacksmith, comes from Oregon, is a member of the local hacker space and seemed to be enjoying the Hillside Festival. When I shook Cameron’s hand, I had a hard time believing he was a blacksmith because he didn’t have any callouses. Thanks Cameron for volunteering to help me finish this project! He was a man on a mission, not a lot of time for idle chit-chat. I hope he enjoyed his weekend.

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Chris

The last weekend in July at the Hillside Festival was where I met Chris. Chris has been part of Hillside for quite awhile. This year his role was one of the emcee’s for the stages. His wife is a volunteer too and they are both an important part of the army of volunteers that make this weekend run so well. I can’t remember the exact number of years that Chris has been working, but I seem to recall it is more than ten. He was a good sport to be a participant in my project. Chris was surprised that I was still shooting film. (Yes, I get that A LOT). I am just glad that I didn’t botch the roll and that all of my shots turned out. I think Holga and I finally have a good working relationship….

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Karen

One of my oldest friends invited me to a lobster dinner. A FRESH lobster dinner, so fresh that the creatures had arrived on a plane from Nova Scotia that afternoon after being plucked out of the ocean. My pal Peter, had his pal Tom (whom I had the pleasure of meeting a few years before) come for a visit. Traveling with Tom was his lovely friend, Karen. As you can see Karen is so excited for dinner that she can hardly contain her enthusiasm. Karen lives out on the west coast of Canada, in lovely Nanamio, British Columbia. It was such a pleaure to meet Karen and learn about her life and what she gets up to. I was also grateful that Karen was interested enough in the 100 Strangers project to be a participant. Tom and Karen had an amazing visit to the east coast, and we were lucky they decided to stop and visit friends in Burlington. Dinner by the way was delicious!

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Daniel

Having finished watching Germany win the World Cup in July, I spotted this man. As you can see his bike is loaded with everything needed to cycle across this country. That’s right, Daniel is cycling across Canada to raise awareness about an organization he feels very strongly about. The organization is Not Forgotten International, whose aim is to help the displaced people in the Western Sahara. Daniel had attended a peace conference in November in Algeria. A dear friend of mine offered Daniel a place to stay for the night and a fridge full of food, but Daniel was determined to make his way to Burlington that night. I wish Daniel lots of luck on completing his journey and awareness campaign.

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