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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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3Strangers

While spending Labour Day at the Railway Museum to amuse ourselves and to ride the rails we met these lovely people. We were all riding one of the older coaches when I noticed Jean flip the direction of the carriage seat. We had no idea that the seats could be flipped back to front. She admitted that she had been on that carriage before. Her husband Bill noticed my camera and we got to talking about film cameras. Bill was sporting a digital camera and admitted to getting his digital pictures printed! I don’t know if many digital users do actually take the time to do that. Anyway, also enjoying the day was their friend Ray who was visiting from the UK. Ray was a former cameraman for the BBC ( a proper photographer). More camera chat happened….. Ray mentioned that he often travelled throughout Africa and had a lens that was so sharp it could see the toenails of an ant! That is some serious close-up business!

I discovered that Bill and Jean used to develop film together “in the cellar when they were courting”. They have been married for 60 years and are also from the UK. Turns out, they don’t live far away from me. They live in Rockwood, clever of me to capture them under the sign!!! Their town hosts a christmas tractor parade through town. You read that correctly. A parade with tractors and other farm equipment decorated with coloured lights. It is great fun! Bill and Jean sell hot chocolate at one of the churches in Rockwood. Good to know as a place to warm up and visit them to say Hello, as they are strangers no more.

 

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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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Rev

At this year’s spring Christie’s Antique show I was a little more distracted by all of the sparkly things than usual. I had it in my mind to shoot at least 5 strangers to get me nearer the finish line. My pals and I were nearly finished walking the entire show and I admit I was getting a little bit tired of so much stuff. But out of the corner of my eye, I kept noticing this well dressed gentleman. At one point I was convinced I had gone down the same isle a few times because he seemed to be there again. We just so happened to be going at the same pace and the same direction. Eventually, I decided to approach him for the Project before I lost my nerve. Not only was he well dressed, he passed me his card and I noticed his impressive name and title. I’m not sure how to refer to him as he has been retired for 7 years. I asked what brought him to the antique show and he said that he was searching for old parfait glasses similar to the ones from Stoney Creek Dairies. The ones he used to enjoy milkshakes and ice cream in. I learned that he was a graduate from the Manitoba School of Art and he wanted to be an art teacher, but then he had a calling to the church. I said that was prpbably a wise decision as the life of an artist doesn’t always guarantee a proper income. With that, he was off to find his wife and carry on his search.

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Shelley

A stranger no more! So I first met Shelly in the spring at an art show in town (yes, I do enjoy a good art show!). I had my Holga in hand and told her about this ongoing project that has taken me nearly four years to complete. She was all for being a part of it. The lighting in the venue was not good for my 125 speed film and I didn’t want to rush her out of the show just so I could take her photo. Then as often happens in my city, she saw somebody she knew and so did I, thus ending that interaction. Fast forward to another Art show, and guess who walks into my booth and guess who had her Holga ready? Success! Shelly was a member of the local Roller Derby team, something that was on her bucket list. As an aside, her husband requested a custom made set of coffee mugs and wine glasses with her team number and logo on them. Shelly mentioned that she wasn’t a roller girl for too long as she had an injury that prevented her from playing. During her last bout, a photographer caught her in a moment of intense concentration. When the photographer asked Shelly what she was thinking, she said she was serious about that being her last time. Turns out this photo of Shelly will be published in a book about Roller Derby Girls!

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