100 Strangers Project #97 Joanne

Shopping with a gaggle of children is not really shopping. One way to calm the savage beasts was with food, more specifically french fries! Having deposited the raving lunatics far away from the food line, I joined a rather long queue of other hungry people. While in this queue, I noticed disgruntled patrons complaining about cold food, wrong change, long waits, etc. Such first world problems…sigh…how do we manage? Also waiting was this lovely woman named Joanne, also hoping that her order of fries would arrive hot from the cooker. We struck up a delightful conversation! It was really great meeting Joanne, and she is quite an amazing woman who has had some great worldly experiences. One cool bit of information she shared with me was that she and her husband own two yellow corvettes, one of the1972 vintage and the other 2013. Thanks Joanne! Maybe I will see you again at Aberfoyle.


100 Strangers Project #96 Luke

After I photographed Hugo, I glanced to my left and there was Hugo’s friend, Luke, who also had a great look about him. I told him about the project and there was no hesitation from him to participate. Luke and Hugo are best friends and both live in Oakville. Luke has just finished his program at George Brown in carpentry and renovations. I wished him well in his career. I think he has a great future ahead of him! Cheers Luke!!

100 Strangers Project #95Hugo

I spied Hugo and his great jacket while on the look-out for strangers to photograph. I hope Hugo wasn’t too annoyed by my intruding on his search through the bric-a-brac. I thought he had a great overall look. I’m sorry the light was so harsh on his eyes, it was just after high noon for the sun. Hugo had come all the way from Oakville with his friend Luke. Thanks Hugo for participating!!

#94 Erin

Realizing that my 100 Strangers Project had stalled, I decided on a final push to finish. The opening day of the Aberfoyle Antique Market presented the perfect venue to finish. Right off the bat, in the first line of vendors I spotted the letter ‘B’. This rogue of a character, Erin was trying his best to spell out the rest of my name with the letters he had, but we only managed a Bu and that was it. I liked the font and decided that $2 was a fair price for such a great looking letter. Erin is from Dundas and his business is Signs; advertising, antiques and collectables.


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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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.


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.