Ever since I joined Instagram 3 years ago, a lot of things have seemed to impress me about the app, but more recently one thing that has stood out to me, is the connections, opportunities and support you come across when you take it serious from a photography standpoint.
About a year ago, I got invited to my first ever Instagram Meet and I never knew what it was all about so my good friend Cam Bartlett (@snappedbycam) explained to me that it was a photo walk for a hub that features local photographers work through sharing it and tagging them. Once I heard that it was sort of like a community, all the Toronto photographers gather and meet each other, exchange handles and basically just create together, I thought that was the coolest thing ever! So I went, and it was such an inspirational experience to be able to hear what other people think about the whole process of connecting through the app and to gain knowledge on things I had no idea about.
Recently the Street Dreams Magazine crew rolled through Toronto on a very rainy weekend, for a photo walk with several other local movements and it was one of the best turn outs i've ever seen.
Street Dreams Magazine is a quarterly photography publication and full service content creation studio they are mainly based out of New York and have several people a part of the team that have very incredible work, and it was a huge pleasure to be able to meet, and share stories with those people.
After travelling through the streets for a bit, we came to City Hall, where just as we began shooting, the rain began to come down on us more and more, We then headed under any shelter seen, and after not seeing any signs of stopping people began to head to the underground path.
After a fairly short walk through the underground, we finally came across something decent to shoot, known by many Brookfield Place a pretty cool building with many different shades of blue light, which made it cool for some indoor shots as the dark skies shined down on us.
We actually attracted security with our huge crowd! They had came with 3 guys, and after negotiating and continuing to create, we ended up going outside where slowly people began to branch off, and the rain slowly began to stop leaving some cool affects on the ground for photos with the dampness and puddle reflections.
My self and a hand full of other new/old faces branched off for a walk through the skywalk to shoot in the well lit tunnels that it offers, the theme of this day was certainly dark and cloudy, so I hope you can get a moody kind of vibe off these images.
After it began to clear up slightly, to end off the day, it made for some good photos of the cloud cover over the CN Tower.
I had a really amazing time at this meet up, I met some really inviting people, heard some very inspirational things, and began to understand the dedication it takes to connect with the right people, I had chats with people from Hong Kong, New York, and Chicago, so to say that those people came to Toronto for the release of Street Dreams Magazine Issue .006 is a good feeling and it's an honour to be able to photograph this city every day.
I hope everyone else had a great experience on the walk, and for the people that were not able to make it out to this one, I hope this blog can give you a short recap and that you can get out to next year and upcoming walks!