Where are you from?: I was born and raised in Toronto & currently still live in the city.
What do you do for work?: I'm a freelance photographer that you can either catch in the studio putting together a weird concept or out and about in the scene capturing memories of Toronto creatives on my film camera. I'm currently in the process of releasing a book FILMFORFUN containing said film photos.
What do you do for fulfillment?: Shooting is not only work for me, but it fulfills me and helps with my mental health as well.
What is your dream creative project?: My dream creative project is to own my own multi-purpose studio/art gallery for the youth of Toronto to use at a low cost/free if possible. Being a creative in such an expensive city is so hard, that even I myself understands how it feels to not have a space to create or the opportunity to showcase work. The kids are the future. Let's feed our future.
Do you consider yourself a freshman, sophomore or senior in your field?: I definitely still consider myself a freshmen but hopefully I can move up to the next class soon. There's still so much I have to learn as a photographer.
What can’t you leave the house without?: I can't leave my house without a camera on me. I either have one of my two film cameras, my DSLR, or Super 8 camera on me. On super rare occasions, I have all of them on me.
What's a typical day in the life for you?: Wake up. Check emails. Stress. Develop film. Edit photos. Remember to eat. Prepare for future shoots. Send photos to clients. Stress. Scroll memes on Twitter. Remember to eat again. Oh, and lots of sleeping. Did I add stress?
Where's your favourite place to eat?: There's a small quiet sushi restaurant in the Annex called Japan Sushi. Not only do I love eating there but it's also my go-to spot to gather my creative thoughts.
Where's your favourite place to dance?: Yes Yes Y'all
Where's your favourite place to drink?: Apt200
Where's your favourite place to shop?: Value Village, SSENSE, Public Butter. (Thrifted mixed with designer is the mood)
Is there something you really want to do in your city that you haven't yet?: I haven't been to Hanlan's Point yet. I'm trying to go there and be "free" if you know what I mean.
What are your go-to tunes for getting ready to leave the house in the morning?: I almost always play King Krule's "Dum Surfer" when I leave the house.
What are your go-to tunes for exercising?: I look up this hour long mp3 of the sound of rain that helps when I do yoga.
What are your go-to tunes for going out for a night on the town?: Anything to get me amped. Dancehall or Grime is always enough to get me started.
Kindly recommend 3 people that inspire you that we can continue the conversation with...:
Has someone on Freshmen Friday already recommended you?: Josephine Cruz BKA Jayemkayem