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Just warmin’ up at a recent shoot with Chef Carl Heinrich (season 2 winner of Top Chef Canada) at his restaurant, Richmond Station. As is the case with any great restaurant, fresh, local ingredients are used on the regular here. Located just off the corner of Yonge & Richmond, in the heart of downtown Toronto, this is definitely somewhere you will want to eat…trust me.
I’ve recently returned from almost four weeks on the road photographing the beautiful (and expansive) province of Ontario. I’m now winding down and sifting through the images. The shoot was for Ontario Tourism and along with the stills, they commissioned a video crew to shoot some beautiful b-roll footage as well. This image personally represents that quintessential summer feeling. It’s a cold Toronto morning out, so it’s fitting that this is my first post from what has become a large Ontario series.
Had the pleasure of catching this scene unfold before me as our bus sped past on its way from Chefchaouen to Meknes. Morocco’s landscape changes drastically from one part of the country to the next and this several hour drive, especially made early morning, reveals a soft side that can easily be overlooked. If you ever get the opportunity to travel Morocco, wake early and enjoy this ride. It’s one you won’t regret.
Healers come in all forms and from all walks of life. MD’s, Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Medicine Men, Spiritual Healers, this list can go on and on. I’m a strong believer that the healing depends more on the person being healed, rather than the form in which the healer is using. During some time spent in Morocco, I came across this man who, humbly enough, called himself a Medicine Man. He would sell his potions, remedies and charms to locals and foreigners alike. He would say, “whoever believes, can be healed”. This man brought a magical energy to Djeema El-Fna square in Marrakech.
The one constant found in all countries, cultures and creeds is the innate desire for freedom. We will fight at any cost for it, protest until beaten and jailed, move to the un-known for a better way, even do the un-thinkable in the name of whatever you believe in, secular or otherwise. The following image was taken in Dharamsala, India during a three day protest for Tibetans, both living within their borders and abroad. This otherwise sleepy town was transformed into a constant wave of refugees, monks and Indian locals all supporting the most desired cause of all, freedom.
The next few posts will be taken and uploaded with my iPhone as my laptop is currently packed away in storage back in Madrid. This will be the easiest and most efficient way to keep up with my posting.
This image was taken in a small mountain village in Northern Morocco (and personally a long time favorite place of mine) called Chefchaouen. A man in typical Berber clothing makes his way through the small but extensive, sky blue painted, Medina.
May 15, 2012 marked the one year anniversary of Spain’s Indignado movement, more famously known as the event which sparked similar Occupy movements in cities around the globe. The day started out with the Occupation of Puerta del Sol and at around 12.30 a.m., the massive group of people took to the streets. The following image was taken shortly after two men entered into a slight confrontation with riot police, resulting in the protesters stripping naked in the middle of the street near Banco de Espana.
I will be uploading the entire set from these protests onto my website in the following days.
Sometimes a leap of faith can be one of the scariest moments in a persons life. You can weigh out every option, every possible outcome. You can try to figure out and retrace the steps you’ve taken along your path that have led you to this edge. Yet, regardless of all the planning in the world and support that you may be blessed with, your leap will be yours alone. So jump…and don’t look back.