Moving On

Metrolinx Invitation

I’m excited to announce that I have three photographs in Moving On, an exhibition currently open at the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto, Canada along with other students from my class/year. If you have a chance to stop by the show before April 3rd I strongly advise that you do so.

My Photographs from this series, titled Waiting, observing one single stranger at a bus shelter, can be viewed online here.

Happy New Year!

A new year is a new chance to achieve the dreams we haven’t caught just yet. Giving us something to look forward to, that moment when they do come true. I’ve experienced things in the past year that I never thought imaginable, like having my photograph on Conan O’Brien’s show. Back in January I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and now i’m being led on a journey that I don’t ever want to let go of. I’m so thankful for my family and friends who are so supportive of me even if I end up going no where but here. Anyway, aside from all the talk I thought i’d post some pictures from my recent vacation to St. Kitts, St. Maarten, San Juan and Labadee!

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My New Years resolution is to appreciate all the good things that happen in my life. In my room I have a glass jar mug which I plan to fill with little pieces of paper I wrote on of everything that made me smile throughout the year. When 2013 comes to an end I will empty it making sure to read all the memories that changed my life in a positive way. It’s the way to help see all the silver linings that come into our lives at one point or another. I hope everyone rings in the New Year by keeping the promises they’re making to themselves.

Travel

“Oh, the Place’s You’ll Go!” – Dr. Seuss

You can look at pictures all you want but it comes to the point where you must experience it yourself. A photograph of the Grand Canyon is not the same as standing in the dirt looking out at what is said to be one of the seven natural wonders of the world. A new adventure reveals itself after every single step in an unfamiliar place. There’s an entire world out there that’s waiting to be explored.

A traveller lets go of everything, not wanting to miss out on a moment. Willing to indulge in a country’s culture, entertainment and anything else the trip may entail. From personal experience i’ve learned to try everything from eating Reindeer in Alaska to going on the biggest zip-line over a body of water in Labadee. I may not have liked it all but it was definitely worth it.

I don’t like staying in one place. It makes me claustrophobic. I much rather be back-packing across Europe than staying home whenever I have time off from school. I’ve dreamed of seeing the Leaning Tower of Pisa and going to Taiwan where my cousins are originally from. I want to feel the rush of adrenaline I felt when I went cliff jumping for the first time in Ottawa. I want to experience life to the fullest and always dare myself to be pushed beyond my limits.

Humans have to keep moving, they can’t stay in one place for too long. Kind of like how the Natives followed Buffalo as they moved since it was their main source of food. Some tribes engaged in agriculture but it was the protein that they needed for survival. People travel to different countries to try all types of cuisine. Trust me when I say that the Chinese food you get in China Town is nothing like authentic Chinese food. I’m talking about eating fish eyes and squidballs dipped in salt.

Food isn’t the only reason to explore new places. People travel all around the world to get the most out of life. Whether it’s white water rafting, skydiving, bungee jumping, canyon swinging or parasailing. Memories are created that will last forever. There’s a feeling inside your heart that will never disappear. There’s the images in your mind that can never be erased. Moments. They may be small and short but travelling is the road that must be taken in order to find yourself.