It is 11am on a warm sunny spring Saturday, and as I stroll through the neighborhood, empty streets, empty stores and empty parks are all that remain. Covid-19 has ripped through our planet, changing our routines, our habits, our networks and our lives permanently and left a dusty trail in its wake. As we all try to stay inside, and flatten the curve we are all considering how this will change our day to day moving forward in our social circles, working relationships and many more.
We are also having the lives of our future jeopardized, the social development of children and adolescence will suffer drastically. Social development can take place in the family, but as a child grows their peer group becomes the most important hub of social development. Most children are regularly taken to playgrounds which help develop physical coordination, strength and flexibility while supporting their important social and emotional development.
Like with my past body of work “Sky Diving”, the playground is a public space that is currently being caution taped, and abandoned exactly like the public outdoor swimming pool. This is a sight we may never (let’s hope) see again, and these images are being produced to show the desolation and emptiness of something once beloved and used by many, in its altered, empty and abandoned state from an elevated angle.
I hope you are all safe and healthy, we are going to get through this together x
When I was just ten years old, my father took me to my very first NHL hockey game to see a team that still to this day I am a diehard fan of;
The Toronto Maple Leafs.
A few months ago I was incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work closely with some of the most talented people in the business from both Taylor Reid Creative Agency, and EAsports.
Of course the real star of the show was none other than NHL 20’s brand new cover model, Toronto Maple Leaf’s superstar sniper Auston Matthews.
Thank you so much to the incredible crew at Taylor Reid Creative Agency, you are all so insanely talented and I am truly honoured to work alongside you all. A huge thanks to the amazing team at EAsports and trusting in the artistic vision of this creative team.
Make sure to check out the final product, this super hot official reveal trailer that was first shown last week at the NHL awards in Las Vegas.
SKYDIVING showcases thirty mind bending images from Toronto photographer Geoff Fitzgerald. This collection highlights a variety of interesting visual aspects detailed in outdoor public swimming pools once you alter the perspective, remove the water and the people.
Experience swimming pools located across the GTA, Oakville and Hamilton from a top down perspective, revealing their own distinct design, geometry, texture and colour.
SKYDIVING video preview.
Below you will find the entire 30 image collection for SKYDIVING included in the current show at Hashtag Gallery.
I first came across Kagan’swork from a comic book he both wrote and illustrated in 2011 entitled ’Infinite Kung Fu’, a martial arts masterpiece that mixes insane fights, supernatural masters, walking corpses, and of course kung fu.
His newest comic book ’Kaptara’ which he illustrates, is co-created with fellow Toronto native Chip Zdarsky who handles the insane writing in this sci-fi story, which is described as the planet of Dr Moreau meets your childhood action figures.
I recently had the opportunity to hang out with Kagan at his studio, where we enjoyed a glass of whisky, talked about horror comics, drew some self-portraits and snapped a few photos.
It’s been an incredible year for music, with a steady increase of new festivals all over the world its a great time to be a concert goer. This year I have decided to put together a list of stand out albums from 2015, these albums all affected me in some way which had me coming back to them time and time again. I was also very lucky to have had the opportunity to shoot each band over the past year, from small intimate venues to huge outdoor festivals.
I absolutely can not wait to see what’s in store for 2016.
In no particular order :
Kendrick Lamar / To Pimp a Butterfly
To Pimp a Butterfly took some time to grow on me, however after having the opportunity to see this man in action at WayHome this past summer, there is no doubt that Kendrick Lamar is the real deal and deserving of his high praise throughout the music industry.
Viet Cong / Viet Cong
Viet Cong came out of the gate flying in early 2015 proving that their post-punk energy made them an early contender for album of the year. The band cemented that status when they refused to cancel their tour and played multiple shows while drummer Mike Wallace had a broken hand showing intense resilience and power.
Death Grips / Jenny Death (The Powers That b)
After supposedly disbanding in July 2014, Death Grips follow through on their promise of finishing their double LPThe Powers That b with Jenny Death, which is technically their sixth album in only four years.Known for changing up their sound with each album Death Grips sound the most rock and roll they ever have here, with big full sound and live guitars over MC Rides out of control screaming.
Courtney Barnett / Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
The Toronto born duo Daniel and Maddy could not have imagined the critical reception ofMoon King’s first full length Secret Life on Last Gang Records. With it’s amazingly explosive opening track Roswell, the album bounces along with strong pop influences, vocal harmonies and swirling guitars.
Lower Dens / Escape From Evil
I was unaware of Lower Dens until I photographed a NXNEshowcase last June at the Horseshoe Tavern with Moon King. They quietly took the stage and busted into their first single To Die In L.A. off their third album Escape From Evil. With it’s 80’s tinge and driving baselines, I was immediately hooked and constantly found myself coming back to this record.
I know this is not a full length LP from the 80’s inspired Baltimore based Future Islands, but any new music from this synth pop threesome is welcome. With only two songs to digest here, The Chase gives us an opening base heavy track to shake our butt’s to which leads into the catchy haunting ballad Haunted By You. The raw emotional energy of their live performance was my number one show this past year at WayHome.
Majical Cloudz / Are You Alone?
The minimalist sound of Majical Cloudz new album Are You Alone? is no departure from 2013’s Impersonator which is not a bad thing. Devon Welsh’s beautiful spoken word poetry is on display over this entire record starting with their first single Downtown, eerily creeping along with the haunting synth of Matthew Otto.
Is it really this fun when you’re on my mind
Is it really this cool to be in your life
Godspeed You! Black Emperor / Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress
The fifth album Asunder, Sweet and Other Distressfrom Montreal based post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperornot only exceeds expectations, but is also the first to feature completely new material since the band re-formed in 2010. After winning the Polaris Prize in 2013 stating “organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all”, they opted to give the money to prisoners in Quebec to have musical instruments if they need them.
METZ / METZII
METZ did nothing but practice and tour for over five years before they decided to hit the studio for their first record, and it ended up being with one of the biggest labels in rock music Sub Pop Records. The Toronto noise outfit followed up their debut album last year with the blisteringly loud II, proving once again that they are indeed this city’s hardest working rock band.