This past weekend was Valentines Day. Normally spent with a ‘Significant’ other, which cannot be found on tinder (not that I would know or anything), was spent with one of my oh so lovely roommates, whose face I also used as my canvas on my main page.
Though we may have got into some wine the night before, and may or may not have made bagels at two in the morning, we rise’n shined bright and early because the day was, location scouting day. Which as any photographer would know, always calls for an awesome adventure.
I had already anticipated that this was going to be a really great day, minus the mild headache, because I knew, I was about to discover something I myself had never seen.
Of course we show up at a University campus that was not our own, close to the place we are going to adventure to, and we struggled ever so slightly, to one, be looking at snow that blinding, and two, did not 100% dress appropriately for. Boots would have been a much better call than runners.
After walking in the wrong direction a few times, a common ‘quality’ of mine, we reached our destination. And it was seriously breathtaking. I mean it literally took my breath away. It blew my mind that someone could create this kind of art completely by free hand.
Underneath the Dunbar Bridge, near Carlton U, lies one of Ottawa’s hidden gems. A place where every September an annual festival known as House Of Paint is held, and people can legally graffiti away. Which if you ask me, is absolutely amazing. I am thankful that I got to spend my valentines day with my awesome friends, and having the opportunity to experience graffiti, art and adventure, something I will always love.
There are so many forms of art out there, and this is one that I think is under rated. Which is why I based my upcoming magazine cover assignment on it. Though art has been evolving drastically over the years, I still think it holds some sort conservative aspect of having to be elegant, or restricted. Art is wild and free, and comes from the heart, which is why I appreciate seeing something like this, that I wouldn’t normally see or come across. It was truly inspiring.
Keep posted on my website for new upcoming imagery, and for my final magazine cover, which is going to be more of an environmental type of shoot. And a thank you in advance to Alex Norton, who is ever so brave to stand in negative 30-degree weather for this shot!:)