Goodbye uneducated farmers, hello over educated hipsters.
So I’m doing it. I’m finally making the great escape from my home town Chatham. Last week I booked off Friday and Saturday from my job at Subway, the only thought on my mind was shooting a barn show in Glencoe and getting drunk with some good friends and BBQ. Thursday afternoon I received a call from Shane at Vape On The Lake, I told him I wouldn’t be able to make it in until next week and he told me he’d call me back if they were still looking. I hung up the phone and started punching my self in the head while screaming “FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK” once the initial shock wore off and I got my marbles together I called back and asked what time to be there. I lined up a place to crash for the night packed a bag and peaced out. I made it to Toronto and crashed at my buddy Nick Flook’s. The next day (Friday) I had my interview with Shane and Marco, it was one of the most relaxed interviews I’ve ever been part of. Once Shane started showing me all the back rooms etc. I started to get pretty excited, I mean why would they take the time to give me a tour if they don’t want to hire me right? After my interview I went to meet my good buddy Taylor Lozon who was passed out probably half drunk on his futon. I slapped him in the mouth to wake him up collected him and headed to get some lunch. After lunch I had to deal with some real shitty traffic on the way home, so getting the call from Shane confirming the job was such a relief. Once I got home I picked up the guys from We Sleep At Dawn and headed to Glencoe to shoot a barn show. Needless to say this past weekend has been crazy and life is only about to get even more crazy.
I’d like to thank everyone in Chatham who has supported my work especially Greg Holden of the CK Review for giving me a jumpstart on my journalism and motivating me to keep creative and productive! Thank you Brittany Wells for introducing me to wedding photography, I never pictured myself as a wedding or portrait photographer but you helped me see past my narrow minded view of what I can do as a photographer. I constantly remind myself while taking on new projects that you have to fake it to make it, nobody became a pro by saying, I’m not good enough for that! To my bartenders Kelly at Big Shots and Dawn (currently on mat. leave) and Amanda of the nest, thank you for your hospitality I’m sure I will see you again some day! One thing I will always miss is walking into the Nest and Dawn holding a heineken while asking me not what I want to drink but how many! Lee at spanks, keep er classy brother and come stop by Vape on The Lake when you are in town!