Street Walking: In Conversation…

They say Canadians are friendly, always the first to say “sorry”, and… live in igloos?

I tend to agree, and might add that we like bacon, love our beer, and wear toques in the summer. I’ve also heard that Toronto is the most socially cold and unfriendly city in Canada, but I might disagree with that. Yes, every second person you pass on the street will have their face buried in their smartphone, and yes, most people will have earphones in their ears which helps give them that little bit of solitude we all crave in the big city, but if you take a moment to stop and talk to ten people on the street, I’m willing to bet that you can have a meaningful conversation with nine of them.

So, if you ever find yourself in Toronto I invite you to give it a try. Don’t hesitate to ask a Torontonian for directions, or a quick recommendation for a tasty and cheap lunch spot (I’m specifically talking to you Jess), because they’re all proud of their wonderful city, and they all long for that brief but cheerful encounter that you can only get by speaking to a stranger.

Happy Monday everyone!

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  1. We went to Toronto on a vacation long ago when we lived in the Detroit are of Michigan. I loved the place and the people were friendly. In those days, there wasn’t even a Sony Walkman radio. lol

  2. I love that your last couple of street photography posts have a theme to the images. That’s something that I’ve been wanting to try out. Are these across different days or were they themed per day?

    1. Hey Jonathan, a lot of the time the images are taken on the same day, and that’s where the pre-shoot planning comes into play as I mentioned in the piece on Leanne’s blog. The planning helps me develop some sort of story… or at least some sort of rambly blog post idea.

  3. I agree that Toronto gets an unnecessarily bad rap from other parts of Canada. Yes, sure some people are In a hurry while others are talkative/creative/dynamic.

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