Why I Love Toronto Reason #275
CONTACT Photography Festival
For the whole month of May, shops, cafés , eateries, office space, TTC station and abandoned spaces join the many of Toronto’s galleries to participate in Scotiabank’s CONTACT Photo festival. Yesterday was the final day to see what local, national and international photographers had to offer. Now usually I dedicate a whole day to this event walking down Queen Street - where a majority of the photos are. This year I couldn’t though with work, friends being sick and all that jazz. Instead this time around I just stumbled upon many of the exhibits just from walking and biking. Now I remember going to this festival for my photography class in grade 10 and having to write a critique on some of the pieces and also remember doing it one year with Ariel where we ended up at the Cadillac Lounge for some food afterwards.
CONTACT is a not-for-profit started 16 years ago with the goal of celebrating and fostering photography as a profession. This event has become the largest photography event in the world. The theme for this year’s festival was “Public.” According to the website this includes drawing attention to social and political issues.
I really don’t have a lot to say about this festival. What I just want to say is that Scotiabank does an amazing job supporting the arts sector and helping those who want to make a living in the culture industry gain the exposure needed. I am a big supporter of the arts whether it is Dance, Drama, Music, Theatre or Visual Arts. Many believe that the arts are useless, but they open your eyes. They give you a new view of the world, they let you look at places you probably never knew existed. Photographers can the way a space looks and feels, how people look and act. Photos are an amazing thing. I won’t lie I always have a crush on photographers (and I mean real photographers not people who take myspace/ awkward profile pictures or paparazzi). The one thing I look for in a partner is someone who will show me the world in a new and exciting way and so far the only people who have done that for are photographers – and now I blush.
I’ll post some images I found on the website of some of the top exhibits and I encourage all of you to check it out next year! And hopefully I’ll dedicate a whole day like I have before next year and maybe the plague that infected all my friends will come in April and June.
That is Why I Love Toronto.
**All Photos are from The CONTACT website - some exhibits are still going on check the website for more details