For Kingstonians, the Kingston Fall Fair heralds the arrival of Fall. (It was the 186thanniversary of the Kingston Fall Fair this year. Did you guys know that?)
So, naturally, the Quirky Love Project went to document this yearly event. We held off on purchasing a bucket of fries so that our fingers wouldn’t slide off our shutters while snapping photographs of the seagulls and all the happy rollercoaster-loving people milling around, waiting for Demolition Derby to bring some auto-destruction.
The Abrams Brothers even shot a music video there! We know this, because we were asked to move so as not to be talking in the background. So we wandered around, doing our usual: looking for love.
Might it surprise you to know that we didn’t see a whole lotta love right at the get go? Maybe it is because people were more excited about the mountains of funnel cakes and hot dogs they were juggling and the rides for which they were eagerly ripping off tickets. We found one couple easily enough, though. They were weaving through the crowd hand-in-hand, blissfully unaware of the chaos and feasting. To date, they were the couple that most easily agreed to have us photograph them, completely happy and uninhibited. They were also the quickest to get moving along, giving us no more than 60 seconds to get some snaps of their love.
Lucky for us, there was a lot of love.
Finding love is a complicated thing. There’s so much ado about it, so much poetry, so much philosophy, so much biology. You’d think we’d dismiss with it altogether, for how complicated things can get. Alas, we don’t.
For Liz and me, finding love is not so complicated. We just walk around and lo-and-behold, love heads our way. It’s everywhere and it’s not always blatant, either.
The thing is that when you find real love, it lets you live in your own skin. Comfortably. For Liza and Eduardo that’s the case, no doubt.
Liza can’t get the smile off her face. She walks with Eduardo down Princess Street and they’re looking for something. Shoes? I don’t quite remember. He just started his PhD at Queen’s (in Chemistry). Some might call him a smarty-pants, but he’s about as carefree as it gets, just enjoying Kingston life with his girl.
She’s originally from Russia, and speaks at least Russian, German, and English, which comes in handy since she works as a translator. The wind blows and her hair ends up in her face. They laugh about it and he waits adoringly until she fixes it. Our cameras are working overtime because it’s too cute to miss.
They show us photographs her parents took while traveling around the Caucasus Mountains. (I don’t fail to note how much love and respect Eduardo has for Liza’s parents.) The parents are dressed in cool blues and greens, snuggled in thick hiking jackets, set against a backdrop of a cool jade-green lake amidst rocky mountain peaks, or – in one shot – riding donkeys. It is a vastly different scape from the hot urban street scene we are photographing right now, with Liza’s hot-pink shirt and a stack of yellow and orange card in the background. But maybe not so much. Because we are photographing a couple in love. And on Liza’s phone are photographs of a slightly older couple, yet clearly in love. The couples have in common a type of quiet love that signifies strength and an implicit reliance on one another. The Quirky Love type of love.
Maybe we ought to add the Caucasus Mountains to the list of tour destinations...
Epic love. Omar and Nathalie: they flowed our way like a breath of fresh air. It’s always like this with Quirky Love couples, isn’t it? One moment the street is empty, and the next – it’s full of life. Even if it’s just two people, holding hands and dreaming up shared dreams. They have a quiet way about them, a surety and strength. They aren’t new to each other, ten years together, four years married.
Omar is originally from Tunisia, a beautiful country in North Africa. The son of diplomats, he ended up in Ottawa and met Nathalie there. Lucky guy. On this particular day, they were escaping a thunderstorm in the capital with a quiet trip to Canada’s original capital (Kingston, if you really didn’t know). The best thing about Omar & Nathalie (besides Omar’s epic hair) is the way they look at each other, the way they lean on one another. Like they are part of a secret club of two, open and friendly with others, yet sharing between each other something to which no one else will ever be privy. Epic love.
Liz & Viara
We want *real* love, raw, & unplanned. unposed. Quirky Love hits the streets looking for the type of love that doesn't need fuss.